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Feb 16
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by Dennise Goldberg

I love this App! Write My Name by Injini is an addicting app that helps develop a child’s writing skills. Since Write My Name was just released Injini is offering this App for the introductory price of $1.99. The price will only be good for a few more days and then will go up to its normal price of $4.99 next week. I highly encourage everyone to go out and buy this app at the introductory price. According to the Write My Name App page, “In the same tradition as Injini Child Development Game Suite and My First AAC, Project Injini was inspired to create Write My Name to help children with special needs practice emerging writing skills in a fun and playful way. Mastering writing your own name is often an IEP (Individualized Education Programs) goal but the other tracing apps in the app store don't make this activity easily accessible AND achievable.”

As I started to play with this App yesterday I received a call from my friend asking me to watch her kindergarten aged daughter for an hour while she ran some errands. I used this happy coincidence as the perfect way to field test Write My Name. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are the perfect age group for this App. So I sat down with my friend’s 5 year old daughter and began to play. We started on the home page which allowed us to choose between 1) alphabet book, 2) word cards, and 3) name tags.

We choose alphabet book to start. This portion of the game allows you to trace both upper and lower case letters. After doing the first letter we noticed that a short animation appears after you trace the letter correctly. We heard “A is for Ant” and watched the ant do what appeared to be a walking motion. For all of the remaining letters we started guessing what the letter would represent before the animation started. We would both shout out our guesses while she was tracing the next letter and we enjoyed this immensely.

Next we moved on to Word Cards. There are over 100 common sight words in this section. For this portion of the game we turned on the finger paint option which allowed us to see exactly how my friend’s daughter was tracing the words. As you traced each word correctly it would be filled in to provide feedback to the child. The App also uses guided tracing with music to provide both visual and auditory feedback to the child.

I used the word card section to test my friend’s daughter on each sight word. So as she was tracing the word I asked her to try and read the word prior to completing it. The App upon completion of tracing each word will read the word and also provide a short animation.

While alphabet book and word cards were fun the most impressive part of this App is the name tag section. The name tag section allows you to “Create 36 custom name tags with your own pictures and recordings to personalize learning for your child.” The first custom name tag we created was of course for her name. I took her picture with the iPad and used it as the name tag image. I then typed in her full name and had her record it. After saving the name tag she traced her name while seeing her own picture and upon completion she heard her own voice saying her name. This got the biggest smile of the night!!! We spent the rest of the time running all over my house creating custom name tags for me, my son, my dog, my dinner and many more. Even my ten year old son got in on the action.

I can’t say enough about how much fun we had with this App. I have seen many tracing games but this one has quickly become my new favorite. The introductory price of $1.99 will only be around for a few days so grab this one today.

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