To work on a topic, tap its title text or picture in the main view. The topic's first sentence will be shown, and the sentence will be spoken. If you have the Text Hint setting set to Always Hint then the sentence to complete will be shown in blue, if this setting is set to Flashed Hint then the sentence will be briefly shown before disappearing. You can also choose to have no hint, helping children to develop their listening skills instead of relying of visual hints.
Below this, all the words and punctuation need to complete the sentence are provided. To place them in the correct order, simply drag each card to the appropriate position. If you need to hear the full sentence again, tap the image. You can also tap the word cards to hear the individual words. Having correctly placed all the words in the sentence, you can move onto the next page by pressing the blue arrow that appears.
There is an option to present a reward when all the words in a sentence have been correctly positioned: this wiggles all the cards and plays applause. The reward is enabled by default, but you can disable it in the app's Settings (see Chapter 8). Other settings include options to display the text on the cards in uppercase, lowercase, sentence case or title case, as well as being able to select a different font.
To return to the main view showing the list of topics, tap the Topics button at the top left.
You can reveal the topic's table of contents, by tapping the sentence number in the middle of the bar at the top. Tap the entry for any sentence to select it, or tap the sentence number at the top again to close. To prevent the table of contents from being shown, disable editing in the app's Settings.
Pressing and holding the Padlock button at the top right for 3 seconds hides the Topics button and disables the table of contents. This can be used to "lock" the child into the activity, so they can't explore other parts of the app. Press and hold again for 3 seconds to unlock. On iPad or iPhone, if you wish to lock the child into this (or any other) app, so they can't close it and return to the home screen, we recommend you make use of Apple's Guided Access facility.