Spanish School Bus for Kids – Learn with Fun Vocab Games and Music

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Matching game and videos teach words, a bit of culture.

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Educational value

Kids can learn up to 300 words in Spanish. Nouns, adjectives, and a few verbs are divided into categories according to topics. Kids explore these topics to learn the names of animals, shapes, colors, numbers, body parts, food, and more. Achievement cards give kids some background information on 24 icons of Spanish-speaking cultures. Simple songs introduce full sentences and give kids a preview of what conversational Spanish sounds like. Kids will also get some practice using quick reflexes and hand-eye coordination to catch pictures before they disappear from the screen.

Ease of play

Gameplay is easy, but some levels are very fast, and it might be difficult for kids to keep up.

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The free version offers limited content; to access most levels shown, parents need to make an in-app purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spanish School Bus for Kids – Learn with Fun Vocab Games and Music introduces kids to basic vocabulary in 22 categories. The free download includes six videos with short Spanish-language songs and three levels each in the categories of numbers 1 through 10, numbers 11 through 20, colors, and shapes. To unlock the rest of the levels, parents need to buy the full app. A kid's experience is full immersion in that there's no explicit instruction teaching them new words. Rather, kids learn by trial and error. When kids complete all three levels perfectly, they unlock a card that introduces a cultural fact about a Spanish-speaking country. Parents can send in their name and email address to receive printable flash cards for reviewing the vocabulary words offline. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

SPANISH SCHOOL BUS FOR KIDS – LEARN WITH FUN VOCAB GAMES AND MUSIC features simple games designed to help kids learn and memorize Spanish words. Each of 22 word categories has three levels. On the first level, kids hear a new word and choose the picture that matches the word. The second level is the same, but there are more choices to distract from the right match. On the third level, kids need quick reflexes to tap the right picture as it flies across the screen. Complete all three levels perfectly and unlock a new culture card with fun facts about Spanish-speaking cultures.

Is it any good?

Though this is not a complete language-learning platform, simple games do a decent job of giving kids practice with new vocabulary words. The full immersion approach works well by throwing kids immediately into using their intuition plus some trial and error to learn the meaning of new words. Though kids lose stars for not answering correctly every time, there's no limit on how many times kids can repeat the games. It would be nice to see some variation in game design, as play could get dull with so much repetition. Also, all levels have a time limit, which may be difficult for some kids who need a bit of time to think about making the right match. Six music videos are the only material that goes beyond learning individual words in isolation, but they're too short and bare-bones to really be of much use. For that reason, don't expect Spanish School Bus for Kids – Learn with Fun Vocab Games and Music to teach your kids to learn to speak Spanish. However, for parents looking to introduce vocabulary words, these simple, repetitive games are an accessible tool.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the new words in Spanish School Bus for Kids – Learn with Fun Vocab Games and Music. Incorporate those words into everyday dialogue to help kids remember them and reinforce their meaning.

  • Explore the cultural tidbits kids learn as they unlock new achievements. Learn more about different aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures to encourage and support language learning.

  • Learn together with your kids, and surround yourselves with Spanish whenever you can. Read books, sing songs, watch videos, and practice speaking to each other in Spanish.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to Try ($4.99 in-app purchase unlocks all content)
  • Release date: May 5, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 102.00 MB
  • Publisher: Chungaboo
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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