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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sentence Maker is a simple sentence-forming app that can help kids learn the basics of word pairing and sentence structure. This app can be helpful for kids who have difficulty with spoken and written expression. Sentence Maker includes multiple custom settings in both the free and paid versions (there are more in the paid version) to increase written language understanding.
What's it about?
In SENTENCE MAKER, kids view crisp, simple photos of objects (such as a door) or actions (such as a child cooking), which act as the subjects of sentences. Each photo appears on the screen individually along with scattered words that will create a sentence. Gray-scale tiles for each word line the bottom of the screen in sentence order. Kids need to read each scattered word (or tap it and have it read by the narrator) and then place the words in the proper order. If kids don't move the word to its match, the app makes a "boing" sound, and the word won't fit into that spot. Once all words are matched, the narrator speaks the entire sentence so kids can hear how it flows.
Is it any good?
Sentence Maker provides a direct, visual, and adaptable way for kids to practice word pairing and sentence making. The real-life images of actions and objects are pleasant and easy for kids to relate to, and the letter-tile and word-grouping format is simple to understand. Although the images do a fair job of including people of both genders as well as of different ages and races, a broader diversity of pictures would increase the app's relatability. Users can add their own images in the paid version.
With settings that can be customized to suit a child's current needs (including using only word pairs, giving hints, or deleting or adding specific images and sentences), Sentence Maker has the potential to elevate kids' understanding of and comfort level with sentence structure in a low-stress way.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, writing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, part-whole relationships
- Price: Paid
- Pricing structure: Paid ($0.99)
- Release date: April 24, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 77.80 MB
- Publisher: Innovative Investments Limited
- Version: 3.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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