Rainbow Sentences app for iPad

Posted on: by Kyle | 11 Comments

$7.99 on the iTunes store

Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.

Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.

Research indicates that color coding can assist in reading instruction and language comprehension, and augmentative communication systems have long incorporated color coding to build a sense of conceptual organization for their users.  Studies also show that children with language and learning disabilities and children with autism spectrum disorder benefit from multi-sensory instructional strategies. Rainbow Sentences draws on these benefits associated with color and verbal language learning, and also incorporates multi-sensory teaching strategies by providing students with a hands on sentence construction experience that enables them to integrate the printed word with the spoken word as they manipulate words on the screen to match the picture presented.

The built in color coding in Rainbow Sentences is supportive of a noun phrase/verb phrase sentence structure with more advanced levels including a modifying phrase and a rationale clause.  Sentences are color coded for these specific structural phrases (as opposed to individual parts of speech) in order to help students build an understanding for the WH elements (specifically the who, what, where and why) within a sentence.  Educators are free to establish their own color scheme for these underlying phrase structures, enabling them to work within a modified version of the established color coding systems with which their students may be familiar.

Rainbow Sentences includes a playback button for students to check the accuracy of the sentences they have created, as well as record and play options that enable them to read and listen to the sentence they have just created in their own voice.  These features provide additional opportunities for the integration of visual, verbal and auditory information, and also help students develop improved self-monitoring skills for the content of what they are reading and the accuracy with which they are reading it.

Prior to its release in January of 2012, Rainbow Sentences was tested by 9 speech language pathologists over a period of four months in various educational settings.  These clinicians reported noticeable improvement in their students’ understanding and use of sentence structure, as well as positive gains in their students’ reading confidence and speech production. Over time, these and other educators working with students in both special education and regular education settings have reported that Rainbow Sentences has led to measurable gains across a wide array of targeted skills in their students’ speech/language and reading development.

Rainbow Sentences offers a unique environment for improving a student’s ability to create grammatically correct sentences.

Features

  • 165 images to create sentence from
  • Intuitive drag and drop to create sentences
  • Words are spoken as they are being dragged for non readers
  • Words can be color coded for added visual support
  • Word groups can be selected to simplify sentence construction
  • 6 levels of sentence complexity
  • Pictograph lessons to help students learn proper sentence construction
  • Record feature allows students to record sentences in their own voice
  • Save and email recorded sentences
  • Students earn puzzle pieces during play to encourage continued play
  • Puzzles come to life once level is complete

Watch the video tutorial here…

For more information, or to purchase a copy,  please visit the iTunes Store..

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Rainbow Sentences – Innovative Grammar app for Kids

Comment left on: February 23rd, 2012 at 7:01 am

[…] Rainbow Sentences is an easy to use app that uses color codes to help students understand how to combine elements in a sentence. This tool is fun and innovative while teaching students to build grammatically correct sentences. Parts of a sentence such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions will become more recognizable. Another great feature of this packed app is students can record their own voice to create sentences. Cost: $9.99. […]

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Comment left on: March 18th, 2012 at 11:39 am

[…] This is an app that I use a lot. Kyle Tomson has created another  great app that follow along in the same style as his previous ones. This app allows you not only to keep data on student progress but you can adjust the level of difficulty. I love that you can even adapt within each level by turning on or off color coding and word grouping. This makes each of the three complexity levels actually have 9 options . ..if I did my math right!  Click here to read more and watch the video tutorial. […]

Karla Daniela Cumian Aguil

Comment left on: April 19th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I´m from chile, I would like to teach with these wonderful games!

Dr Sue Fairchild

Comment left on: April 21st, 2012 at 4:03 am

I’ve been using your apps (all of them) to help my autistic 7 year old with her speech, language and communications skills. It has really opened up her world.
I purchased Rainbow Sentences a week ago and she has completed all three levels (you mention 6 levels above; misleading to the buyer). The Rainbow Sentences colour code cues, the reward puzzle pieces, and the ability to record and save voice is brilliant. My daughter (and her younger brother) are able to understand grammar and their confidence have grown. Would like to have seen more levels added to this app with no extra cost (upgrade to those who already have the app) .
I will continue to recommend this app to other parents/school/organisations

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Comment left on: April 26th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

[…] Rainbow Sentences uses color-coding, interactivity, and customization to teach students how to build sentences. The app provides a picture, a jumbled sentence, and color-coded lines that guide the student in dragging the correct word or phrase into its position in the sentence. The app includes 168 different pictures and sentences along with a robust Settings menu that allows parents and teachers to customize the app to best meet the needs of the student. Options that can be controlled in the Settings menu include […]

Paola

Comment left on: May 7th, 2012 at 6:20 am

Can you make an italian translation of these and the other application in the site (dialogue, …)for I PAD? It will be usefull for authistic children (I’m mother of one)

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Comment left on: June 7th, 2012 at 11:01 am

[…] Mobile Education store has released a new application for the iPad called Rainbow Sentences.  According to their description Rainbow Sentences is designed to help elementary-aged students learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions while improving their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students also have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills. […]

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Comment left on: October 20th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

[…] RainbowSentences by Mobile EducationStore Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.  Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.   […]

Jocelyn Mallory

Comment left on: December 11th, 2013 at 9:52 am

I purchased this app and am pleases with it. I noticed a problem with one sentence. The sentence in level 3, ‘The parents are carrying the kids up the hill because they were tired, ‘ is incorrect. Both verbs should agree. It should either be, ‘The parents are carrying the kids because they are tired’, or ‘The parents were carrying the kids up the hill because they were tired’.

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