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What parents need to know
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.
- 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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