As a Minority Language at Home family that speaks Spanish, we are always looking for quality content in Spanish that helps the girls learn in Spanish. When I came across the Gus on the Go series of language apps, I was super excited to try them out with my kids. What I found is that the apps are not only fun, they also effectively build vocabulary and pre-reading skills for young leaners.
Gus on the Go apps are available for 28 languages, but here we will focus on the Spanish versions of the Stories (free) and Vocabulary (paid) apps. And, Gus on the Go has generously offered to give away FIVE downloads of their vocabulary app, so make sure to enter the giveaway below!
Gus on the Go Vocabulary App
We first downloaded the Gus on the Go Vocabulary app. It’s a fabulous vocabulary building app that is great for young children in that the user can touch a drawing, and the word appears as well as the pronunciation of that word. It’s great for pre-readers as they are repeatedly seeing and hearing vocabulary- and repetition definitely helps with reading skills. (LINK) We love that more and more content is unlocked we advance through the app, and as a former high school Spanish teacher, this app would be so great as a warm-up activity for students to use as review or to preview new content before a vocabulary lesson. It would also be great as homework.
Gus on the Go Stories
The Gus on the Go Stories app places simple vocabulary in context- first words and pronunciation in isolation, then in simple sentences, and then the vocabulary words in simple stories. Each screen has excellent pronunciation, visual word cues, and an audio component. The games in each section are an excellent check for comprehension. The stores don’t have a moral or cohesive storyline, but they stay with the objective of vocabulary acquisition. Super well done- fun for young children, but also would be a great complement to a Spanish 1 classroom.
Gus on the Go on Etsy
I found out about Gus on the Go via Instagram, when I stumbled across their awesome Spanish alphabet poster, which is also available in French, Hebrew and Greek on Etsy. I am using the poster to reinforce phonemes and pronunciation of basic vocabulary in our in-home classroom, as inspired by the 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games book.
Don’t forget to enter our giveaway – 5 lucky winners will win a download of the Gus on the Go Vocabulary app! Be sure to heck out the Gus on the Go free Stories App in the Apple Store. Finally, make sure to head over to their website for AWESOME free printables in many languages too!