You know the ubiquitous saying, "There's an app for that," but when it comes to teaching your child how to write, is there really a digital tool that can get the job done? There's just something about putting pencil to paper that seems so essential in learning how to write letters, and then stringing them together to form words, sentences, and eventually even creative prose. Yet, it turns out, there is an app for even that. Here are some of the best apps to teach your kids about writing that provide a fresh take on an age-old skill.
Whether your kiddo is learning how to write his or her name or the fundamentals of grammar, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are quite a few apps aimed at helping kids communicate better. And it's not just parents who are downloading them. Schools across the country are turning to apps to enhance learning. "What you have is an increasing number of schools that are requiring their teachers to receive professional development in technology integration," said Dee Lanier, a program coordinator for EdTechTeam, in an interview with NPR.
Since it seems that writing apps are the way of the future, here are eight awesome ones to help teach your kid the writing basics and beyond.
1Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase
While there's not a lot of bells and whistles to this app, it's perfect for teaching your child the order of the alphabet, and which words start with which letters. There's also a print function, so your child can take their digital learnings and can continue to explore and draw on paper.
4Me: A Kid's Diary by Tinybop
6Sentence Builder for iPad
Designed for elementary school children, this rich app helps kiddos build sentences thanks to cool visualization and an emphasis on "connector" words. It provides a good variety of sentences and structures, so your kiddo will want to go back to it again and again — really!
7Writing Prompts For Kids
With this free app from Google, your kiddo can draw, animate, and narrate his or her own cartoon. Plus, there's even a music feature that lets them mix their own soundtrack.
The end result is a 3D video your child will be proud of, and you'll be proud of the creativity and storytelling skills they're developing.