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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Solid sound-matching game with slippery outcomes.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the letters and letter sounds corresponding at the beginnings, middles, or ends of frequently used words and phrases. There's a lot of practice with especially tricky sounds, such as /r/, /ch/, /sh/, /v/, and /f/. By using the hidden-phrase feature, kids can train their ears to isolate a specific sound in longer, voiced phrases, potentially transferring into better comprehension of spoken language as individual words instead of chunks of sound. One downside of the app is a potential loophole: If kids focus on matching pictures rather than sounds, the desired learning won't happen. Another is that the app doesn't collect assessment data or track progress. Reinforcing what they learn through other media will help you find out if kids are hitting learning targets. Used with other tools, Match2Say might help kids who suffer from flash card fatigue and need some fun.

Ease of Play

Match2Say is an easy memory game with leveled features that are self-explanatory.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Match2Say is an easy-to-learn matching game that targets beginning, middle, and end sound practice and letter representation. It aligns with kindergarten and first-grade English Common Core State Standards. Kids can practice matching sounds found in words or phrases at several difficulty levels while playing on their own or with someone else. Kids struggling with identifying "r"-controlled words who need practice forming vowels surrounding an "r" may find this tool especially helpful. Because a kid could feasibly match visuals instead of sounds, and the app doesn't track a kid's progress, using Match2Say in combination with other tools might yield better results.

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What's it about?

Players can choose to play alone or with friends using the same device with MATCH2SAY. Users then select a balloon with a specific sound to practice and decide in which part of the word this phoneme will appear (initial, medial, or final). Next, players decide whether they want the sound to be presented as a single word or a multiword phrase. On the next screen, kids choose which level they would like: Easy gives eight cards to choose from, medium has 12, hard has 18, and super hard has 24. After all these pieces are selected, kids play a memory game and match cards. You also can take the word off the card so kids can hear the word without seeing it represented (focusing on phoneme sounds).

Is it any good?

The bright graphics and game vibe help make Match2Say a fun game for kids practicing sound-letter association. It's great at providing beginning-, middle-, and end-sound-specific words with phrases to match. The record feature is good for kids willing to practice repeating the words that are spoken by the device but may not be useful for many. In the challenge levels, the only difference is the number of cards kids have to choose from, which may test memory and processing more than whether kids understand the sound produced by the word or phrase. Additionally, kids with strong visual memories may quickly identify matching pictures without connecting those words to the sounds being targeted.

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  • Families can talk about how different letters can make the same sound (such as the "c" in "cereal" and the "s" in "sea"). As kids explore their world, ask them to decide which sounds and letters new words begin and end with. Talk about tricky words that have similar sounds but different letters that represent those sounds.

  • Create your own word cards to practice sound and letter association. Draw a picture of words on some cards, and write the beginning, middle, or end letters of each word on other cards. Then play your own matching game and ask kids to match the image to the correct beginning, middle, or end sound letter or combination of letters.

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For kids who love phonics and spelling

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