What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Speech with Milo: Verbs is an English grammar and speech therapy tool that teaches kids verbs through watching the actions of "Milo," a cartoon mouse. Tap on Milo and see him act out an action like "eat" or "swing." Touch a tab and hear a narrator use the verb in a sentence that may include the "-ing" or "-ed" form: "Milo is swinging at the park." This app is one of a series of Milo apps created by a speech pathologist to help kids learn language skills in a fun, easy way.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Engagement, Approach, Support
Moderately engaging. Some kids may find this app monotonous, while other kids find Milo the mouse cute may enjoy tapping him to see him acting out verbs like hugging, eating, and bouncing.
Kids tap Milo and then watch his actions on the screen while hearing the verb spoken and seeing written it at the bottom of the screen. This app also builds the concept of verbs in "-ing" or "-ed" form.
Parents, teachers, and therapists can tap on specific instruction tabs to learn teaching tips for best use of this app. They can also customize the actions Milo performs.
What's it about?
Kids tap on Milo the mouse, and he'll start acting out verbs such as knocking on a door; as the word "Knock" appears on the screen, a narrator says the word aloud. Tap again, and kids see and hear another verb. Touch a tab and the narrator uses the verb in a sentence that may include the "-ing" or "-ed" form: "Milo is swinging at the park." Parents and therapists can tap on specific instruction tabs for each to learn teaching tips for best use of SPEECH WITH MILO: VERBS.
Is it any good?
For kids who need extra speech help, Speech with Milo: Verbs can be quite helpful in introducing the concept of action-based words. It will be most useful for kids who are entertained by a cute mouse acting out happy things like "bounce" and "hug" and who need to learn the general concept of action words. Kids looking for practice with verbs as a part of speech or kids used to playing faster-paced apps may find this app monotonous.
Families can talk about...
Point it out whenever your child uses a particularly illustrative or strong verb.
To extend this app's lesson into feeling words, ask your kid how Milo may be feeling as he performs some of these action words. Is he happy? Upset? Tired?