Whether your child is having serious problems with sentence structure or not, the Rainbow Sentences App from the Mobile Education Store is a lot of fun! While it may appear at first that there are only 3 levels to progress through, the amount of customizing available makes it a whole lot more valuable than you might think. It is worth the $7.99 price tag since there are so many options, and you can create a profile for each child. You can view the fine details on their website: http://mobile-educationstore.com
The basic idea is this, have your child sit down with the iPad and learn how words belong in a sentence. You can begin using this app with young children who have just learned to read, because you can group the words, and have them color coded to match the lines. Or you can use this with older children by turning off the coloring of the words or the lines. You can also challenge your child by turning off the ‘word grouping’ option. Our daughter had fun with the ‘record correct answer’ option, as she got zany in the accents she used, or added an editorial aside about the picture.
My daughter’s favorite part was that as she answered the sentences correctly she earned a puzzle piece for that level. (You earn a piece for each 5 correct sentences.) At the end of the level, the puzzle becomes animated! :) Arlene loves any time she gets to use the iPad, but since there’s only one, and 4 of us, this was a great use of her “iTime” :)
There are a LOT of educational apps out there. As you’re looking for one for your child, be sure to look at the ‘about’ info on each one before you decide. Rainbow Sentences was designed to help both visual and auditory learners. It can also be used quite well to help children with learning difficulties, as you can set the options separately for each user.
We'll be on the lookout for more apps from Mobile Education Store, because learning should be fun!