Kidioms

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Makes learning idioms easy as pie; no bells or whistles.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to decipher figurative language, which can be tricky for concrete thinkers or kids learning English. Kids who struggle with abstract language concepts may not understand phrases such as "it's a blessing in disguise." Seeing the meaning and reading an example can help kids decipher the phrases in everyday conversation. Kidioms reinforces idioms with interactive games and verbal praise to help kids understand everyday language.

Ease of Play

Very easy and intuitive to play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kidioms introduces kids to idioms in a vocabulary format where they learn the phrase and its meaning and then play simple games. Idioms can be especially challenging for kids on the autism spectrum and for English-language learners, so Kidioms can help them learn these turns of phrase. The activities are aligned with Common Core standards.

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What's it about?

KIDIOMS introduces kids to the world of figurative language used in everyday conversation. Common idioms are presented in a notebook style, giving the meaning, an example, and a picture. Kids play three interactive games to reinforce the idiom they're learning. In Word Drop, kids choose the word to complete the idiom; in Missing Word, they spell a missing word; and in Match-Up, kids use an idiom in context. Data is shown for each game played except for Word Drop.

Is it any good?

Kidioms offers a clean interface and easy delivery of information -- definitions and quizzes -- though it's a bit outdated in terms of functionality and interactivity. It would be nice to have the option to hear the idiom or have the text read aloud, especially for kids learning English or with reading struggles. More options to interact with the idioms, beyond what could happen with a worksheet, would deepen the experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about idioms they commonly use, such as "curiosity killed the cat" or "feeling under the weather."

  • When using new or unfamiliar idioms, double-check with kids to make sure they understand your point.

App details

For kids who love understanding language

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