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LetterSchool - Block Letters
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The #1 alphabet tracing app for toddlers & pre-schoolers. Recommended and used by parents, teachers, and occupational therapists. Loved & played by more than 2 million toddlers and used at more than 5.000 schools! LetterSchool is an educational app designed to help every child play and learn how to write all letters of the English alphabet (from A to Z) and numbers from 1-10. Kids practice and develop essential phonics and handwriting skills as they play three exciting games per letter or number – as an extra, they learn words associated with the letters! HOW IT WORKS: Intro - Discover the shape, phonics, name, and sound of all the 26 block / print letters and numbers (1-10). Tap - Learn where to start to write the letters and numbers and finish by tapping the dots in the correct order. Trace - Learn the letter trajectory and direction of lines by tracing it. Write - Test your knowledge by writing the ABC and numbers from memory! SPECIAL FEATURES: - Uppercase and lowercase block letters + numbers 1-10! - Two exciting levels: Silver and Gold (with new animations)! - Progress and settings stored for up to three players on the same device. - In the A-Z section, specific graphics available to match the letters (e.g. ant graphic for letter A/a). - Available for both iPads and iPhones. - Special edition for schools and teachers. - Available in bulk through the Volume Purchase Program. - Available at a reduced price for educational institutions: 50% off for 20+ units! PERFECT FOR KIDS: Kids want to have fun, and LetterSchool offers an educational journey with the most engaging and entertaining educational material! - They learn with various exciting animations, graphics, and sound effects. - They learn to associate letters with words, learn and memorize tracing directions and the correct formation of each character. - Perfect for home-schooling kids and kindergartens. A user-friendly app for children with special educational needs. PERFECT FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS: - Choice of the three most popular typefaces in handwriting education (handwriting without tears, D’Nealian, and Zaner-Bloser). - Two levels, where Golden Level allows tracking kids’ progress by displaying their exact letter writing! - Engaging and compelling game mode prompting the child to trace a letter or a number 3 times using different parameters (each step is more challenging). - An educational app created together with parents and educational professionals. - NO ADS! - Advanced settings or purchases only accessible by an adult! - Extremely committed Customer Support ready to answer all questions and fix any issues. MONTESSORI MATERIALS & METHODS: LetterSchool is crafted with the greatest care for preschool kids & toddlers. Parents, teachers, and occupational therapists can use LetterSchool independently, but schools that teach according to the Montessori principle can use LetterSchool as a source for their Montessori materials and methods as well. ACCOLADES: - ‘Best Mobile App of 2018 Platinum Award’ nominee! – BMA - Winner of 'National Parenting Product Awards 2018' - NAPPA Awards - Teachers With Apps Certified – TeachersWithApps - “Learning a letter on this app is like being on a great party, with disco lights, stars and fireworks. Every letter is a surprise!” – Apps4Kids - “The kids love it! This app is right on track to help my son to be better prepared for Kindergarten”. -Kidz LET'S PLAY & LEARN! Join LetterSchool on this exciting educational journey! Download the app and allow your toddler to discover the magical world of letters and words. Before you know it, your child or pupil will be writing the entire English block alphabet! For more reviews and information, visit our website www.letterschool.com If you have any question or suggestions, please contact us at support@letterschool.com. You can also check our FAQ page on www.letterschool.org/faq.
Best printing app!
by bearmud on 2019/02/25 17:58
As a K teacher, this is my go-to app for supported latter formation practice. Kids love it. I like the way the support is slowly withdrawn as the kids practice.
Great app to teach letter formation
by Number 1 OT on 2019/01/25 17:43
I use this app every day with my special education students who need help learning letter formation using the Handwriting Without Tears formation guidelines. This app reinforces a developmentally appropriate approach to learn letter formation. It provides engaging visual cues to enhance independent formation. The kids I work with along with my grandchildren really enjoy this app. Thank you Letter School!
This app is dumb
by Mommy2Tru on 2019/01/24 02:58
Why are u asking me questions like what numbers is visible by 3 and when I select the answer it doesn’t work ? I want my money back
Great app small glitch
by elisa ot on 2018/12/25 17:52
Love this app for my preschooler. I love that I can pick the font to learn so it matches up with what she’s learning in school. All the different animations keep my daughter engaged and motivated. My only complaint is that the letter H gets frozen after the first animation. My daughter is so sad she can’t get all the stars.
Can’t get app to work
by Mel.93 on 2018/10/04 18:32
The app won’t face the correct way when the iPad is laying in landscape. So frustrating!
Fine on iPhone, bad on android
by R1366 on 2018/05/02 21:16
I got this app for my oldest 2+ years ago since his school was using it. He loves it, I love it. As long as it’s on my iPhone. Now his little brother wants to use it, so I put it on my Nook. With rotating locked, the screen will flip nonstop, frustrating us. Please fix this bug before I delete it!
No sound no support
by Virgi77 on 2017/09/10 07:34
Downloaded two versions of this; none have sound on iPhone. Followed the steps for troubleshooting still no sound. Emailed company twice and no response! I want my money back!!
Reading Specialist Questions the Sounds
by Strictlyspeaking on 2017/08/26 21:34
As a game for writing practice, the app seems good, clever, and visually appealing. However, as a reading specialist, I question how the app gets such high reviews when it is presenting phonetically confusing information for young children. Any good introductory phonetic information for young children needs to be consistent and as clear as possible. The designers have presented inconsistent phonetic information, and have chosen questionable examples for words beginning with alphabet sounds. Three of the 5 vowels are fine- "a" (axe or ant) and "e" (egg or elephant) and "o" (octopus and ostrich.) All six of these are short sounds of the vowels. For i, they use ice cream or igloo; both the long and short sounds, respectively. And for "u" they include two examples of the long sound of "u" with ukulele aned unicorn. Garage is used for "g" in one example, but the soft "g" is also included with giraffe. X is just plain wrong, as x does not say zzzz and in xylophone. Reading specialists present consistent information to beginning readers: the short, more predictable sound comes first. The long sounds are treated as exceptions in alphabet charts. The soft "g" should be left out until later as it is less confusing. X has never said ZZZZZ. It may seem harmless to present this information carelessly, but I believe kids deserve the best start possible. This app needs to clean up the sounds section.
Waste of money
by Why is everyone stupid on 2017/08/04 18:17
It draws most of the letter for for the kid so he's not learning how to do it , and app has no sound at all so my son doesn't even know what he's looking at.
Was great, 5 stars!
by Laughlink on 2017/07/12 01:40
This needs to be updated, will no longer load after last OS update. My 3 year old played it everyday until it stopped working. It has been over a month, so long enough for developer to fix.
Good app
by Nikos Z on 2017/04/19 21:33
Works well on iPhone 6. Kids enjoy using the app!
Crashes
by ajklenne on 2017/04/19 20:00
Game does not get past the opening screen. When go button is pressed the game closes. Please fix as my children love this app!! Update: After a delete and re download the app works great and the kids love it.
Awesome!
by Ark0578 on 2016/12/11 18:11
My son has several apps where you trace letters but this has become his favorite. The animations are very engaging for kids and makes them want to keep going. I do wish there were more "levels" though. My son loves when you clear the blue screen and all of the stars go to the corner. We have to keep resetting it so he can see that again.
Awesome app
by Vidhya Jith on 2016/12/03 17:02
This app is really awesome. Very fun way learn to write letters and numbers. Try with free version and then go ahead to buy full version. Worth to buy full version
Letters and fine motor
by J&MAS on 2016/11/28 13:35
This app is great at helping our 5 year-old to recognize letters and develop fine motor skills to write them out.
Ok
by talavou1 on 2016/02/10 16:32
I like this app, the only Hong I don't like is that the 2nd time you write each letter it's very touchy. Sometimes I can't even write the letter correctly. This is frustrating for my preschool because he really tries to write the word but it keeps making him start over, even though he is doing his best
Best letter tool I've found.
by Lacey1112 on 2015/11/20 16:02
Simply awesome.
Crashes!
by Dhejifowmrikf on 2015/11/07 17:21
My kids love this app, but it crashes every time we try to open it. iOS is up to date. Please fix!! I HATE that I spent money on this, and we can't even use it. Unacceptable.
Was a great app...
by Tmilllllller on 2015/11/07 14:32
This was a fantastic app up until recently it crashes every single time we open it. After doing all of the basic troubleshooting, still doesn't work. Deleting the app and getting something else. Very sad since we have had it for so long.
Love It But NOT WORKING!
by Chiquitacamille8 on 2015/10/14 17:32
Excellent app for me working with children in this school, but it stopped opening about 9 months ago. Whenever I open it, it closes down (crash) and I do not see a way of getting a refund or making them aware of the problem. So I have to give 1 star.
App no longer works
by mrs.l.frandsen26 on 2015/10/05 15:56
My kids love this app but it hasn't worked for weeks now. Please fix it! I will change my rating when it works again.
Educates Great
by JJ viewer on 2015/09/24 03:52
The app works great and helps my kids recognize letters. They think it is fun!
I’m so impressed by this app
by mjbishop on 2015/09/12 18:30
This is not just one of the best letter teaching apps I’ve seen, but it might be one of the best educational apps I’ve ever used. It nudges the child in the right direction if they are confused. The rewards for doing a letter are fantastic. The way it gradually makes getting a letter correct more difficult with each iteration. I couldn’t be more impressed. Buy this for an example of a stellar app!
Stupidest game ever!
by ScottDF9 on 2015/08/10 08:14
When the whole point is learning letters/numbers by tracing, leave it to this game to have completely missed the mark. It actually traces it for you. Your kid needn't bother! So stupid and I'm so angry to be out $4.99. I WILL get my money back if it's the last thing I do as it's a matter of principal!
Great learning tool for my daughter
by Jesse Fowler on 2015/05/22 03:47
The app is great.
Please fix!!
by nycpink on 2015/04/06 17:01
We love this app but it doesn't open!
Wonderful and engaging
by Trace letters on 2015/04/02 23:43
Love how the app provides support as needed, especially the fading of arrows as the child writes. It has been very helpful for my special needs preschoolers in helping them focus, slow down, and creating muscle memory. I also like the progression from demo with starting points to independent with disappearing line. The last one can be challenging, but the app provides support prompts. I agree with the reviewer who suggested changing the g sound to a hard g sound, but the app deserves 5 stars and more.
Loved and lost.
by ObjectivityRach on 2015/03/13 14:43
This is our favorite letter game but now it won't work. It crashes at opening every time!
Suggestions for Future Updates
by Jshssjsk on 2015/01/28 22:07
I love this app! It makes learning to write fun. My kindergarten students enjoy it and I feel it reinforces correct letter formation. I have some suggestions for future updates. First of all, I would like to see lines for the lowercase letters. The kids need to learn letter placement and the app is not teaching this. In addition, I would prefer the letter g to have a beginning sound word like game instead of giraffe. I would also like to be able to make each child their own account in the game to track their performance.
Stopped working
by Pitterpat58 on 2015/01/26 23:39
My grandsons love this app. But it stopped working months ago. It crashes as soon as we touch the screen when the music stops. I operate it on iPad Air 2, if that matters. Finally deleted it to stop the tears and tantrums. Hope it gets fixed soon. Was great while it worked!
Please update soon!!
by JSheridan24 on 2015/01/19 21:04
As a teacher, this is one of my favorite apps to use with kids that are just learning how to form their letters and numbers. Unfortunately, several months ago the app stopped working. As soon as the intro song is finished, the app crashes. Every time. I have updated to the newest iOS, restarted my iPad, tried everything to get the app up and running...and it won't work. My kids miss using this app. Please release an update that fixes this bug! Once there is a fix that returns this paid app to a working app, I will change my review to what I wish I could give it - 5 stars. Thanks.
Crashes
by Logan LoLo on 2014/11/21 19:16
Crashes. Can't swipe to change caps to lowercase to numbers without it crashing.
This app has been one of my favorites.
by Megmm2 on 2014/11/07 13:19
I have always loved this app since I got it for my daughter who was 2 at the time. I'm pretty sure she learned to write her letter on this game. It has always worked great, but since the update and change of the icon it has been crashing every time my kids turn it on. They're disappointed and we'd love to have it back. My son is 3 and has learned to form his letters from the app as well. Please fix it!!!
Great app
by Liz-Parents on 2014/11/07 08:03
I just purchased this app for my toddler; it’s so much fun to see how he enjoys playing with this app. Really well done!!!
Highly recommended
by SophiaLL** on 2014/11/06 22:51
What a great app! My youngest kid can’t stop playing this game - especially the lawn mower animation is appreciated! Hope to see more apps of this developer!
Crash fixed! Great app for handwriting
by Julia.Smith.1986 on 2014/11/06 22:03
The app crashed on my ipad. Customer support gave me the advice to delete the app from my ipad an install it again. And it worked! My kids can’t stop playing this app! Definitely worth $4,99 and thumbs up for customer support.
Letter school
by Max Drax on 2014/11/05 13:04
Was an awesome app but now it keeps crashing. Very frustrating! When it's working I'd give it a five but obviously I gave it a one because you can't do anything now.
Crashes now! Fix this, unacceptable for a pay app
by ginster24 on 2014/11/03 00:53
Crashes after pressing the green arrow. This is unacceptable since we paid for this app! Prior to this problem, my daughter age 5 loved this app and it has improved her handwriting and love of it immensely. Very disappointed, please fix this and I will change my review accordingly.
Simple, and highly efficient
by Blackberry shortcake on 2014/10/29 21:56
This app is so simple in use that very young children discover by themselves how to use it without any help. This is definitely my favorite app for young children. They go on and on playing for ages, and their handwriting improves by leaps and bounds.
Good app But...
by pascualabigail on 2014/10/25 13:04
Not worth $4.99. More like $1.99. Good for children learning to write and fun to look at but it's too easy. For the price should have levels once it's finish with writing letters and numbers it should encourage to write words. Or maybe asked how many is on the screen and you should be able to write to correct count. Well The free app was worth it. That's all. Just wish there's more to it.
