It’s getting to be that time of year again; back to school…or in our case “back to homeschool.” I don’t do much blogging about homeschooling, mainly because I still feel rather new to it. I suppose I shouldn’t since we started homeschooling half way through my 8 year olds pre-school year, but I’m still figuring out what works best for us, which I think will be a continuing process.
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One thing I am somewhat proud of though is the educational apps that we utilize on our iPad and Kindle Fire. I spent HOURS searching for and previewing free apps to find the best ones, that fit our needs. While I found it fun, I know not everyone has those hours to spare (like me currently!!!) I hope you find this list helpful, and that it saves you some ever-precious time.
These apps are for pre-school up through lower elementary (2nd-3rd grade.) I am going to do a separate post on apps for foreign language lessons, so check back for that, or better yet, subscribe! Seriously though, thanks so much for stopping in, and I hope you find this helpful.
LibAnwhere: Has a large database of library’s. If your library participates (my 2 out in the country do!!) then you can use your card to log in to your account, just like you would at the library’s online portal, and from there you can request books, renew what you have out, and put books on hold.
AlphaBabyFree: This is one of my absolute favorite apps! You can add photo’s and your own voice (I never have yet though.) The shapes and letters grow and shrink, it’s colorful, yet simple, and introduces baby to colors letters and shapes…it can even entertain rather young babies…while on my way to a blogging conference I entertained my then 7 month old with it on the train!
BobBooksLite: This is a great supplement to the books, which my kids love. I plan to buy the full version.
TabTale Counting 123: Tab Tale has a collection of apps, some are great, some, not so much…check it out and find the ones that work the best for you.
First Words Sampler
Mancala FS5: This is a simple game, but it uses counting, is fun, and can be played alone or with 2 players.
Adventures Under Sea Math: We love this app. There is a picture, covered with a grid of math problems, the student picks the answer from multiple selections in the side bar and slides it on top of the box the problem is in. If it is correct, it disappears, revealing a small part of the picture underneath. The problems get progressively harder with each level (and I think you can purchase additional levels.) You can also set the difficulty level in the settings. You can also increase difficulty by adding a timer.
Animals in Pieces HD
Audio Slide Math: I loved this for early math (pre-school and kindergarten) because not only does it use manipulatives, but it tells you the correct answer. It’s also fun!
Dino MathFree: This is one of my kids favorites. Kids can do math or subtraction. They count the dinosaur manipulatives to help find the answer, and if they get it correct they get “prizes” which are just little pictures, like a smiley face that pop up at the bottom, but my kids get excited over them!
ShapePuzzle HD: Another favorite here…this is a fun puzzle game that you can adjust the difficulty on, that also builds vocabulary.
WorldCraftHD: For the Minecraft lovers in your home!
Rainbow Car Tab Tale
Human Anatomy: Simple app that allows you to look up and display parts of human anatomy for reference.
Star Walk: We love this app also. It’s like a planetarium in the palm of your hand. It shows constellations and planets, in real time so you can hold it up to the sky to locate certain stars, planets or constellations, then look to the actual sky to match them up!
All Aboard Dinosaur Train PBS
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally
Friendly Toys TT
Kindle Fire Apps (These should be available for any tablet with an Android operating system as well.)
Match ‘Em Up
Uno and Friends
Build and Teach Handwriting Free
Kids Academy 123 Tracing Free
2nd Grade Learning Games: This only offers a few categories for free, but it is a game format that teaches alphabetical order, greater than and less than, positive and negative number, and even and odd numbers.
Preschool and Kindergarten Learning games
Sight Words Free
The Arithmemouse Addition/Subtraction Game
22Learn Baby Bubble School
History Channel Free App
Serpodile 1 Learn cursive writing
Flash Apps English Flash Cards
123 Kids Fun (music)Collection
Letter Paper: We use this with a stylus to save on paper consumption, and just to switch up our writing practice a bit, since neither of my big kids care for physically writing too much yet!
World History Quiz
US History Quiz
Smithsonian Channel Free App
US President Facts
Lets do Math2
EFlash Apps Genius Baby Flash Cards: This is a fun collection of flash cards for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to help them learn various things. We use it to keep my 3 year old (she was 2 when we got it) occupied when we are at a restaurant and she’s getting stir crazy, or similar situations elsewhere.
Awesome Arithmetic Free
*You should be able to find any of these by going to the app store and typing the app name in the search box.*
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, and I have yet to do a new search for the current school year. Typically I take one night, put on a movie, and do an extensive search before starting the new school year to see if there is anything new, exciting, or useful that I’d like to get.
We use a number of apps in our foreign language study also. We are currently doing Spanish. We will have an introduction to Greek this year. Next year we will add in Latin, and either French or German. I will do another post that highlights the free apps that we use for foreign language.
Do you use free apps in your homeschooling, or as supplements for your out-of-the-home schooled children? I would love to hear about free learning apps that you love!