Ready to Print by Essare LLC – Review & Giveaway
Reviewed by Alison
Ready to Print by Essare LLC is an iPad app for children aged two to seven who are working on pre-writing skills. The app progresses through pre-writing skills ranging from visual motor, visual perceptual and fine motor and is designed to teach children the correct patterns for writing and avoiding bad habits In addition, the app is designed to progress with your child and allows you to change size settings, activity levels and which specific activity you wish to work on. It also provides multi-user profiles making it perfect for teachers, therapists and parents of multiple children. The app was designed by an Occupational Therapist who has over 20 years’ experience working with children.
There are nine different activities in the app which I will highlight below:
Touch shows between three and twenty pictures on the screen. The child touches each one in any order to transform it into a new shape. This portion features sixteen activity levels with a variety of different pictures and numbers of items. The ability to customize the number and size of items was very helpful to us in this portion.
Ordered Touch is similar to the Touch activity except your child is prompted to touch items in a specific order which focuses on the isolation of a specific finger, scanning and tracking skills. The size of the items can be changed in this portion as well.
Matching allows you to choose between two and six shapes shows at the top of the screen and match them to the proper outline at the bottom of the screen. The child drags the shapes into the correct outline. The size and number of shapes can be customized.
Path Following has your child draw a line inside a path from one picture to another with a progression of 25 different paths. The width of the path may be changed. We made it a game to see how neatly we could draw the line to get to the object at the end.
Shape Tracing allows your child to trace a line inside one of nine shapes. This activity allows them to focus on fine motor, visual motor and visual tracking skills. I also provided auditory cues for specific objects to help my son remember that he needed to complete the drawing.
Connect the dots allows your child to connect the dots and draw one of ten shapes. The activity will prompt the child with an arrow indicating the next section to be drawn. The paths gradually go from simpler to more complex as your child’s skills improve.
Pinching requires your child to pair pictures presented on the screen and use two fingers to bring them together. When the two are brought together the child gets a visual reward of the two objects put together either paint, a ice cream code or a spider in the spider web for our most recent try. It also helped him to understand that putting two colors together changes the color. This helps your child learn the skills necessary for a proper grasp on a writing instrument. The distance between the pictures can be adjusted to allow for different size hands.
Letters has your child incorporating skills learned in previous activities to begin to learn the correct formation of 26 capital and lower-case letters.
Free Draw – this activity is a blank canvas for drawing with your finger or stylus. Children can choose from a palette of eight colors. I would often use this as a “reward” for completing other activities in the app.
I really liked that you could “repeat” or “try again” any of the activities within the app. This helped my son to understand that he needed to keep trying when making shapes, drawing lines during path following, and drawing his letters. We used the app both with our fingers and a stylus depending on the activity. My son and I really enjoyed playing with the app and it made learning fun without even realizing that he was practicing important skills. The app is extremely comprehensive and even I found myself playing with the various components and trying to “unlearn” some bad habits. I look forward to additional apps from this developer.
I wish the developer would create a “lite” version of this app, as the cost may have parents wanting to “try” it with their child before purchasing it. This app is best suited to toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school children who are working on early pre-writing skills. Using this app with a stylus versus a finger is very important for these skills which are very important for future success!
Ready to Printby Essare LLC
Category: Education, Health & Fitness
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G
Size: 39.14 MB
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