Love this app
by JenDodgeOT on 2014/09/26 21:09
I'm a school-based OT. It both cracks me up and horrifies me to see the complaint that this app is restrictive in how it makes children write the letters. THAT IS THE POINT!! I guess it has been so long since children were actually taught that there is a way you are supposed to form letters and not just draw them however you can figure out yourself, that people have forgotten there is any such thing. Anyway, this app is so inherently motivating to many children, that it can get them to really work hard at learning to control their movements and learn to form letters when games, promised rewards, modeling by peers, cheering by adults etc failed. It has some magical draw that makes children keep wanting to work on it. And I love that you can set it to Handwriting Without Tears style letters. I agree about the Left-handers, though. There should be a way you can switch it so that you can form the horizontal lines right-to-left. And I wish it didn't keep it from working properly if you stabilize the side of your hand down on the screen while writing, but that is a complaint I have with every tablet-based visual-motor app.
app has gotten too expensive
by iteachkinders on 2014/08/24 17:40
This is one of my all-time favorite apps for my students to practice handwriting. It is too bad that the price has been raised so much. This app was $1.99 last year. Now, at $5.99 it is too expensive for me to purchase for my classroom set of ipads. I wish that the price had not gone up so much. What a shame :(
This is a good app if they change few things
by kyopogirl79 on 2014/07/08 17:25
After reading other reviews I purchased this app as it seems to be a fun app for children who are exploring writing. My child is 4 years old and knows how to write his name and simple words. But this app is very restrictive in how to write each letter. Not very child friendly who are learning how to write. This app would be more appropriate for older children 5 and up. But then what’s the point of this app as these children know how to write. If this app is targeted towards younger children 5 and under they need make it easier and not restrict to a certain way how to write a letter! There are more ways in writing letter than just ONE!
Educational and great design
by Rock1210 on 2014/05/17 17:04
Mission accomplished - kids are learning! and the Tracing feels like PLay - so well done :)
Excellent!
by finstac on 2014/04/20 05:18
I have had this app since April 4 of this year and have already seen an improvement in my 3 year old daughters letter writing skills. So wonderful! She loves the game and I love that I can see which letters she had finished! I do have a suggestion though - add the option to write their own name!!
Great OT app
by Fourthwatch on 2014/04/14 20:38
My students and clients love Lettersçhool. When provided with other occupational therapy techniques, I am seeing huge gains for many students.
Couple of improvements.
by Couponshopper on 2014/03/18 04:04
3 year old loves the app! But, would be nice if it would say what the letter is. Also, could be a little lenient about the tracing. She gets a little frustrated after trying a few times. Other than that great for her to practice!
Great preschool writing app
by Jen7288 on 2014/03/17 22:36
My kids know their letters but don't necessarily know how to write the letters. This app is great and a fun way to teach them the correct steps on creating a letter
Terrific with one improvement suggestion
by DoubleS22 on 2014/03/15 22:18
My daughter loves this app and it has helped her tremendously. The reason why I do not give it five stars; The one major area of frustration is that she is left-handed (as am I). For instance, the letter 'O' forces the user to make the circle in a counter-clockwise motion. As a left-handed adult, my inclination to make the letter 'O' (or 'Q,' etc) is to draw the circle in a clockwise motion. Having the choice to make alterations from left to right-handed such as this would be far less frustrating for parent and child. If the developer can make this change in the settings, it will get five BIG stars from me.
Cursive??
by FPSantandrea on 2014/03/10 18:00
Love this app so much. Is there a cursive version anywhere????
Love this
by Shel22flute on 2014/02/25 21:07
My boys love this app. Would you please make one for cursive writing also? It would be amazing!!
My 2 Year Old’s Opinion - Obsessive Love
by MrBHarris on 2014/02/22 14:02
So I have a 2 year old who knows his letters (upper and lower case) and most of the phonics associated with it. Here’s the rub: I don’t think letter ID and sounds at 2 is important at all (I teach kindergarten so I have a skewed word-view). We worry WAY too much about literacy in this culture and start kids way too early. So whereas most parents would be pleased at how “smart” their kid is, I see it more as a scatter skill that brings him great joy. But hey… who am I to argue with a 2 year old?
Fun and educational
by Arraway on 2014/02/15 06:11
My son loves loves loves this app. It has helped him learn to write letters IN THE WRITE ORDER. meaning, start an A from the top and do the left side first, then the right side then cross from left to right. I learned about this app because they are using it in the kindergarten classes here. They said they tried many apps and this was the only one that only allowed letters to be written in the right technique.
Fun and educational
by Arraway on 2014/02/15 06:11
My son loves loves loves this app. It has helped him learn to write letters IN THE WRITE ORDER. meaning, start an A from the top and do the left side first, then the right side then cross from left to right. I learned about this app because they are using it in the kindergarten classes here. They said they tried many apps and this was the only one that only allowed letters to be written in the right technique.
Very good, one little problem
by kronkiue on 2014/01/19 11:22
This is a great app. Very well designed and fun. My preschooler likes playing and learning with it. My only complaint is that the tolerance for tracing the letters is a bit too tight for my little guy. He traces a letter most of the way but then his finger inevitably wanders off the line just a tiny bit (but he's still basically on target) and the app makes him start over. This frustrates him and he ends up asking me to do it for him. Is there a way to set how "strict" the tracing is? Otherwise, excellent app, highly recommend.
Great app but....
by Shorti333 on 2014/01/17 02:23
My daughter looks forward to working on this app everyday but asks "mom, where did the music go?" 2 y/o responds best to music...bring back the sound and u get 5 stars! Update quick!
Great letter tracing App for preschooler
by Keleeh1 on 2014/01/15 23:12
We have tried several beginner letter / number tracing apps and this is one of the best I've found and the price is reasonable. Helps promote correct form and is entertaining without being too obnoxious
Hands down best letter/number app
by kbazyk on 2014/01/10 01:56
This is by far the most well designed, clean, and creative app on the market for learning letters and numbers. My son has been enjoying it since he was 10 months old. It's by far the best app and worth every penny.
Great app!
by julie585 on 2013/12/29 01:44
My son is 7 and has special needs- this app is the most fun of all the handwriting games we've tried. He's using a stylus on the ipad with this game now that we've been playing it for awhile. I wish it had the ability to turn off error sounds, and all sounds off, and step 1 only, step 2 only, step 3 only (my son figured out how to cheat.) Other than that it's perfect!
Must have App for preschoolers
by aestheticmonk on 2013/12/19 02:35
So incredibly well done. Two niggles: 1. Need to repeat the names of the letters more. And could use with a rotation of a few more "example" items that feature that letter to keep thing interesting. 2. In landscape mode the bottom of some letters are too close to the second level star. These are VERY small points on an otherwise awesome App. Worth every penny and beyond. The best App we have for our 2.5 year old.
Love it, so does he
by Catchuri on 2013/12/10 19:35
This is a great app, it offers visual, and multiple ways of doing each letter which I think helps with memory. Only wish it would repeat the letters name each time it comes up to trace or draw. Worth the money!
Disappointed!
by DenaV331 on 2013/12/09 01:45
Son loved your app...did an update, now there is no sound..?! Please fix!!!
Best handwriting app
by Meatyard on 2013/12/05 23:58
This is by far the best app to teach your kid handwriting. Each letter offers a three step process to learn the way to write them. The animations are great and varied, keeping my 3 year old interested.
A must have App
by Chidexsky on 2013/12/02 15:17
This app is a must have. I 2year old has improved dramatically since using it. I don't have to be with him or even talk to him while he's on it. The app does all that for me while I get things done. Thank you Letter School!
A ton of crashes with iPhone 5S and iPad Air.
by HappyPig on 2013/11/30 23:01
My daughter’s almost in tears that we can’t run LetterSchool now. Choosing 50% of the letters immediately crashes the app - here are the letters that crash: A, C, E, G, I, K, M, O, Q, S, U, W & Y. 13 letters out of 26, and every other letter in the alphabet. Again, this crashes on three different devices, all running iOS7. Don’t buy until is this fixed.
Crashes on 5s!
by CARRIV on 2013/11/19 18:41
Needs an update. Crashes on my 5s as soon as I press on a letter. Please update!
Bugs
by StarGazrJC on 2013/11/19 04:27
My son used to love this app, but ever since I upgraded to iOS 7, it keeps crashing on him. Please update to support the new iOS!
4 year old and 7 year old alike love this app!
by Gi.D.up on 2013/11/19 04:19
I really bought the app for my 4 year old who is just starting to recognize letters and show interest in letter formation. He is also a lefty, I think, so I figured this app might help since holding a crayon or pencil is sort of awkward for a beginner anyway. Well he loves the app and as soon as my 7 yar old dtr tried it she loved it too. She is a great reader and very bright but her handwriting is pretty bad and her teacher complains that her letter formation is incorrect. They literally both played with it for an entire 45 min car ride yesterday ( on seperate devices). Hopefully the letter formation on the app is cosnistent with how they want them to do it at school-which I actually have not verified. But regardless I like feeling like they are enjoying an electronic activity that doesnt shoot anything or make silly body noises. My only suggestion for improvements is that it would be fun i the item that retraces the letter could start with that letter. For instance, have the train come to trave over the letter "t" as reinforcement of the sound. Just a thought.
Keeps crashing
by Asterenjoni on 2013/11/18 19:15
It could be great if it worked. Keeps crashing right after clicking on a letter. Extremely frustrating to pay for an app that's a dud.
Nice
by Sacramuche on 2013/11/15 04:18
This app can make handwriting activities more interesting but I wish there was a way to select letters individually to skip between levels rather than completing the whole alphabet first
Please fix!
by Andriana Falcon on 2013/11/06 16:28
I love this app but when I downloaded it to my new iPad air it shuts down on certain letters (A, C, O, E to name a few). Please fix I am an occupational therapist and frequently use this app with my patients!!
Worth the money
by TR&EJ'S MOM on 2013/11/05 00:42
The graphics and animation are so fun, I'm not sure my kids realize they are learning :) I really like how my kids can try writing the letter/number and they will be given several tries and then arrows to guide them, if needed. This app seems well thought out with what is appealing to kids without being over the top. Hope the designers will create more apps!
DOES NOT WORK ON iPhone 5s
by MKozie on 2013/11/04 02:28
This App worked on iPhone 4S with iOS 6, however, it has stopped working and doesn't allow me to get past the intro screen without shutting down. Wait until an update before you buy. Fun game for a 3 year old when it works.
Really nice
by Канфета on 2013/10/29 12:01
Please fix the bags, iOS 7 doesn't supported.
OT
by Lhs1234 on 2013/10/23 21:47
My kids love this app! They beg to trace letters and remember to form them correctly ! They have transferred the skill to their pencils too!
Great app!
by 4kidz@home on 2013/10/21 21:05
My four year old daughter has so much fun using this app to practice writing her letters. Very engaging and pretty of positive feedback for accurate work. I had considered other more expensive handwriting apps but I am very glad I chose this one. No complaints what so ever about letter school!
Awesome
by Cede822 on 2013/10/20 06:27
I have tried many alphabet apps for my 4 year old. None kept her interest. This app keeps her interested all day if I let her. This is the best alphabet and number app out there out, for recognizing her letters an numbers and tracing them too. Outstanding app to the developers. Review only allows 5 stars but it's 10 stars for me, to keep my little one interesting in learning. Thank you....
Kinder Teacher Raves
by quietlilactress on 2013/10/18 01:11
I’m a kindergarten teacher, and was sold the first time I watched the trailer for this app. It is such a wonderful tool for those needing a little extra help with their letters. I love that it works on where to start (at the top!) when writing each letter. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is because I don’t like that the sound for the letter Ii is the long sound instead of short, the Xx sound is more of a Zz sound in xylophone, a couple letters have the “uh” sound attached like Dd (Duh) and Bb (Buh), the Oo doesn’t start at the top but rather off-center. It would be cool if it showed the letters and how they fit on lines spaces as well. Overall, it’s excellent, and I recommend it for parents to use at home, and small group, classroom work.
No Customer Support
by Hrhsooz on 2013/10/10 10:12
My 2 year old granddaughter loves this app. But when I upgraded my iPad the app became frozen. It says "waiting" under the greyed app. I cannot uninstall it and reinstall it, and I can't purchase it again because it says I already purchased it. I contacted customer service but they did not respond. Great app until something goes wrong. Do not expect any help. Frustrating.
Love it!
by EverythingFan66 on 2013/10/01 22:56
It a great app for my kindergartener. He enjoys playing it and he's learning at the same time. He's working on 11-19 but the numbers only go up to 10.
Why us this not downloading?
by NOVAOTRL on 2013/09/23 02:59
I have purchased and loved using this app with many students I needed to re download it and I can't! It says it's no longer available! what's going on???
Great App, but
by mbhardison on 2013/09/18 17:16
My son Loves this app, but the sound stops working on our ipad. Plse see if you can fix this. Thanks!!
Fun for the little ones!
by Jake&Melissa on 2013/09/17 17:39
My 4 year old loves this app and is pretty good at it. My 2 year old can even play it! I really like that there are three stages to learning each letter. One to show you how, one to let you practice, and one to do it on your own. Even in the last step the line shows up if you need it. There are also different graphics once you've gone through the alphabet the first time. The ONLY thing I think could be improved on would be for them to hear the letter again after the last step.
Thank you
by Trablwocky on 2013/09/15 17:26
Thanks not only for a great app, but for adjusting it so that children with disabilities can experience success with it. My son jumped happily in his seat the first time he was able to independently complete the letter "o". You guys rock!!!! One of our favorites for sure.
Two words...
by Moniland on 2013/09/11 01:28
Awesome app! My 2 and 3-yr old LOVE it. They're tickled by all the various animations. Beautifully designed app that teaches what it sets out to.
My kids love it
by DahveedGR on 2013/09/09 14:48
Of all the letter-tracing alphabet apps... This is the one that will keep kids most engaged.
Fantastic
by 07/23/12 on 2013/09/03 10:25
I think that this app is wonderful. I love the dnealian, zan bloser, etc. It would be nice though to have between the part where the student is drag tracing and the part where they trace while not seeing the letter to have a part where the letter is there faintly and they can trace. So have 4 ways and not 3. That way they have that before the letter goes completely unseen for tracing. Also if there could be more different animations like horses, people, etc. rather than just the grass, lights, etc. on the letters and different congratulations when a student gets the letters correct. Put numbers up to 30 or have an option as to how many numbers we want to use for our students. Other than that this is a very awesome and fun sight!!!
