I was also happy to see, as the name implies, that it is appropriate for a slightly older crowd, since I have a number of elementary kiddos that don’t appreciate “baby” looking apps and are very vocal about it!
Target phonemes: s, z, s blends, l, l blends, sh, ch, j, th, k, g, f, v, r, air, ar, ear, er, ire, or, r blends
Your first task is to enter the student’s name and select the target phonemes. Save, then begin. It’s time to get started!
Across the bottom of the screen you will see target position options: initial, medial, final, “X” represents “all.” Now, click on “Activity” and you’ll be given a choice of five assignments. (There is an option to have multiple clients working within one session as well.)
1. Discrimination: The child will be given a word and asked to find a word with the matching sound from an array of three. ex. “Which word has the same final sound as ‘mouth?’ Ribs, teeth, fingernails.”
2. Guess the Word: I think this peculiar looking activity will be a hit (and I’m thrilled to see a developer come up with a game that I couldn’t play without the iPad. Sorry, but “memory” on the iPad when I can deal it out myself? I’d like to see more creativity). The pictures of target words are warped so that they are nearly unrecognizable. Kiddos make their guess, then click to have the picture come into focus and check if they are correct. In the above photos, you see the initial array with all the pics “warped.” In the second shot you see that the child has refocused a few of them.
3. 3x Drill Burst: This is a nice variation of a simple drill. The screen shows three pics to be said in a series. Utilitarian, but useful for carry-over.
4. Sentence Scramble: Great for older kids who can read. A sentence appears out of order and the kiddo drags the word to the appropriate blank. Green shows correct, red incorrect.
5. Paragraph Level (combines all positions): Drag the correct picture to underlined words in the story to create a rebus.
Each phoneme also has a diagram that you can open at anytime for a positioning visual and there is the option to record/play back.
The app will generate a report, giving you options to add comments and email data.
There were just a couple of drawbacks. I wish the auditory discrimination task didn’t show the written word beneath the pictures. I want to be sure kiddos are making determination based on sound, not spelling. Also, the spacing of the scrambled sentence words was sometimes a bit funky, with words partially lying on others. It’s not a big deal to separate them, it’s just a bit odd.
I had several kiddos this spring that were tired of the same old artic apps. While I’m still keen to enjoy the long, lazy (?) days of summer, I think Artic Academy will help cushion the blow when we return in September!
I received a copy of this app from the developer, but all views expressed are strictly my own.