Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks

Common Sense Media says

Fast-paced vocabulary practice with lessons, games.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to use. Kids review lessons before playing mini-games. 

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Consumerism

Adults can enter a birth year to access a "More Apps" promotional page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The app's privacy policy explains what information is collected and how it's used. A kid-specific privacy policy states that the app doesn't collect personally identifiable information in any form.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks is a word app that helps kids expand their vocabulary, first via a lesson format and then being reinforced with two mini-games. The app includes 25 lessons and nine games. There's also a "Learn a Word a Day" feature, if you allow push notifications for this app on your device. For the vocabulary lessons, words are listed by groups of related words. Kids can view the word, an image of the object the word describes, the definition, and the word used in a sentence, as well as hear the correct pronunciation. This app can be helpful for kids who may have visual and auditory and/or receptive needs. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • working efficiently

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The colorful lessons and games will draw kids in, and the detailed feedback will keep them striving to improve. The app is especially engaging for kids who like rapid-fire word games.

Learning Approach

First, kids see an organized list of vocabulary words. Then, each word is given verbally, in a definition, in a sentence, and with an image. Games reinforce vocabulary.

Support

The app gives clear written instructions. Players get a lot of data on their performance, including points earned, number correct, high score, a bar graph that indicates mastery, and a list of "trouble words."

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • working efficiently

Kids can learn vocabulary words related to animals on Kids' Vocab - MindSnacks. By following directions, viewing images related to the words, reading the definitions and words in a sentence, and hearing the words spoken, kids can learn the words and then reinforce what they learned through the games that required them to focus and work efficiently. Kids' Vocab - MindSnacks is a fun way for kids who like rapid-fire games to practice vocabulary.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

First view the lesson. Kids can hear words pronounced, see them as images, read them in sentences, and learn a fun fact about each word. Then kids tap "I'm done reviewing" and move into the mini-game called Swell, in which they simply tap on a word that matches the word in bold before the time runs out. Then another word is given, and so on. Or tap the game Pounce and quickly tap on the pop-up word that best completes the sentence.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids can learn 350 words in 25 lessons and nine mini-games in KIDS' VOCAB - MINDSNACKS. The lessons are based on Common Core standards and help kids learn words based on context, spelling, categorization, and more. Although the developer indicates that game speed and mechanics are optimized for ages 7 to 12, if your kid is not into fast-paced, pop-up word games, this may not be the ideal vocabulary app for them. For kids who like quick, colorful, varied vocabulary practice, Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks is fun and includes enough lessons and games to hold their attention.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lists together. Suggest ways that learning these words can help kids in other subjects in school, such as science.

  • Check out your kid's individual profile progress page to identify his or her strengths and weaknesses.

  • Make index cards with the vocabulary word and the definition, and a picture on the other side.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 26, 2013
Category:Education
Size:37.60 MB
Publisher:MindSnacks
Version:3.3.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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