Awesome!
by amae2284 on 2013/08/24 21:58
This app is soooo cool. I wasn't sure at first if just writing letters would be fun, but this app is so well put together with great graphics! I don't think this app will ever get old! My 2 year loves it. It is a little challenging for her to trace some of the letters, so she will get better at it as she gets older.
Great app, now add cursive!
by Not Mi on 2013/08/22 12:50
I really LOVE all the different font options. Now all it needs is a cursive font and this would be everything you need to reinforce handwriting on all levels.
Wonderful
by intgroom on 2013/07/28 01:04
My son hates learning his alphabet but loves this!
The only letter app my son uses!
by Shay1083 on 2013/07/22 13:59
It's great, I don't have to fuss with my son anymore to practice his letters! I say it once and he opens up the apps and starts. Wish there was a number version. Love it!
Great in OT sessions
by Bmc11 on 2013/07/04 02:16
IMO, this is the best letter writing app that I have worked with so far. I've tried many many many trial apps. I love that you can choose which handwriting style to use. The only thing I think could be improved is to give the adult the choice to bypass some of the animations and noises. As a therapist, practicing the letter more than once during the same session gets to be time consuming and sometimes irritating to the child to have to see animations and hear the sounds again. It would also be nice to be able to save more than 3 profiles, especially for school based therapist who work on beginning handwriting skills with a large percentage of their caseload.
It does not disappoint!
by Isakn on 2013/07/03 19:46
The demo video impressed me, so I purchased it. But I thought to myself: I'm not sure if my 3 yr old son will go for this repetitiveness for each letter, even though that's what he needs. Well, I was WRONG. The first time he ever "played" this writing app, he practiced writing for 2 straight hours. And it has most things he loves, bubbles, trains, rocket ships, and he loves the fireworks after every letter/number.
Wonderful!!
by BattleBornMom on 2013/07/02 02:52
My 3 yo son is hooked! He keeps going back for more, never getting bored. He has recognized his letters and numbers since he was less than 2, but this is the first activity which has inspired him to practice writing them.
Letter school
by AnnBrook on 2013/06/23 14:31
This app is actually 2.00$ but its not a waste of money and annbrook my mom made that name. It also has cool things when you write!!! Mabye i should say this in a more realistic way i have app at school but i am on summer break and i have it at home oh i almost forgot when you trace it does cool stuff........buy app please!!!!!!!! And dont think annbrook think superchild
Make it more robust
by Gcslaughter on 2013/06/03 19:10
I love Letter School. What would be great is to expand the app. For younger children, perhaps a shape section to work on beginning strokes. For older children, maybe "Word School", where they could work on putting letters together to make words.
Awesome!
by Marty Cohen on 2013/05/16 02:43
My 2 year old loves this app. Does a great job of teaching him to trace letters and is very entertaining. Amazing graphics and animation.
Best letter/number app out there
by Bboyle4798 on 2013/05/12 22:33
My daughter was having a very difficult time learning her letters and numbers. This app was recommended by her occupational therapist. In the two months since using it her retention has tripled. Highly recommend.
Problem using on iPhone
by Ndfl1968 on 2013/05/02 19:31
The third button that activates the child drawing the letter freehand is too low on the screen and can not be pushed. Other than that it is a great app.
Great app to teach letter formation
by Number 1 OT on 2019/01/25 17:43
I use this app every day with my special education students who need help learning letter formation using the Handwriting Without Tears formation guidelines. This app reinforces a developmentally appropriate approach to learn letter formation. It provides engaging visual cues to enhance independent formation. The kids I work with along with my grandchildren really enjoy this app. Thank you Letter School!
Best printing app!
by bearmud on 2019/02/25 17:58
As a K teacher, this is my go-to app for supported latter formation practice. Kids love it. I like the way the support is slowly withdrawn as the kids practice.
Great app small glitch
by elisa ot on 2018/12/25 17:52
Love this app for my preschooler. I love that I can pick the font to learn so it matches up with what she’s learning in school. All the different animations keep my daughter engaged and motivated. My only complaint is that the letter H gets frozen after the first animation. My daughter is so sad she can’t get all the stars.
more than pleased!
by OneAppyMama on 2012/05/02 01:49
We started out with the "lite" version of Letter School. I forgot to tell the kids I had even put it on there when my son found it. I kept hearing this noise and him laughing and squawking/screaming delight (he's on the autism spectrum however he IS verbal). He told me he wanted more of the app! NOW! I said show me and he went to it and started the letter P and and then his sister had to have a go of it. I took the iPad and purchased it right away. He could not put it down and when I made him turn if off and go to bed he was 'bummed out' and the first thing he wanted the next morning was "Letter School". He completed it in a matter of days as did his sister. I loved it as much as they did - I mean they were actually learning to trace the letters "correctly" in STEPS and with practice and they were not upset when they did not get it right (which is hard for my son). They would laugh at their own letters and numbers when they were accepted and shown on a 'chalkboard' saying look how silly it is mommy! The various cars and insects that zoom or buzz through and more made them want to go on and on and on in order to see what would happen next! This is one of the BEST alphabet and number writing apps out there in the market (and we have a LOT)! Thank you for making such an ingenious app!
This app is dumb
by Mommy2Tru on 2019/01/24 02:58
Why are u asking me questions like what numbers is visible by 3 and when I select the answer it doesn’t work ? I want my money back
Can’t get app to work
by Mel.93 on 2018/10/04 18:32
The app won’t face the correct way when the iPad is laying in landscape. So frustrating!
Love this app
by JenDodgeOT on 2014/09/26 21:09
I'm a school-based OT. It both cracks me up and horrifies me to see the complaint that this app is restrictive in how it makes children write the letters. THAT IS THE POINT!! I guess it has been so long since children were actually taught that there is a way you are supposed to form letters and not just draw them however you can figure out yourself, that people have forgotten there is any such thing. Anyway, this app is so inherently motivating to many children, that it can get them to really work hard at learning to control their movements and learn to form letters when games, promised rewards, modeling by peers, cheering by adults etc failed. It has some magical draw that makes children keep wanting to work on it. And I love that you can set it to Handwriting Without Tears style letters. I agree about the Left-handers, though. There should be a way you can switch it so that you can form the horizontal lines right-to-left. And I wish it didn't keep it from working properly if you stabilize the side of your hand down on the screen while writing, but that is a complaint I have with every tablet-based visual-motor app.
Reading Specialist Questions the Sounds
by Strictlyspeaking on 2017/08/26 21:34
As a game for writing practice, the app seems good, clever, and visually appealing. However, as a reading specialist, I question how the app gets such high reviews when it is presenting phonetically confusing information for young children. Any good introductory phonetic information for young children needs to be consistent and as clear as possible. The designers have presented inconsistent phonetic information, and have chosen questionable examples for words beginning with alphabet sounds. Three of the 5 vowels are fine- "a" (axe or ant) and "e" (egg or elephant) and "o" (octopus and ostrich.) All six of these are short sounds of the vowels. For i, they use ice cream or igloo; both the long and short sounds, respectively. And for "u" they include two examples of the long sound of "u" with ukulele aned unicorn. Garage is used for "g" in one example, but the soft "g" is also included with giraffe. X is just plain wrong, as x does not say zzzz and in xylophone. Reading specialists present consistent information to beginning readers: the short, more predictable sound comes first. The long sounds are treated as exceptions in alphabet charts. The soft "g" should be left out until later as it is less confusing. X has never said ZZZZZ. It may seem harmless to present this information carelessly, but I believe kids deserve the best start possible. This app needs to clean up the sounds section.
4 year old and 7 year old alike love this app!
by Gi.D.up on 2013/11/19 04:19
I really bought the app for my 4 year old who is just starting to recognize letters and show interest in letter formation. He is also a lefty, I think, so I figured this app might help since holding a crayon or pencil is sort of awkward for a beginner anyway. Well he loves the app and as soon as my 7 yar old dtr tried it she loved it too. She is a great reader and very bright but her handwriting is pretty bad and her teacher complains that her letter formation is incorrect. They literally both played with it for an entire 45 min car ride yesterday ( on seperate devices). Hopefully the letter formation on the app is cosnistent with how they want them to do it at school-which I actually have not verified. But regardless I like feeling like they are enjoying an electronic activity that doesnt shoot anything or make silly body noises. My only suggestion for improvements is that it would be fun i the item that retraces the letter could start with that letter. For instance, have the train come to trave over the letter "t" as reinforcement of the sound. Just a thought.
Great multi-sensory handwriting app!
by rebeccas76 on 2012/07/05 02:53
As a kindergarten teacher, it is important that I choose apps for my students that are of high-quality. And so is the case with the LetterSchool app. A multi-sensory, interactive, and engaging app that is educational and entertaining - all at the same time. The only thing is doesn't have is a mess :) There are three fonts the teacher can choose from: Zaner Bloser, D'Nealian, and HWT (Handwriting Without Tears). Proper letter formation is critical at this age. This app gives the child enough room to trace and/or write the letter but not too much. Rather than just stopping the user if/when the user makes a mistake, the app also re-directs the user, informing he/she where the proper place is to start. My students were so excited to use this app - there is nothing else like it in the App Store. Definitely worth the money! If you are not sure, try the LetterSchool Lite version - that's what it's for!
Fantastic
by 07/23/12 on 2013/09/03 10:25
I think that this app is wonderful. I love the dnealian, zan bloser, etc. It would be nice though to have between the part where the student is drag tracing and the part where they trace while not seeing the letter to have a part where the letter is there faintly and they can trace. So have 4 ways and not 3. That way they have that before the letter goes completely unseen for tracing. Also if there could be more different animations like horses, people, etc. rather than just the grass, lights, etc. on the letters and different congratulations when a student gets the letters correct. Put numbers up to 30 or have an option as to how many numbers we want to use for our students. Other than that this is a very awesome and fun sight!!!
Teaches proper letter formation in an engaging format
by Kmerryl on 2012/02/10 05:05
4 and 3/4 stars. Great app teaching proper letter formation. This is right on with respect to engaging and holding the child's attention, teaching the correct way to form letters, and provide reinforcement and feedback. Love that Handwriting Without Tears Letters are an option. My only complaint is that when you click a letter to start and it gives you that letter in the initial position of a word, the word choices could have been better; more familiar and simple for children. For example, for c, t, f, s, I would prefer words that don't use the consonant in blends as they chose clown, tractor, flute, spider. Also don't really like the choice for m (monster), q (Quentin), and x (xylophone, I would prefer x-ray or something that better represents the x-sound). But it's not an app for phonics really, that's just my nit picking.
My 3-year-old's favorite app
by everbeke on 2012/11/25 17:37
This app is great! I wasn't convinced it would be one of my son'a favorite apps and I thought I'd have to really insist he play with it but I didn't! He has gone through all the upper an lower case letters as well as the numbers and he still goes back to re-write the letters over and over. Interestingly, he's left handed but plays the app with his right. I'm not sure if he found he had better results with his right compared to his left. No matter what, he LOVES this app and I'd love the developers to make more. Maybe spelling some begging sight words with the same 3 rehearsal process. On another note - I'm a school psychologist and I've recommended this app to many parents and fellow educators because the rehearsal process is excellent.
Incredible app for learning letter formation!!!!
by Whammerd on 2012/04/10 03:30
I recently purchased the "Letter School" app for my girls for our iPads, iPhones, and the girls iTouchs...........it is a FABULOUS app for little ones. I didn't purchase it to teach my girls their letters/sounds (although it will teach them that too if they don't know them), I purchased it to teach them correct letter formation when they write! Unfortunately handwriting is not taught very often anymore and kids are left to learn forming their letters on their own. Most kids naturally start their letters at the bottom when they should be starting them at the top. This app provides lots of practice and has awesome animation/graphics. My girls LOVE it!!! It was well worth the price in my opinion.
Love this
by RachaelCarri on 2012/10/22 21:38
I love this app for my 3 year old son. Because the last step has them write without tracing, although they will give help after a few unsuccessful tries, he and I are able to see that he really knows how to write the letter. I don't use this app as much for my 5 year old daughter because she knows how to write her letters, her issue is that she writes so fast, she doesn't take up the proper space for each letter. There is another app that I use for her that uses the 3 lines, so she can see where the letters need to stop and start. That would be my only improvement, to add lines, so the letters aren't just floating on the screen.
Kinder Teacher Raves
by quietlilactress on 2013/10/18 01:11
I’m a kindergarten teacher, and was sold the first time I watched the trailer for this app. It is such a wonderful tool for those needing a little extra help with their letters. I love that it works on where to start (at the top!) when writing each letter. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is because I don’t like that the sound for the letter Ii is the long sound instead of short, the Xx sound is more of a Zz sound in xylophone, a couple letters have the “uh” sound attached like Dd (Duh) and Bb (Buh), the Oo doesn’t start at the top but rather off-center. It would be cool if it showed the letters and how they fit on lines spaces as well. Overall, it’s excellent, and I recommend it for parents to use at home, and small group, classroom work.
Fabulous!
by blackfam on 2012/02/08 00:39
Ok can I just say I'm loving this app. It is far superior to any my son has used. It keeps his attention and gets him to trace his letters and numbers. It also unknowingly helps influence a desire to work toward goals. I am way impressed! TY to whomever in A4cwsn mentioned it and I looked it up on a whim. Best ABC app out there, only thing I'd change is some of the sounds that are used to help describe the letters. Just so that early letter sound recognition can be heard while playing, not just objects that the letter begins the word of. Hope that makes sense and helps! Love it though it's fun and my son is always excited to play it when I suggest it.
Great App. just wish it repeated....
by Tillyk33 on 2012/03/23 03:15
This is the first alphabet game we've found that keeps my son's attention. As a teacher, I find value in the fact that there is great repetition of the child seeing and practicing the letters. The flaw that I see though is that they do not hear the letter name enough. If the letter name was repeated more often, perhaps after each time it is drawn, it would be more effective. Children need to do, and see, and hear in order to learn the most. I think this would be an easy enough fix for this app designer to work on and include in a future update. PLEASE repeat the letter names! My son can trace and then draw the letters, but he cannot tell me what the letter is. He needs to hear it more.
