>The Queensland Government’s Department of Education and Training (DET)has come up with a simple Flashcard app that has 100 of the most common sight words, broken into 10 groups of 10 word. The App is designed for parents to use with their children while they are “out and about.”.
Text Style – The font used in the application is Queensland Beginner’s Script, which is the beginner handwriting style used throughout Queensland. It is similar, though not identical, to that used in other Australian states. While any style could be used, it is helpful for young children to become familiar with the style, and makes a change with the more-commonly found “ball and stick” styles used in the USA and some other countries.
Narration – A clear Australian accent is used, with Australian pronunciation.
Parent advice – The App includes a page of information about the App and includes a link to a page on their website with many more resources for parents.
Activities – There are instructions for 8 activities that parents can do with their children to help them learn the sight words.
I really can’t think of any negatives. I’m sure some would like more bells and whistles (i.e. interactive games and other elements) but that isn’t what this App is about. The App is here to provide parents with something they can do WITH their child and recognises thar parents are the primary educators of their children. Disclaimer: I may also be influenced by the fact that I’m so excited to finally have something in the handwriting style that my own children use and that I have used for over 25 years.
This is an ultra-simple App but it fits in so well with the Queensland curriculum, particularly for children in Prep and Year 1. There are not many interactive features, but instead the authors are emphasising the importance of what I would call “real life interactions”; i.e. interactions with Parents, carers, siblings or others that help make the links between what is happening on a screen and what is happening in the real world. Definitely one for the homework list.
I really hope the authors come up with an App for the next 200 words, and possible some that encourage children to explore the Queensland Beginners’ script, such as tracing letters.
For more information about this app, please visit the App’s home page on the Queensland Department of Education & Training website. There you will also be able to download and print all the sight words and activity notes featured in the App.
Universal: Will work on both iPad and iPhone
Publisher: Queensland Government – Department of Education and Training
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