Thursday, 4 October 2012

Sentence Builder by AbiTalk

Sentence Builder

A fun new sentence builder app to learn about words, sentences, pronunciation, grammar, and punctuation.

The ONLY sentences app that can be fully customized with your own pictures, words and sentences.

We worked closely with teachers, parents and kids to design and test this app.
Students can move the words around to build the sentence themselves. Start with the built-in sentences. Then create your own sentences, use your own images, and use your voice to record your own sentences and words.

 Each word can be clicked for the sound of the word, and words can be rearranged to make a proper sentence.

 The app starts with simple sentences and progresses to more complex sentences. The sentences focus on daily life situations, with many references to numbers, colors, and dialogue.

 This app is ideal for self-paced learning or home schooling. It teaches kids grammar, sentence structure, and develops their listening skills.

 This game is is like having a private tutor to teach your child one on one.

What's New in Version 1.07
* Added 200 more built-in sentences
* Support longer sentences up to 40 words per sentence
* Allows users to create unlimited self created sentences
* Added Dropbox sync feature to allow users to share the self created content among different iPads
* Supports Multiple User Accounts
* Added Progress Report for each user
* Allows users to take photos from the camera when they create their own sentences
* Users can use the built-in images to create their own sentences
* Many user experience improvements
* Minor bug fixes

Price and Availability

Sentence Builder App is available at the app store for $2.99 for iPad 


Little Star Review
Sentence Builder App is a fantastic app that has everything , all the lessons  you need to teach your child ,  you have your very own personal Tutor . 
you can either use the preselected lessons or you can create your very own lessons .
which i found great as my son is not is the general level other apps use to build their apps on.

You can use the pre selected lesson's which is very detailed each section has

1. Subject+Verb+Adverb
2. Subject+Verb+Noun
3. Subject+Be + Adverb
4. Subject+Verb+Adjective
5. Colours and Numbers
6. Subject-Verb-Object
7. Subject-can-Verb
8. Subject-Verb-Object
9. Who,What,Where,When,Which,and Why
10. Time of Day
11. Seasons
12. Days Of the Week

 So let's go with the preselected first . You have 2 levels 
The first level is the basic , let's go with Colours and Numbers .
You start the lesson which as 25 sentences to work with and it works through all 25 sentences .
The first one is " His house is white."
it first says the whole sentence , Then the child has to move each word into the sentence .
while pressing each word it says the word the child has chosen .  

Even if they can't read they can do it by listening to the words  to see if they have it right you click on the tick and it will either cheer or make a sound to say it is wrong so you have to try again .
Once the child has the sentence in the right order it says the sentence again and the child is rewarded with people cheering and a little Diamond sparkles . then it moves onto the next sentence .  

On the harder Level 2
going with the same "His house is white. " it says the exact same sentence but this time it has all added words  so the child has to work out the right words , either by pressing the word or reading it .

Or you can create your own  which is so easy to do !! or you can use the voice on the app  you can use your own pictures or you can use the preloaded ones on the app . what i found great is you can use your own voice , which i did . you create the sentence you want to go with the picture then you press record as you can see on my picture :-)  . you say the whole sentence , then it goes on for you to record each word

Overall this is a great app , I do think that the reward system could be revamped
to something like 
putting  a reward system instead of the little shining diamond; where they get to pick a star of their choice and stick it on a reward prize board.
And instead of the sound it makes when you get the sentence wrong it should say something like "Uh-Oh, Try Again."

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