Great in OT sessions
by Bmc11 on 2013/07/04 02:16
IMO, this is the best letter writing app that I have worked with so far. I've tried many many many trial apps. I love that you can choose which handwriting style to use. The only thing I think could be improved is to give the adult the choice to bypass some of the animations and noises. As a therapist, practicing the letter more than once during the same session gets to be time consuming and sometimes irritating to the child to have to see animations and hear the sounds again. It would also be nice to be able to save more than 3 profiles, especially for school based therapist who work on beginning handwriting skills with a large percentage of their caseload.
Helpful for dyslexic and Fine Motor
by Teach@home on 2012/02/12 04:20
Looking for handwriting app for my dyslexic 9yo with weak fine motor skills, I read the reviews for Letterschool. Since the reviews were so good, I tried it. I'm pretty impressed. This teaches correct way to form letters and won't allow bad habits to form or confusion of left or right/ top or bottom starting points. Son has to push pretty hard for some to hold the "train on the track" which strengthens the muscles in his hand for writing. Each letter has unique animation which does hold their attention. It was so fun that my older kids wanted to try it. I also loved the Handwriting Without Tears option.
Great letter learning app
by RyanInCA on 2013/03/31 01:11
I'm really impressed with this app. Each letter is presented with three phases. Phase 1 the app does most of the writing of the letter. Phase 2 has your child "pulling" various lines/curves of the letter to complete it. Phase 3 briefly shows an outline of the letter & your child tries to write the letter initially with no help, though outlines & arrows appear if they get stuck. The letters are made of several different textures including bubbles, grass, train tracks & much more (around a dozen total). Their animations are very slick. The textures smoothly roll out but quickly fly back & bounce before fully retracting. The sound is also well done. Each letter has a voice intro with the letter, the sound it makes & a word that starts with the letter. After completing a letter you'll see a wild fireworks celebration. The sound was so well done my daughter always says "Daddy let's dance!" during the big finale. Overall an outstanding app, especially since it's only a few dollars. Highly recommended.
A handwriting app my daughter with autism loves…finally!
by abbey'smom on 2012/03/29 00:54
My 10 yr old daughter with severe autism who is non verbal loves word and puzzle apps but until now, we couldn't find a handwriting app that interested her, one that she wanted to do, would pull up on her own without us prompting her. Her therapists and I are very excited that she loves this app so much! She opens it up on her own and is so engaged with it. I love how it progressively gets harder. We are trying to get her to slow down when trying to write and this makes her do so. Thanks for an engaging, fun way to learn to write letters and numbers!!!
Leftie learning left to right
by totoreshi on 2012/01/30 23:32
When my four year old took interest in writing she had difficulty replicating letters, I believe, due to her being left hand dominant. She consistently wrote the letters of her name backwards and sometimes flipped around. This app has changed all of that. She feels quite proud of herself when she completes a letter or number. It keeps her attention for a long time, motivates her to write/read more, and it's just fun all around. My two year old has taken to it as well and is not only recognizing words but increasing his writing skills. Amazing, I say!
The BEST app for 3-5 Year Olds!
by Alpinehills on 2012/10/11 21:46
My daughter LOVES this app. She began at 3 years old and had fun with it. Parts are a bit frustrating, like the third phase of each letter that requires tracing an invisible letter- BUT, the app compensates- after a few attempts it gives hints to facilitate the process. Now that she's 4, she knows each letter by heart, caps and small, and can sound out words. If someone asks how she learned to write or how she knows the sounds of each letter, she'll tell you; "Letter School!" Thanks Boreaal! I hope you come up with other great apps--we'll be your first customers!
This is a good app if they change few things
by kyopogirl79 on 2014/07/08 17:25
After reading other reviews I purchased this app as it seems to be a fun app for children who are exploring writing. My child is 4 years old and knows how to write his name and simple words. But this app is very restrictive in how to write each letter. Not very child friendly who are learning how to write. This app would be more appropriate for older children 5 and up. But then what’s the point of this app as these children know how to write. If this app is targeted towards younger children 5 and under they need make it easier and not restrict to a certain way how to write a letter! There are more ways in writing letter than just ONE!
Fantastic app..if I could change one thing...
by Newrunninggirl on 2012/11/19 17:20
This app is wonderful! My 3 year old boy loves learning and playing with this app! The visual reinforcement and prompting that it provides is well thought out and engaging. If I had one modification to make, it would be to have the 'curved letters' (such as c, d, g, etc...) be just a little more forgiving on accuracy. Even I sometimes have to trace them multiple times in order to accomplish the task. I agree that accuracy is important, however there could be just a little more wiggle room there! We don't want the kids getting so frustrated that they stop playing. Otherwise, love the app!
Excellent
by KarenOTR on 2012/03/06 20:34
Finally, someone got it right! I have tried dozens of handwriting apps, with multiple students, and this is by far the best. The letters are correctly formed, with the proper sequence of movement (for the most part). At some point, I hope the developers put in a way to make the letters smaller, as kids get more proficient. Also, my students have requested a greater variety of animations and rewards, as they find some of them annoying and too slow. But, hey, this is a Ferrari, compared to some of the Yugo's out there!
Terrific with one improvement suggestion
by DoubleS22 on 2014/03/15 22:18
My daughter loves this app and it has helped her tremendously. The reason why I do not give it five stars; The one major area of frustration is that she is left-handed (as am I). For instance, the letter 'O' forces the user to make the circle in a counter-clockwise motion. As a left-handed adult, my inclination to make the letter 'O' (or 'Q,' etc) is to draw the circle in a clockwise motion. Having the choice to make alterations from left to right-handed such as this would be far less frustrating for parent and child. If the developer can make this change in the settings, it will get five BIG stars from me.
Great game - but have suggestions...
by CanalesPac on 2013/01/24 19:58
My 3 year old daughter enjoys this game, but I find that she accidentally restarts the stages by accident with her arm when she holds the iPad independently. I suggest moving the level/stage buttons to the top. Additionally, I'd like some delay on the settings gear button so that she doesn't detour in there as often. I doubt these are unique concerns. The game, aside from those two requests, is amazing. I also have the HWT app and honestly prefer this one for her current level of development. I hope you can make these small edits soon to make this game even more fun for her as she progresses!
Wonderful and engaging
by Trace letters on 2015/04/02 23:43
Love how the app provides support as needed, especially the fading of arrows as the child writes. It has been very helpful for my special needs preschoolers in helping them focus, slow down, and creating muscle memory. I also like the progression from demo with starting points to independent with disappearing line. The last one can be challenging, but the app provides support prompts. I agree with the reviewer who suggested changing the g sound to a hard g sound, but the app deserves 5 stars and more.
Suggestions for Future Updates
by Jshssjsk on 2015/01/28 22:07
I love this app! It makes learning to write fun. My kindergarten students enjoy it and I feel it reinforces correct letter formation. I have some suggestions for future updates. First of all, I would like to see lines for the lowercase letters. The kids need to learn letter placement and the app is not teaching this. In addition, I would prefer the letter g to have a beginning sound word like game instead of giraffe. I would also like to be able to make each child their own account in the game to track their performance.
Best learning tool!
by OT4Life on 2012/01/05 11:30
I am an occupational therapist in a school district. I utilize the Handwriting Without Tears program to teach handwriting to my students. I have downloaded many apps and this is the first one that provides the HWT letter formation. It's a great supplement to the program. The kids love the sounds and instant feedback it provides. I also love the fact that it grades itself when a child is struggling to trace or form the letter independently. I hope a cursive app is in the works because I will definitely buy that too!
Superb educational app!
by ToughReviewerMom on 2012/06/15 06:13
This is the only app I have paid for to date; I am in the education field and focus on free apps & lite versions, particularly educational ones. My 4 y/o kept coming back to this one even though I limit iPad use; this is an attention keeper in so many good ways! I have seen tremendous fine motor aptitude increase with practice. The star points, very cute graphics/sounds and variations in capital and lowercase letters, numbers and difficulties make this very adaptable to skill levels. Receives an A+!
Fun for the little ones!
by Jake&Melissa on 2013/09/17 17:39
My 4 year old loves this app and is pretty good at it. My 2 year old can even play it! I really like that there are three stages to learning each letter. One to show you how, one to let you practice, and one to do it on your own. Even in the last step the line shows up if you need it. There are also different graphics once you've gone through the alphabet the first time. The ONLY thing I think could be improved on would be for them to hear the letter again after the last step.
My 2 Year Old’s Opinion - Obsessive Love
by MrBHarris on 2014/02/22 14:02
So I have a 2 year old who knows his letters (upper and lower case) and most of the phonics associated with it. Here’s the rub: I don’t think letter ID and sounds at 2 is important at all (I teach kindergarten so I have a skewed word-view). We worry WAY too much about literacy in this culture and start kids way too early. So whereas most parents would be pleased at how “smart” their kid is, I see it more as a scatter skill that brings him great joy. But hey… who am I to argue with a 2 year old?
Skillfully made: Engages WIDE audience!
by international family on 2012/07/15 12:06
As a retired educator, I see the LetterSchool app to be of tremendous value both to teachers in a blended elementary classroom and to parents as they support their child's learning at home or while travelling. LetterSchool is of great value daily to me with autistic children in my nonprofit afterschool program. The creators of this app had an excellent vision for introducing small bits of instruction with plenty of practice. Every child I've worked with with autism LOVE this app ! This is truly a Must-Have app !
Very good, one little problem
by kronkiue on 2014/01/19 11:22
This is a great app. Very well designed and fun. My preschooler likes playing and learning with it. My only complaint is that the tolerance for tracing the letters is a bit too tight for my little guy. He traces a letter most of the way but then his finger inevitably wanders off the line just a tiny bit (but he's still basically on target) and the app makes him start over. This frustrates him and he ends up asking me to do it for him. Is there a way to set how "strict" the tracing is? Otherwise, excellent app, highly recommend.
Teacher give LetterSchool an A+
by Autismteach on 2013/01/05 00:19
My students with ASD are highly engaged with this app! It is interactive and I really love the three levels of progression that begins with modeling and encourages independence for each letter/ number. The formation of a few letters within the Zaner-Bloser are not inline with the way we introduce them at the primary center where I teach. This has been frustrating for my students as well as confusing. Only tip is to fix these few letters
Do my kids love this app!
by TheJesusFreak!!! on 2012/01/03 01:15
My 4 and 8 year-old played this game for 45 minutes today and there were peals of laughter every 30 seconds from them. They thought all the animations were hysterical. I love the choice of fonts and the fact that it allows kids to write the letters themselves after they've traced. I also love how it keeps track of the letters they have done. All in all, a fantastic app for this Homeschool family!
I’m so impressed by this app
by mjbishop on 2015/09/12 18:30
This is not just one of the best letter teaching apps I’ve seen, but it might be one of the best educational apps I’ve ever used. It nudges the child in the right direction if they are confused. The rewards for doing a letter are fantastic. The way it gradually makes getting a letter correct more difficult with each iteration. I couldn’t be more impressed. Buy this for an example of a stellar app!
Great app!
by julie585 on 2013/12/29 01:44
My son is 7 and has special needs- this app is the most fun of all the handwriting games we've tried. He's using a stylus on the ipad with this game now that we've been playing it for awhile. I wish it had the ability to turn off error sounds, and all sounds off, and step 1 only, step 2 only, step 3 only (my son figured out how to cheat.) Other than that it's perfect!
Amazing
by Megs3352 on 2013/04/06 15:24
I love this app- I am mom to a 3 1/2 year old boy who is enthralled by this app! He woke this morning asking to play the letters game! It keeps his attention without all the crazy cartoon characters or any of that extra "stuff." it is simple to get going with for a child, I didn't have to do any "set up" or even demonstrate how to use the app. He just picked it up rig away. Simple, beautiful animations, all in all a super buy!!
This app has been one of my favorites.
by Megmm2 on 2014/11/07 13:19
I have always loved this app since I got it for my daughter who was 2 at the time. I'm pretty sure she learned to write her letter on this game. It has always worked great, but since the update and change of the icon it has been crashing every time my kids turn it on. They're disappointed and we'd love to have it back. My son is 3 and has learned to form his letters from the app as well. Please fix it!!!
Best app for letter formation
by Jesmorsem on 2012/11/25 04:37
We've tried many apps for practicing letter formation for my 8 year old son with developmental delays, and this is by far the favorite. It is the most engaging for him which makes for getting enough practice to be useful. I love that the Handwriting Without Tears font is an option as that is the program used at his school and by his occupational therapist. My 4 year old who is typically developing also loves the app.
Best ever
by Cdover on 2013/02/03 15:58
This letter app is amazing! I taught for 30 years and have never seen a child get so excited about writing letters. My 4 year old grandson was having difficulty with his fine motor skills, by the end of the first set of letters, he was writing. I love how it has different levels, different writing styles and it encourages the child to want to continue. I just can not say enough goods things about it.
Worth the money
by TR&EJ'S MOM on 2013/11/05 00:42
The graphics and animation are so fun, I'm not sure my kids realize they are learning :) I really like how my kids can try writing the letter/number and they will be given several tries and then arrows to guide them, if needed. This app seems well thought out with what is appealing to kids without being over the top. Hope the designers will create more apps!
Please update soon!!
by JSheridan24 on 2015/01/19 21:04
As a teacher, this is one of my favorite apps to use with kids that are just learning how to form their letters and numbers. Unfortunately, several months ago the app stopped working. As soon as the intro song is finished, the app crashes. Every time. I have updated to the newest iOS, restarted my iPad, tried everything to get the app up and running...and it won't work. My kids miss using this app. Please release an update that fixes this bug! Once there is a fix that returns this paid app to a working app, I will change my review to what I wish I could give it - 5 stars. Thanks.
Awesome
by Cede822 on 2013/10/20 06:27
I have tried many alphabet apps for my 4 year old. None kept her interest. This app keeps her interested all day if I let her. This is the best alphabet and number app out there out, for recognizing her letters an numbers and tracing them too. Outstanding app to the developers. Review only allows 5 stars but it's 10 stars for me, to keep my little one interesting in learning. Thank you....
Amazing!
by ASDpenguin on 2011/12/16 14:21
My 4 year old has autism and every other handwriting app we've tried just couldn't motivate him. This one is so visually engaging that he can't put it down! Not only does he enjoy playing with it, he's practicing an extremely challenging skill and doesn't even realize it. He even grabs my hand to help guide him on the difficult letters instead of just giving up. We love this app!
