A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
To get started with CANTICOS BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL, create an account using an email. Grown-ups will be asked a series of questions about their child, including name, birthday, and current reading ability, which the app uses to personalize kids' bilingual experience. Parents are also asked to choose a target language. Although the app launches in the target language, kids can switch between English and Spanish at any time by tapping on the language button on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
The home screen has seven categories to for little ones to choose from: let's play, learn, videos, music, stickers, books, and art. The content is a collection of phonics and number sense games, vocabulary games, songs, books, videos, and some coloring and sticker pages. Kids can navigate most components by tapping the screen, although some components require drag and drop or the use of digital art tools. They'll hear directions aloud and can tap on the music note button on the bottom of the screen to have them repeated. After the free trial, a subscription is required to enjoy all features. The subscription can be used across multiple devices. Without a subscription kids can access a limited number of games, songs, videos, and features.
Is it any good?
Little kids will enjoy exploring and practicing age appropriate phonics and number sense skills through this language-immersive experience. The colorful app is preschool-friendly and simple to navigate. Changing content language requires one simple tap. The games, read along books, and sing along videos are delightfully fun. The collection of games reinforces foundational skills -- letter recognition, letter sound recognition, and counting, which reinforce school readiness. Parents who want to introduce kids to Spanish or English and are looking for an assorted and engaging bilingual experience will find Canticos Bilingual Preschool appealing. Most content, other than Art and Stickers, is geared towards building language skills, and the creative activities add some variety. The eclectic content also taps into different interests and abilities. Some kids may be ready to listen to stories or participate in a sing along, while others may be ready to explore and practice letter sounds and expressive vocabulary in both languages. Plus, there's a bit of social-emotional learning content, which is a great addition.
One of the most unique aspects of Canticos Bilingual Preschool is the collection of songs and books, which include well-known Latin American classics. The curated collection goes beyond promoting language acquisition, creating an opportunity to learn about and celebrate culture. To take full advantage of the content on the app, a subscription is definitely necessary.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about different ways to take in-app learning offline when using Canticos Bilingual Preschool. Encourage little ones to find things in their environment that begin with specific letter sounds. It's a great opportunity to play I Spy. Say, "I spy something that starts with the letter A, /a/ sound," and see all the things you can identify together. Games like these can reinforce letter sound – word association in either English or Spanish and can extend learning beyond the app.
Have fun alongside little ones and practice language through songs and nursery rhymes. Songs and rhymes are a great way to learn new words and practice vocabulary. The app offers a collection of fun songs to get families started.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, vocabulary
Math: counting, numbers, patterns, shapes
Arts: movement, singing
- Skills: Creativity: making new creations
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (First seven days free, then in-app subscription for $6.99/mo. or $57.99/year.)
- Release date: August 31, 2020
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 850.20 MB
- Publisher: Encantos Media Studios, Llc
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
- Last updated: December 5, 2020
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