Write My Name by Injini is the latest in a series of terrific apps from NCsoft. Like the apps (Child Development Game Suite and My First AAC) that came before it, Write My Name was “inspired by children with special needs.” From what I’ve seen as I’ve used the app Write My Name will help all children find success as they learn to write their alphabet letters, common Dolch words and custom words that parents choose.
First of all, the layout, design and user interface for the app are terrific. Write My Name is simple, streamlined and as easily navigated as the other Project Injini apps. Children can choose whether they would like to work on their Alphabet Book, their Word Cards or their Name Tags. There are two options for the tracing. The first has children trace their finger on the screen and the line appears, perfect. The second is fingerpaint mode and this writes the letter in blue “paint” exactly as the child traces it on the screen.
In the Alphabet Book children will find a screen for each letter of the alphabet. There are prompts and arrows to follow and if they follow these they will be able to trace the letter on the screen. As they do this they will see the line being drawn (with an extra little flair) and they’ll hear music as their finger moves. When the letter is complete an animated picture for that letter appears. There is a series of pictures for the uppercase letters and another for the lowercase so you’ll find variety. The app keeps track of which letters have been completed and children can pick up where they left off at any time.
The Word Cards contains more than 100 of the most common Dolch (sight) words. Children will trace the words, one letter at a time, and then they will see a picture representing the word. Write My Name tracks the words that have been traced but you can reset the progress at any time. In addition to the alphabet and the sight words you can add in your own unique words or phrases. This is done in My Name Tags. When you set up the tags you will enter the word, record the audio and add in a picture. I think it’s fantastic that the app included this feature because now you can add in your child’s name (first and last) and any words that are important to your family.
According to iTunes “Write My Name supports children ages 4 through 6… and meets some of the basic reading and writing Common Core State Standards for kindergarten such as the introduction and mastery of print and word recognition concepts.” My overall feeling about this one is “Well done NCsoft, keep the apps coming!” For me the word “Injini” has come to stand for quality apps and anytime I see that word in my review submissions I know I’m going to find something swell. Well done!
Price when Reviewed: $4.99 (still on sale at $1.99 as of 2/21)
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.