Teachers can use Canticos Bilingual Preschool to support bilingualism in the classroom and to help kids develop basic number and phonics skills. The letter recognition, letter sound, vocabulary, number, and counting learning games are useful to supplement classroom activities and provide another platform for practice. The app can be used to add variety to classroom libraries or as a listening center as well. It offers a wide variety of books, nursery rhymes, and songs in both Spanish and English for kids to enjoy.
To reinforce the language that kids are learning, provide the paper versions of some of the books featured in the app so that kids can experience those in both forms. If you're able to share the app on a larger screen to involve the whole class simultaneously, you can have kids sing the songs together. Since little kids learn best from screens with adult support, make sure to ask them about the content in the app and reinforce it with in-person activities. And because users can toggle between languages, have kids switch back and forth to practice both languages.Continue reading Show less
Canticos Bilingual Preschool is a gracefully designed education app that introduces kids to English and Spanish through games, songs, videos, and books appropriate for preschoolers and kindergartners. Upon launching, the app presents a series of questions for adults to answer about the future user of the program, including age and reading proficiency. The app aims to use this information to tailor the learning experience.
The home screen offers kids seven categories: Let's Play, Learn, Videos, Music, Stickers, Books, and Art. The letter recognition, letter sound, number recognition, and counting games support students who are developing foundational skills. In addition to phonics and number sense games, the app offers a collection of books and videos. The videos, which are a collection of songs and nursery rhymes, include follow-along text. When reading books, kids can choose "sing to me," "read to me," or "read by myself." Through the Music category, kids can listen to a variety of kid-friendly soundtracks. The Art and Stickers categories don't explicitly promote bilingualism like the other categories. Instead, they encourage creativity and imagination. Under Art, kids can use digital tools to color. Stickers promotes open play, allowing kids to drag and drop different images onto a colorful background and animate with a tap. The featured language can be switched at any time by tapping the speech bubble button on the top right corner of the screen.
Canticos Bilingual Preschool is a helpful tool for kids to practice foundational phonics and number sense skills in both English and Spanish. It provides an immersive experience since the approach doesn't rely on translation. It uses colorful illustrations to help kids make the connection between content and language. For example, when kids are learning letter sounds in Spanish or English, the concept is reinforced with pictures of things that begin with said letter sound. When exploring vocabulary, pictures that illustrate the meaning of the word appear.
The learning games are ideal for reinforcing foundational skills and building language awareness, while the collection of follow-along videos and read-along books are a great resource that allows kids to hear the sound and rhythm of spoken language, in English or Spanish. This learning support exposes kids to some concepts of print and can helps kids draw a connection between words and their meaning. The read-along feature also supports reading fluency. So, while the app doesn't provide a measured, leveled, step-by-step approach to language learning, it does provide kids with a lot of fun, age-appropriate exposure that they can access and enjoy independently.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful).
Reading Foundational Skills
Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.
Understand that words are separated by spaces in print.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
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