September 2, 2010 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Sophia Antipolis, France - 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.
Montessori Crosswords provides an amusing way to learn 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. The game offers a complete movable alphabet, is auto-corrective, and the 3 increasingly difficult levels are based on the word series defined in the Montessori teaching according to the phonetic difficulty of each word.
The app has also been designed to have fun with the iPad, and one of the 21 colorful visual effects - based on a particle system - is displayed every time a crossword is completed. Other animations and sounds effects are also included to create a great and fun user experience.
Next update will support iPhone (high resolution on iPhone4) and add the possibility to interact with the visual effects displayed every time a crossword is completed for even greater fun. This update has already been submitted to Apple and should be available next week. We will also add word pronunciation in an update due end of September.
Montessori Crosswords also features a standalone movable alphabet providing open-ended activities with letters for young children who don't know letters and their phonetic sounds yet. An article including a quick introduction to the Montessori approach to reading and writing, and how to use the game as an educational tool, is also provided.
Montessori Crosswords was created after we observed our homeschooled daughter having fun with a Montessori picture-spelling activity. We wanted to recreate this experience in a lighweight format, adding all the fun that the iPad/iPhone technology can bring, such as direct interactions, animations and sounds, as well as automatic crosswords construction.
This one-day free download is offered in cooperation with MomsWithApps, of which L'Escapadou is a member. Moms With Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. App Friday is a weekly feature on a family-friendly developer from Moms With Apps. The goal is to highlight one of the developer's apps with a review and description, along with a free download or special promotion.
Montessori Crosswords Features:
* 282 different words, and associated pictures
* Three word series of increasing difficulty as defined in the Montessori method according to the phonetic difficulty of each word
* Crosswords are created randomly to offer tens of thousands of different combinations (exactly 93696 for level 3!)
* 21 Fun and colorful visual effects -based on a particle system - displayed every time a crossword is completed !(you will be able to interact with these in the next update)
* Standalone Movable Alphabet to play with letters (and for the fun, letters can be resized and rotated)
* Letter case choice
* Alphabet Layout choice (alphabetically or vowels first and consonant at the end as in Montessori)
* Different colors for vowels and consonants (Montessori standard colors)
* Compatible with iPad (next update will support iPhone)
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 9.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Montessori Crosswords 1.0 regular price is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Members of the media please contact Pierre Abel to obtain a promo code for a free copy of Montessori Crosswords.
L'Escapadou is a family design studio dedicated to creating fun, creative and educational apps for iPad and iPhone. We are a homeschooling family, and watching our children - 4 and 7 years old - learn has always been a great inspiration for the educational tools we make. The studio was created after the launch of the iPad with the belief that the iPad can be a great tool for learning and creativity. "Dad" has developped and designed applications on Apple computers since Apple IIe and holds a PhD in computer Science, and "Mom" is a translator currently busy home-educating her daughters. L'Escapadou has already released "Draw with Stars!", a toy for iPad and iPhone which was featured by Apple in New and Noteworthy" and "What's Hot" in iPad/Entertainment category in several countries. Copyright (C) 2010 L'Escapadou. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.