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LetterSchool - Block Letters
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The #1 alphabet tracing app for toddlers & pre-schoolers. Recommended and used by parents, teachers, and occupational therapists. Loved & played by more than 2 million toddlers and used at more than 5.000 schools! LetterSchool is an educational app designed to help every child play and learn how to write all letters of the English alphabet (from A to Z) and numbers from 1-10. Kids practice and develop essential phonics and handwriting skills as they play three exciting games per letter or number – as an extra, they learn words associated with the letters! HOW IT WORKS: Intro - Discover the shape, phonics, name, and sound of all the 26 block / print letters and numbers (1-10). Tap - Learn where to start to write the letters and numbers and finish by tapping the dots in the correct order. Trace - Learn the letter trajectory and direction of lines by tracing it. Write - Test your knowledge by writing the ABC and numbers from memory! SPECIAL FEATURES: - Uppercase and lowercase block letters + numbers 1-10! - Two exciting levels: Silver and Gold (with new animations)! - Progress and settings stored for up to three players on the same device. - In the A-Z section, specific graphics available to match the letters (e.g. ant graphic for letter A/a). - Available for both iPads and iPhones. - Special edition for schools and teachers. - Available in bulk through the Volume Purchase Program. - Available at a reduced price for educational institutions: 50% off for 20+ units! PERFECT FOR KIDS: Kids want to have fun, and LetterSchool offers an educational journey with the most engaging and entertaining educational material! - They learn with various exciting animations, graphics, and sound effects. - They learn to associate letters with words, learn and memorize tracing directions and the correct formation of each character. - Perfect for home-schooling kids and kindergartens. A user-friendly app for children with special educational needs. PERFECT FOR PARENTS & TEACHERS: - Choice of the three most popular typefaces in handwriting education (handwriting without tears, D’Nealian, and Zaner-Bloser). - Two levels, where Golden Level allows tracking kids’ progress by displaying their exact letter writing! - Engaging and compelling game mode prompting the child to trace a letter or a number 3 times using different parameters (each step is more challenging). - An educational app created together with parents and educational professionals. - NO ADS! - Advanced settings or purchases only accessible by an adult! - Extremely committed Customer Support ready to answer all questions and fix any issues. MONTESSORI MATERIALS & METHODS: LetterSchool is crafted with the greatest care for preschool kids & toddlers. Parents, teachers, and occupational therapists can use LetterSchool independently, but schools that teach according to the Montessori principle can use LetterSchool as a source for their Montessori materials and methods as well. ACCOLADES: - ‘Best Mobile App of 2018 Platinum Award’ nominee! – BMA - Winner of 'National Parenting Product Awards 2018' - NAPPA Awards - Teachers With Apps Certified – TeachersWithApps - “Learning a letter on this app is like being on a great party, with disco lights, stars and fireworks. Every letter is a surprise!” – Apps4Kids - “The kids love it! This app is right on track to help my son to be better prepared for Kindergarten”. -Kidz LET'S PLAY & LEARN! Join LetterSchool on this exciting educational journey! Download the app and allow your toddler to discover the magical world of letters and words. Before you know it, your child or pupil will be writing the entire English block alphabet! For more reviews and information, visit our website www.letterschool.com If you have any question or suggestions, please contact us at support@letterschool.com. You can also check our FAQ page on www.letterschool.org/faq.
Best printing app!
by bearmud on 2019/02/25 17:58
As a K teacher, this is my go-to app for supported latter formation practice. Kids love it. I like the way the support is slowly withdrawn as the kids practice.
Great app to teach letter formation
by Number 1 OT on 2019/01/25 17:43
I use this app every day with my special education students who need help learning letter formation using the Handwriting Without Tears formation guidelines. This app reinforces a developmentally appropriate approach to learn letter formation. It provides engaging visual cues to enhance independent formation. The kids I work with along with my grandchildren really enjoy this app. Thank you Letter School!
This app is dumb
by Mommy2Tru on 2019/01/24 02:58
Why are u asking me questions like what numbers is visible by 3 and when I select the answer it doesn’t work ? I want my money back
Great app small glitch
by elisa ot on 2018/12/25 17:52
Love this app for my preschooler. I love that I can pick the font to learn so it matches up with what she’s learning in school. All the different animations keep my daughter engaged and motivated. My only complaint is that the letter H gets frozen after the first animation. My daughter is so sad she can’t get all the stars.
Can’t get app to work
by Mel.93 on 2018/10/04 18:32
The app won’t face the correct way when the iPad is laying in landscape. So frustrating!
Fine on iPhone, bad on android
by R1366 on 2018/05/02 21:16
I got this app for my oldest 2+ years ago since his school was using it. He loves it, I love it. As long as it’s on my iPhone. Now his little brother wants to use it, so I put it on my Nook. With rotating locked, the screen will flip nonstop, frustrating us. Please fix this bug before I delete it!
No sound no support
by Virgi77 on 2017/09/10 07:34
Downloaded two versions of this; none have sound on iPhone. Followed the steps for troubleshooting still no sound. Emailed company twice and no response! I want my money back!!
Reading Specialist Questions the Sounds
by Strictlyspeaking on 2017/08/26 21:34
As a game for writing practice, the app seems good, clever, and visually appealing. However, as a reading specialist, I question how the app gets such high reviews when it is presenting phonetically confusing information for young children. Any good introductory phonetic information for young children needs to be consistent and as clear as possible. The designers have presented inconsistent phonetic information, and have chosen questionable examples for words beginning with alphabet sounds. Three of the 5 vowels are fine- "a" (axe or ant) and "e" (egg or elephant) and "o" (octopus and ostrich.) All six of these are short sounds of the vowels. For i, they use ice cream or igloo; both the long and short sounds, respectively. And for "u" they include two examples of the long sound of "u" with ukulele aned unicorn. Garage is used for "g" in one example, but the soft "g" is also included with giraffe. X is just plain wrong, as x does not say zzzz and in xylophone. Reading specialists present consistent information to beginning readers: the short, more predictable sound comes first. The long sounds are treated as exceptions in alphabet charts. The soft "g" should be left out until later as it is less confusing. X has never said ZZZZZ. It may seem harmless to present this information carelessly, but I believe kids deserve the best start possible. This app needs to clean up the sounds section.
Waste of money
by Why is everyone stupid on 2017/08/04 18:17
It draws most of the letter for for the kid so he's not learning how to do it , and app has no sound at all so my son doesn't even know what he's looking at.
Was great, 5 stars!
by Laughlink on 2017/07/12 01:40
This needs to be updated, will no longer load after last OS update. My 3 year old played it everyday until it stopped working. It has been over a month, so long enough for developer to fix.
Good app
by Nikos Z on 2017/04/19 21:33
Works well on iPhone 6. Kids enjoy using the app!
Crashes
by ajklenne on 2017/04/19 20:00
Game does not get past the opening screen. When go button is pressed the game closes. Please fix as my children love this app!! Update: After a delete and re download the app works great and the kids love it.
Awesome!
by Ark0578 on 2016/12/11 18:11
My son has several apps where you trace letters but this has become his favorite. The animations are very engaging for kids and makes them want to keep going. I do wish there were more "levels" though. My son loves when you clear the blue screen and all of the stars go to the corner. We have to keep resetting it so he can see that again.
Awesome app
by Vidhya Jith on 2016/12/03 17:02
This app is really awesome. Very fun way learn to write letters and numbers. Try with free version and then go ahead to buy full version. Worth to buy full version
Letters and fine motor
by J&MAS on 2016/11/28 13:35
This app is great at helping our 5 year-old to recognize letters and develop fine motor skills to write them out.
Ok
by talavou1 on 2016/02/10 16:32
I like this app, the only Hong I don't like is that the 2nd time you write each letter it's very touchy. Sometimes I can't even write the letter correctly. This is frustrating for my preschool because he really tries to write the word but it keeps making him start over, even though he is doing his best
Best letter tool I've found.
by Lacey1112 on 2015/11/20 16:02
Simply awesome.
Crashes!
by Dhejifowmrikf on 2015/11/07 17:21
My kids love this app, but it crashes every time we try to open it. iOS is up to date. Please fix!! I HATE that I spent money on this, and we can't even use it. Unacceptable.
Was a great app...
by Tmilllllller on 2015/11/07 14:32
This was a fantastic app up until recently it crashes every single time we open it. After doing all of the basic troubleshooting, still doesn't work. Deleting the app and getting something else. Very sad since we have had it for so long.
Love It But NOT WORKING!
by Chiquitacamille8 on 2015/10/14 17:32
Excellent app for me working with children in this school, but it stopped opening about 9 months ago. Whenever I open it, it closes down (crash) and I do not see a way of getting a refund or making them aware of the problem. So I have to give 1 star.
App no longer works
by mrs.l.frandsen26 on 2015/10/05 15:56
My kids love this app but it hasn't worked for weeks now. Please fix it! I will change my rating when it works again.
Educates Great
by JJ viewer on 2015/09/24 03:52
The app works great and helps my kids recognize letters. They think it is fun!
I’m so impressed by this app
by mjbishop on 2015/09/12 18:30
This is not just one of the best letter teaching apps I’ve seen, but it might be one of the best educational apps I’ve ever used. It nudges the child in the right direction if they are confused. The rewards for doing a letter are fantastic. The way it gradually makes getting a letter correct more difficult with each iteration. I couldn’t be more impressed. Buy this for an example of a stellar app!
Stupidest game ever!
by ScottDF9 on 2015/08/10 08:14
When the whole point is learning letters/numbers by tracing, leave it to this game to have completely missed the mark. It actually traces it for you. Your kid needn't bother! So stupid and I'm so angry to be out $4.99. I WILL get my money back if it's the last thing I do as it's a matter of principal!
Great learning tool for my daughter
by Jesse Fowler on 2015/05/22 03:47
The app is great.
Please fix!!
by nycpink on 2015/04/06 17:01
We love this app but it doesn't open!
Wonderful and engaging
by Trace letters on 2015/04/02 23:43
Love how the app provides support as needed, especially the fading of arrows as the child writes. It has been very helpful for my special needs preschoolers in helping them focus, slow down, and creating muscle memory. I also like the progression from demo with starting points to independent with disappearing line. The last one can be challenging, but the app provides support prompts. I agree with the reviewer who suggested changing the g sound to a hard g sound, but the app deserves 5 stars and more.
Loved and lost.
by ObjectivityRach on 2015/03/13 14:43
This is our favorite letter game but now it won't work. It crashes at opening every time!
Suggestions for Future Updates
by Jshssjsk on 2015/01/28 22:07
I love this app! It makes learning to write fun. My kindergarten students enjoy it and I feel it reinforces correct letter formation. I have some suggestions for future updates. First of all, I would like to see lines for the lowercase letters. The kids need to learn letter placement and the app is not teaching this. In addition, I would prefer the letter g to have a beginning sound word like game instead of giraffe. I would also like to be able to make each child their own account in the game to track their performance.
Stopped working
by Pitterpat58 on 2015/01/26 23:39
My grandsons love this app. But it stopped working months ago. It crashes as soon as we touch the screen when the music stops. I operate it on iPad Air 2, if that matters. Finally deleted it to stop the tears and tantrums. Hope it gets fixed soon. Was great while it worked!
Please update soon!!
by JSheridan24 on 2015/01/19 21:04
As a teacher, this is one of my favorite apps to use with kids that are just learning how to form their letters and numbers. Unfortunately, several months ago the app stopped working. As soon as the intro song is finished, the app crashes. Every time. I have updated to the newest iOS, restarted my iPad, tried everything to get the app up and running...and it won't work. My kids miss using this app. Please release an update that fixes this bug! Once there is a fix that returns this paid app to a working app, I will change my review to what I wish I could give it - 5 stars. Thanks.
Crashes
by Logan LoLo on 2014/11/21 19:16
Crashes. Can't swipe to change caps to lowercase to numbers without it crashing.
This app has been one of my favorites.
by Megmm2 on 2014/11/07 13:19
I have always loved this app since I got it for my daughter who was 2 at the time. I'm pretty sure she learned to write her letter on this game. It has always worked great, but since the update and change of the icon it has been crashing every time my kids turn it on. They're disappointed and we'd love to have it back. My son is 3 and has learned to form his letters from the app as well. Please fix it!!!
Great app
by Liz-Parents on 2014/11/07 08:03
I just purchased this app for my toddler; it’s so much fun to see how he enjoys playing with this app. Really well done!!!
Highly recommended
by SophiaLL** on 2014/11/06 22:51
What a great app! My youngest kid can’t stop playing this game - especially the lawn mower animation is appreciated! Hope to see more apps of this developer!
Crash fixed! Great app for handwriting
by Julia.Smith.1986 on 2014/11/06 22:03
The app crashed on my ipad. Customer support gave me the advice to delete the app from my ipad an install it again. And it worked! My kids can’t stop playing this app! Definitely worth $4,99 and thumbs up for customer support.
Letter school
by Max Drax on 2014/11/05 13:04
Was an awesome app but now it keeps crashing. Very frustrating! When it's working I'd give it a five but obviously I gave it a one because you can't do anything now.
Crashes now! Fix this, unacceptable for a pay app
by ginster24 on 2014/11/03 00:53
Crashes after pressing the green arrow. This is unacceptable since we paid for this app! Prior to this problem, my daughter age 5 loved this app and it has improved her handwriting and love of it immensely. Very disappointed, please fix this and I will change my review accordingly.
Simple, and highly efficient
by Blackberry shortcake on 2014/10/29 21:56
This app is so simple in use that very young children discover by themselves how to use it without any help. This is definitely my favorite app for young children. They go on and on playing for ages, and their handwriting improves by leaps and bounds.
Good app But...
by pascualabigail on 2014/10/25 13:04
Not worth $4.99. More like $1.99. Good for children learning to write and fun to look at but it's too easy. For the price should have levels once it's finish with writing letters and numbers it should encourage to write words. Or maybe asked how many is on the screen and you should be able to write to correct count. Well The free app was worth it. That's all. Just wish there's more to it.
