Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words
- letter or word recognition
- fine motor skills
ProsTons of custom options, gorgeous animated graphics, and detailed reports.
ConsThe sounds may overwhelm some users, but they can be turned off.
Bottom LineWriting Wizard offers fantastic, customizable tracing practice with interactive rewards.
The settings and reports sections can act as teacher dashboards, including the ability to replay kids' tracings and view them by date and time, as well as see colors change with each tracing stroke and export them to share kids' progress via email.
Common Sense Reviewer
Audio prompts and visual instructions -- such as a friendly pointing hand, guiding arrows, and dots -- create a well-designed tracing experience. Amazing interactive graphics cinch continuous engagement.
A thorough tutorial and numerous customizations help teachers adapt tracing to each kid's current fine motor skill ability and the district's handwriting curriculum.
Step-by-step instructions during tracing, many settings, and audio and visual cues offer excellent support. Detailed reports for each student show progress including videos of how each letter was formed. Printable worksheets are included, too.
Writing Wizard can grow with students, starting with the fine motor skill development of forming shapes and advancing to writing numbers and letters and reviewing the phonetic sounds of those letters. The correct formation of each letter is stressed, impressively representing the most renowned handwriting styles. Once students have mastered shapes, numbers, and letters, teachers can create custom word lists for students to practice, giving kids the chance to practice writing their names, sight words, and more.Read More Read Less
Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words is a highly customizable app that helps kids practice tracing letters, numbers, shapes, and words while hearing the letter names and phonetic sounds. Choose from uppercase or lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, or words and customize the handwriting style, choosing from D'Nealian, Handwriting without Tears, Zaner-Bloser, Scandanavia, and UK. Choose the character and watch as a hand with a pointed finger writes the letter, number, shape, or word and then shows where to trace first. Red arrows and targets show tracing direction, and sounds cue kids for what to do next. The bright, animated graphics that accompany each tracing page are eye-catching and rewarding.
Teachers can use the multiple settings to adjust letter size, show or hide the letter model, and create their own words. There's also an optional 5-Stars progressive tracing system that requires the user to trace each letter five times, with increasing difficulty. Detailed reports show teachers how each student is progressing. Writing Wizard provides simple, tailor-made, and fun tracing practice.Read More Read Less
Kids will find Writing Wizard to be an engaging beginning-writing practice tool. Surprising animated graphics -- from dancing cupcakes to rushing rainbows of stars, tiger faces, and bouncing hearts -- motivate kids to keep following the audio and visual prompts to trace each letter, number, and word properly to see what happens in the end and then play with the animations by swiping, tapping, or tilting the device.
The customization options help teachers tailor the experience to each student's current level and increase difficulty for more precision in tracing as they improve, including settings for left-handed students. Kids also can improve fine motor skills and practice following visual directions as they watch and follow the hand, dots, and arrows that guide them along the correct tracing paths.Read More Read Less
Key Standards Supported
|L.K: Conventions of Standard English|
|L.K.1a||Print many upper- and lowercase letters.|
|L.1: Conventions of Standard English|
|L.1.1a||Print all upper- and lowercase letters.|
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.K: Phonics and Word recognition|
|RF.K.3a||Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.|
See how teachers are using Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words
- Very enjoyable for students. They couldn't get enough of the sounds and graphics. They never seemed happier to write...Samantha C.
Triple R Child Care Inc
Oak Forest, IL4September 25, 2016
- Writing Wizard is a Great App! Teaches kids letter formation and has setting for customizationMary B.
Lincoln Elementary School
Beatrice, NE4September 30, 2015
- Kept Kids Interested in Learning Letter/Number FormationsCathy H.
Moorlands Elementary School
Kenmore, WA4July 8, 2015
- Great early learning app for letters, sounds and basic words with awesome reports includedHeather C.
Northwest High School
Indianapolis, IN5December 19, 2014