Handwriting is a basic element of school readiness including children’s creative writing and fine motor skills. It also contributes to young students’ mastery of letter and number recognition, geometric shapes and the alphabet in the early grades.
The LeapFrog stylus and app Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into the ultimate learn-to-write experience. It offers students aged three to six more than 85 letter and number-writing activities, with stroke-by-stroke animation and instant feedback on their progress.
Well Known and Kid Friendly
The basic Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil product is a stylus for capacitive touch screens. The app is free but you need the stylus to unlock the full game. LeapFrog, a brand familiar for its electronic learning toys, extends its reach into the apps world with this innovative product.
- The kid-friendly stylus features a non-slip grip and capacitive touch tip that glides easily without scratching your screen. The stylus is available online and in stores where LeapFrog toys are sold. Purchase of the stylus includes four activities which help children practice basic shapes. Students start with single and curved lines, then progress to circular shapes, squares and rectangles, as well as numbers and letters utilizing these strokes. A dot indicates where to start and animation guides students through, with three trials of the shape, letter or number provided for practice purposes.
- Positive prompts encourage progress. There is some margin for error as students trace shapes, letters and numbers, but if a stroke goes entirely off the line provided, animation directs the student to start again.
- Learn to Write provides a developmental approach. In addition to stroke-by-stroke guidance, the app offers captivating sounds and animation which are triggered as activities are completed.
- There are 24 locations to unlock. The app’s activities cover upper and lowercase letters from A to Z, as well as numbers from 1 to 20, and twelve shapes. Up to three students can save their progress.
Therapists, parents and others who have tried Learn to Write with Mr. Pencil have checked in with positive input on its value as a pediatric therapy tool. As noted by one satisfied grandmother, “My grandson is five years old and has ADHD. This is the first program that he liked so well that he played it for two hours today and wanted to continue. Great program!”
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