Juana La Iguana Launches App for Bilingual Toddlers

May 13, 2015

10:00 pm

Juana la Iguana has partnered with Rokk3r Labs to launch a new app to help children in preschool learn Spanish. Juana teaches Spanish vocabulary, as well as certain values to kids such as honesty, kindness, responsibility and loyalty through the use of repetition. The app, designed for children 5 years and under, features traditional Latin American children’s songs accompanied by a dancing Juana.

The app is designed to help children with their motor skills, provide a basic understanding of colors and animals, teach the pronunciation and spelling of Spanish words, support the association of images and sound, and offer a fun way to begin learning the concept of counting. Beyond that, the application seeks to be fully interactive, motivating kids to sing and dance by imitating choreography adapted for traditional Spanish songs for kids.

“We created Juana la Iguana because we see the need for a high quality educational platform in Spanish. Our goal is not only for kids to learn cognitive skills and vocabulary but more importantly to learn to be good people,” said Tania GilinskiSeidl, founder of Juana la Iguana.

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Juana la Iguana, a lovable character with a Latin American soul, originated in Latin America, where the television series quickly became a top show for toddlers in various countries. The team behind the app wants to focus on early education, supporting bilingual learning for toddlers while emphasizing positive values and emotional intelligence.

In the U.S. alone, 38.3 million residents 5 and older speak Spanish at home. According to research, children who are brought up in bilingual households turn out to be smarter than those who are not. Speaking another language improves cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

 “Juana la Iguana is designed with a clear purpose since each word, action and song contributes to the integral development of children,” explains Anita Katz, the team’s education and music specialist.

The game has already been well received in many countries. In the United States, Juana la Iguana, the startup, was voted by readers of The Miami Herald to be the 2015 Business Plan Challenge People’s Pick. A second game is already in the works, which will focus on the beach, marine life, and learning about caring for the environment.

For a limited period of time, Juana y los Amigos de la Granja can be downloaded for free. The app will then be available in Apple’s App Store for $4.99 (US).

 

Image Credit: Flickr/Kate Gardiner

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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