What we love…

An easy to use and kid-friendly writing tool that really motivates children to write and read better.

What we’d love to see…

Optional edit lock, text highlighting.


Learning to read by writing is a brilliant idea that is both fun and effective. WriteReader is the perfect app to accomplish this.

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If you are looking for an engaging way to accelerate your child’s reading abilities, then you should check out this app that has been developed to help children learn to read by writing photo stories, an approach that is backed by scientific research and field testing.

The WriteReader App looks like any other story making app in the App Store but it is designed to help children learn to write and read at the same time.  It does the usual – allow the user to create a storybook, insert his own photos/screenshots/text/audio in it, edit it at will and later read or share it with others – but it puts the child in control of the content of the story, specifically the writing.  It does that by including in the app, kid-friendly features that are easy for children (3-10 years old) to learn to use.


After the title page, you will see 2 separate text boxes on each page that you add – 1 for the child’s experimental writing and another for the adult writing. The child attempts to write a word or sentence to go with each picture/photo in the child writing box and then lets the adult (or an older sibling/friend) translate his writing to proper sentences with the correct spelling. Once done, the child can record himself reading the adult writing. He may even ask if he could correct his own writing. Whatever his reactions, he would be very keen to compare the 2 versions and  in the process, learn to read and spell the words that he had attempted to write .

WriteReader further supports the young writer with a kid-friendly qwerty keyboard that gives him the option to see the letters in lower case just as he would see them in his writing. There is also an option to hear the name of the letters being typed. On this keyboard, the vowels are red while the consonants blue, making the search for them easy. My son quickly learnt to use both the consonants and vowels together as he listened to the sounds in each syllable/word.


This app does not have many fanciful extras. There are no stickers, font library, borders nor drawing tools (though you can use screenshots of your child’s drawings done in other apps) that may distract your child from the task of writing which is a good thing. What you get instead is more opportunities for your child to write when he adds interesting captions, speech and thought bubbles to the photos. You can choose the colors of these bubbles as well as the text within. In edit mode, you can delete and rearrange the individual pages, a feature that is sometimes missing in other apps. You can print (via AirPrint), email your story or share via Facebook in pdf. You also have the option to share only the child or adult writing or have both.



photoWriteReader is suitable for children of different abilities with the appropriate level of adult assistance. A younger child who has yet to learn the letter sounds can first record his thoughts using the app’s recording feature and then have the adult type out the adult text for the child to copy into the child box. Another child may prefer to have suggested key words or writing prompts given in the adult text box to help him get started while a more competent writer can type up to 4 lines of text on each page and leave out the adult writing.

The app now has an iPhone version, which is great since we take our photos with the handy iPhone most of the time. I hope to see further updates to include an optional edit lock and text highlighting which would be so helpful for younger children.

My 6 year old son has been very eager to make his own stories since he was shown how to use the app. He loves it that he could express his thoughts through writing (typing) without the stress of getting everything right.  He still needs a lot of help with spelling and forming proper sentences but he is very motivated because the books are personal to him and he loves to read his stories over and over again.  For me, it was great working with him on this app. He was attentive when I emphasized the speech sounds to help him form his words.  This reinforces the phonic rules and sight words that he has learnt in a meaningful activity.  The recording feature also helped him in his reading fluency and clarity.  I really like this app and I foresee that we will be using WriteReader very often.


Write to Read for iPhone – Writereader Aps

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Write to Read – Writereader Aps

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Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular
Size: 56.19 MB




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