What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics makes learning words fun. Grade 7 Vocab gives tweens the ability to study using entertaining cartoon depictions and humorous (sometimes a bit controversial) audio examples of usage. The app also offers flexible features like search, the ability to save entries to a list of mastered words, and a flashcards mode. The graphics are crisp, navigation is intuitive, and the audio feature is great for kids who struggle with reading or who are auditory learners. Entries also feature spot-on definitions and parts of speech.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- work to achieve goals
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
The design is nearly flawless, and you can't beat cartoons and audio as an entertaining backdrop for vocabulary quizzes.
Flexibility, the mastered list, and quality definitions are sublime, but the ability to add words (and cartoons) would extend empowerment.
Superior navigation and learning accessibility allows a range of users to focus on content, but you get no performance statistics.
What's it about?
In study mode, kids search or scroll for particular words, read part of speech and definition, enjoy a cartoon, flip the page for usage text, or press the audio button at bottom (a triangle) to hear the definition and usage spoken aloud. Flashcards mode shows only the word and part of speech but kids can tap to see the cartoon as a hint, or flip for the definition. Twenty-word quizzes give five definition choices. Correct answers are highlighted green with check mark, incorrect in red with x.
Is it any good?
GRADE 7 VOCAB AUDIOS AND PICS is one in a series of very effective vocabulary building apps featuring cartoon illustrations, extensive audio definitions, and examples in context. What makes these apps (from Lafazi, Inc.) superior is the quirky cartoons depicting each word, the "short stories" or usage examples usually three to four sentences in length, and the ability to listen to both in coherent, fully formed sentences at the touch of a button. Grade 7 Vocab adapts to individual kids with a simple yet effective method: separating words into mastered and "don't know" lists. Flashcards mode allows kids to move words to mastered at any time, and, if kids correctly identify a word in a quiz, the word is moved to the mastered list automatically. Kids choose among groups of 20 words for quizzes and from mastered or "don't know." While study and flashcards modes might seem redundant, study gives access to most information up front but flashcards gives only the word and part of speech, then allows tweens to tap for the cartoon as a hint or flip for the definition.
Even with all these great features, there's room for improvement. Definitions are generally right on, but cartoons are sometimes a bit off. For example, the word resume shows a team of baseball players standing on a field holding umbrellas during an electrical storm (!), assumedly before play resumed (in the future). While the usage "short story" on the back explains how the picture relates to the word resume, the image does not stand alone as it should. Settings don't seem to work well, and performance statistics are only available at the end of quizzes. With a scant 226 words at grade 7 level, kids will be left wanting more -- which is not exactly a bad thing.
Families can talk about...
Challenge your tween to make a set of pictorial flashcards for weekly vocabulary tests.
Play a form of Pictionary: draw pictures of vocab words for teams to guess.
Ask your tween to analyze any pictures that don't make sense: What kind of drawing would work better?