Look Mommy! iWriteWords
Care to teach your child how to write in an easy and fun way? In class your child is already inundated with the writing and rewriting and rewriting again of countless a,a,a,a,a,a,a, the entire alphabet, in print and cursive, to memorize letters and their meaning. This, of course, is of utmost importance to the budding kindergartener, but a happy app called iWriteWords Lite by GDI a free gaming supplement for kids to learn how to write.
The whole app is delightful to behold. Bright background colors are juxtaposed against equally bright and scribbly child-like artwork that convey the word being spelled. Should you be spelling Owl, a cute colored-in drawing of an owl appears once the word is completed. In iWriteWords you use your finger to trace an outline of a letter to spell out a simple word; having a ghost outline of the letter at hand helps beginning spellers to memorize the letter’s shape, especially after repeated playing of the game. The words presented in the game are easy words along the lines of Cat, Bag, Owl and the longer Sheep and Zebra. Each word is divided into its letter constituents, and the app divides the letter into steps, with numbers encased in circles so the child may follow, in order, the direction of writing.
A cute crab-like creature acts as a cursor for your finger to start on, and it follows your finger as you trace the letter’s route. When completing a letter, a block letter version along the top falls in a real-time physics fashion, bouncing off the screen walls with your every tilt and turn of the phone, to fall into a black hole along the bottom right once you’ve collected all the other letters. In this way, iWriteWords make completing the word more of a game, where you final goal is to collect the letters so that a picture of the word may appear.
Your child can practice both uppercase and lowercase letters in iWriteWords, but it’s unfortunate that the Lite version only contains a few words to practice, leaving out a wide range of the alphabet. However, upgrading the app to its paid version is available through the app – it links you to the iTunes store – and to make up for the lack of words available, iWriteWords has a neat feature that allows you to cycle back through the words you’ve completed, showing you the image first, and then retracing the letters for you to watch and recall.
Since I enjoyed the Lite version so much, I may have to upgrade to the Paid version and write another review. The free version works just fine, and is so pleasing to the eye and operates so well that you and your child will enjoy tracing your finger along those necessary building blocks of language. With its memorable artwork and way cool physics engine, iWriteWords Lite is sure to entertain and teach your child.