This review of our TenseBuilder verb tense app was written by Kristen Cummings of Simply Speech. Kristen is a school based SLP who writes a regular blog about all things relating to speech therapy. Not only does she write about speech therapy apps, but also about other educational products and tips to help a SLP and parents find ways to keep things fun for their kids.
TenseBuilder teaches tense with movie quality animations. The animations take the kids through an entire timeline, from what will happen to what has already happened. By taking the kids through the timeline in an entertaining way, they gain a much deeper understanding of the purpose of tense, which leads to better carryover to their conversational speech. Because we are using video, we are able to tackle the more difficult verbs (do, go, come), that don’t have as concrete an action associated with them as other verbs (run, jump, walk). These verbs can be difficult for many children to fully comprehend, but they become clear with the animations. Combine that with a lot of humor in the animations themselves, and you have an app that kids want to continue playing and teaches tense in a way not possible with flash cards or worksheets.
Kristen has had the opportunity to play TenseBuilder will some of her kids and writes about her experience playing. She goes through the app pretty thoroughly, you’ll have a good feel for how we go about teaching tense after you read it.
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