What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grammar App HD is similar to a language arts workbook with good tools for testing grammar skills, but it is not perfectly accurate American English. The app contains almost 500 brief pages of tutorials on various topics with built-in exercises. There are also tests, for which results can be broken down by topic, compared over time, and shared via email. A game similar to Flight Control also tests parts of speech. However, the app has a few display glitches and confusing terms, like "full stop" in the section about using periods. Up to five user profiles can be created; when creating a profile, users can choose to log in using Facebook.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
The Flight Control-like game is quite fun, so long as you don't mind that some of the words tested could be several different parts of speech depending on the context.
Kids learn through practice. As they complete the diagnostic test, it provides them with an explanation for each item, helping them revise answers. The progress meter helps focus their attention on weaknesses.
Although the tutorials sometimes contain grammatical errors, the app still provides accurate examples and explanations. Users can log in using Facebook. Kids also can share their test results via email.
What's it about?
In GRAMMAR APP HD, there are four sections: Learn, Test, Games, and Progress. Under Learn, users read through tutorials on different grammar topics. There are examples, quiz questions, explanations, and a few videos. The quiz questions are the same ones found in the Test section. In the Progress section, users can see their performance on the quizzes, including the percentage of questions answered correct or incorrect overall and by topic. There are also two basic games for learning parts of speech.
Is it any good?
This app has a lot of potential learning value, particularly with its wealth of examples and built-in exercises for grammar rules. Still, its flaws are disappointing -- the typos, unfamiliar terms, and limited explanations somewhat hinder teaching and learning. There are sections that are useful, particularly for tracking and sharing progress. The Flight Control-like game is also quite fun, as long as you don't mind that some of the words tested could be several different parts of speech depending on context.
Families can talk about...
Take a look at your kids' progress in the app to see what areas they need help with. Read the tutorials together, adding your own examples to help keep them engaged.
Encourage your kids to read widely and as often as possible for exposure to grammar. They can read the cereal box, instructions for your new grill, or a newspaper article.