Common Sense Review
Updated August 2014

Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Word Builder - English Reading and Spanish Speaking Ages 3 - 6

Sweet early-literacy games introduce English phonics and Spanish vocab
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • Students can work on English phonics or Spanish vocabulary.
  • Kids can choose which word banks to learn in Spanish.
  • Funny animations demonstrate the meaning of each Spanish word.
  • Kids drag letters into place to build words.
  • As levels advance, kids drag letters to build specific words.
Levels get progressively more challenging as kids learn.
Toy rewards aren't integrated into the activities or learning, and the learning report shows only general progress.
Bottom Line
Kids learn Spanish and practice phonics while having silly fun.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The high-quality design includes engaging voice narration and cute characters, but the repetitive activities may not keep kids engaged.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Combining both English phonics and Spanish vocabulary for kids in the language acquisition phase of development is really smart. Bilingual classrooms could incorporate the app for all students.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Reports on kids' progress shows how far they've progressed through the phonics levels, although there's no report for the Spanish words. Only one student's progress per device can be tracked on the app and in the report.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Word Builder would work nicely in a bilingual kindergarten class, giving all students a challenging activity that can grow as they do. In a 1-to-1 environment, teachers can monitor each student's progress. In a classroom with only one or a few tablets, though, teachers could offer the app as a station for kids to work on. Since kids do pronounce the Spanish words aloud and the microphone needs to pick up on pronounications, however, kids will need a quiet area to work, which may be tricky in many classrooms. 

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What's It Like?

Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Word Builder is created by the developers of the Rosetta Stone language programs. The two-part app includes American English phonics and Spanish vocabulary. In Word Builder, kids progress through three levels of English phonics. In the first and second levels, they drag letters into place to create real words in the consonant-vowel-consonant format. In the third level, they drag correct letters into place to build a specific word. In Speak & Learn, they choose from word themes, see an animation of a word to demonstrate its meaning, hear it in Spanish, and then say the word themselves. In-app purchases were included in the past and could be included in the future, but as of this review, all content is free.

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Is It Good For Learning?

As kids progress through the word banks, games become more challenging, advancing from filling in the first letter of a word to building complete words, and from hearing instructions in English and repeating a Spanish word to hearing all instructions in Spanish. The content itself is great, and progression through the skills -- especially progressing to hearing instructions in Spanish -- keeps kids challenged. Teachers can manually set levels to increase the challenge, or kids can play and advance on their own. To access the Parent's Corner, teachers have to share their email address. Only then can they manually adjust challenge levels for each activity and see a progress report. Pronunciation accuracy can be adjusted in the Parent's Corner to easy, normal, or hard, but even the hardest level lets mispronunciations slide. Kids earn toys to display on a shelf as they complete levels, but the toys play no part in the activities -- they seem tacked-on rather than integrated into the learning process.

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