Many children are home for two or more weeks in order, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Here is a list of free apps to help continue their education.
Kids may be out of school for the foreseeable future but that does not mean that we have to halt their education. I have two daughters, in first and third grade, who will be home for at least a month, and I plan to keep them learning with many different tools. Luckily we live in a time with the internet and technology. There are a lot of online resources out there, including a whole ton of educational apps!
Here is a list of our favorite education apps — both free and those with a small cost. All of these have been personally used and tested by my daughters. They love them all (and learned a lot from each of them as well!).
Free Educational Apps
Here are some of our favorite free apps that my daughters will be using throughout quarantine to make sure they are keeping up with their education.
- Middle School Math Planet: Middle School Math Planet teaches these and other math skills through over 30 games that support Common Core State Standards.
- PBS Kids Games: PBS has created hundreds of games based on their popular children’s shows. The games for each show fit in with their learning theme.
- FunBrain Jr.: With interactive games, worksheets, videos and interactive stories, there is a plethora of content to keep kids engaged.
- Poptropica: This free story-based game allows kids to customize their own characters, complete quests and play with friends in a safe environment.
- Todo Math: Designed for kids in pre-K through second grade, Todo Math takes your child on a daily math adventure.
- Kodable: The game uses an interactive story to introduce the fundamentals of computer science—concepts include object-oriented programming, properties and conditional logic statements.
- Phonics Ninja: The game uses sight, sound, and touch to help your child learn important phonics skills, and with three difficulty settings, the game advances as your child does.
- Science360: The National Science Foundation’s Science360 app brings cutting-edge science and engineering news, images, and video right to your child’s fingertips.
- Vocabulary Spelling City: Students of all ages can use the free app to play nine games with 10 of the app’s most popular word lists.
- SAT Word Slam: Help build her SAT vocabulary with this interactive app based on the popular book The SAT Word Slam.
- Hopscotch: Learn to Code: Children will learn coding logic, concepts and syntax as they work to develop their own game.
- Math Champ Challenge: With two modes—Math Challenge and Skill Builder—Math Champ Challenge pushes kids to answer math questions in either a competitive or practice environment.
Paid Educational Apps
BONUS! Here is a list of paid educational apps that my daughters have been loving as well. Feel free to stick to the free ones listed above. But if you are looking to supplement your child’s learning, these ones are all well worth the cost.
I know a lot of parents might not have the ability to purchase education apps, especially with the way the world is right now. However, if you can, these are some great options.
- Twelve A Dozen: Twelve a Dozen is a beautiful puzzle-platformer that takes you on a journey through a universe of numbers. ($4.99)
- Adventure Academy: Spark a love of learning in children with engaging gameplay in an interactive world. Kids learn reading, science, math, & much more. ($9.99/month)
- ABC Mouse: Helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. (9.95/month)
- Epic!: Epic! is an app for kids with an e-book library that contains over 35,000 children’s books. ($8.00/month)
- Hungry Caterpillar Play School: Develops the key skills children need in math, spelling, reading, writing, problem solving, science and nature and the creative arts. ($50/year)
- Stack The States 2: As you learn state capitals, cities, shapes, landmarks, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. ($3.00)
- Duolingo: Duolingo is an American platform that includes a language-learning website and mobile app, as well as a digital language-proficiency assessment exam. ($6.99/month)
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