How I Use It
I have used this app with Pre-K and kindergarten students who are learning letter sounds, names, and how to write each letter. I appreciated that vowels are always highlighted with a blue background, regardless of which activity you are playing, whereas consonants are highlighted with a pink background. This helped children begin to notice that there was something different or special about certain letters. The app was great as a tool to display on the Smartboard to introduce a new letter and review previous letters and the sounds they make. At times, students struggled with the fine motor skills needed to be precise enough for the app to pick up how they were drawing/tracing letters. If you don't get it exactly right, you have to try again or continue a line before the app will continue.
I think this is a great introductory teaching tool. I like that you can focus just on lowercase or uppercase letters, that the app includes both letter sounds and letter names as well as the two paired together. It's also helpful that there is a phonics section and for each group of activities, a child is asked to review the last three letters or sounds before moving on to learn new ones. Another great component of this app is Recording Studio, which allows parents or teachers to record their own voice for each letter name and sound. This can also enable the integration of second languages, if you have someone record the letters in another language (French, Spanish, German, and English come with the app). I do wish that you could choose specific uppercase letters to practices (like you can with the lowercase letters via the alphabet page). It would also be great if you could track individual children's progress if you have multiple children using the app.