Teacher Review for Montessori Crosswords

Increase awareness of letter-sound correspondence and how it relates to spelling.

Shawn P.
Special education instructor
Einstein Academy
San Diego, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use it on iPads with special education and RTI students in grades K-5 who are receiving small group ELA support in our school's Learning Center (outside of their regular elementary classroom). I have also used it with my 4 year old son and he enjoys playing with this app as well.
My Take
A very well done app that is nice to look at, engaging for students, and offers a fun and safe way for students to increase their phonological awareness and connect it with spelling. As a special education and RTI teacher, I especially like apps that are low pressure and promote students taking risks without fear of failure while still achieving learning. I feel like this app accomplishes both of those things. Students are able to get sound "clues" by tapping on letter tiles, there are picture "clues" offered as well, and, if they get really stuck, the missing words are provided for them to then copy by dragging the appropriate letter tiles into the blank squares. I also like that it works well for a variety of grade levels and can be used for at-grade level practice as well as for remedial practice for students who are performing below grade-level or who have learning disabilities.