Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mobile Education Apps - Rainbow Sentences

The kids love to "play" on my iPad. It has honestly been more of a learning tool then I ever thought it would be. As most of my readers know I seriously limit any screen time for my kiddos. We don't do alot of the high-graphics games you can get for the iPad, but the learning games are awesome and the kids don't even know they're learning!

Mobile Education Apps has a new app, Rainbow Sentences, that is designed for 3 to 10 year olds and helps them learn sentence structure. Rainbow Sentences takes all the parts (the who, what, where, when and why) of the sentences and color codes them to help the child learn how to put the sentence in order.

There are many options for different levels of learners. The simplest level, that my 5 year old enjoyed at first was just two parts of the sentence and she would drag the sentence parts to the same color line at the top of the screen. She loved doing this and trying to read the sentences. She is a beginning reader, so the reading part was difficult for her. I did feel the simpler sentences should have had more CVC words that were more easily decoded for beginning readers. Zach, my 6 year old, quickly progressed through the various levels and was soon putting sentences together without any color coding. He loved that he could read and record his voice after he put the sentence in order. Sentence structure is something we really worked on in 1st grade this year, and I think this really helped him understand the concept a little more.

As you work on the sentences you unlock puzzle pieces as a reward. Both of my little ones loved this!

My 10 year old worked on this a couple of times, at my urging. He, however, found it quite simple and boring. The app says for ages 3-10, but I think 10 is stretching it a bit...but it totally depends on the child. Paul has a firm grasp of sentence structure so it was probably just too easy for him. He did enjoy helping Molly read the sentences and recording his voice. All the kids were amazed at how their recorded voices sounded!

The app is available for $7.99 through the iTunes App Store.

Disclaimer: I received this app for free in exchange for my honest opinion on this blog. There was no other compensation given for this review, and all opinions are my own, honest opinions.

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