Rainbow Sentences

Common Sense Media says

Easy app to encourage writing and recording sentences.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app includes a video tutorial to help parents and kids set up their account. When you first load the app, it opens up to the settings page. After watching the tutorial, you can set the levels based on your kids' needs.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

As you launch the app, there's an ad for another app from the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The developer has a simple, reader-friendly "Children's Private Policy" for the app. The app does ask for a username, but Mobile Education Store states the information stays within the app and is not transmitted or made available for third-party users.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Communication

  • speaking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Cute pictographs help kids decipher how to make a sentence. Kids will enjoy being able to record themselves upon completing each sentence they create. 

Learning Approach

The app uses a multi-modality approach with audio, color coding, and audio playback to help kids understand how to construct a sentence. 

Support

An extensive tutorial guides users. Parents and teachers get stats on kids' progress and will appreciate the flexible settings.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Communication

  • speaking

Kids can learn how to construct a proper grammatical sentence with Rainbow Sentences. Kids will also be able to increase their receptive and expressive language skills using the record capability after completing each sentence. They'll learn that a capital letter begins a sentence and punctuation completes a sentence. In addition, kids will learn to recognize the parts of sentence such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Rainbow Sentences is a useful language app that offers enough versatility to engage a variety of learning styles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Vicki Windman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk 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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$7.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 5, 2013
Category:Education
Size:118.00 MB
Publisher:Mobile Education Store LLC
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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