Monkimun is an established developer of preschool apps. Their newest app Monki Home is another great way for young children to not only practice vocabulary acquisition in three different languages, but to also practice some of the familiar routines they see at home. With easy to follow prompts, this app is a go-to activity for young children.
App for iOS - iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Monki Home - Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers by Monkimum is an iOS App for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and was created to help preschoolers develop their language skills. With the narration in either English, Spanish, or Chinese, the app focuses on daily household activities. Players get a chance to practice skills in the kitchen, laundry room, bedroom, or bathroom.
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How the App Works
As the app was developed for preschoolers, it's very easy to use, with non-verbal prompts guiding children along the way. In each of the scenes a narrated direction is given and is supported by the object flashing or being highlighted so the user knows exactly what is expected of them. Each scene goes through a common household task.
In the kitchen players help make food for a hungry animal. Users must listen and select the right food from the refrigerator, cook it in the microwave, and then feed it to their friend. In the laundry room, players must load the dirty clothes into the machine, hang the clothes to dry, and even iron the clothes. All this while practicing the basic vocabulary found in the laundry room.
The bathroom routine asks kids to follow the steps for brushing their teeth, showering, and drying their hair. In the bedroom, children must help to friends prepare for bed. First, they identify opposites to sort through toys, then they go through the bedtime routine to put their friends to sleep.
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I really like the Monkimun apps. They're intuitive to use and children love being able to reenact the day-to-day routines they see in the home. I know at our house, my kids really enjoy apps that mimic things they see their parents doing. The three different languages available in Monki Home - Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers are all common languages used in the world today. This, combined with the fact that language acquisition is easier for younger children, makes it a great way to expose our children to new languages.
I also like the step-by-step instructions geared toward our youngest learners. The tasks are familiar and sequential. Additionally, the characters are cute, the sound effects engaging, and the activities fun. I found this app to be reminiscent of several other very popular apps. Monki Home falls right in line with these popular preschool apps and will be a quick favorite in our house.
In a Nutshell
Monki Home is a great app for preschoolers. The structure and routine are excellent for our two and three-year-olds, and the activities continue to be fun for our four and five-year-olds. The vocabulary it focuses on and the skills involved are not only engaging, but fun for our youngest learners.
Monki Home - Language Learning for Kids and Toddlers is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - Free
At the time of this review, the app had no ads or in-app purchases, and external links, user guides, and the research behind the app is located behind a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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