Articulation Station

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Helps kids improve pronunciation; in-app purchases needed.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn better pronunciation and articulation of 22 letter sounds in the English language and more than 1,000 target words. Kids can also learn letter and word recognition through the parts of the app that include words and letters presented on screen. Through persevering during the many different sound programs (each letter sound has its own program), kids learn to put forth effort as well as identify their own strengths and weaknesses. This app may be expensive, but for kids who are struggling with pronunciation, Articulation Station could provide tremendous practice and growth in speech proficiency.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play. The app walks parents and kids through the options and games, and it provides detailed explanations to parents for teaching tips and ways to track your kid's progress along the way.

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The only letter sound that comes as a trial with the free version is "P," otherwise you have to pay anywhere from $.99 to $5.99 for the various letter sound programs. The Pro Package that contains them all is $49.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Articulation Station provides speech professionals, teachers, and parents with ways to help kids improve pronunciation and articulation. To get full use of this app, you have to purchase the Pro version or buy individual letters with an in-app purchase option. Using very specific exercises, games, and stories that focus on just one letter sound for 22 English language sounds, this app can improve pronunciation and understanding of how letter sounds form words. With more than 1,000 target words, kids will likely not get bored with this app. Adults have easy ways to track kids' progress and can track up to six kids at once.

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What's it about?

From the main screen, parents or teachers choose which of the 22 letter sounds they want kids to work on by tapping the corresponding letter (only "P" is free, the others are in-app purchases). For each letter, they can choose to work on "Words," "Sentences," or "Stories." Adults can tap on the light bulb icon to access tutorials with teaching tips specific to that letter sound. There are one or two games to choose from, such as flashcards or matching, and different levels within the three main play options. Letter sounds can be tailored to those that come at the beginning, middle, or end of a word. There are also many choices for data saving and sharing.

Is it any good?

Since the free version of this app only provides one letter ("P") and the rest require in-app purchases for each one or a $49.99 purchase for the full Pro version, it's only fully useful if parents are willing to pay per letter or for the Pro version. If so, this colorful, multi-option app can be very useful to give kids tailored practice in letter sounds they have difficulty articulating. The stories are funny, and the exercises are ones with which kids are already familiar. This app also provides a lot of data to parents, teachers, or speech therapists to track kids' progress. A useful resource, just don't expect it to be free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your kid choose the mode (Word, Sentence, or Story) and game that they'd like to try.

  • Email your kid's scores to his or her teacher or speech-language pathologist to let them know what your kid is working on at home and how they're progressing.

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