Monday, August 24, 2015

App Review: Intro to United States [Bilingual]

I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for new materials and tools to help my kids learn geography. Unfortunately, many schools today have dropped this subject from their curricula. So I encourage parents to teach their children geography at home because kids need to know where they live and be able to find countries on a map. (They need to be able to USE a map. GPS applications have made us lazy and too many kids don't know how to use a map to get places. But more about that later.)

Anyway, there are tons of really awesome apps that are now available and I rely on them a lot to teach my kids. Like this one from Montessorium!

Name: Intro to United States
Subject(s): geography
Brief Description: An interactive, bilingual app that teaches children to identify the 50 states.
Price: $2.99
Language: English and Spanish
Ages: 6 - 8 years
Device: iOS

What my kids like:
My son loves learning which animals are associated with each state. The ability to progress from group to group through six short activities. He also likes the graphics and the interactive activities such as dragging the states to the place where they belong on the map.

What I like:
This app uses repetition to help kids memorize not only where each state is located on a map, but also the shape of each state. I like that I can increase the difficulty of the app by choosing the number of states they are learning about at one time. The options are 3 (shown), 6 or 9.

I also like that I can change the language in the settings to English or Spanish.

Unfortunately, it is only available for iOS and I know that most Spanish-speaking families own Androids. 

Disclaimer: I received this app for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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