A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Encantos Learning Hub currently offers about 16 free learning activities -- eight language-related lessons and eight geography-oriented items -- that would likely be best for preschool-age kids. Some of these lessons also feature videos. Many of the activities involve downloadable PDFs, so owning a printer would be helpful for printing out content. Nothing is directly advertised on the learning resource pages, but the company sells books, apparel, and other items, which kids could potentially see if they click around the site. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content for parents to be concerned about.
What's it about?
The ENCANTOS LEARNING HUB offers free geography and language educational resources for kids. The Tiny Travelers section has activities to help them learn about maps, countries, and related topics. Kids can color the seven continents on a downloadable map, for example, or see what regions various animals live in. The Canticos section uses nursery rhymes to help kids learn English and Spanish. Parents can also download a sample daily learning schedule or a template to make their own, and get tips to create an optimal learning environment at home.
Is it any good?
This site's hands-on activities can help kids learn content in two separate languages. Some of the lessons on the Encantos Learning Hub allow kids to personalize them, which can help motivate them to learn. For example, kids are asked to create a map of their home in one Tiny Travelers section activity. They'll watch videos, where a host reads a Spanish storybook and offers some instruction. They'll also do a fair amount of coloring, and sometimes cut and paste portions of activity sheets parents can download from the site.
Currently, there aren't a ton of lessons -- as of late March 2020, each of the two sections contained about eight items. Some portions seem as if they're not fully fleshed out yet. While the Tiny Travelers section's intro says kids will learn about culture and history, there isn't much information about either topic yet in the section. The site's creators mention that more items will be added weekly, though, and they've clearly put in effort to make the available activities rewarding. A number include notes for parents with suggestions to help them enhance the learning experience, such as reading the directions out loud. Some mention possible extension exercises they can use to build on the activity. In one, kids create cards featuring land and water forms, which can be used to play a matching game. An additional item even suggests parents consider asking kids to find examples of islands, lakes, and other forms in their neighborhood or state. Some lessons also mention a discussion parents could initiate after kids finish an activity. If Encantos Learning Hub continues to add that type of quality content on a regular basis, over time, the site should become a truly valuable resource to help kids learn about both language and geography at home.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk about states that surround your state. Can your child identify some of them on a map -- and name what region of the country you live in?
Is your child excited to be able to read things for enjoyment? What topics might be of interest in the future?
Can your child guess what the Spanish word for an item in the room would be? Look it up together online to see what the term is and how it's pronounced.
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