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El pupitre/ The workspace App

 

pupitre.gr_Again another treasure form ‘Grupo ediciones santillana SL’ ,  this one s just for the iPad and it is called ‘El pupitre’, ionce you download the ‘workspace’ for free with some basic activities you can buy different workbooks to use within it depending on the age of your child and what you want them to practice.

It looks amazing although I must admit I haven’t yet got my children to try it properly! If you try it do let me know how it goes.

http://pupitreapp.com

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El disfraz de Oto / Oto’s disguise App

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I have recently come across some gorgeous App stories that my children love They are a collection of stories following a dog called Oto (there have also other books with a bear called Lina). You can listen to them in Spanish or English and you can record your own version of the story which is sweet. Often Spanish books for early readers have the joined up writing which makes it hard to find books for my daughter to practice with since she is learning in the UK with the separate letters. These books are great for her to practice her reading and my 3 year old loves them too. Great!

Here are the links for the iPad

Oto’s disguise – Grupo Santillana de Ediciones S.L.

 

Best Apps for Learning Spanish

The earlier you start to teach your child another language, the easier they’ll be able to pick it up.

The iPad can great a tool for foreign languages because it combines visual elements with the text ti help reinforce the meaning of the words.

Here we share few apps, that in our opinion, are the best ones to complement any Spanish learning process:

★Introduction to Spanish for Kids

★First words: Spanish

★Aprende Spanish

★Alphabet in Spanish

 

 

Perhaps it could be difficult to know exactly how your child will progress

when they first try tackling a foreign language,

but this apps will help introduce at least

the very basics of learning process

and with strong foundations the rest should follow.

 

 

Choosing Apps for your kids

A  recently research conducted by PBS Parents ORG found that many children had received electronic gifts for christmas.

“A good app should be the perfect combination between education and entertainment”, says Dr. Carolyn Jaynes, a learning designer for Leapfrog Enterprises.

When kids are engaged, they learn.  Educational apps balance engagement with learning. Whether an app is focused on teaching math skills or science, it is really important that a child has opportunities to play and do something new.

Features to Look For

Easy to use: Look for apps that are easy for your child to navigate through. Something with simple commands are best for younger children, such as dragging a finger across the screen to complete an action. Be sure to keep your child’s age in mind when choosing apps. You want something that challenges your child without being too easy or too difficult for your child’s ability.

Content Matters: Be sure the app fits your child’s age in animation and content. Also, you’ll want to be sure the app does not contain pop-ups that link to the Internet or the App Store or anywhere else you do not want your child to access.

Trusted, & reliable sources: Look for established, trusted educational brands that are known for producing educational content.

There would be always a question of when is best introducing technology and we always could think about its pros and cons. Just because toddlers like to push buttons and watch videos does not mean they are ready for a computer.

Personally I think  is about setting the right “media diet”. A balanced media diet is like a balanced food diet; variety is healthier.

Do you have any thoughts to share with us at getting educational apps for your children? … If so, which ones are you letting them use and are there any of them helping with Spanish learning?