Hello! We are happy to post a review on another wonderful Smarty Ears app. It is called Syllable Splash and it has an under the sea theme. Syllable Splash is an app for teaching the concept of syllable segmentation. We think that increasing a child’s ability to recognize syllables in words can be a very productive activity. If a child can increase their ability to say one syllable at a time after seeing or hearing a word, that has been shown to increase a child’s ability to spell words! That makes this a great app for early readers and spellers to use in order to increase their phonological awareness skills.
The fish, turtle, shark, and submarine pictures that are used all throughout the syllable counting exercise are both colorful and fun. In addition, the children are presented with colored pictures of real objects and people for the syllable counting task that is featured in this app. In fact, we read that Smarty Ears, LLC has provided over 1000 images for counting from 1 to 4 syllable words within this app. In our opinion, it would be hard for a child to ever see the same picture twice! That’s a great way to keep students engaged!
Syllable Splash can be bought from the app store for the price of $9.99. Other descriptive information is as follows:
To start, the teacher or therapist can choose to click on Quick Play, or to Select a Player. At the select the player screen, the Settings tab can also be found. In settings, you can choose to eliminate the buzz if an incorrect choice is made, the number of wrong options given, to have the level of difficulty increase, the words that are presented (1 to 4 syllable), and if you would like to turn the fish and shark animations off.
Once your settings are edited and a student is selected (an choose up to 4 students), then the game begins after pressing the Play button. This picture shows an example of one of the colorful pictures that is shown on the submarine.
To show the shark, we picked the incorrect answer of “1 syllable” in the word tractor. The shark comes out to eat that incorrect choice. Chomp! ha! That shark is fun and the kids loved seeing it!