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This app for i Pad is geared towards children in grades Pre K – K. It is an educational app for helping young children to learn about the alphabet, to learn the sounds of the letters, to practice writing the letters, and to begin sounding out simple 3-letter words.
When you open the app you hear about “How Two Sisters Invented the Alphabet”.
The books are neat because they are interactive. They tell the story of how long ago two sisters were trying to write things down, so they decided to invent “letters.” They decided to make each letter look like something that begins with that letter. So, “A” looks like an acrobat, “B” looks like a butterfly, and “C” looks like a cat. Each time a new letter is introduced, the story explains why the letter is being represented by that picture. I love this because it will help the kids get this information into their right brains quicker. They have more associations rather than just looking at a black-and-white plain “B” and learning that it is a “B.” Then the letter sound is pronounced. The kids are told to say the word: acrobat or butterfly or cat. (I think this is hard for many 3-year-olds since very few of them have good pronunciation. It rarely recognized my son when he said the word. Thankfully, after the second attempt the app moves on. It usually worked for my pronunciation, but not always.)
Then the next thing to do is practice writing the letter. It is described for the child, and then they use their finger on the i Pad to trace the letter. They don’t have to be perfect–just fill in the empty spaces. This is good for those little ones who aren’t too good with fine motor skills yet.
The picture below shows a scene from Book 1:
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The price of the Talking Shapes app from the iTunes store is $5.99.