L’Escapadou is pleased to announce that Montessori Crosswords will be free on September 3rd, as part of Moms with Apps’ AppFriday. Based on the proven Montessori learning method, the app helps kids develop their writing/reading skills by building words from a set of pictures shown. The app provides 282 words and associated pictures sorted by their phonetic complexity. At the time of writing, Montessori Crosswords is ranked #22 in USA top paid iPad education App and its average rating is 4 stars.
Good stuff. I haven’t actually tried this app, as my daughter is already an advanced reader and writer – but a big part of why she’s got to that level is her Montessori education from the age of 3 to 6. Her Montessori school – this one in Austin, Texas – was a superb environment where she flourished academically and as a person.
So needless to say I’m a big fan of Montessori methods, and this looks like a very nice little app for helping younger kids with their reading and writing skills.
Here’s a little more detail on the app, via its App Store page:
Based on the Montessori proven method of learning, a fun game that helps your kids develop their reading/writing skills while enjoying themselves. Provides an amusing way to learn the letters for children as young as 3, and can be used by children up to 10 or more to improve and reinforce their word-spelling and literacy skills. Instructions to use it with your kids as an educational tool are provided, although of course your kids can of course play on their own!
In the Crosswords game, pictures are shown and kids compose the corresponding words by drag and dropping the appropriate letters next to the pictures. The game is auto-corrective. The 3 increasingly difficult levels are based on the word series defined in the Montessori method according to the phonetic difficulty of each word.
It’s got a cute icon too …
The app is down from $2.99 to free for today (September 3) only. You can find it in the App Store now at it’s one day sale price. If you have a chance to try it out, please let us know in the comments what you think of it.