Reviewed by Grace
It seems that I’ve been reviewing mainly apps for children with special needs but I wish to highlight that apps designed by speech and language pathologists are very useful for the language development of children of all needs. One such app is Preposition Remix by Smarty Ears. It helps children learn 20 most common prepositions while playing and having fun with the app. Prepositions included are above, behind, below, beside, between, closest to, furthest, in, in front of, in the middle, inside, near, next to, on, on top of, out, outside, to the left, to the right and under.
This app is fully customizable to meet the needs of all students. You are able to select just one or a group of prepositions you want your child to play with. Furthermore, you can have the questions related to each preposition to appear consecutively or have them randomized for reinforcement when your child has mastered the prepositions. You can also decide if you want to allow further auditory cues or have written cues as well. The latter are great for encouraging early literacy skills or as an additional input for visual learners.
You can further choose from three types of responses when a wrong answer is chosen. I prefer that there is ‘No Response’ until my son gets a correct answer because I don’t want him to get distracted (and discouraged) whenever he chooses a wrong answer. I want him to continue to try again. But for the first time he used this app, I opted to ‘Keep Going’ to the next question even when he got the answers wrong. At the end of that session, I used the report on the overall accuracy percentage for each preposition tested to find out what prepositions he needed help with. I don’t quite like the third option though. It is a rather loud ‘Buzz’ but this may appeal to some kids.
The play is simple. The child just needs to touch the correct object(s) that has been placed according to the preposition asked in the question e.g. Find the spoons outside of the case. Get it right and you get a positive reinforcement. The app logo may be in cartoon form but you won’t find cartoon pictures inside. Instead, the app uses real pictures so it will appeal to older kids as well.
This app has a total of 200 different questions (10 for each preposition) and that is a lot for learning and practising prepositions! So if you are looking for an app to teach prepositions, do check out Preposition Remix.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: US$ 9.99 (87MB)
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