If there's one piece of technology that we love in our house, its our iPad. We play on it, watch movies on it, read on it, and learn on it. Lately we've been building sentences on it with a new app called Rainbow Sentences by Mobile Education Tools. What a fun way to learn sentence structure.
About Rainbow Sentences
From the creators: Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.
Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.
A few of my favorite features:
~Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
~Words are spoken as they are being dragged for non-readers
~Words can be color coded for added visual support
~6 levels of sentence complexity
~Pictograph lessons to help students learn proper sentence structure
~Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
~Students earn puzzle pieces during play to encourage continued play
~Puzzles come to life once level is complete
Mackenzie, in fifth grade, worked on the harder levels. For her I chose to have her work without the color-coding and with individual words instead of groups.
After you finish the sentence, it is read back to you. Then you are given the opportunity to record the sentence yourself. That was a big hit with all ages. Including the 40 year old. We might also be creating some silly sentences in addition to the ones we built. =o)
In the event that the sentence is built incorrectly, you are directed to a little mini-lesson that gives additional instruction on how to build the sentence correctly. You are then given another chance to correct the parts that you got wrong.
This app is fun and engaging and I love that it provides auditory, visual, and hands-on learning. Something for everyone!
Ages: 3-10 (or 40 & 1/2)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes. All opinions are mine.