Ages 3-6. Designed for both parents and schools, this app beautifully provides children a way to "write" words in order to express themselves prior to mastering the use of pencil and paper! This is a preschool & kindergarten language activity that will help children learn the correct spelling of simple words.
We originally published this app back in 2011. After observing what others were doing with the Movable Alphabet, such as the Montessori Crosswords app, we wanted to create something that was more academic in nature vs. being more entertaining. So, we designed a very clean looking app that has a "manual" feel to it in order to closely resemble the physical Movable Alphabet material. Over the passed several years we've been thrilled to see schools systems incorporate our Movable Alphabet into their curriculums!
We're extremely excited about the new 3.0 update that came out in September! Many teachers and parents requested that we provide feedback to the child whether or not a word is spelled correctly. We wanted to do that, but in a way that still maintains the manual feel of the Movable Alphabet, without letters snapping into perfect positions. Well, after a lot of hard work, we've finally got something that has a great feel to it! Please watch the preview video to see how it works!
After learning to identify and blend the sounds of the letters of the alphabet children are often ready to build words on their own. However, the ability to write them down with paper and pencil may require much more time and practice to acquire. Therefore, Dr. Montessori prepared the Movable Alphabet for children to “write” words, long before mastering the physical skill of writing.
Children can phonetically sound out words, one letter at a time to build words. The app includes over 40 images of simple words, along with audio pronunciations and instructions, for children to practice with. Additional word sets are available, too!
To help the child construct the words correctly, they can touch the buttons in the box or the letters themselves to hear their sound, giving them the ability to "search" for the sound they are thinking of to build their word!
About the Word Sets:
Once the children begin the process of composing three letter words (consonant-vowel-consonant) with the Movable Alphabet they are encouraged to move on to building four and five letter words. In our experience in the classroom, it is best to follow the CVC words with four letter, CVCC words, which often seems to be easier for the blending of sounds leading up to the actual reading of words. Mastering word building requires lots of practice and repetition. Following this, we introduce four letter, CCVC words and then five letter, CCVCC words. As the children master these skills they often explore the process all on their own and have fun expressing their own ideas using the Movable Alphabet!
Word Sets 1 & 2: CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant), three letter words (bat, fin, jug, etc.)
Word Set 3: CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), four letter words (fast, bulb, hand, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 4: CVCC (consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), four letter words ending with “ck” or “nk” (sack, rink, tack, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 5: CCVC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant), four letter words (clap, flex, spot, etc.)
Coming soon: Word Set 6: CCVCC (consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant), five letter words (drink, twist, slept, etc.)
Dr. Montessori observed in her work with children that after working with the Movable Alphabet children experienced an “explosion in to reading!” Our goal is to bring a sampling of this excitement to a large audience via the Movable Alphabet on the iPad & iPhone!
Thanks for your support of our Preschool Language apps! We have an entire line of educational apps for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary students! Please take a look: www.mobilemontessori.org
Special Update for Schools: The Movable Alphabet no longer has any In-App purchases! Word sets 2 & 3 are now unlocked for everyone to use. In the future we will release more word sets as free updates, as well!
Thanks for your support of The Movable Alphabet over the years!
Ratings and Reviews
This app would be better if there was the option to use control words (words spelled out already). I hope the developer makes this change. At the moment it remains too intimidating for my preschooler.
Developer Response ,
Here's a tip. Instead of focusing on constructing the word by sight, do so by sound. That's why you can touch each letter in the box and hear how it sounds. Children can thus search for the sound they think they need and locate the letters. Thanks!
Great apps for any Montessorian
As a certified Montessori toddler, early childhood, and lower elementary teacher I have to say I absolutely LOVE these apps. The subtle music and sounds, and the calmness of the voices fits right into the Montessori style of teaching. Not only do I use all of the apps for my own son at home, but I also recommend them to parents who ask for "homework", or who want to supplement their children's Montessori education further.
I understand that some people find the apps too boring for their children, or feel as if their children aren't "stimulated" enough. Montessori education stimulates children by giving them accurate facts to work with, not by overloading their senses with bright colors and animated pictures, or loud music and sounds.
These apps are a great addition to the Montessori curriculum, presenting children with the original tools but in a more modern medium.
Jo’s and G’s don’t light up when spelled correctly
The app is still buggy, despite the latest updates.
Developer Response ,
Don't forget the dot over the j when spelling out the word! We checked on the g and all seems ok, just try to center the letters as best you can...thx!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.