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Kids work on pronouncing basic words clearly and correctly. Mouth exercises help them work on the muscle movements necessary for speech. They may also learn some new vocabulary.
Models include boys and girls of a various races.
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Ease of Play
The main menu makes it easy to choose a category and the exercises are presented clearly.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The high-quality video modeling and repetition make for a solid resource for kids who need a little extra help with their speech development. The kid models do a wonderful job of enunciating as they slowly and deliberately demonstrate saying each word. Sago Mini First Words also does a nice job of allowing kids to watch themselves as they practice saying the word back. The voice recognition software works somewhat well to give kids feedback on how clearly they pronounced the target word, though it's also pretty easy for kids to slide through without really saying the word correctly. The mouth exercises category is also great for helping kids move and control their mouth and tongue in various ways. Parents should be aware that even though there are a few little activities thrown in each exercise, Sago Mini First Words is not a game. In fact, each word follows the exact same format and kids may soon feel like they're doing practice drills. As such, these drills have the potential to be really wonderful for kids who have some speech challenges. But, the need for something like this for kids who are developing speech normally is debatable. And, given the subscription price, parents will definitely want to check out the free trial before deciding if these speech drills are right for their kid.
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