Best Educational Apps
Whether we like it or not, technology plays a big part in our children’s lives. In fact, many kids can swipe their way through an iPhone or tablet while we’re still trying to figure out how to turn it on.
While there’s been a lot of debate over screen time, how much or even any at all, technology can be used as a great learning tool. There are some great educational apps out there that make learning fun.
This app takes story time and learning to read to a whole new level. The Farfaria app can read a story to your child or you can use it to teach your child how to read. There are different themes as well as reading levels so you can match them up to your child’s skills and interests. You can try it for free, but if you decide you want it, there is a subscription fee.
Scout’s ABC Garden by Leap Frog
Leap Frog has a great host of educational toys for kids and has also joined the app world. Scout’s ABC Garden teaches kids their letters, both upper and lower case. There is also some counting included in this one. There is a fee to download it as well.
Chances are you’ve seen commercials for this one on the kids’ stations. ABCmouse is highly promoted and said to really help kids learn. From math to letters to reading, this app offers a wide variety of educational options. It contains programs for kids ages 2-7, so if you have more than one child in that age group, this could be a good investment. There is a 30-day free trial period, but then you have to pay up.
The Site Word Adventure
With Common Core standards, kids are expected to learn more site words. This app helps teach more than 300 words for kids in Kindergarten through third grade. You need to pay to download this one too.
Telling Time with the Smurfs
Teaching kids to tell time is one of those common sense lessons that can be difficult. Telling Time with the Smurfs aims to make that a little easier and in a fun way. As with many apps, you need to pay to play.
This is a great one for pre-schoolers to learn shapes, numbers and patterns. There are a lot of games to play to help little ones get a hang of the basics. The best part is that it’s free!
Endless Alphabet uses cute monsters to teach the ABC’s. Kids interact to build words and boost their vocabulary. They not only learn words, but also their meanings. This is another one to add to your free list.
Spelling Test Free
Let your learning bug buzz through this app as he or she becomes a better speller. Spelling Test Free is geared towards kids five and up. Practicing for the dreaded spelling bee can be fun because moms and dads can input the same words that are being taught in school. Just as the name implies, this app is free.
These are just a few of the hundreds of educational apps available. Of course, none of them should be used as a sole source for teaching and learning. There’s nothing wrong with an old fashioned book, flashcards, and some pen and paper. But, if technology can help, why not let some little fingers do the learning too?
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