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Nine Great Educational Apps Your Kids Will Adore

by Jessica Parnell | Jul 05, 2013 | 3 min read

It’s the year of the App. In fact, there are so many -– it becomes a jungle to navigate the good from the … not so much. Should you take the time to download and check it out, or just pass on by? We did some of the dirty work for you and looked into 10 educational apps you and your children can use at home or on the go. Here they are.

  1. Brain Quest.

    One of America’s favorite print educational whammy’s, this game is now available for iPhone and iPad. Thought provoking and fun for elementary ages, the app contains all areas of study and subject matter.


  2. Letter School Lite.

    This app received the “Best Younger Children’s App 2013 — KAPi” Award. It is visually appealing for kids and is a great tool for teaching handwriting skills when you are not at a desk!


  3. Animoto.

    This neat and easy-to-use app is being used in schools across the country, so make sure to introduce it in your own classroom! The app turns photos into professional-quality videos, complete with music and text. Choose photos, video clips, music, and video style. The best part? You can easily share your creations.


  4. Read2Go.

    This is a best-rated app for readers with or without learning disabilities. The app makes it possible to read books multi-modally (see and hear at the same time), read in text only or text-to-speech with built in voices, control font size and color, and connect via blue tooth to read in Braille. Now that’s cool!


  5. Mindsnacks.

    Learn almost any language or study for SATS with this amazing little game app. Great way to have fun while learning! Your progress is tracked and analyzed, making the experience more personalized for your speed and learning requirements.


  6. The Digits: Fraction Blast.

    The Digits is a comedic next generation educational show that combines live action narrative and interactive gameplay to introduce math concepts to children ages 7-to-11. Kids have a blast navigating asteroid fields and shooting rocks in the desert while learning math concepts like geometry, angles, division and more.


  7. PBS Parents Play & Learn.

    This app is themed around very familiar locations to homeschoolers, including some practical ones like the grocery store and the kitchen, among others. The app is also bilingual, making it easy for parents to utilize those “teachable moments” through theme-based interactive games that connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences.


  8. iBooks.

    iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest bestselling books or your favorite classics — day or night. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, no reason to tote your e-reader or paperbacks along — you have a library in the palm of your hand.


  9. Khan Academy.

    Looking for a go-top app that allows you to instantly and visually learn about nearly any topic — for free? Download Khan Academy and search their massive database of educational high quality videos. Now that’s visual learning!


Enjoy your summer and all the fabulous new apps that allow you to easily continue to enrich your child’s world — even when school is out of session!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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