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Oct 20, 2022 - 2 min

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The Real Meaning of “Encantos”

Explore the real meaning of the word encantos and discover the magic of the Encantos app.

Encantos is the name of the new educational app for kids that brings global storytellers together to teach kids and toddlers the new fundamental skills they need to thrive in a fundamentally changed world.

But what does “encantos” really mean?

The simple answer comes right from the online dictionaries, and it looks something like this:

encantos (ehn-kahn-tohss) noun: charms, spells, enchantments, delights

There’s also encantar, a Spanish verb that means to love something, as in the way you might talk about your favorite food or a book you really enjoy.

But for us at Encantos, it’s less about those dictionary definitions and more about how the word makes us feel.

“Encantos to me is ‘a spirit that enchants,’” says Susie Jaramillo, Encantos chief story officer and co-founder, and the creator of Canticos and Skeletina. “It’s the spirit of inspiration that makes you fall in love with something. In our case, we want kids to fall in love with—and be enchanted by—learning!”

It’s true, we all know kids learn best when they’re having fun, and that’s exactly why Encantos uses stories to bring learning to life in enchanting ways. We gather the best voices in the world, our Storyteachers, and help them create magical Storyworlds fused with educator-developed learning.

So creators like Tyrus Goshay, Aransas Savas, or Susie herself can help kids learn the skills they need, like financial literacy (check out Tyrus’ Kids), mindfulness (Wally the Worried Walrus is an expert!), and resilience (pay a visit to Skeletina).

Sounds pretty magical, don’t you think? Maybe we’re on board with those dictionary definitions after all.

Want to put worlds of stories and learning at your kids’ fingertips?

Download the Encantos app, available in the Apple App Store, and start playing for free!

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

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