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Finding vocabulary apps that uses lots of visuals and images are great when toddlers start learning first words and can also be very useful for kids with special needs as well as kids learning another language. Today app - First Words International HD is a top learning app that can help.
On opening the app you will find 3 activities:
Find the Word (receptive vocabulary): Kids are shown 5 different images (or pictures) and are asked to find the requested object.
Say the Word (expressive vocabulary): Tap the play button to spin the wheel and when it stops children need say and record the word, listen to it and finally check if correct!
Via the setting you have a wide range of options to suit your kids need. You also have a progress tracker where you can enter up to 15 kids (full version).
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First Words International HD is a great vocabulary app which offers many different options to suits various needs. It is well designed and easy to use. The three activities offer a great structure for learning and as parent or teacher you are able to record and track you kids progress.
The uses of pictures/images is great as it allows kids to see more that just one representation of an object. For example if your kids are learning the word cake, they will see 5 different ones on the same page. As you go over each word with them it gives you the opportunity to ask them question and show them various representation of the same object.
The other features we really like is the Say the Word activity. We think the idea of the kids saying and recording the word is cool, engaging and reinforces the learning process.
If you are raising your kids bilingual or simply want them to learn another language you can choose from seven different languages: English (American accent), Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, French, Hindi, and Russian! The use of visuals and repetition makes it easy for your kids to learn each word in any of the featured languages.
It would be great to be able to switch from one language to the other directly from the page without having to go back to the settings.
Overall First Words International HD is a great learning apps. Kids learn words by using visuals audio and repetition. Well structured it can help all toddlers as well as older kids with learning difficulties. We just hope more words will be added in the future!
First Words International HD is available for download via the iTunes App Store.
You can try it first: First Words International HD
or get the Pro version: iPad App
A little bit about Patti Hamaguchi:
Patti has been a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years, and has a pediatric speech therapy practice in Cupertino, CA. Along the way, she has written several books, including Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know,which is now in its 3rd edition since 1995 and published in several languages around the world, as well as It's Time to Listen (ProEdinc.com) and A Metacognitive Program for Treating Auditory Processing Problems in Children (ProEdinc.com). Currently, she writes a column for Autism Bay Area, and is a panel expert on BabyCenter.com. Patti has two children who are now teens, and is married to Norihito. (Yes, that's where the "Hamaguchi" comes from)
Remember, many kids will see their iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone or iPod Touch as a gaming device, but with your help they can get much more out of it. Help them turn their iDevice into a fun learning center!
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