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Learning handwriting on an ipad or ipod is definitely not a suitable way to learn all the aspects of writing. There are many details to learning handwriting that can’t be captured on the ipad, like proper posture, paper positioning, and holding the writing utensil properly. But, I do like these apps because they do help a child learn letter formation and they are fun for kids.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Description: I love, love, love this app (I even play it too), mostly because it incorporates God’s Word into the learning. There is scripture all throughout this app. There are several activities for each letter (upper and lowercase) such as tracing, identifying, and matching. Unlock bonus games and collect stickers along the way. Up to 4 children can play, as the app keeps track of their progress individually.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Description: This is a really cute app for learning letters and numbers, and their formation. Each letter/number has four games for each. The INTRO, where the child discovers the letter’s shape, name, and sound. TAP, where the child learns where to start, change direction, and finish the letter/number. In TRACE, they learn the letter trajectory. And WRITE is where they write the letter from memory. This app has very cute graphics and animations that will help keep your child’s attention.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Description: This app is for practicing English cursive handwriting. You can practice uppercase, lowercase, numbers, words, and sentences. My 7-year-old is enjoying this app right next to me as I type this!
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Description: With Fun Letters, your child will learn the alphabet: “recognition of cursive letter shapes, letter names and sounds; writing: tracing cursive letters; lower-case letters and upper-case letter shapes; consonants and vowels; and fine motor skills.”
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Description: A simple app with cute animations that help a child learn number, uppercase, and lowercase formations.