Learn Spanish - MindSnack, by MindSnacks, is a delicious and addictive language learning app that will not squelch the user’s appetite for more! It's not just for children but for students of all ages, young and old. As a teacher in a third grade Dual Language Classroom (Spanish & English language-learners) my co-teacher and I are always looking for active, engaging applications that support the language learning skills occurring in the classroom daily. Learn Spanish - Mindsnacks utilizes a series of mini-game lessons to teach vocabulary, spelling, reading, grammar, sentence construction and conversational phrases. The nine exciting games utilize animated characters such as a fish that stays afloat with each correct match in Swell the vocabulary game. After a series of incorrect responses the fish sinks and goes to heaven and appears as an adorable angel fish, sure to bring a smile to the user who is now more determined to go back and keep him afloat with this rapid recall technique. An adorable frog with a long sticky tongue eats words and collects them in his Belly as snacks, utilizing image recognition as the modality of skill reinforcement. Word Birds and Slider promote spelling and phonemic awareness. These games are just a sample of the hours of fun that beginners and intermediate language learners will have acquired a second language. As students explore and practice the nine exciting games, they devour Spanish words and phrases that are clearly and distinctively enunciated with audio clips from native speakers! I found myself repeating the words out loud to see if I could perfect my own pronunciations! Parents love to hear their child verbalizing their second language skills. The joy they receive from observing their child practice their Spanish is well worth the cost of purchasing the full app!
Written by Lisa Carew
Lisa Carew has been teaching for several decades now in a multitude of different positions. She has been involved with both ESL, Dual Language and the Special Needs population her whole career. She has just transferred to teaching fourth-grade and is always on the look out for the latest in technology to share with her students.