What's New

Version 1.1 is here - Thanks to all for the feedback!
âžœNew mode to move letters without dragging - easier for young kids. (previous mode still available in Options menu)
âžœCustom Hand Cursor
âžœWords audio volume has been increased
âžœStart with a larger window

Please rate the app if you've got a moment. It's very important to let people know it's a good and useful educational app. Thanks!

You can email to support@lescapadou.com for any matters. We are waiting for your feedback to make the app even better.

App Description

Selected by Apple in "Macs in Class" List !

➜300 word-image-audio combinations classified in 3 levels of phonetic difficulty appropriate for ages 3/4 to 8
➜ Full Montessori Movable Alphabet with letter sounds (consonants and short vowels phonics)

âžœThis is the Mac version of the successful iPad and iPhone app downloaded more than 50000 times, rated more than 4 stars, mentioned in the New York Times,awarded by Children Technology Review, and recommended by parents & teachers.

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The app offers a fun, interactive game to help kids develop their reading, writing and spelling skills using the proven Montessori method of learning and 300 different word-picture-audio combinations and letters sounds (phonics) !

There are three levels of phonetic difficulty appropriate for ages 3/4 to 8 (as defined in the Montessori method) - of course, older kids can also have fun and practice their spelling!

Also included is a Movable Alphabet that allows open-ended activities for young children learning their letters. Letters can be rotated and resized to add to the fun.

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- Press and Educators Reviews of the iPad/iPhone version -
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★ New-York Times - "The 3-year-old has learned to spell compound words through an app called Montessori Crosswords, her mother said"

★Wired's GeekDad - "5 Favorite Apps for Elementary School iPads" - "An excellent tool for learning spelling and early literacy (...) It can build from simple to more complex words making it usable by students from prep through to grade 3 or 4"

★commonsensemedia.org (rated 4) - “Montessori Crosswords is a great way for kids to develop literacy in an engaging way that feels like play." (rated 4 stars)

➜ Educators' Reviews (iPad/iPhone version)

★Sue on Iear.org - "I just have to say I love Montessori Crosswords both as a parent (to 2, 7, and 8 year olds) and K teacher. I like that the app is appropriate for the developmental levels of my students and all three of my kids"

★Jennifer (2nd Grade Teacher) - "this is a fantastic app (...) I can use it as is in the classroom tomorrow and benefit from it"

★Cindy - "This is one of my favorite educational apps. I highly recommend it for the children who are learning to read and spell. The kids also love the interactive artwork as they complete a puzzle."

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- Features Overview -
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★300 different word-picture-audio combinations
★ Letter Sound (phonics) when a letter is touched. Note that only short vowels sounds are provided
★Three levels of phonetic difficulty appropriate for ages 3 to 8 (as defined in the Montessori method) - of course, older kids can also have fun and practice their spelling!
★Level 1 displays simple words for beginning readers (no blend and only short vowel).
★Levels 2 and 3 automatically create multi-word crosswords in tens of thousands of different combinations, encouraging unlimited repeat play.
★21 Fun and colorful interactive visual effects are displayed when a crossword is completed. Visual effects animate and change as they follow your child’s touch.
★Also included is a Movable Alphabet that allows open-ended activities for young children learning their letters.
★Packed with animations and sounds to create a fun and enjoyable experience!
★Children can play alone or with a parent. Includes instructions on how to use the game as an educational tool.
★Choose capital or lower-case letter display.
★Organize letters alphabetically or Montessori style (vowels first, followed by consonants).
★Displays the total number of completed words.
★Full Screen Mode (4/3 ratio)
★Tips on how to use Montessori Crosswords as an educational tool

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Visit our web site for a video demo : http://lescapadou.com

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Email questions or suggestions to support@lescapadou.com.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

October 25, 2011 Price Decrease: $3.99 -> $2.99
August 18, 2011 Price Decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
January 04, 2011 Initial Release

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