You may be familiar with the original grammar tutorial, Grammar Pop HD, designed by the wildly POPular Grammar Girl, one of the world’s leading grammatical experts, with a fan base of over 600,000 users. Winterfest brings cool seasonal graphics with new sentences and challenges to create a whole new experience. Game play is very straight forward. Read the sentence in the clouds. First off I located the noun so, I selected that part of speech on the bottom of the screen and them tapped on the cloud that contained the noun. The goal is to match each part of speech with its corresponding word. A correct answer will burst the cloud and earn you 10 points, an incorrect answer looses 10 points. Sometimes a bonus peppermint will appear. You don’t have to collect it right away but it will disappear if you leave it too long.
I was very impressed with the detail of this app. Like the original, Winterfest starts off easy with only three parts of speech, but progresses through all eleven parts of speech and complex sentences. Although there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, it’s a great learning tool especially in the descriptions. Here each element is explained and an example is given. This was particularly helpful for understanding the more complicated parts of sentence structure like participles and infinitives.
[quote]Participles typically end in -ing or -ed and can be present tense (LIFTING) or past tense (LIFTED). Participles can act like adjectives: Stop the SPEEDING car. They can join with certain helping verbs and forms of the verb to be to make perfect and progressive verb phrases: Amelia has BEEN WALKING. Ruby is WALKING. Oliver will have BEEN WALKING.[/quote]
My daughter had a real language stickler in third grade. (Absolutely amazing teacher.) This app would have been great to supplement her study at home and I will definitely keep it around as she moves into middle school and advances beyond conjunctions and prepositions. I can also see this being a real asset for teachers in a classroom setting where they could use the time limits, competitive scores and levels to track student progress. Grammar Pop Winterfest sure beat an old-school diagram for helping this Mom remember/review the parts of speech.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.