SAT Vocab - MindSnacks
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SAT Vocab – MindSnacks is an educational app that adds a bit of fun to what might be a stressful task of SAT prep. Kids can also use the games as a general vocabulary builder -- ever wondered what polemical means? In addition to definitions, kids can learn the pronunciation, antonyms, and spelling of SAT-level words. The first level is free, and the rest are a $4.99 in-app purchase. Players must create an account with MindSnacks or log in with through Facebook; the app promises not to share without your permission. You can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
A variety of game formats keeps the words fresh and the challenge high. Hand-illustrated graphics are modern and fun, and kids will get hooked on the motivating quests.
Nine different games give students many ways to cement understanding of new vocabulary and the ability to recall it.
The speed with which kids are pushed to recall words is nerve-wracking! Gameplay isn't always intuitive, leading to some unnecessary misses while still working out how to play.
What's it about?
SAT Vocab – MindSnacks begins with a review feature where you can study the definitions, including a picture and audio label. Then kids test their knowledge through nine timed mini-games, ranging from turning blocks on a totem pole, to matching the definition with antonyms and pictures, to a spelling tasks and sentence completion. The app tracks your progress with each word and also tracks your overall progress. Players who purchase the upgrade cover 500 words over 25 levels.
Is it any good?
SAT Vocab – MindSnacks takes what could be a mundane task of memorizing definitions and turns it into a fun endeavor. The nine different ways of attacking words and the adaptive nature of the app help ensure that those uncertain words become familiar. With the different mini-games and the adrenalin rush of the fast-paced timer, cramming the same word list over and over doesn't get boring, but it sure reinforces learning the words.
Families can talk about...
You can play too! These words are challenging for parents as well. Provide some friendly competition.
Kids can get push notifications of the word of the day to make learning those SAT word lists easier.