A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn 226 middle school-level words such as "radiant," "unique," and "vigilant." As with any study of vocabulary, tweens can improve their spelling as well as reading-comprehension skills. The app will especially help kids truly understand how words are used in speech while they practice listening skills. The quirky cartoons and audio in Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics make learning words fun and meaningful.
Ease of Play
The app is fast, crisp, clean, and very intuitive.
Violence & Scariness
Some words have violent or scary concepts such as "onslaught" and "homicide."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics includes more than 200 vocabulary flash cards and quizzes to check for understanding. It gives tweens the ability to study using entertaining cartoon depictions and humorous audio examples of usage. The app also offers flexible features such as search, the ability to save entries to a list of mastered words, and a flash cards mode. The graphics are crisp, navigation is intuitive, and the audio feature is nice for kids who struggle with reading or who are auditory learners. Entries also feature spot-on definitions and parts of speech.
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 stand out are the quirky cartoons depicting each word, the "short stories" or usage examples usually three to four sentences long, and the ability to listen to both in coherent, fully formed sentences at the touch of a button. It adapts to individual kids with a simple yet effective method: separating words into mastered and "don't know" lists. Though having both Study and Flashcards modes might seem redundant, Study gives access to most information up front whereas Flashcards gives only the word and part of speech and 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, presumably before play resumes (in the future). Though 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 ends of quizzes. With a scant 226 words, kids will be left wanting more; if they haven't already used Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics, they could explore those words as well.
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