Although it's geared towards bilingual preschoolers, teachers looking to immerse young kids in Spanish language gameplay may also appreciate the app. While one can imagine a variety of use cases, the app would fit in nicely as a tool in an early elementary bilingual or dual-language program. Teachers may find it most useful in helping kids practice cognitive skills. It can be used to reinforce language skills for native speakers, or to motivate non-native speakers to strengthen their Spanish skills. In class, consider using the app for independent practice of Spanish vocabulary and listening skills. Beyond language practice, there are some great opportunities to immerse kids in Latin American culture through the songs -- they'll be fun for everyone, even if bilingual and native Spanish speakers will be the most likely recognize them. Teachers might also use the app as an opportunity to introduce and discuss English-Spanish cognates, as many are present within the app's farm section.Continue reading Show less
Juana la Iguana en la Granja reels kids in with lovable characters and traditional Latin American kid's songs. All directions are given in Spanish by the main character Juana, the beloved iguana from the popular Latin American children's television series. Although the app is entirely in Spanish, the parent’s section does translate to English. It's also worth noting that the app is priced differently for iOS and Android; $2.99 in the iTunes App Store vs. $1.99 in the Google Play Store.
In the app, Juana asks kids to drag and drop fruits and vegetables into her bushel according to the color she wants to eat. There's also a memory game: Kids tap boxes to find a match, learn an initial letter sound, and hear and see written names for each matched farm friend. Another game helps kids practice color recognition and build one-to-one correspondence by dragging colored stars to the correct animal -- indicated by the matching color. Juana also asks kids to tap on pictures of farm animals to count them and hear the number as it flashes on the screen -- animals are counted no matter the order in which kids tap them. Juana then rewards kids by inviting them to choose one of her gift-wrapped boxes: Kids tap a box to hear a traditional Latin American kid’s song and Juana dances to the tune.
Geared towards bilingual preschoolers, the app helps kids learn Spanish vocabulary and develop cognitive skills as they play age-appropriate games: counting animals, sorting by color, matching, one to one correspondence, and rewards. Kids learn colors, numbers, vocabulary, and the alphabet in Spanish -- all while having fun! While the five games are fun, they're also pretty simple and their appeal may be short-lived once kids have mastered them. The intuitive design and simple controls make it easy for little ones to use; they won't find confusing menus or buttons, and each round leads smoothly to the next for continuous learning and play.
All directions are given in Spanish but many non-verbal cues -- such as Juana's reaction to correct and incorrect choices -- will be easy for kids to interpret; they'll know what to do so they can move on, and eventually master the game. Juana connects kids to Latin American culture through traditional kid's songs when she invites them to sing and dance as a reward for their hard work. Juana also reinforces values such as honesty, kindness, and responsibility through repetition, but kids will have to understand Spanish to really grasp Juana's subtle messages.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
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.
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