Vocab-a-splat Is Here!

by Melanie Ruda

vocabasplat_titleIn my last blog, I noted the dearth of vocabulary-building apps for kids in early elementary school. The team here at Seward Incorporated is excited to announce the release of an iPad app that will help fill the void: Vocab-a-splat!

Many children’s apps claim to be educational, but their value is negligible. Not so with Vocab-a-splat. Vocab-a-splat is an educational game with a pedigree. It is a spin-off of The First 4,000 Words, a web-based program used to teach the 4,000 most frequently used English words. Research-based and field-tested, The First 4,000 Words has been proven effective with students in grades 1-4.

The words taught in Vocab-a-splat come from the same well-regarded sources as those used for The First 4,000 Words: The Educator’s Word Frequency Guide and Hiebert’s Word ZonesTM corpus. Vocab-a-splat contains 20 levels, each with 10 vocabulary words centering on a theme such as “Family,” “Science,” or “All About You.”

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About now you might be thinking, “This all sounds well and good, but is the game fun?” Yes, we think it is. And our testers, aged 4-6, agreed. Using a slingshot, players fling balls at the pictures that match the spoken words. Players try to make 10 matches before running out of balls. Animations and sound effects sustain the fun.

Vocab-a-splat is now available for free at the App Store. Download it today. Your favorite kindergartener will thank you.


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