Love this app
by JenDodgeOT on 2014/09/26 21:09
I'm a school-based OT. It both cracks me up and horrifies me to see the complaint that this app is restrictive in how it makes children write the letters. THAT IS THE POINT!! I guess it has been so long since children were actually taught that there is a way you are supposed to form letters and not just draw them however you can figure out yourself, that people have forgotten there is any such thing. Anyway, this app is so inherently motivating to many children, that it can get them to really work hard at learning to control their movements and learn to form letters when games, promised rewards, modeling by peers, cheering by adults etc failed. It has some magical draw that makes children keep wanting to work on it. And I love that you can set it to Handwriting Without Tears style letters. I agree about the Left-handers, though. There should be a way you can switch it so that you can form the horizontal lines right-to-left. And I wish it didn't keep it from working properly if you stabilize the side of your hand down on the screen while writing, but that is a complaint I have with every tablet-based visual-motor app.
app has gotten too expensive
by iteachkinders on 2014/08/24 17:40
This is one of my all-time favorite apps for my students to practice handwriting. It is too bad that the price has been raised so much. This app was $1.99 last year. Now, at $5.99 it is too expensive for me to purchase for my classroom set of ipads. I wish that the price had not gone up so much. What a shame :(
This is a good app if they change few things
by kyopogirl79 on 2014/07/08 17:25
After reading other reviews I purchased this app as it seems to be a fun app for children who are exploring writing. My child is 4 years old and knows how to write his name and simple words. But this app is very restrictive in how to write each letter. Not very child friendly who are learning how to write. This app would be more appropriate for older children 5 and up. But then what’s the point of this app as these children know how to write. If this app is targeted towards younger children 5 and under they need make it easier and not restrict to a certain way how to write a letter! There are more ways in writing letter than just ONE!
Educational and great design
by Rock1210 on 2014/05/17 17:04
Mission accomplished - kids are learning! and the Tracing feels like PLay - so well done :)
Excellent!
by finstac on 2014/04/20 05:18
I have had this app since April 4 of this year and have already seen an improvement in my 3 year old daughters letter writing skills. So wonderful! She loves the game and I love that I can see which letters she had finished! I do have a suggestion though - add the option to write their own name!!
Great OT app
by Fourthwatch on 2014/04/14 20:38
My students and clients love Lettersçhool. When provided with other occupational therapy techniques, I am seeing huge gains for many students.
Couple of improvements.
by Couponshopper on 2014/03/18 04:04
3 year old loves the app! But, would be nice if it would say what the letter is. Also, could be a little lenient about the tracing. She gets a little frustrated after trying a few times. Other than that great for her to practice!
Great preschool writing app
by Jen7288 on 2014/03/17 22:36
My kids know their letters but don't necessarily know how to write the letters. This app is great and a fun way to teach them the correct steps on creating a letter
Terrific with one improvement suggestion
by DoubleS22 on 2014/03/15 22:18
My daughter loves this app and it has helped her tremendously. The reason why I do not give it five stars; The one major area of frustration is that she is left-handed (as am I). For instance, the letter 'O' forces the user to make the circle in a counter-clockwise motion. As a left-handed adult, my inclination to make the letter 'O' (or 'Q,' etc) is to draw the circle in a clockwise motion. Having the choice to make alterations from left to right-handed such as this would be far less frustrating for parent and child. If the developer can make this change in the settings, it will get five BIG stars from me.
Cursive??
by FPSantandrea on 2014/03/10 18:00
Love this app so much. Is there a cursive version anywhere????
Love this
by Shel22flute on 2014/02/25 21:07
My boys love this app. Would you please make one for cursive writing also? It would be amazing!!
My 2 Year Old’s Opinion - Obsessive Love
by MrBHarris on 2014/02/22 14:02
So I have a 2 year old who knows his letters (upper and lower case) and most of the phonics associated with it. Here’s the rub: I don’t think letter ID and sounds at 2 is important at all (I teach kindergarten so I have a skewed word-view). We worry WAY too much about literacy in this culture and start kids way too early. So whereas most parents would be pleased at how “smart” their kid is, I see it more as a scatter skill that brings him great joy. But hey… who am I to argue with a 2 year old?
Fun and educational
by Arraway on 2014/02/15 06:11
My son loves loves loves this app. It has helped him learn to write letters IN THE WRITE ORDER. meaning, start an A from the top and do the left side first, then the right side then cross from left to right. I learned about this app because they are using it in the kindergarten classes here. They said they tried many apps and this was the only one that only allowed letters to be written in the right technique.
Fun and educational
by Arraway on 2014/02/15 06:11
My son loves loves loves this app. It has helped him learn to write letters IN THE WRITE ORDER. meaning, start an A from the top and do the left side first, then the right side then cross from left to right. I learned about this app because they are using it in the kindergarten classes here. They said they tried many apps and this was the only one that only allowed letters to be written in the right technique.
Very good, one little problem
by kronkiue on 2014/01/19 11:22
This is a great app. Very well designed and fun. My preschooler likes playing and learning with it. My only complaint is that the tolerance for tracing the letters is a bit too tight for my little guy. He traces a letter most of the way but then his finger inevitably wanders off the line just a tiny bit (but he's still basically on target) and the app makes him start over. This frustrates him and he ends up asking me to do it for him. Is there a way to set how "strict" the tracing is? Otherwise, excellent app, highly recommend.
Great app but....
by Shorti333 on 2014/01/17 02:23
My daughter looks forward to working on this app everyday but asks "mom, where did the music go?" 2 y/o responds best to music...bring back the sound and u get 5 stars! Update quick!
Great letter tracing App for preschooler
by Keleeh1 on 2014/01/15 23:12
We have tried several beginner letter / number tracing apps and this is one of the best I've found and the price is reasonable. Helps promote correct form and is entertaining without being too obnoxious
Hands down best letter/number app
by kbazyk on 2014/01/10 01:56
This is by far the most well designed, clean, and creative app on the market for learning letters and numbers. My son has been enjoying it since he was 10 months old. It's by far the best app and worth every penny.
Great app!
by julie585 on 2013/12/29 01:44
My son is 7 and has special needs- this app is the most fun of all the handwriting games we've tried. He's using a stylus on the ipad with this game now that we've been playing it for awhile. I wish it had the ability to turn off error sounds, and all sounds off, and step 1 only, step 2 only, step 3 only (my son figured out how to cheat.) Other than that it's perfect!
Must have App for preschoolers
by aestheticmonk on 2013/12/19 02:35
So incredibly well done. Two niggles: 1. Need to repeat the names of the letters more. And could use with a rotation of a few more "example" items that feature that letter to keep thing interesting. 2. In landscape mode the bottom of some letters are too close to the second level star. These are VERY small points on an otherwise awesome App. Worth every penny and beyond. The best App we have for our 2.5 year old.
Love it, so does he
by Catchuri on 2013/12/10 19:35
This is a great app, it offers visual, and multiple ways of doing each letter which I think helps with memory. Only wish it would repeat the letters name each time it comes up to trace or draw. Worth the money!
Disappointed!
by DenaV331 on 2013/12/09 01:45
Son loved your app...did an update, now there is no sound..?! Please fix!!!
Best handwriting app
by Meatyard on 2013/12/05 23:58
This is by far the best app to teach your kid handwriting. Each letter offers a three step process to learn the way to write them. The animations are great and varied, keeping my 3 year old interested.
A must have App
by Chidexsky on 2013/12/02 15:17
This app is a must have. I 2year old has improved dramatically since using it. I don't have to be with him or even talk to him while he's on it. The app does all that for me while I get things done. Thank you Letter School!
A ton of crashes with iPhone 5S and iPad Air.
by HappyPig on 2013/11/30 23:01
My daughter’s almost in tears that we can’t run LetterSchool now. Choosing 50% of the letters immediately crashes the app - here are the letters that crash: A, C, E, G, I, K, M, O, Q, S, U, W & Y. 13 letters out of 26, and every other letter in the alphabet. Again, this crashes on three different devices, all running iOS7. Don’t buy until is this fixed.
Crashes on 5s!
by CARRIV on 2013/11/19 18:41
Needs an update. Crashes on my 5s as soon as I press on a letter. Please update!
Bugs
by StarGazrJC on 2013/11/19 04:27
My son used to love this app, but ever since I upgraded to iOS 7, it keeps crashing on him. Please update to support the new iOS!
4 year old and 7 year old alike love this app!
by Gi.D.up on 2013/11/19 04:19
I really bought the app for my 4 year old who is just starting to recognize letters and show interest in letter formation. He is also a lefty, I think, so I figured this app might help since holding a crayon or pencil is sort of awkward for a beginner anyway. Well he loves the app and as soon as my 7 yar old dtr tried it she loved it too. She is a great reader and very bright but her handwriting is pretty bad and her teacher complains that her letter formation is incorrect. They literally both played with it for an entire 45 min car ride yesterday ( on seperate devices). Hopefully the letter formation on the app is cosnistent with how they want them to do it at school-which I actually have not verified. But regardless I like feeling like they are enjoying an electronic activity that doesnt shoot anything or make silly body noises. My only suggestion for improvements is that it would be fun i the item that retraces the letter could start with that letter. For instance, have the train come to trave over the letter "t" as reinforcement of the sound. Just a thought.
Keeps crashing
by Asterenjoni on 2013/11/18 19:15
It could be great if it worked. Keeps crashing right after clicking on a letter. Extremely frustrating to pay for an app that's a dud.
Nice
by Sacramuche on 2013/11/15 04:18
This app can make handwriting activities more interesting but I wish there was a way to select letters individually to skip between levels rather than completing the whole alphabet first
Please fix!
by Andriana Falcon on 2013/11/06 16:28
I love this app but when I downloaded it to my new iPad air it shuts down on certain letters (A, C, O, E to name a few). Please fix I am an occupational therapist and frequently use this app with my patients!!
Worth the money
by TR&EJ'S MOM on 2013/11/05 00:42
The graphics and animation are so fun, I'm not sure my kids realize they are learning :) I really like how my kids can try writing the letter/number and they will be given several tries and then arrows to guide them, if needed. This app seems well thought out with what is appealing to kids without being over the top. Hope the designers will create more apps!
DOES NOT WORK ON iPhone 5s
by MKozie on 2013/11/04 02:28
This App worked on iPhone 4S with iOS 6, however, it has stopped working and doesn't allow me to get past the intro screen without shutting down. Wait until an update before you buy. Fun game for a 3 year old when it works.
Really nice
by Канфета on 2013/10/29 12:01
Please fix the bags, iOS 7 doesn't supported.
OT
by Lhs1234 on 2013/10/23 21:47
My kids love this app! They beg to trace letters and remember to form them correctly ! They have transferred the skill to their pencils too!
Great app!
by 4kidz@home on 2013/10/21 21:05
My four year old daughter has so much fun using this app to practice writing her letters. Very engaging and pretty of positive feedback for accurate work. I had considered other more expensive handwriting apps but I am very glad I chose this one. No complaints what so ever about letter school!
Awesome
by Cede822 on 2013/10/20 06:27
I have tried many alphabet apps for my 4 year old. None kept her interest. This app keeps her interested all day if I let her. This is the best alphabet and number app out there out, for recognizing her letters an numbers and tracing them too. Outstanding app to the developers. Review only allows 5 stars but it's 10 stars for me, to keep my little one interesting in learning. Thank you....
Kinder Teacher Raves
by quietlilactress on 2013/10/18 01:11
I’m a kindergarten teacher, and was sold the first time I watched the trailer for this app. It is such a wonderful tool for those needing a little extra help with their letters. I love that it works on where to start (at the top!) when writing each letter. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is because I don’t like that the sound for the letter Ii is the long sound instead of short, the Xx sound is more of a Zz sound in xylophone, a couple letters have the “uh” sound attached like Dd (Duh) and Bb (Buh), the Oo doesn’t start at the top but rather off-center. It would be cool if it showed the letters and how they fit on lines spaces as well. Overall, it’s excellent, and I recommend it for parents to use at home, and small group, classroom work.
No Customer Support
by Hrhsooz on 2013/10/10 10:12
My 2 year old granddaughter loves this app. But when I upgraded my iPad the app became frozen. It says "waiting" under the greyed app. I cannot uninstall it and reinstall it, and I can't purchase it again because it says I already purchased it. I contacted customer service but they did not respond. Great app until something goes wrong. Do not expect any help. Frustrating.
Love it!
by EverythingFan66 on 2013/10/01 22:56
It a great app for my kindergartener. He enjoys playing it and he's learning at the same time. He's working on 11-19 but the numbers only go up to 10.
Why us this not downloading?
by NOVAOTRL on 2013/09/23 02:59
I have purchased and loved using this app with many students I needed to re download it and I can't! It says it's no longer available! what's going on???
Great App, but
by mbhardison on 2013/09/18 17:16
My son Loves this app, but the sound stops working on our ipad. Plse see if you can fix this. Thanks!!
Fun for the little ones!
by Jake&Melissa on 2013/09/17 17:39
My 4 year old loves this app and is pretty good at it. My 2 year old can even play it! I really like that there are three stages to learning each letter. One to show you how, one to let you practice, and one to do it on your own. Even in the last step the line shows up if you need it. There are also different graphics once you've gone through the alphabet the first time. The ONLY thing I think could be improved on would be for them to hear the letter again after the last step.
Thank you
by Trablwocky on 2013/09/15 17:26
Thanks not only for a great app, but for adjusting it so that children with disabilities can experience success with it. My son jumped happily in his seat the first time he was able to independently complete the letter "o". You guys rock!!!! One of our favorites for sure.
Two words...
by Moniland on 2013/09/11 01:28
Awesome app! My 2 and 3-yr old LOVE it. They're tickled by all the various animations. Beautifully designed app that teaches what it sets out to.
My kids love it
by DahveedGR on 2013/09/09 14:48
Of all the letter-tracing alphabet apps... This is the one that will keep kids most engaged.
Fantastic
by 07/23/12 on 2013/09/03 10:25
I think that this app is wonderful. I love the dnealian, zan bloser, etc. It would be nice though to have between the part where the student is drag tracing and the part where they trace while not seeing the letter to have a part where the letter is there faintly and they can trace. So have 4 ways and not 3. That way they have that before the letter goes completely unseen for tracing. Also if there could be more different animations like horses, people, etc. rather than just the grass, lights, etc. on the letters and different congratulations when a student gets the letters correct. Put numbers up to 30 or have an option as to how many numbers we want to use for our students. Other than that this is a very awesome and fun sight!!!
