What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- working efficiently
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.