A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Endless Spanish is similar to other apps in the Endless series and lets kids explore letter sounds in Spanish by learning one word that starts with each letter. Fun animations make it an appealing romp for older kids, and little ones will enjoy exploring the letter sounds one by one. Parents can choose in the settings to have the Spanish sentences translated into English (or not). Though the app is free, only a portion of the letters is available without payment.
What's it about?
ENDLESS SPANISH lets kids explore words and sentences in Spanish, one letter at a time. Kids can scroll through the alphabet (from the face of a giant purple hippo), select one, and hear a word in Spanish that begins with that letter. When the word's letters scatter across the screen, users must tap and drag the letters into their proper order. Each letter comes to life as you tap it: The letter wiggles, grows googly eyes and teeth, and speaks the letter's sound over and over. Users drag and drop the letters into their outlined spaces, and the whole word comes to life as a unit. Next, a sentence featuring the word appears, and users must drag a few key words into their outlined spots within the sentence. Users then see an animated short that illustrates the sentence they just constructed and hear the sentence in English and Spanish.
Is it any good?
Cute characters and age-appropriate activities are only confused by the complexity of the sentences. The activities themselves are a good fit for the under-five set: It's super easy to tap and drag the letters and words, and the outlined spots make it clear where things are supposed to go. It's also terrific that the letters and words are pronounced repeatedly when tapped and grabbed. Unfortunately, in the sentences, there's some pretty sophisticated grammar going on. The words and sentences tell the animated stories well, but don't expect them to help kids get a leg up on learning to speak whole Spanish sentences or phrases. That being said, this is a great fit for kids newly learning learning to read in Spanish and who need some reinforcement about which letters make which sounds.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about which letters sound the same in English and Spanish and which words sound different.
Play with the letters in each word before dragging them into place. Which other words can you spell with the letter in each word? Try to spell other words both in English and Spanish.
Help kids expand the little stories that each sentence begins: What else might happen to these little monsters? What other adventures might they have? Try to tell the stories in English or in Spanish.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
Communication: multiple forms of expression
- Price: Full version $5.99
- Pricing structure: Free to try
- Release date: May 27, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 94.20 MB
- Publisher: Originator Inc.
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later.
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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