Do you use your ipad or iphone for homeschool lessons? If you don’t already, it’s a super practical way to reinforce skills without drilling worksheets. Plus, kids love the change of pace and are eager to practice needed skills when a game is involved.
No doubt, you’ve already considered that there are many “educational” apps out there, but are there apps that will actually aide and complement what you are already teaching in your homeschool day? I’m so glad you asked. Here are just a handful of the top elementary apps that we use EVERYDAY in our homeschool:
Listed by Apple as one of the 10 best apps EVER, Barefoot Atlas offers an amazing look into every country, state or region we study. The graphics are simply breathtaking, the puzzles intriguing, and the facts are rather useful.
2. Math Bingo
This is a game that never gets old. My girls have been playing it since they began to add and subtract. Today they use the division and multiplication features of the game with the same zeal they had at the beginning. It never gets old to beat the timer and collect bingo bugs, all the while knowing that you are strengthening your math skills! These essential facts are the building blocks for a successful math student, so this app is used daily in our home.
This is a cherished app in our home. Learning to write neatly can be a challenge, especially for boys. I do have written practice daily in K-2, but we still use the app alongside the written work. It’s great reinforcement and the kids love it. Plus there is the added benefit of reading the words that they are practicing.
There is always a need for a dictionary in our homeschool. With this app, students can quickly find the meaning of a word, as well as it’s synonyms and antonyms.
This isn’t an app that way play everyday, but it sure is addicting. I assign it a few times a week for geography practice. It’s hard to get bored in this game with 50 states and multiple types of questions. And of course, can you stack the states without tumbling them over?
Gone are the days of writing each word “3 times each.” Ok, well maybe some people still do that. In our house, spelling practice is much more fun with Freefall Spelling. You can let the app decide what words to quiz or put in your own custom list. This app is made for the picky parent! The settings allow you to select your own preferences in many areas.
With two budding writers in our house, this app gets a lot of use. Grammar is essential to effectively communicating your point and this app makes it fun to practice. Like the other subjects, there is paper and pencil grammar practice in our home, but Grammar Pop provides extra reinforcement rather than piling on the worksheets. Check out Write About This if you have a reluctant writer.
It’s bound to happen. Your child will take a standardized test, someday. Make the transition easy, by reinforcing those skills now. If it’s a natural part of learning, it won’t seem so foreign on the test. This app provides timed reading practice with comprehension questions all customized for multiple students and age levels. Remember, it’s game! No need for frustration if you can’t beat the timer. Just keep trying.
I find it fascinating how much my children love to learn about the presidents. Fortunately, this app provides a super fun history lesson and memory game all in one.
10. Kid’s Weather
Ever have a kid jump in the car with shorts on when it’s 20 degrees outside? Well, I can’t promise that this app will fix that, but it’s sure worth a try! Kid’s Weather offers daily weather, plus it teaches kids to graph and compare the stats. And, it just might help Billy figure out that shorts are not such a good idea when it’s snowing out.
So how about you? What are your favorite apps?