With everyone in the house playing on something electronic, chances are high that even your youngest children are going to want to get in on the action. Though you'll limit and monitor their time on such devices, this kind of learning time with them can be fun and beneficial to their learning processes. I know my youngest was privy to electronic devices far before his older siblings ever were, and in his school, even the Kindergartners use the iPad and computers several times a week. Teaching your children to navigate and enjoy technology at home not only provides a great platform for increasing their knowledge, but these days, it also helps to give them a head start for when they do start school. Finding the best apps is important, and I have a most excellent one to share from Kadho. This app is free, so be sure to head on over and check it out!
Kadho’s New App Teaches the Building Blocks of Spanish, French, Italian and English
Among all of the wonderful apps available, only one teaches babies and toddlers the key sounds of English, Spanish, French and Italian that provide the building blocks for future language learning, backed by scientific brain research and immersive game play! Mochu the Penguin, in his first app, Mochu Pop - Language Immersion for Babies and Toddlers, guides babies and toddlers through animation via an iPad or smartphone in just a few minutes of adorable play.
“Pop only the balloons with these shapes and colors,” begins the app. A lavender triangle balloon floats by. Or it might be a golden diamond. With a touch of a little finger, the balloon pops and a sound of “eh” or “tu” in the voice of a native French speaker is heard. Repeat the game with a language selectioon of English, Spanish or Italian. Game by game, tots develop their neurons for the basic sounds of linguistics.
The app, created by an international team of renowned gamers, scientists and educators, teaches a child not just their own language but also the tools to learn any language throughout their lifetime. The app has been tested at Montessori schools and even Noam Chomsky says “it has the key ingredients for language acquisition.” It’s available for download at no cost – magnifique! More free apps and eBooks are coming this summer.
Mochu Pop features pleasing music in the background as the child plays the interactive game. The happy penguin, dressed in a striped scarf, taps his feet and smiles with his eyes as the game progresses. As differently shaped balloons float by, animated characters Moon and Sun pop up. App options include a volume control, a blue light filter to protect young eyes and a parental dashboard to monitor your little one’s performance.
Mochu Pop • Ages 1-3 years old • Free Pop the balloons to hear a sound. In this game, the child is presented with the shape first and then watches as balloons fly up on the screen. Little ones must touch the right balloons to match the shape. When a balloon is “popped” youngsters are rewarded with a sound. These sounds, based on decades of research, are foundational to language acquisition. Available in the iTunes App store for iPad and iPhone, in Google Play for Android, and in the Amazon App store for Kindle. You can also follow along on their social media channels: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and G+.