Smashing Grammar by Fairlady Media is a universal app for iOS which targets spelling and grammar sounds. This app targets slightly older kids ages 9-12 compared to other apps in the Fairlady Media series. The app has a variety of six mini games which target specific skills to practice. Each game has words that pop up and you touch the right word to correctly answer the problem. If you miss, you get a deduction, if you succeed you get points and once you get multiple correct in a row you can get a bonus. There are other objects which pop up including a heart, a leaf and a bomb. Each of these has their own actions — sometimes good and other times not! The app helps promote self-regulation as kids have to scan and hit the correct answer before they disappear or points will be deducted.
The games are:
- Noun Disco – which has you smashing nouns to complete the sentence in a timed series of questions. Don't hit the bomb or you miss points!
- Verb Garden– this watermelon garden themed mini game has you smashing verbs to complete the sentences similar to the noun game
- Syllable Spaghetti – guess how many syllables are in a specific word type
- Spelling Slumber Party – hit the pillows to smash the correctly spelled word
- Tense in paradise – practice cur rent, future and past tenses all while hitting coconuts
- Plural Piggies – find the plural or singular word and smash it
I liked the variety of mini games and that I could target specific types of skills with my sounds without having them all mixed together. I also liked that you could turn on and off the music in case your child found it distracting as mine did. Each mini game also has a "help" which defines the type of item you are targeting such as syllables with examples. The games were well thought out and included appropriate grammar for the targeted age bracket. My son liked the games because it made practicing school "fun" even though it was summer vacation and I liked that he was working on academic skills even in the summer. I would like to see a multi-player mode because I enjoyed the app and got to the harder levels which meant my son couldn't play because it was simply too hard for him. The app has narration which is well done and very clear in articulation with the spoken portions. As each level gets harder, more word choices are presented and it goes from a one handed tapping app to two hands if you want to select multiple answers within the game.
In terms of enhancements, I would like to see a way to slow down the words – my eight year old struggled a bit to move to the next level a few times because he needed more time to complete the activity. As he progressed, some of the higher levels got too hard for him and even got a bit harder for me. Another thought, it would be nice if the sentence at the top appeared for a few more seconds so a child could start to think about it before they blindly start trying to find the right words.
Overall, this is a great app which encourages a variety of academic skills related to grammar. Teaching grammar is one of the hardest academic skills because sometimes, kids simply have a hard time with spelling or visualizing a word. This app makes it fun and entertaining with the end goal of moving on to a new level. I enjoyed the app a lot as did my son – and played it enough that we reached level 11 in most of the mini games! There are no in-app purchases or advertising contained within the app.
Smashing Grammarby Fairlady Media
Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPodTouchSixthGen
Size: 59.01 MB
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