Letter School is an iPad and iPhone app that helps kids with handwriting. My two year old LOVES to trace the letters! Not only are the graphics on the app really cool, it really helps children develop the motor skills needed as they prepare for school. And I’m not the only one who thinks so… the app won the Editor’s Choice Award 2012 from the Children’s Technology Review and the Best Younger Children’s App 2013 – KAPi Award, among others.
Upon loading the app the child picks a letter to trace.
The letter is sounded out and an example of something that starts with that letter is shown.
Each letter offers a variety of ways to practice, which is said to increase retention. The dots on the letters show the child where to start and which direction to go. The final iteration of the letter is where the child’s memory is tested as they write the letter by themselves. (It does give hints if needed so they don’t become frustrated.)
From rocket ships to trains, pinballs to lawnmowers, the sense of accomplishment is acknowledged with cute animation.
There is a free version so you can try it out before committing to the $2.99 version. It’s intuitive and ideal for all children, no matter what their learning style is.