Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review - Rainbow Sentences IPad App

Rainbow Sentences
by Mobile Education Tools

Cost:  $7.99 (downloadable to IPad)
Ages: 3-6, 6-10 or Special Needs

As an English teacher, I was interested in reviewing an IPod app that would help young students with sentence development.  Even though my boys are out of the age range for this product, I did want to see what types of apps were available for beginning writers.
Rainbow Sentences is a simple application that helps young students learn how to place words in proper order to construct sentences.  Per the developer, the features of Rainbow Sentences include:

-168 images to create sentence from
-Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
-Words are spoken as they are being dragged for non readers
-Words can be color coded for added visual support
-Word groups can be selected to simplify sentence construction
-6 levels of sentence complexity
-Pictograph lessons to help students learn proper sentence construction
-Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
-Save and email recorded sentences
-Students earn puzzle pieces during play to encourage continued play
-Puzzles come to life once level is complete

Visually, this is a vibrant app.  The are three levels of play along with helps including audio and color coding.  The ability to toggle audio assistance, color coding, word grouping , etc. gives this app the ability to grow with your child.  The more options you turn off, the more complex and challenging the game becomes.  The audio is engaging as well.  Audio instructions are articulated clearly, and the “help” does assist the youngster with understanding how the sentences are being constructed.

I found the application easy to work with; however, some of the menuing could be confusing especially for youngsters.  Because colorful buttons are included on the application screen, it is easy to not realize that the IPad option like Info, Settings, and Play at the bottom of the screen are available as well.  It just takes a little getting used to.

As an introductory sentence structure app, I think this would be fun for kids.  I could see using this with my children when they were in early elementary.  Kids love to touch and do.  The drag and drop function of the sentences is fun for kids.  I have not worked with special needs children, but noted that several reviews on the web site indicated it was a strong application for this purpose as well.
At just $7.99, I would call this a good investment for youngsters who enjoy technology and are beginning to learn basic sentence structure.

To see additional review by the TOS Homeschool Crew – click here.

Disclaimer: I received this application free of charge as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew in exchange for my honest review.


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