Speech with Milo: Prepositions

By Poorani Doonan

Speech with Milo: Prepositions

The app demonstrates 23 location words such as “inside,” “above,” and “behind” using “Milo” who is a fun, animated character.

Speech with Milo: Prepositions

What we think

The app demonstrates the use of prepositions which are words which indicate location. As prepositions show location in the physical world, this category of words are significant in Language development. The app uses modelling, repetition and interaction, which has been shown to stimulate vocabulary development.

The app is easy to use and navigate; it uses easy to follow Language which is written in large font.

The app comes with a set of easy instructions for both parents and professionals. The instructions provide users with the means to use the app different ways such that it can be customized for use across a range of developmental stages. For example, you can select the words to use in the list of words, therefore focusing on specific vocabulary. Being able to customize the app allows children with a range of backgrounds can use the app; from toddlers and preschoolers, as well as children with Language delays.

Milo takes after several examples and users get to feed Milo some cheese and watch him dance.This helps to keep new concepts fun, helping children to stay attentive and focused.

To get started in the homepage, children must be able to either understand or read single words or short phrases. However the app is accessible for all users once they begin playing.

To reinforce a number of skills, prepositions are spoken, written and presented in phrases. Each of these features can be turned off, according to the needs of the child. Additionally, background music can be turned off if it is too distracting for the child.

The app does not present prepositions developmentally.

This app provides simple examples of a location words. It is a fun way to help your child start to use and identify locations in their environment. The app can be easily customised according to your child’s needs and Milo keeps the app entertaining. Additionally, concepts introduced in the app can easily be generalised. For example, parents could watch a few examples with their child before demonstrating each with your a real life example of the word (e.g. Putting a ball in the box).


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Age Ranges: School-Age, Early Years

Curriculum: Literacy, Critical & Creative Thinking

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