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Analogies

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Grammar, Vocabulary, Analogies

What we like best:

The app's narrow focus allows children to focus all their attention on this niche (but important) topic.

What you should know:

Kids may tire of playing this game quickly, due to a lack of kid-friendly graphics and sophisticated interactive elements.
Full Review:

Sheep is to lamb, as rabbit is to … bunny! As children grow, analogies become an integral part of their studies: in English, in math and science, and later, on college-admittance tests. Fortunately, there's an app for that. Analogies provides a great way to help build your child's confidence with analogies at an early age, using a bingo-like game format to keep them engaged as they tackle synonyms, antonyms, descriptive words, part-to-whole analogies and more.

The full version, reviewed here, offers five different levels of difficulty, three modes of play (practice, single-player and multi-player) as well as 375 multiple-choice questions and analogies. If you're not ready to splurge, a half-price lite version is available with two modes of play (practice and single-player) and 125 questions. As children answer questions correctly, they build up a collection of virtual chips to fill out a bingo-like card.

The game aspect makes this app fairly appealing to kids, but the lack of interesting graphics, sophisticated interactivity and a variety of games might mean little ones lose interest more quickly than with other apps. Still, Analogies delivers a solid way to better grasp figurative language and word relationships in an amusing game.

Teacher Features:
The score reporting feature holds students accountable for their work by emailing periodic progress reports to educators.
Reviewed 2012-09-30 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Grade:Fifth Grade
Topic:Reading, Writing
Platform:Apple
Publisher:E. Skills Learning LLC
Standards:Conventions of Standard English: Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms). L.4.5.c Use the relationship between particular words (e.g. synonyms antonyms homographs) to better understand each of the words. L.5.5c