I’ve used a lot of tracing apps in my exploration as a parent and as a teacher. iTrace-handwriting for kids is best I’ve ever seen and a Top Pick for this mom. The app is super easy to use, with monitored practice for letter, number, and word formation. It has a ton of settings options and reports on the child’s progress. Seriously, it’s absolutely perfect for young children just learning to write.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
iTrace-handwriting for kids by iTrace is an app developed to give children practice in appropriate letter formation. The app opens to five notebooks: Letters, Upper-case, Lower-case, Numbers, and Words. Simply tap a notebook to begin. With extensive progress monitoring and options, the Parents section is a boon for teachers and parents alike.
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In the Letters notebook, children are given a random character to practice. The letter comes up on a notebook page, is stated aloud, and a hand with pen illustrates how to create the character. Then it’s the child’s turn to practice. Using a finger or stylus, children follow a blinking blue dot and trace a dotted line to write the letter. Each character is traced 3 times. After earning 3 stars, children see an object that begins with that letter or is that number and they must find it in a hidden object screen to advance. In the Upper-case, Lower-case, and Number notebooks, children tap on which letter or number they would like to practice instead of having them randomly selected. The app is self-monitoring and children must rewrite the line if they go out of bounds or start in the wrong location. However, it doesn’t force children to wait for the tracing line. If children fluently continue the next stroke, the app adapts and allows it.
The Words book is great. Children begin by practicing their own name – choosing the pen color. They can then practice My Words – over 500 words with images. Not enough words? Add your own – and add your own pictures from your camera roll too. This is a great way for children to practice family names and sight words. It is completely customizable. In the My Scenes section, children tap on the farm, beach, camping, arctic, or circus. After writing thematic words in each scene, the animated object appears in the setting.
The protected Parent section is also such a great tool. Besides the normal options for sound and the tutorial, parents can select which alphabet their child is working with: Zaner-Bloser, Handwritng Without Tears, or D’Nealian. They can change to left handed orientation and turn on cursive letters as well. They can even customize stroke direction for specific letters. Here, parents can also access the worksheet section where they can print specific letter worksheets for pen and paper practice.
In the History section, data is collected for each and every character attempted. Parents and teachers can access by date each attempt at letters and view the actual letter written. A picture of the letter outline and the child’s attempt is visible for each character worked on. Adults can see where errors are made and analyze the information to guide students’ practice. The Statistics section tells how many letters have been written in a given time span, favorite letters, and even tricky letters. Seriously –I’m in love!
Overall, iTrace-handwriting for kids is simply the best handwriting app I’ve ever used. It has extensive customization options to fit the needs of any child. It adapts to the children’s strokes and lets children practice naturally instead of forcing a paced practice routine on them. I highly recommend this app as both a parent and as a teacher.
iTrace-handwriting for kids is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store -iOS Universal
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At the time of this review, there are no in-app purchases, ads, and external links are in the locked parent section.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She cannot say enough about how awesome this app is and had to cut herself off! She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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