In August I won a giveaway from The Educator’s Spin On It for a Gus on the Go app. Gus on the Go apps teach vocabulary in a varieties of languages. Since Elli is obsessed with the Eiffel Tower and I studied French starting in 7th grade through high school and some in college, we chose Gus on the Go: French. The kids have had such a blast with this app. It introduces vocabulary through an interactive scene, then you can practice with flashcards. Finally, you can test your knowledge with games where you can earn trophies for various levels of achievement. The kids are so engaged while they play with this app that they talk out loud using French and sometimes English words as they play the games.
Scott has really enjoyed going through each section of the map and playing all the games. His two favorite pages for learning vocabulary are transportation and the shapes (because it has a robot!) His favorite games to play are the one where you blow up the ballon till it pops and the one where you send bubbles to capture the word you hear.
The girls have really enjoyed working through this app too. We have had a lot of fun using French words for things around the house and out running errands. This app focuses on building vocabulary. I’m excited to try the free printables they have for working with the vocabulary offline. Gus on the Go presents language learning in the interactive, play-centered way children should be exposed to language at an early age. I love watching my kids learn French with Gus and I sneak in and play with them, too. It’s engaging and fun for all of us.
Gus on the Go is available in 16 languages with one more coming soon. They also have ideas for a few apps to help fellow parents raise global kids, though there isn’t anything firm quite yet. I’m excited to see what else this team puts out!