Review by Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2012
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Speech with Milo: Sequencing

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Cute mouse helps kids learn first, next, last with relatable themes

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Pros: Familiar scenes and actions will be easy for kids to grasp.

Cons: Progress tracking and data recording is lacking.

Bottom Line: Speech with Milo: Sequencing helps young kids learn sequencing and storytelling skills in a simple and encouraging way.

In the classroom, teachers can use Speech with Milo: Sequencing as a logic and language skills tool in lessons related to sequencing, storytelling, time, left-to-right reading, and developing complex sentences. Teachers could use it one-on-one, with small groups, or as a classroom-wide lesson and even relate the sequences to current lessons. For example, if your class is studying self-care, you could incorporate a little bit of sequencing practice into the lesson by choosing the sequences for getting dressed, tying shoelaces, washing hands, taking a bath, and brushing teeth. Note: This sequencing app is part of a series of Milo language skills apps created by a speech pathologist to help kids build critical sequencing skills necessary for their own storytelling and for increased comprehension of others' stories.

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Speech with Milo: Sequencing is an educational card activity app that can help very young children learn to arrange actions in order and learn beginning reading and storytelling skills. The 36 common activities -- such as hitting a baseball or eating a sandwich -- were chosen by a speech-language pathologist to help kids learn to organize time, sentence, and storytelling concepts with familiar themes. Kids slide the three picture cards into correct order (first, next, and last), then watch the story come to life in a brief animated cartoon. Milo is a cute mouse who stars in all of the sequencing cards. The stories are each paired with their animated version that kids can play when they get the sequences correct, which provides a fun reward.

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For very young kids, Speech with Milo: Sequencing is a simple way to learn very important skills in order, reading left to right, and storytelling. As they order the cards, kids are also using logic and visual clues to follow and predict what will happen in written and spoken stories while they follow directions and make conclusions. Since there's a very long list of sequences, all of which contain scenes that will be easy for most kids to identify with, teachers can choose to start with the ones most relevant for a particular student or group of students, season, or perhaps current classroom topics. This app provides many great choices within the card activity to maximize effectiveness. It would be nice to see more tracking information for teachers, therapists, and parents on kids' progress.

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Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
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Milo the mouse and Melvin the racoon are delightful characters. The most engaging part of this cute app is when kids get to watch the stories they've sequenced come to life in brief, animated cartoons.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
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As part of a series created by a speech pathologist, this app helps kids learn sequencing and following directions, and can boost comprehension through storytelling -- foundational skills kids can use in many areas of their lives. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
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Customizing options include using hints, hearing sentences aloud, and turning applause sounds off or on. It would be nice to see more gameplay data for adults to track kids' progress.


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Moses Y. Beach School
Wallingford, CT
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Nice variety of 3-step sequences, cute videos

Very simple & straightforward. Although there are only 3 steps, there are lots of sequences to choose from (some better than others). My students like the characters, and the app lends itself well to learning first-next-then. There is a choice of written cues (watch for tense errors), which some of my students really benefitted from. I use this app regularly.

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