Fun with Verbs and Sentences is a Hamaguchi app designed to interactively allow students practice with receptive and expressive syntax structures. The app is developed for typically developing 2-5 year olds or older children with language delays. I was provided with a copy of this app for review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions in this review are mine. There are two different activities included in the app. Build a Sentence and Animations (select parts) or Watch & Say (Recording page only). The Build a Sentence + Animation activity was my favorite. In the settings I chose SVO only sentences to begin. You can choose between Verb only, Subject Verb, Subject Verb Object and Subject Verb Prepositional Phrase. My students all need pronouns work so I used only pronouns. can select from present -ing, past regular, past irregular, and random. You can add up to 75 players in the full version. Track data individually or in ‘groups’. The app prompts the student to ‘help me build a sentence’. The student selects pictures to build the sentences. For example, I selected ‘bear’, ‘make’ and ‘pizza’. Then the app demonstrates the sentences, “The bear is making a pizza.” Next an animation shows the activity. The app prompts, “What happened?” If needed the student can tap the colored dots at the bottom of the page to see or hear the words again. To score the item, use the color coded dots on the left hand side. I like that I can score each part of the sentence separately. You can record sentences on this screen. The Watch & Say game shows an animation. Then the student is prompted to say the sentence. The scoring is the same and hints are available at the bottom. The student is just not the one selected the actions in this version. The bubble game is used to reinforce, after a predetermined number of questions are attempted. This number of attempts can be modified in the settings. The student picks an object to hide. Then they pop bubbles on the screen in search of the hidden object. Since my students were second graders, they weren’t very engaged in this activity independently. We made it a game by passing the iPad around and the ‘winner’ was the child who found the hidden object. Pros: I love that the kids are the ones ‘making’ the sentences by selected the story. They loved that the words they selected became their own video animation. Cons: Some of the data collection features were difficult to navigate. They weren’t very intuitive to get set up, which frustrated me. I wish this portion of the app was streamlined more. Full version will be on sale for $9.99 until October 31th, then will go up to its regular price of $15.99 The Lite version will be free until October 31st, then 99 cents. I have two codes for IPHONE ONLY codes. If you have an iPhone and would like this app, please enter using rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Jordan Bubis says
This would be perfect to use with all of my children under the PPCD umbrella (3-5 year olds) that it over half my caseload! I would get so much use out of this app and would love to have it! Thanks so much for sharing and the giveaway opportunity! 🙂
Talk It Out - Traveling Speech Therapist says
I would use this app with my Preschool Education Program children! I think they would like how interactive this app is!
Rebecca Kopera says
I would use this app with my students who respond well to technology and are working on increasing MLU or verb use 🙂
This would be nice for my kindergarten friends.
Right now I have so many Early Childhood kids I could use this with.
I’ve been looking at this app. As always, your review was so helpful! I’d love to use this with my preschoolers!
I would use this with all of my language kiddos. I’ve been searching for materials for one little guy with ASD who is struggling with verbs. 🙂
I would love to get my SLPA set up with this for all of our kiddos in Kindergarten who are struggling with pronouns and verbs!
Cindy L Meester says
Love the apps from Hamaguchi. They fit my population perfectly.