Awesome!
by amae2284 on 2013/08/24 21:58
This app is soooo cool. I wasn't sure at first if just writing letters would be fun, but this app is so well put together with great graphics! I don't think this app will ever get old! My 2 year loves it. It is a little challenging for her to trace some of the letters, so she will get better at it as she gets older.
Great app, now add cursive!
by Not Mi on 2013/08/22 12:50
I really LOVE all the different font options. Now all it needs is a cursive font and this would be everything you need to reinforce handwriting on all levels.
Wonderful
by intgroom on 2013/07/28 01:04
My son hates learning his alphabet but loves this!
The only letter app my son uses!
by Shay1083 on 2013/07/22 13:59
It's great, I don't have to fuss with my son anymore to practice his letters! I say it once and he opens up the apps and starts. Wish there was a number version. Love it!
Great in OT sessions
by Bmc11 on 2013/07/04 02:16
IMO, this is the best letter writing app that I have worked with so far. I've tried many many many trial apps. I love that you can choose which handwriting style to use. The only thing I think could be improved is to give the adult the choice to bypass some of the animations and noises. As a therapist, practicing the letter more than once during the same session gets to be time consuming and sometimes irritating to the child to have to see animations and hear the sounds again. It would also be nice to be able to save more than 3 profiles, especially for school based therapist who work on beginning handwriting skills with a large percentage of their caseload.
It does not disappoint!
by Isakn on 2013/07/03 19:46
The demo video impressed me, so I purchased it. But I thought to myself: I'm not sure if my 3 yr old son will go for this repetitiveness for each letter, even though that's what he needs. Well, I was WRONG. The first time he ever "played" this writing app, he practiced writing for 2 straight hours. And it has most things he loves, bubbles, trains, rocket ships, and he loves the fireworks after every letter/number.
Wonderful!!
by BattleBornMom on 2013/07/02 02:52
My 3 yo son is hooked! He keeps going back for more, never getting bored. He has recognized his letters and numbers since he was less than 2, but this is the first activity which has inspired him to practice writing them.
Letter school
by AnnBrook on 2013/06/23 14:31
This app is actually 2.00$ but its not a waste of money and annbrook my mom made that name. It also has cool things when you write!!! Mabye i should say this in a more realistic way i have app at school but i am on summer break and i have it at home oh i almost forgot when you trace it does cool stuff........buy app please!!!!!!!! And dont think annbrook think superchild
Make it more robust
by Gcslaughter on 2013/06/03 19:10
I love Letter School. What would be great is to expand the app. For younger children, perhaps a shape section to work on beginning strokes. For older children, maybe "Word School", where they could work on putting letters together to make words.
Awesome!
by Marty Cohen on 2013/05/16 02:43
My 2 year old loves this app. Does a great job of teaching him to trace letters and is very entertaining. Amazing graphics and animation.
Best letter/number app out there
by Bboyle4798 on 2013/05/12 22:33
My daughter was having a very difficult time learning her letters and numbers. This app was recommended by her occupational therapist. In the two months since using it her retention has tripled. Highly recommend.
Problem using on iPhone
by Ndfl1968 on 2013/05/02 19:31
The third button that activates the child drawing the letter freehand is too low on the screen and can not be pushed. Other than that it is a great app.
Great app to teach letter formation
by Number 1 OT on 2019/01/25 17:43
I use this app every day with my special education students who need help learning letter formation using the Handwriting Without Tears formation guidelines. This app reinforces a developmentally appropriate approach to learn letter formation. It provides engaging visual cues to enhance independent formation. The kids I work with along with my grandchildren really enjoy this app. Thank you Letter School!
Best printing app!
by bearmud on 2019/02/25 17:58
As a K teacher, this is my go-to app for supported latter formation practice. Kids love it. I like the way the support is slowly withdrawn as the kids practice.
Great app small glitch
by elisa ot on 2018/12/25 17:52
Love this app for my preschooler. I love that I can pick the font to learn so it matches up with what she’s learning in school. All the different animations keep my daughter engaged and motivated. My only complaint is that the letter H gets frozen after the first animation. My daughter is so sad she can’t get all the stars.
more than pleased!
by OneAppyMama on 2012/05/02 01:49
We started out with the "lite" version of Letter School. I forgot to tell the kids I had even put it on there when my son found it. I kept hearing this noise and him laughing and squawking/screaming delight (he's on the autism spectrum however he IS verbal). He told me he wanted more of the app! NOW! I said show me and he went to it and started the letter P and and then his sister had to have a go of it. I took the iPad and purchased it right away. He could not put it down and when I made him turn if off and go to bed he was 'bummed out' and the first thing he wanted the next morning was "Letter School". He completed it in a matter of days as did his sister. I loved it as much as they did - I mean they were actually learning to trace the letters "correctly" in STEPS and with practice and they were not upset when they did not get it right (which is hard for my son). They would laugh at their own letters and numbers when they were accepted and shown on a 'chalkboard' saying look how silly it is mommy! The various cars and insects that zoom or buzz through and more made them want to go on and on and on in order to see what would happen next! This is one of the BEST alphabet and number writing apps out there in the market (and we have a LOT)! Thank you for making such an ingenious app!
This app is dumb
by Mommy2Tru on 2019/01/24 02:58
Why are u asking me questions like what numbers is visible by 3 and when I select the answer it doesn’t work ? I want my money back
Can’t get app to work
by Mel.93 on 2018/10/04 18:32
The app won’t face the correct way when the iPad is laying in landscape. So frustrating!
Love this app
by JenDodgeOT on 2014/09/26 21:09
I'm a school-based OT. It both cracks me up and horrifies me to see the complaint that this app is restrictive in how it makes children write the letters. THAT IS THE POINT!! I guess it has been so long since children were actually taught that there is a way you are supposed to form letters and not just draw them however you can figure out yourself, that people have forgotten there is any such thing. Anyway, this app is so inherently motivating to many children, that it can get them to really work hard at learning to control their movements and learn to form letters when games, promised rewards, modeling by peers, cheering by adults etc failed. It has some magical draw that makes children keep wanting to work on it. And I love that you can set it to Handwriting Without Tears style letters. I agree about the Left-handers, though. There should be a way you can switch it so that you can form the horizontal lines right-to-left. And I wish it didn't keep it from working properly if you stabilize the side of your hand down on the screen while writing, but that is a complaint I have with every tablet-based visual-motor app.
Reading Specialist Questions the Sounds
by Strictlyspeaking on 2017/08/26 21:34
As a game for writing practice, the app seems good, clever, and visually appealing. However, as a reading specialist, I question how the app gets such high reviews when it is presenting phonetically confusing information for young children. Any good introductory phonetic information for young children needs to be consistent and as clear as possible. The designers have presented inconsistent phonetic information, and have chosen questionable examples for words beginning with alphabet sounds. Three of the 5 vowels are fine- "a" (axe or ant) and "e" (egg or elephant) and "o" (octopus and ostrich.) All six of these are short sounds of the vowels. For i, they use ice cream or igloo; both the long and short sounds, respectively. And for "u" they include two examples of the long sound of "u" with ukulele aned unicorn. Garage is used for "g" in one example, but the soft "g" is also included with giraffe. X is just plain wrong, as x does not say zzzz and in xylophone. Reading specialists present consistent information to beginning readers: the short, more predictable sound comes first. The long sounds are treated as exceptions in alphabet charts. The soft "g" should be left out until later as it is less confusing. X has never said ZZZZZ. It may seem harmless to present this information carelessly, but I believe kids deserve the best start possible. This app needs to clean up the sounds section.
4 year old and 7 year old alike love this app!
by Gi.D.up on 2013/11/19 04:19
I really bought the app for my 4 year old who is just starting to recognize letters and show interest in letter formation. He is also a lefty, I think, so I figured this app might help since holding a crayon or pencil is sort of awkward for a beginner anyway. Well he loves the app and as soon as my 7 yar old dtr tried it she loved it too. She is a great reader and very bright but her handwriting is pretty bad and her teacher complains that her letter formation is incorrect. They literally both played with it for an entire 45 min car ride yesterday ( on seperate devices). Hopefully the letter formation on the app is cosnistent with how they want them to do it at school-which I actually have not verified. But regardless I like feeling like they are enjoying an electronic activity that doesnt shoot anything or make silly body noises. My only suggestion for improvements is that it would be fun i the item that retraces the letter could start with that letter. For instance, have the train come to trave over the letter "t" as reinforcement of the sound. Just a thought.
Great multi-sensory handwriting app!
by rebeccas76 on 2012/07/05 02:53
As a kindergarten teacher, it is important that I choose apps for my students that are of high-quality. And so is the case with the LetterSchool app. A multi-sensory, interactive, and engaging app that is educational and entertaining - all at the same time. The only thing is doesn't have is a mess :) There are three fonts the teacher can choose from: Zaner Bloser, D'Nealian, and HWT (Handwriting Without Tears). Proper letter formation is critical at this age. This app gives the child enough room to trace and/or write the letter but not too much. Rather than just stopping the user if/when the user makes a mistake, the app also re-directs the user, informing he/she where the proper place is to start. My students were so excited to use this app - there is nothing else like it in the App Store. Definitely worth the money! If you are not sure, try the LetterSchool Lite version - that's what it's for!
Fantastic
by 07/23/12 on 2013/09/03 10:25
I think that this app is wonderful. I love the dnealian, zan bloser, etc. It would be nice though to have between the part where the student is drag tracing and the part where they trace while not seeing the letter to have a part where the letter is there faintly and they can trace. So have 4 ways and not 3. That way they have that before the letter goes completely unseen for tracing. Also if there could be more different animations like horses, people, etc. rather than just the grass, lights, etc. on the letters and different congratulations when a student gets the letters correct. Put numbers up to 30 or have an option as to how many numbers we want to use for our students. Other than that this is a very awesome and fun sight!!!
Teaches proper letter formation in an engaging format
by Kmerryl on 2012/02/10 05:05
4 and 3/4 stars. Great app teaching proper letter formation. This is right on with respect to engaging and holding the child's attention, teaching the correct way to form letters, and provide reinforcement and feedback. Love that Handwriting Without Tears Letters are an option. My only complaint is that when you click a letter to start and it gives you that letter in the initial position of a word, the word choices could have been better; more familiar and simple for children. For example, for c, t, f, s, I would prefer words that don't use the consonant in blends as they chose clown, tractor, flute, spider. Also don't really like the choice for m (monster), q (Quentin), and x (xylophone, I would prefer x-ray or something that better represents the x-sound). But it's not an app for phonics really, that's just my nit picking.
My 3-year-old's favorite app
by everbeke on 2012/11/25 17:37
This app is great! I wasn't convinced it would be one of my son'a favorite apps and I thought I'd have to really insist he play with it but I didn't! He has gone through all the upper an lower case letters as well as the numbers and he still goes back to re-write the letters over and over. Interestingly, he's left handed but plays the app with his right. I'm not sure if he found he had better results with his right compared to his left. No matter what, he LOVES this app and I'd love the developers to make more. Maybe spelling some begging sight words with the same 3 rehearsal process. On another note - I'm a school psychologist and I've recommended this app to many parents and fellow educators because the rehearsal process is excellent.
Incredible app for learning letter formation!!!!
by Whammerd on 2012/04/10 03:30
I recently purchased the "Letter School" app for my girls for our iPads, iPhones, and the girls iTouchs...........it is a FABULOUS app for little ones. I didn't purchase it to teach my girls their letters/sounds (although it will teach them that too if they don't know them), I purchased it to teach them correct letter formation when they write! Unfortunately handwriting is not taught very often anymore and kids are left to learn forming their letters on their own. Most kids naturally start their letters at the bottom when they should be starting them at the top. This app provides lots of practice and has awesome animation/graphics. My girls LOVE it!!! It was well worth the price in my opinion.
Love this
by RachaelCarri on 2012/10/22 21:38
I love this app for my 3 year old son. Because the last step has them write without tracing, although they will give help after a few unsuccessful tries, he and I are able to see that he really knows how to write the letter. I don't use this app as much for my 5 year old daughter because she knows how to write her letters, her issue is that she writes so fast, she doesn't take up the proper space for each letter. There is another app that I use for her that uses the 3 lines, so she can see where the letters need to stop and start. That would be my only improvement, to add lines, so the letters aren't just floating on the screen.
Kinder Teacher Raves
by quietlilactress on 2013/10/18 01:11
I’m a kindergarten teacher, and was sold the first time I watched the trailer for this app. It is such a wonderful tool for those needing a little extra help with their letters. I love that it works on where to start (at the top!) when writing each letter. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is because I don’t like that the sound for the letter Ii is the long sound instead of short, the Xx sound is more of a Zz sound in xylophone, a couple letters have the “uh” sound attached like Dd (Duh) and Bb (Buh), the Oo doesn’t start at the top but rather off-center. It would be cool if it showed the letters and how they fit on lines spaces as well. Overall, it’s excellent, and I recommend it for parents to use at home, and small group, classroom work.
Fabulous!
by blackfam on 2012/02/08 00:39
Ok can I just say I'm loving this app. It is far superior to any my son has used. It keeps his attention and gets him to trace his letters and numbers. It also unknowingly helps influence a desire to work toward goals. I am way impressed! TY to whomever in A4cwsn mentioned it and I looked it up on a whim. Best ABC app out there, only thing I'd change is some of the sounds that are used to help describe the letters. Just so that early letter sound recognition can be heard while playing, not just objects that the letter begins the word of. Hope that makes sense and helps! Love it though it's fun and my son is always excited to play it when I suggest it.
Great App. just wish it repeated....
by Tillyk33 on 2012/03/23 03:15
This is the first alphabet game we've found that keeps my son's attention. As a teacher, I find value in the fact that there is great repetition of the child seeing and practicing the letters. The flaw that I see though is that they do not hear the letter name enough. If the letter name was repeated more often, perhaps after each time it is drawn, it would be more effective. Children need to do, and see, and hear in order to learn the most. I think this would be an easy enough fix for this app designer to work on and include in a future update. PLEASE repeat the letter names! My son can trace and then draw the letters, but he cannot tell me what the letter is. He needs to hear it more.
