Montessori Crosswords – Innovative Educational App for iPad Released

Sophia Antipolis, France – L’Escapadou today is pleased to announce and release and availability of one of the first educational iPad apps based on the proven Montessori learning method. Beginning or fluent readers will use the multi-level, auto-corrective crosswords to develop their writing/reading skills by building more or less phonetically complex words from a set of pictures shown. Packed with fun animations and sounds, Montessori Crosswords also features an animated Movable Alphabet to entertain younger kids and help them learn letters.

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 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.

Also featured is a standalone animated 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 technology can bring, such as direct interactions, animations and sounds, as well as automatic crosswords construction.

Features:
* 282 different words, and associated pictures – more to come
* Three word series of increasing difficulty, as defined in the Montessori method
* Crosswords are created randomly to offer thousands of different combinations
* Letter case choice
* Movable Alphabet Layout choice – alphabetical order or vowels/consonants as in Montessori
* 21 Fun and colorful animations displayed upon completion of a crossword
* Different colors for vowels and consonants – Montessori standard colors
* Total number of completed words displayed

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 9.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Montessori Crosswords 1.0 is priced $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and 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.

Montessori Crosswords 1.0
Purchase and Download
YouTube Video
Press Kit (zip)

L’Escapadou is a family design studio which goal is to create fun, creative and entertaining apps for iPad and iPhone, with a focus on educational apps for kids. 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. Pierre Abel, technical leader, has programmed on Apple computers since Apple IIe and holds a PhD in computer Science. 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.

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