This is great for quiet practice of letters and handwriting during indoor recess or as a station during free choice time. It's particularly useful for kids who need extra help, such as ELL, and special needs students.Continue reading Show less
Designed to help kids learn letters and letter sounds, Intro to Letters, by Montessorium is focused and clean, without animation, rewards, or other gimmicks. Kids trace letters with their fingers and hear the letter names and sounds in an activity that mimics Montessori sandpaper letters. The app includes upper and lower case letters, as well as 15 two-letter phonograms. Kids can also record the letter sounds and names if their devices are equipped with microphones.
As far as learning tools go, this is a straightforward way to teach letter names and sounds. While there's something to be said for distraction-free learning, rather than being an engaging app, Intro to Letters, by Montessorium gives off an interactive workbook vibe. Will it help kids learn? Probably. But kids who are used to dancing monkeys, sticker rewards, and interactive hot spots aren't going to be impressed. There's no way to track what's been done and it may quickly feel repetitive. Adults are more likely to appreciate the quality of the app and the traditional aesthetics. It's a bit pricey for the depth of content provided, but it will definitely appeal to purists.
Key Standards Supported
Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).