App Name: Letter School

Why We Love It: This app provides stroke by stroke instruction for uppercase letters, lowercase letters and numbers. Options include Handwriting Without Tears, D’Nealian and Zaner-Bloser stroke styles. Each letter or number is presented in 4 phases:

1. Identify

2. Touch the correct dot to start each stroke

3. Trace

4. Independently write

The best part about this app (other than the creative visuals) is that it provides extra cues as needed. For example, if the child repeatedly taps the wrong dot, the right one “jumps” and makes a sound, or if the child repeatedly attempts the stroke in the wrong direction, arrows will appear to help guide the child.

Why Kids Love It: This app makes letters come alive with soap bubbles, caterpillars, trains, lawnmowers and more. The visuals are very engaging without being a distraction, and this brings the kids back to this app over and over, without groaning about practicing handwriting.

Available: Itunes store – Lite version is free, Full version is $2.99

Check out the Letter School Website for more info.

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