Reviewed by Grace
Adjective Remix by Smarty Ears is an iPad app that provides children with developmental or speech delays with lots of opportunities to reinforce their understanding of 54 adjectives.
This is another superb language app from Smarty Ears that can be customized to meet the needs of different children and the demands of the adults using it. You can choose what category of describing words you want to work on, even down to the specific word. You can further choose the type of response your child/student gets for wrong answers, how the targets are presented (random or in order) and whether to have the questions spoken only or accompanied by the written words as well. The app also allows you to work with one or more students in one session (playing in turns) and keeps a report card for each individual student’s progress. The report can then be printed to an AirPrint enabled printer or emailed to yourself for printing the usual way.
The types of adjectives targeted in this app are the most common ones that help children to describe themselves, their surroundings and the things around them. For each of the 54 adjectives included, the app has up to 4 different questions giving a total of almost 200 targets using nearly 200 pairs of photo images. I really like this because for children with special needs like my youngest, an attribute presented in several examples help him to better generalize and learn the meaning of the adjective faster. These are the adjectives targeted in this app:-
1. Appearance: Broken, Clean, Comfortable, Dirty, Elegant, Fluffy, Long, New, Soft, Sparkling, Valuable.
2. Colors: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Black.
3. Feelings: Angry, Happy, Nervous, Sad, Scary, Excited, Bored.
4. Quantity: Empty, Few, Full, Heavy.
5. Shape: Chubby, Curved, Round, Squared, Thick, Thin.
6. Size: Big, Short, Small, Tall, Tiny.
7. Time: Ancient, Fast, Modern, Old, Slow, Young.
8. Touch & Taste: Cold, Fresh, Hot, Nutritious, Salty, Sweet, Wet, Dry.
To begin, select your preferences in the settings and then add/select the profile(s) of the student(s) you’re working with. Adding new students is easy and quick and it seems that you can add as many as you wish (I went up to 30!). Alternatively, you can start right away without adding any profile by using the ‘Quick Start’ button but you won’t be able to keep a record of the progress in this case. Each question shows 2 items and your child/student is to identify which item has the attribute asked? If you have chosen the ‘Keep Going’ option when the wrong image is tapped, the app proceeds to the next question automatically after your child/student answers it. This option is good for establishing the baseline and what concept needs more work in subsequent sessions. If the ‘No Response’ and ‘Audio Signal’ options are chosen, you have to tap the ‘Next’ button to go to the next question. This allow you to discuss or teach your child/student before moving on. In all three modes, a positive reinforcement can be heard if the right answer is tapped.
My son is familiar with most of the adjectives included in this app but he is still not confident enough to use them in his sentences. To show him how to use the adjectives, I would say, “Yes, these eggs are hot” after the app’s positive reinforcement. If he chooses the wrong answer, I would take the opportunity to remind/teach him the adjective to use with the wrong image, e.g. “This egg is cold.” I thought if only this app could do all these, then we would be able to use this app for much, much longer. My other wish is to see a counter at the top to show how many questions are there in total for the concepts I chose to work on, how many of these have been attempted so far and how many of them are correct during the session.
Unless the child/student has skipped the question, all attempts to answer are collected as data and reflected in the report card. The report card gives a summary of what category of concepts was worked on and the overall percentage of accuracy for each session. It would be great if it also shows a list of concepts that need further practice (e.g. those with 3 or more mistakes) and the number of correct answers out of the total number of answers attempted.
This adjective app (even without the extras I wished for) is perfect for children of all ages to learn the basic descriptive vocabulary for their feelings and things around them. Easy to use and well designed to meet the needs of parents and professionals working with children, it is a must have language app.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later..
Cost: $ 9.99 (216 MB)
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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.