Juana la Iguana en la Granja, Aprende en Español / Spanish

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Cute iguana guides kids through games entirely in Spanish.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic colors, numbers, names of farm animals, and the alphabet in Spanish. Juana also reinforces Latin American values such as honesty, kindness, and responsibility through repetition. Juana la Iguana en la Granja is a great way for preschoolers to learn a bit more than Spanish vocabulary since it also gives a taste of some Latin American culture.

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Controls consist of tapping and dragging, making it easy to play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Juana la Iguana en la Granja features activities for bilingual preschoolers, but any parent looking to immerse a child in Spanish may appreciate this educational app. All directions are given in Spanish by the main character, a beloved iguana from a popular Latin American children's series. Although the app is entirely in Spanish, the parent's section does translate to English. It's worth noting that this app is priced differently for iOS and Android: $2.99 in the iTunes App Store vs. $1.99 in the Google Play Store. For details about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

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What's it about?

JUANA LA IGUANA EN LA GRANJA includes five games that are easy for preschoolers to follow. In one game, kids tap on pictures of farm animals to count them and hear the numbers called out as they flash on the screen. Another game teaches colors and reinforces the names of fruits and vegetables as Juana asks kids to drag and drop them into her bushel according to the color she wants to eat. Juana also helps kids practice color recognition and build one-to-one correspondence by dragging colored stars to the correct animal, indicated by the matching color. In a memory game kids tap boxes to find a match, learn initial letter sounds, and hear and see written names for each matched farm friend. As a reward after a round of activities, kids choose a gift-wrapped box, which plays a traditional Latin American kid’s song. As kids play, Juana will repeat various messages -- all in Spanish -- about how to behave toward friends and how to make honest and responsible choices to show integrity.

Is it any good?

Preschoolers will find it fun to interact with Juana and her farm friends as they learn basic skills and practice Spanish. The intuitive design and simple controls make it easy for little ones to use: There are no confusing menus or buttons, and each round leads smoothly to the next for continuous play. Kids get minimal support as they play, so they'll have to keep trying if they don't know the right answer. However, many nonverbal cues, such as Juana's reaction to correct and incorrect choices will quickly break through the language barrier to show kids what they need to do to move on and master the game. While the five games -- counting animals, sorting by color, matching, one-to-one correspondence, and rewards -- are fun, they're also pretty simple, so their appeal may be short-lived once kids have mastered them. Having even more nonverbal cues, being able to toggle between languages, more game variety, and the ability to navigate between activities would enhance the experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can can talk about Ways to Use Media and Tech to Raise Bilingual Kids. Ideas presented in this article may help ease the sometimes challenging task of raising kids to speak two languages.

  • Talk about Spanish-English cognates or words that are spelled the same or nearly the same and have the same meaning in both languages. Examples can include words such as "banana" and "animal."

  • Next time you're at the supermarket with your child, practice counting fruits and vegetables in both Spanish and English or identify colors in both languages.

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