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Montessorium: Intro to Words

Montessorium: Intro to Words
Features

Price

FREE

Age Range

Early Childhood & Lower Primary

App Type

Learning App

Version Reviewed

3.0

Android Available?

Is Android Available

Lite Version Available?

Is a Lite Version Available

Help Provided?

Is Help Provided
Bloom's Thinking Process
CreatingBlooms Creating
EvaluatingBlooms Evaluating
AnalysingBlooms Analysing
ApplyingBlooms Applying
UnderstandingBlooms Understanding
RememberingBlooms Remembering
Adaptability
Includes recorded voice
Includes images
Review Comments
Alphawriter is one of the few apps which teaches phonics well. It is also one of the few apps to work on long vowels.
 
The student uses a movable alphabet to find the phonic sounds in words. The lovely feature of this app are the cute images.
 
Phonics: Includes short vowel words and a few words with blends (hand, ant). Sometimes adds the schwa (neutral) sound especially on b,d,p.
 
Phonograms: Long vowels are written as phonograms (ai, ee, ie, oa etc.). This section also includes digraphs (sh, the).
 
Alpha Spy: This game works on identifying first sound in words.  Three images are shown. The narrator says "I spy with my little eye something beginning with 's'. Which object starts with 's'?"
 
Storyboard: This is a free game where the child can use the letters and images to create their own story. It is quite a slow process though. Stories can be photographed and stored in your photo library for sharing.
Use Rank (*)
Spell with Phonics Ranked 2nd of 44

(*) This app has been ranked according to its' effectiveness to achieve the learning goals and strategies listed. Some apps may rank highly for achieving a specific use and lower for other uses. Some students will learn and engage with one app more than others, because of the individual nature of us all.

Learning App
Learning apps are designed for a specific purpose. The authors claim to teach a goal, skill or concept.
Bloom's Thinking Process
Bloom's Taxonomy is classification system used to explain the behaviours important in learning. Apps range from simple memory tasks such as flashcards apps through to creative apps which ask students to create an original story or video.
Bloom's Creating
The student creates new ideas, products or ways of viewing things. Activities include making, animating, designing, constructing, planning, producing and inventing.
Bloom's Evaluating
The student justifies a decision or course of action. Activities include counting to check, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting and judging.
Bloom's Analysing
The student breaks the information into parts to explore understandings and relationships. Activities include explaining, ordering, inferring, comparing and organising.
Bloom's Applying
The student uses the information in a new situation. Activities include implementing, carrying out, using, illustrating, classifying and categorising.
Bloom's Understanding
The student comprehends the new information. Activities include describing, predicting showing understanding use a multiple choice.
Bloom's Remembering
The student recalls information they know. Activities include matching, 'fill in the blank', making a choice, answering using a multiple choice, naming a group.
Learning Connection
How well does the app teach the targeted skill or concept? This is the area where we refer to current research and pedagogy to evaluate the efficacy of the app.
Authenticity
Authenticity looks at the manner in which skills are learnt. Authentic apps use real life or genuine activities. Students learn in context rather than in a contrived or rote fashion (such as flashcards).
Feedback
Feedback needs to be specific and result in improved performance. Feedback should be supportive and encouraging rather than negative. Data should be available to support decision making.
Differentiation
Differentiation is the ability to customise the app to suit the student. The ability to record you voice, customise text, add pictures and alter settings enables individualisation of the app.
User Friendliness
User friendliness is a measure of how well a student can use the app independently. Some apps are simply intuitive to use. Others include audio or visual prompts which support the student.
Motivation
All apps are engaging the first time they are played. However, students with diverse learning needs may need to return to the app many times. Motivating apps offer rewards,games or incentives.
Spell with Phonics
These are apps that spell words using letter sounds in a word (as opposed to spelling the word using letter names). There are 44 phonemes or letter sounds in the English language, including letter combinations such as /th/.

Domain Score Details
Learning Connection 4
Most of the pronunciations are correct. I would love future versions of this app to include a recording voice feature to overcome the challenge of accents.
Authenticity 4
Children hear and see a word and find the phonemes in the word. The story writing section allows students to apply this knowledge creatively.
Feedback 4
This app uses errorless learning. The child is unable to place the incorrect sound in the word. When correct, the child hears a positive sound.
Differentiation 1
The settings on this this app are fixed.
User Friendliness 4
This app is very easy to use. The drag and drop can be a little slow in the story section.
Motivation 3
Children enjoy the images and using the moveable alphabet.
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Developer

Higher Ground Education Inc

App Store Rating

(from 3 reviews)

Current Version Rating

(from 3 reviews)

Current Version

4.2
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Developer's Description
"Drawing on the Montessori system, Alpha Writer has been designed to make learning to read and write a joy." - Financial Times

The possibilities are endless when children begin to understand the written word. Intro to Words guides your child so that they can learn to write, read and spell phonetically, and compose their own words and stories with original illustrations! Based on the proven methodology of Montessori.

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WHY PHONETICS?

A phonetic word or phrase means every letter has a sound. Examples include JAM, WET, or GUM. A child can decode these words without needing to memorize tricky English language rules, and that means they are the perfect introduction to writing and reading. Explore an entire section of just phonetic words in Intro to Words.

WHAT’S A PHONOGRAM?

Phonograms are two letters that come together to make a unique sound, like SH, AI, or OW. Children use these two letter combinations to construct words like SHIP, RAIN, and COW. Your child will listen as a gentle voice pronounces phonograms in Intro to Words, then it’s their turn to give spelling a try.

MORE ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN:

• Basic foundations of language
• To write, read and spell phonetically
• Identify consonants and vowels
• Phonograms - writing and pronunciation
• Letter sounds, pronunciation and composition
• How to compose, identify and spell phonetic words
• To write, create and read stories
• Fine motor skills

CHOOSE AN ARTIST

We offer over 100 unique, phonetic illustrations, from 3 different internationally acclaimed artists: Zeptonn, Mike Lowery and Marloes de Vries. Pick your favorite to work with, or rotate between all three!

CREATE YOUR OWN STORY

Let loose in the storyboard section of Intro to Words! Your child has access to all illustrations, letters and phonograms to create a masterpiece of their own. Play alongside your child for moments of learning as a family.

SOUND GAMES

Enjoy a game of I-Spy to help your child become familiar with letter sounds. Listen as Intro to Words introduces three objects, followed by “I spy with my little eye...something beginning with sss” for example. Your child will be prompted to select an object that begins with that letter sound! “Which object starts with sss?”

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND INTRO TO WORDS

A tested and proven aspect to the Montessori method is that writing comes before reading. Intro to Words places an emphasis on the phonetic sounds used to build a word rather than spelling or reading comprehension. Children can learn the letter sounds and combinations of letter sounds at their own pace!

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Disclaimer: The evaluations and rankings information provided here are based solely on the opinion of the author and are for informational purposes only. Families should seek professional advice before making decisions regarding interventions for their child.