Serious Game LetterSchool Once Again Selected as One of the Best Children’s Educational Apps of 2012

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The top-ranking “serious game” LetterSchool turns one this month, and what better birthday gift than its selection for three more “best of 2012” lists. “LetterSchool, by Boreaal, got lots of accolades from just about everyone (including us!) for being a spectacular app for implementing and practicing fine motor skills, and for beginning the process of building a strong foundation for reading and math readiness skills,” says the prominent educators’ resource Teachers With Apps (TWA).

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TWA wants to give this app a huge shout-out!
- Teachers With Apps

Handwriting game LetterSchool is celebrating its first birthday, and it has been selected for three more “best of 2012” lists in the past few days: the “12 BEST Children’s Educational Apps” by Teachers With Apps, the “10 Great Apps for kids Aged 0-4” by BestKidsApps and the “12 Favorite Little-Persons Apps” by GeekMom. LetterSchool’s creator, Boreaal Publishers, has every reason to celebrate: Though it is a newcomer on the mobile market, the educational app has managed to reach the top of the App Store’s Education category—and to stay there. The game’s greatest achievement is that it creates a very stimulating learning environment, offering children a truly compelling gaming experience. The wide variety of entertaining games captures the attention and keeps players practicing their letters and numbers, over and over again. By doing so, children are practicing the complicated art of handwriting without even noticing it’s difficult. That is the likely source of the app’s success with not only children but also parents, teachers and therapists.

“LetterSchool, by Boreaal, got lots of accolades from just about everyone (including us!) for being a spectacular app for implementing and practicing fine motor skills, and for beginning the process of building a strong foundation for reading and math readiness skills,” says the prominent educators’ resource Teachers With Apps (TWA). “TWA wants to give this app a huge shout-out! Their slogan, LetterSchool Makes Handwriting Cool, is on their opening page… and, oh yes, this app makes everything cool!” LetterSchool garners frequent acclaim around the world, and it has received multiple awards in the United States. Warren Buckleitner, who writes for Children’s Technology Review and the New York Times’ “Kid Tech” column, says of LetterSchool, “Learning to write letters and numerals will never be the same after a child tries LetterSchool on an iPad's slippery screen. This single app from the Netherlands has raised the bar for all letter/numeral recognition apps.” A non-exhaustive list of the app’s awards and experts’ reviews is available at LetterSchool.com.

An evaluation of the app’s first year confirms Boreaal Publishers’ theory: serious games can be an important part of the solution for better handwriting education. As anticipated, LetterSchool meets the need for a new, stimulating method to teach children how to write. The many e-mails and reviews—and the app’s sales numbers—confirm it. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and the most frequent comment is a desire for the sequel. LetterSchool has already been introduced into many homes, schools and therapy practices all over the world. The method’s educational value is strongly appreciated by users. Feedback confirms that LetterSchool lets kids have fun while they practice the complex skills of handwriting. The continuous highly positive response from parents, teachers and therapists underscores LetterSchool’s important role as an innovator in handwriting instruction.

One crucial skill children need to master is writing letters and numbers, but for many, the process is far from easy. During the first few months of the school year, many children become frustrated with writing, and parents wonder how they can help their children make progress. Christmas vacation is an excellent time to practice writing in a playful environment. LetterSchool’s wide variety of entertaining games captures the attention and keeps players practicing their letters and numbers, over and over again. By doing so, children are practicing the complicated art of handwriting without even noticing it’s difficult.

Install the free lite version of LetterSchool, which will allow you to reach the gold level and test-drive the free-form writing game more quickly. Reporters can also request a promotional code for the full version. Feel free to ask for our media kit containing high-resolution artwork on the contact page of our website.

LINKS
Teachers With Apps, 12 BEST Children’s Educational Apps of 2012 (December 18, 2012)
http://teacherswithapps.com/12-best-childrens-educational-apps-of-2012/

Best Kids Apps, 10 Kids Apps to Download Now (December 21, 2012)
http://www.bestkidsapps.com/ages-0-4/10-kids-apps-to-download-now/

Sophie Brown, Give Your Kids An ‘Appy Little Christmas (December 23, 2012)
http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/12/appy-little-christmas/

LetterSchool website:
http://letterschool.com/

LetterSchool video:
http://youtu.be/4sDZqBMqG-4

iTunes, LetterSchool:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterschool/id435476174?mt=8

iTunes, LetterSchool Lite:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterschool-lite/id481067676?mt=8

Overview of awards and reviews:
http://letterschool.com/reviews.html

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