Mobile Education store has released a new application for the iPad called Rainbow Sentences. According to their description Rainbow Sentences is designed to help elementary-aged students learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions while improving their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students also have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.
Downloading the app was very easy and we never had any probelms with the program crashing. I would definitely encourage you to watch the video tutorial that can be found at the bottom of the first screen before you hand it over to the child; the video does a great job of describing all of the different options and is only a few minutes long.
I love how much it could be customized. There are 3 levels of sentence complexity (I am not sure why the website states that there are 6). There are options for audio instructions, saving an audio file of the correct answer, color coding the words, and if you want the words grouped together (eg. all the words in the subject are moved together or individually depending on your preference). It would really be best to watch the following YouTube video to get an idea of how this app works and the level of customization that is available.
Also, to encourage children to keep using the app, after every few sentences a child is rewarded with a puzzle piece of a picture. My dd was disappointed to find that it was not like a real puzzle since the piece that you receive is already in the correct position. You are simply trying to play the game long enough to reveal a picture.
My daughter did not have a problem using the app after I explained what she needed to do and she does enjoy playing it for about 15-20 minutes at a time. I think that your child must be able to read at about a first grade level if they are not to be frustrated with the program. I don’t quite undestand why you would want your child to record the sentence after putting it together, but that option is available. It seems to be a bit difficult to navigate though as you must name each audio file.
Overall, this is an entertaining and educational app. I think it is a bit pricey currently, but I would not hesitate to snap it up when (and if) it goes on sale.
Price: $7.99 at iTunes
I received a free download of the Rainbow Sentences application for the purpose of this review; no further compensation was received for my honest opinion.