Rainbow Sentences is perfect for early readers and writers. It helps children to look at how sentences are formed with features such as colour coded word or phrase matching, picture prompt, opportunity to record and listen to their sentence. Words can also be read out for the student to listen to before, during or after the child orders the words in the sentence.
The "who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are colour coded to help students recognise and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure". Students can be encouraged to recognize the various parts of sentence (i.e. nouns, verbs and prepositions) which can in turn help them to understancd how these parts may be combined to create basic sentences.
Rainbow sentences can be adapted for a variety of different abilities depending on what you are striving to achieve with your therapy or educational goals.
There are three levels of complexity with Rainbow Sentences. Each level has 55 sentences. Level 1 describes the "who" and the "what". Level 2 builds on the "who" and "what" and where the are doing. Level 3 adds "why" to the sentence. The various prompts may be turned on or off (ie. audio instructions, word colour coding, line colouring coding, word grouping) to provide or remove additional help.
If the student completes a sentence correctly on their first attempt, they earn a piece of a puzzle. When the puzzle is complete there is a short animation that is played.
Rainbow Sentences also has a "Stats" page which allows you to see how many attempts a student may have had to complete the sentences correctly. The app also allows for multiple players storing individual stats.
This app was tested by Speech Pathologists before its release in 2012. It has since won these awards.
Winner - 2012 Best Language Development App - Technology in Special Education
Finalist - Best Education App of 2012 - Best Apps Ever
Here is a video to show you Rainbow Sentences in action. If you are reading this article from your email, you may need to click on the title of this article to take you to a live webpage in order for you to view the video.
Kids love this app. They love the bright colours and that the colours can help them to order the words to create the sentence. Kids also love recording their own voices and hearing them played back.
I've used this app many times in therapy sessions. It helps kid to plan how to structure a sentence and add to it to give it more interest. I've also used this app in conjunction with a handwriting exercise where the student copies the sentences they have just created and read.
Have you used Rainbow Sentences before? Would your child benefit from this app?
Note: I have not received any remuneration for this review. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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