Get ready to fall in love with an app that helps kids make sense of letters and words. An updated version of the award-winning language learning app Word Wizard recently arrived for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This educational powerhouse is a solid value for any family with children learning how to read.
Utilizing a combination of Montessori methods, Dolch words and a healthy dose of creativity, the Word Wizard app allows children to play with letters and words in a groundbreaking way. The alphabet becomes your child’s play thing as they combine letters, write sentences or just create nonsense words in the app’s Moveable Alphabet section.
In Spelling Quizzes you can challenge your learner with 184 existing progressively difficult spelling tests, or create customized spelling tests from your child’s current vocabulary lesson. Children receive a verbal cue to spell the words one at a time. There is also a hint option and an ability to skip words if they need assistance.
When a quiz is complete children are rewarded with interactive screen of pure joy. It’s the perfect touch of fun in this free style app where learning is the real star.
The recent 2.0 overhaul of this app only added to Word Wizard’s educational glory. Here’s a high level overview of what’s new:
Keyboard options now include qwerty, a typing emulator and additional letter size.
Statistic reports for spelling quizzes.
Editable profanity list, access to friends’ word lists and custom pronunciation via iTunes.
An additional voice, for a total of three, with an updated speech engine and the option to disable vocalizations.
Quiz word lists for beginners.
Several small fixes, including a new and improved letter “e.”
At the end of the day, it’s hard to beat Word Wizard’s polished user interface, kid and parent friendly options, and solid educational aims. This is the perfect app for any child who is learning how to read, or to supplement advanced vocabulary lessons through fifth grade. While the app does cost a bit more than some other language apps (it’s $3.99 from iTunes) it’s still well worth the small investment.
Word Wizard is a top of the line educational app with a wide range of appeal.
Words Wizard is a unique app that lets kids hear the sounds of letters and words using a talking movable alphabet, and provides spelling practice with a customizable List of more than 1,400 questions and answers. Featuring advanced text to speech capabilities, the app can pronounce and spell-check an unlimited number of original words.
V1.0 has been called “Speak’N Spell for the iPad Generation” by the NYT and was awarded
Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Design by Children’s Technology Review.
The version 2.0 is now available wit a lot of new features requested by users!