Kids’ Vocabulary MindSnacks

Age Scale: 7-12

Device: iPhone, iPod, iPad

Quick Line: A Satisfying Vocabulary Meal

What Educators Need to Know:

What’s on the menu in my classroom? New words! In an effort to switch from memorization to internalization, I rewrote my recipe for growing a vocabulary. Gone are the bland flash cards. I’ve introduced color to our vocabulary plates with Kids’ Vocabulary MindSnacks!

Each patron at the MindSnacks diner has access to a unique meal with lots of flavor. For the lighter appetite, MindSnacks will provide one lesson free of charge. It includes a single list of related words on which to nibble. Sample the word, hand-drawn picture, part of speech, and simple definition.. Hear it pronounced and see it used in a sample sentence. Best of all, expand your palate by reading its origin, word parts, and homophones, when available. To aid in the digestion process, nosh on the nine fabulously creative and engaging challenges! You’ll learn to use, spell, pronounce, and visualize the list of words easily and without heartburn! Concerned that your Snacks might be bad for your health? Don’t be. MindSnacks are based on the Common Core Standards, so you are sure to grow healthy and strong!

Have a heavier appetite? Upsize your meal, and be prepared to devour 25 full lessons that include 350 words. Having trouble with a particular set? Don’t worry. MindSnacks will adapt to you. The customer always comes first!

My students gobbled this app up! They ate their veggies first, and read about their words before feeding on the goodies or games. They came back to their lists for refreshers, however, so I knew that they were getting a square meal. After each quest, students could see which words needed a little more attention, and they adjusted their play accordingly. It was wonderful to see them applying their knowledge of etymology! Mission accomplished!

I highly recommend that you taste this menu. You will not leave hungry!

Price: free for first lesson ($4.99 for full version)

Front Row Vocab

Age Scale: 14 to adult

Device: iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Quick Line:  Front Row Seat to SAT Prep

What Educators Need to Know:

Getting teenagers to put the time preparing for the SAT while carrying a full academic load is a challenge.  Prep materials are often overwhelming, boring, and if not used correctly, ineffective.  Well, welcome to the age of technology!  Front Row Vocabulary takes some of the pain away.  The FREE initial download contains a set of 100 frequently used words from the SAT.  Students read a short set of words and definitions and enter quiz mode.  The quizzes are designed to test user knowledge of the definitions as well as identify a sentence in which the word would be used correctly in context.  The final level requires users to write original sentences using the words.  Each challenge incorporates a new small set of words until users know them all.  Pretty comprehensive, right?  There are a number of methods incorporated in this app that I can wholeheartedly support.  The first is the idea of spaced repetition.  Seeing the word and definition is important, but seeing it while interspersed with both new and mastered words is especially effective.  In addition, having to learn the word as it is used in context is another great technique to commit the word to long term memory.  Lastly, there’s nothing like good ole competition.  I liked the fact that I was “better” than 80% of Front Row users, but 80% still left room for improvement! The goal is to use the app for at least five minutes every day, but I found myself wanting to keep going and going!  Parents and educators often forget the difference between memorizing and learning.  I want my children to LEARN, so if I had a child preparing to take the SAT, I would skip the books and videos and head to the Front Row!

Price:  FREE (initial download; additional word packs are $9.99)

Front Row Vocab - Front Row Education