Australian Council on Children and the Media

Montesorri Crosswords - L’Escapadou

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This App has two main sections; an open-ended movable alphabet and a crossword style game.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Montesorri Crosswords was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Montesorri Crosswords
Developed by: L’Escapadou
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, Google Play: Everyone.
ACCM suggested age: 3+ years
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Montesorri Crosswords contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All levels reviewed.

App description

This App has two main sections; an open-ended movable alphabet and a crossword style game.

Reviewers comments

A well designed App that has been identified as high quality by teachers and reviewers alike – the two styles of engagement with this tool is beneficial. One mode of play is to use the letters as a movable alphabet – here children can make any word and hear the phonetic sounds blend together to form words. The second mode of play is as a crossword, with children identifying pictures and adding letter/sound cards to complete the levels. Again the App’s inbuilt sounds are beneficial with the child able to hear the sound of each letter as they use it, blending with other sounds to complete the word.

The ability to choose multiple levels of words extends engagement and means that teachers can use this tool progressively. The only concern with this app is that the free play mode (called moveable alphabet) does not correct spelling and so children could practice incorrect spelling and have phonetic feedback of sounds to assume they are correct (eg kat vs cat would “sound” the same in free play mode). This is in part mitigated with the two modes of play, where correct spelling is required in crosswords.

In App purchasing

This app contained links to other apps by the developer.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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