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Main Idea - Sentences: Reading Comprehension Skills & Practice Game for Kids - Common Core Aligned

Age Level: Ages 5-8, Ages 8-12
By Developer: Janine Toole

Does your child need a little help with reading comprehension? Then this is the app for you!

This free version includes 4 levels, with 10 question in each. Additional levels can be accessed with an in-app purchase of $4.99.

The apps is perfect for grades 2-5, where a student at this level can read, but doesn't necessarily understand what is being communicated.

A short paragraph is presented for the player to read. Following is a yes/no type question which relates to the main idea. The yes/no is not always in the same place, so one really does need to look at how they are answering the question. The app guides the player to the correct answer as needed, allowing for a win-win situation. This is all presented in a game-like fashion – timer included.

Stars are received for correct answers. Receiving enough stars allows one to move on to the next level. Parents, teachers, and the like, can view the stars to monitor progress. In fact, the app allows for up to 10 players, tracking individual progress.

All-in-all, a very impressive educational app!

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • Designed and tested by children with and without autism and other special needs.
  • Improves reading comprehension
  • Incremental learning in game-like play
  • Fun and engaging
  • Perfect for special needs

    Note from the editor: A lack of comprehension can very easily be due to words a child does not understand, or fully understand. You can always check their understanding by asking them to define the words - taking the time to clarify them as needed.

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