Great in OT sessions
by Bmc11 on 2013/07/04 02:16
IMO, this is the best letter writing app that I have worked with so far. I've tried many many many trial apps. I love that you can choose which handwriting style to use. The only thing I think could be improved is to give the adult the choice to bypass some of the animations and noises. As a therapist, practicing the letter more than once during the same session gets to be time consuming and sometimes irritating to the child to have to see animations and hear the sounds again. It would also be nice to be able to save more than 3 profiles, especially for school based therapist who work on beginning handwriting skills with a large percentage of their caseload.
Helpful for dyslexic and Fine Motor
by Teach@home on 2012/02/12 04:20
Looking for handwriting app for my dyslexic 9yo with weak fine motor skills, I read the reviews for Letterschool. Since the reviews were so good, I tried it. I'm pretty impressed. This teaches correct way to form letters and won't allow bad habits to form or confusion of left or right/ top or bottom starting points. Son has to push pretty hard for some to hold the "train on the track" which strengthens the muscles in his hand for writing. Each letter has unique animation which does hold their attention. It was so fun that my older kids wanted to try it. I also loved the Handwriting Without Tears option.
Great letter learning app
by RyanInCA on 2013/03/31 01:11
I'm really impressed with this app. Each letter is presented with three phases. Phase 1 the app does most of the writing of the letter. Phase 2 has your child "pulling" various lines/curves of the letter to complete it. Phase 3 briefly shows an outline of the letter & your child tries to write the letter initially with no help, though outlines & arrows appear if they get stuck. The letters are made of several different textures including bubbles, grass, train tracks & much more (around a dozen total). Their animations are very slick. The textures smoothly roll out but quickly fly back & bounce before fully retracting. The sound is also well done. Each letter has a voice intro with the letter, the sound it makes & a word that starts with the letter. After completing a letter you'll see a wild fireworks celebration. The sound was so well done my daughter always says "Daddy let's dance!" during the big finale. Overall an outstanding app, especially since it's only a few dollars. Highly recommended.
A handwriting app my daughter with autism loves…finally!
by abbey'smom on 2012/03/29 00:54
My 10 yr old daughter with severe autism who is non verbal loves word and puzzle apps but until now, we couldn't find a handwriting app that interested her, one that she wanted to do, would pull up on her own without us prompting her. Her therapists and I are very excited that she loves this app so much! She opens it up on her own and is so engaged with it. I love how it progressively gets harder. We are trying to get her to slow down when trying to write and this makes her do so. Thanks for an engaging, fun way to learn to write letters and numbers!!!
Leftie learning left to right
by totoreshi on 2012/01/30 23:32
When my four year old took interest in writing she had difficulty replicating letters, I believe, due to her being left hand dominant. She consistently wrote the letters of her name backwards and sometimes flipped around. This app has changed all of that. She feels quite proud of herself when she completes a letter or number. It keeps her attention for a long time, motivates her to write/read more, and it's just fun all around. My two year old has taken to it as well and is not only recognizing words but increasing his writing skills. Amazing, I say!
The BEST app for 3-5 Year Olds!
by Alpinehills on 2012/10/11 21:46
My daughter LOVES this app. She began at 3 years old and had fun with it. Parts are a bit frustrating, like the third phase of each letter that requires tracing an invisible letter- BUT, the app compensates- after a few attempts it gives hints to facilitate the process. Now that she's 4, she knows each letter by heart, caps and small, and can sound out words. If someone asks how she learned to write or how she knows the sounds of each letter, she'll tell you; "Letter School!" Thanks Boreaal! I hope you come up with other great apps--we'll be your first customers!
This is a good app if they change few things
by kyopogirl79 on 2014/07/08 17:25
After reading other reviews I purchased this app as it seems to be a fun app for children who are exploring writing. My child is 4 years old and knows how to write his name and simple words. But this app is very restrictive in how to write each letter. Not very child friendly who are learning how to write. This app would be more appropriate for older children 5 and up. But then what’s the point of this app as these children know how to write. If this app is targeted towards younger children 5 and under they need make it easier and not restrict to a certain way how to write a letter! There are more ways in writing letter than just ONE!
Fantastic app..if I could change one thing...
by Newrunninggirl on 2012/11/19 17:20
This app is wonderful! My 3 year old boy loves learning and playing with this app! The visual reinforcement and prompting that it provides is well thought out and engaging. If I had one modification to make, it would be to have the 'curved letters' (such as c, d, g, etc...) be just a little more forgiving on accuracy. Even I sometimes have to trace them multiple times in order to accomplish the task. I agree that accuracy is important, however there could be just a little more wiggle room there! We don't want the kids getting so frustrated that they stop playing. Otherwise, love the app!
Excellent
by KarenOTR on 2012/03/06 20:34
Finally, someone got it right! I have tried dozens of handwriting apps, with multiple students, and this is by far the best. The letters are correctly formed, with the proper sequence of movement (for the most part). At some point, I hope the developers put in a way to make the letters smaller, as kids get more proficient. Also, my students have requested a greater variety of animations and rewards, as they find some of them annoying and too slow. But, hey, this is a Ferrari, compared to some of the Yugo's out there!
Terrific with one improvement suggestion
by DoubleS22 on 2014/03/15 22:18
My daughter loves this app and it has helped her tremendously. The reason why I do not give it five stars; The one major area of frustration is that she is left-handed (as am I). For instance, the letter 'O' forces the user to make the circle in a counter-clockwise motion. As a left-handed adult, my inclination to make the letter 'O' (or 'Q,' etc) is to draw the circle in a clockwise motion. Having the choice to make alterations from left to right-handed such as this would be far less frustrating for parent and child. If the developer can make this change in the settings, it will get five BIG stars from me.
Great game - but have suggestions...
by CanalesPac on 2013/01/24 19:58
My 3 year old daughter enjoys this game, but I find that she accidentally restarts the stages by accident with her arm when she holds the iPad independently. I suggest moving the level/stage buttons to the top. Additionally, I'd like some delay on the settings gear button so that she doesn't detour in there as often. I doubt these are unique concerns. The game, aside from those two requests, is amazing. I also have the HWT app and honestly prefer this one for her current level of development. I hope you can make these small edits soon to make this game even more fun for her as she progresses!
Wonderful and engaging
by Trace letters on 2015/04/02 23:43
Love how the app provides support as needed, especially the fading of arrows as the child writes. It has been very helpful for my special needs preschoolers in helping them focus, slow down, and creating muscle memory. I also like the progression from demo with starting points to independent with disappearing line. The last one can be challenging, but the app provides support prompts. I agree with the reviewer who suggested changing the g sound to a hard g sound, but the app deserves 5 stars and more.
Suggestions for Future Updates
by Jshssjsk on 2015/01/28 22:07
I love this app! It makes learning to write fun. My kindergarten students enjoy it and I feel it reinforces correct letter formation. I have some suggestions for future updates. First of all, I would like to see lines for the lowercase letters. The kids need to learn letter placement and the app is not teaching this. In addition, I would prefer the letter g to have a beginning sound word like game instead of giraffe. I would also like to be able to make each child their own account in the game to track their performance.
Best learning tool!
by OT4Life on 2012/01/05 11:30
I am an occupational therapist in a school district. I utilize the Handwriting Without Tears program to teach handwriting to my students. I have downloaded many apps and this is the first one that provides the HWT letter formation. It's a great supplement to the program. The kids love the sounds and instant feedback it provides. I also love the fact that it grades itself when a child is struggling to trace or form the letter independently. I hope a cursive app is in the works because I will definitely buy that too!
Superb educational app!
by ToughReviewerMom on 2012/06/15 06:13
This is the only app I have paid for to date; I am in the education field and focus on free apps & lite versions, particularly educational ones. My 4 y/o kept coming back to this one even though I limit iPad use; this is an attention keeper in so many good ways! I have seen tremendous fine motor aptitude increase with practice. The star points, very cute graphics/sounds and variations in capital and lowercase letters, numbers and difficulties make this very adaptable to skill levels. Receives an A+!
Fun for the little ones!
by Jake&Melissa on 2013/09/17 17:39
My 4 year old loves this app and is pretty good at it. My 2 year old can even play it! I really like that there are three stages to learning each letter. One to show you how, one to let you practice, and one to do it on your own. Even in the last step the line shows up if you need it. There are also different graphics once you've gone through the alphabet the first time. The ONLY thing I think could be improved on would be for them to hear the letter again after the last step.
My 2 Year Old’s Opinion - Obsessive Love
by MrBHarris on 2014/02/22 14:02
So I have a 2 year old who knows his letters (upper and lower case) and most of the phonics associated with it. Here’s the rub: I don’t think letter ID and sounds at 2 is important at all (I teach kindergarten so I have a skewed word-view). We worry WAY too much about literacy in this culture and start kids way too early. So whereas most parents would be pleased at how “smart” their kid is, I see it more as a scatter skill that brings him great joy. But hey… who am I to argue with a 2 year old?
Skillfully made: Engages WIDE audience!
by international family on 2012/07/15 12:06
As a retired educator, I see the LetterSchool app to be of tremendous value both to teachers in a blended elementary classroom and to parents as they support their child's learning at home or while travelling. LetterSchool is of great value daily to me with autistic children in my nonprofit afterschool program. The creators of this app had an excellent vision for introducing small bits of instruction with plenty of practice. Every child I've worked with with autism LOVE this app ! This is truly a Must-Have app !
Very good, one little problem
by kronkiue on 2014/01/19 11:22
This is a great app. Very well designed and fun. My preschooler likes playing and learning with it. My only complaint is that the tolerance for tracing the letters is a bit too tight for my little guy. He traces a letter most of the way but then his finger inevitably wanders off the line just a tiny bit (but he's still basically on target) and the app makes him start over. This frustrates him and he ends up asking me to do it for him. Is there a way to set how "strict" the tracing is? Otherwise, excellent app, highly recommend.
Teacher give LetterSchool an A+
by Autismteach on 2013/01/05 00:19
My students with ASD are highly engaged with this app! It is interactive and I really love the three levels of progression that begins with modeling and encourages independence for each letter/ number. The formation of a few letters within the Zaner-Bloser are not inline with the way we introduce them at the primary center where I teach. This has been frustrating for my students as well as confusing. Only tip is to fix these few letters
Do my kids love this app!
by TheJesusFreak!!! on 2012/01/03 01:15
My 4 and 8 year-old played this game for 45 minutes today and there were peals of laughter every 30 seconds from them. They thought all the animations were hysterical. I love the choice of fonts and the fact that it allows kids to write the letters themselves after they've traced. I also love how it keeps track of the letters they have done. All in all, a fantastic app for this Homeschool family!
I’m so impressed by this app
by mjbishop on 2015/09/12 18:30
This is not just one of the best letter teaching apps I’ve seen, but it might be one of the best educational apps I’ve ever used. It nudges the child in the right direction if they are confused. The rewards for doing a letter are fantastic. The way it gradually makes getting a letter correct more difficult with each iteration. I couldn’t be more impressed. Buy this for an example of a stellar app!
Great app!
by julie585 on 2013/12/29 01:44
My son is 7 and has special needs- this app is the most fun of all the handwriting games we've tried. He's using a stylus on the ipad with this game now that we've been playing it for awhile. I wish it had the ability to turn off error sounds, and all sounds off, and step 1 only, step 2 only, step 3 only (my son figured out how to cheat.) Other than that it's perfect!
Amazing
by Megs3352 on 2013/04/06 15:24
I love this app- I am mom to a 3 1/2 year old boy who is enthralled by this app! He woke this morning asking to play the letters game! It keeps his attention without all the crazy cartoon characters or any of that extra "stuff." it is simple to get going with for a child, I didn't have to do any "set up" or even demonstrate how to use the app. He just picked it up rig away. Simple, beautiful animations, all in all a super buy!!
This app has been one of my favorites.
by Megmm2 on 2014/11/07 13:19
I have always loved this app since I got it for my daughter who was 2 at the time. I'm pretty sure she learned to write her letter on this game. It has always worked great, but since the update and change of the icon it has been crashing every time my kids turn it on. They're disappointed and we'd love to have it back. My son is 3 and has learned to form his letters from the app as well. Please fix it!!!
Best app for letter formation
by Jesmorsem on 2012/11/25 04:37
We've tried many apps for practicing letter formation for my 8 year old son with developmental delays, and this is by far the favorite. It is the most engaging for him which makes for getting enough practice to be useful. I love that the Handwriting Without Tears font is an option as that is the program used at his school and by his occupational therapist. My 4 year old who is typically developing also loves the app.
Best ever
by Cdover on 2013/02/03 15:58
This letter app is amazing! I taught for 30 years and have never seen a child get so excited about writing letters. My 4 year old grandson was having difficulty with his fine motor skills, by the end of the first set of letters, he was writing. I love how it has different levels, different writing styles and it encourages the child to want to continue. I just can not say enough goods things about it.
Worth the money
by TR&EJ'S MOM on 2013/11/05 00:42
The graphics and animation are so fun, I'm not sure my kids realize they are learning :) I really like how my kids can try writing the letter/number and they will be given several tries and then arrows to guide them, if needed. This app seems well thought out with what is appealing to kids without being over the top. Hope the designers will create more apps!
Please update soon!!
by JSheridan24 on 2015/01/19 21:04
As a teacher, this is one of my favorite apps to use with kids that are just learning how to form their letters and numbers. Unfortunately, several months ago the app stopped working. As soon as the intro song is finished, the app crashes. Every time. I have updated to the newest iOS, restarted my iPad, tried everything to get the app up and running...and it won't work. My kids miss using this app. Please release an update that fixes this bug! Once there is a fix that returns this paid app to a working app, I will change my review to what I wish I could give it - 5 stars. Thanks.
Awesome
by Cede822 on 2013/10/20 06:27
I have tried many alphabet apps for my 4 year old. None kept her interest. This app keeps her interested all day if I let her. This is the best alphabet and number app out there out, for recognizing her letters an numbers and tracing them too. Outstanding app to the developers. Review only allows 5 stars but it's 10 stars for me, to keep my little one interesting in learning. Thank you....
Amazing!
by ASDpenguin on 2011/12/16 14:21
My 4 year old has autism and every other handwriting app we've tried just couldn't motivate him. This one is so visually engaging that he can't put it down! Not only does he enjoy playing with it, he's practicing an extremely challenging skill and doesn't even realize it. He even grabs my hand to help guide him on the difficult letters instead of just giving up. We love this app!
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