Montessori Words & Phonics

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About this app

Based on the proven Montessori learning method, Montessori Words helps kids develop their reading, writing and spelling skills by building words from a set of 320 word-image-audio-phonics combinations using a phonics-enabled Movable Alphabet.

➜Top 50 Android Apps For Kids 2013 -
➜The iPad/iPhone version was mentioned in the New York Times, Wired's GeekDad, and was awarded "Editor's Choice Award for Excellence in Design" by Children Technology Review.
➜ Used in US schools

Common Core State Standard (CCSS):
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.2 & CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

Montessori Words helps kids learn and understand two fundamental concepts:
• First, the app helps kids understand that words are made up of sounds/phonics (phonemic awareness). For each word, your kids can touch the empty rectangles where letters must be dragged to complete the word, and hear the sound the corresponding letter(s) produces.
• Secondly, the app helps kids memorize the phonics associated with letters by providing a phonics-enabled alphabet where kids can touch each letter and hear the associated phonic.

Montessori Words allows you to select words according to their difficulty or sound categories.
• Level 1 displays a three-letter word with no difficulty for beginning readers (CVC words).
• Levels 2 and 3 offer more complex words that contains more complex phonics (as long vowels sounds or blends). • Alternately, your child can choose from 44 sound categories--choose words that contain a specific sound (for example, long a, “k” sound, and so on).

To create an enjoyable experience, the app also includes sounds, animations, and interactive visual effects that are displayed after a word is completed.

Choose capital, lower-case, or cursive letter display for a greater challenge.

Montessori Words also features a movable alphabet that allows open-ended activities for young children learning their letters.

➜ Overview:

• 320 word-image-audio-phonics combinations appropriate for ages 3/4 to 8 to help kids develop their reading, writing and spelling skills.
• Uses the proven Montessori learning method (Phonemic Awareness and Phonics).
• Phonics-enabled Movable Alphabet (touch a letter to hear its sound/phonic).
• Touch letters of a displayed word to hear the phonics used in the word.
• Select words according to difficulty (3 series - from CVC words to complex words) or sound (44 categories).
• Includes 42 letter sounds/phonics.
• Choose capital, lower-case or cursive letter display.
• 21 fun and colorful interactive visual effects are displayed when a word is completed. Visual effects animate and change as they follow your child’s touch.
• Packed with animations and sounds to create a fun and enjoyable experience!
• Also included is a Movable Alphabet that allows open-ended activities for young children learning their letters.
• Children can play alone or with a parent. Includes instructions on how to use the game as an educational tool.
Updated on
Jan 26, 2015

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96 reviews
A Google user
March 15, 2020
This could be a dream app but..... I give it a 1 star because it is a phonics learning app and if sounds are incorrect it is misleading and useless. Short E is pronounced with short I sound and Q is sound pronounced with K sound, L sound pronounced oolu. This needs to be fixed asap otherwise the app is junk so do not pay for it as i did.After reading other reviews it is concerning this has not been mentioned in over 6 years, just how good the app is and how a 3-4yr old loves it.
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Kailee Overman
January 30, 2022
So disappointed. I was looking for something to help my son whose going a very hard time with reading and saw this app had great reviews. I paid for it and downloaded it just to find out that it's made for an older version of Android so I cannot use it on our devices.
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January 30, 2022
Sorry, it should be running well on older devices - anyway just contact us at and we will ask Google Play to refund you (you can also do it by yourself)
A Google user
March 7, 2020
Great app. My daughter has ADHD, and she has struggled a lot with reading and writing at school. This app has help her a lot and to us as parents to suport her.
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March 8, 2020
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