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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rainbow Sentences is a helpful way to teach kids how to construct a sentence. Flexible settings let you customize the experience and can increase independence for kids who may have learning difficulties. Once you set up a profile, you can track your kid's progress, and the app can grow with your child, as there are three levels of play and six levels of complexity. As kids grasp grammatical concepts, parents can change the settings to increase difficulty and understanding.
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What’s It About?
RAINBOW SENTENCES is an individualized sentence-building app to help kids with their grammar, expressive language, reading, and comprehension. First, parents need to set up a user account choosing levels and the ability to record audio and to color code sentences, among other things. Each level provides a pictograph to give a visual hint helping kids organize the given words into a grammatically correct sentence. For kids who have difficulty with their expressive and receptive language skills, they can record their sentence upon completion of the task. Sentences can be saved or emailed to track progress. As kids master simple sentences, they can proceed to more complex sentences with or without color-coding. Parents can manage their child's account and track their progress.
Is It Any Good?
Rainbow Sentences is an intuitive app with many accommodations for kids with learning difficulties. It offers kids a multisensory approach with room to grow as they achieve mastery. Using pictographs helps kids who need visual cues when trying to put together a group of words. Using color coding is especially helpful for kids who have difficulty with determining word order. Kids who are new to the app will need some guidance to get started.
Graphics could be more appealing, as they appear too simple and childish when used with older kids who may still need assistance making sentences. As the levels become more difficult, it would be nice to see sentences that relate to the real world to help kids with their social skills.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Help your child create a "sentence of the day" journal.
Create index cards with words to make sentences.
Read books together and talk about nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, speaking
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, Communication: speaking
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: June 5, 2013
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
- Last updated: August 17, 2016
Our Editors Recommend
SentenceBuilder for iPad
Simple sentence games help kids' grammar skills.
Engaging, adaptable sentence practice with real-life images.
Grammar-teaching tool is more confusing than educational.
For kids who love to play and learn with apps
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