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Apps to Prevent the Summer Slide

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Summer is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful weather after a busy school year.  Unfortunately, studies show that between June and September, students can lose around 2 months of learning and have trouble adjusting for the fall.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways for students to keep learning over the summer.   Outside of full programs, there are a ton of fun apps out there, many of which students don’t even realize that they are learning.

Here are three great apps that help stop your kid’s summer slide:

App for Math: Splash Math for Grades 1-5

Splash Math is an educational program that provides comprehensive coverage of the curriculum with over 300 skills for Grades K-5. The use of animations, graphics and games make children master the basic math concepts like Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication, Algebra and Geometry in a fun and interactive way.

App for Reading: Endless Reader

Endless Reader introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in school, library, and children’s books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures. Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe. See the word “dog” as a barking dog, and the word “up” reach for the sky!

App for Science: KidScience

Unleash your inner scientist with KidScience, the app that puts a science lab at your fingertips. Kids, parents, grandparents and babysitters can search for experiments based on ingredients on hand, kids’ ages (2 to 92), time available, or type of science. Simple recipes, combined with photos and watch-and-do videos, make science easy for everyone. Explanations of the science behind the fun are includes with each project, and new experiments are added regularly.

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STEM – 5 Amazing Apps for Kids

Education and STEM learning is being transformed by technology.   Binders, notebooks and pencils are being supplemented by tablets and laptops.

With the right balance and avoiding unnecessary distractions, technology can enable increased learning for all students.  One way to utilize technology is through apps that support self-paced learning.   Apps can encourage students to be interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Although there are hundreds of STEM apps available,  here are five we would recommend to enable STEM education:

1) Swift Playgrounds: Designed by Apple, this app teaches children how to code in a fun and interactive way.  It requires no coding knowledge and is perfect for students starting out.

2) Crazy Gears: A creative, highly accessible and fun option for exploring physics and engineering.  Crazy Gears is a problem-solving game that encourages kids to think critically, problem solve, and explore physics and other STEM topics.

3) Isaac Newton’s Gravity Game: Challenge students with the amazing physics puzzles.  Young learners are able to creatively obtain and then immediately apply their new knowledge of physics thanks to an introduction to levers, ramps, pulleys and more.

4) Endless Numbers: A wonderful app for young learners to develop numeracy.  Kids aged 4 and up will interactively learn number recognition, sequences, quantities, patterns and more.

5) The Robot Factory: Kids can build the robot of their dreams using over 100 parts and nine colour schemes to choose from.

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5 Helpful Math Apps

When parents contact us for tutoring, one of the most common requests we receive is for support in Math.  Along with practice, reviewing the concepts and tutoring, Math Apps are a great way for children to learn in a fun way.   They also help reinforce ideas and concepts with different approaches and ideas.

Below are 5 Math Apps we would recommend for students of various ages.   These Math tools are a great starting point to learn numeracy, arithmetic, geometry and algebra and we recommend you add others to your collection.

Let’s Do Math:    Fun game to practice your addition and subtraction skills.

Math Drills:  fun environment that allows students to learn basic math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Motion Math Zoom: Master numbers, negatives, and decimals with this animal adventure! Motion Math Zoom features the world’s most interactive number line – kids have a blast exploring numbers as they gain a deep understanding of place value.

Elevated Math: Provides initial instruction or intervention on math topics that cover place value, estimation, large digit addition all the way through Algebra.

Math Ref:  Contains over 1,400 formulas, figures, and examples to help your child with math. Use their expanding list of tools such as a unit converter, quadratic solver, and triangle solver to perform calculations.

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10 Apps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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As educational technology continues to play a larger role in the classroom, below are 10 apps worth exploring:

Dragon Naturally Speaking: Easy to use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages

Mathemagics – Mental Math Tricks: Learn and practice the tricks of mental math calculation in a fun and engaging application

Learn French – MindSnacks: Rated by Apple as one of the best educational apps of 2011, this app makes learning French fun

Roller Journal: Helps kickstart writing and journaling using fun and interesting questions

Discovery News: From the people who bring you the Discovery Channel, be up-to-date on the latest breakthroughs and cutting-edge technologies

Mixeroo: Teaches children about music in a fun and entertaining way

Flashcards Study Helper: Create your flashcards and carry them around in convenient digital format. Perfect for studying on the go!

Math Ref: Great homework resource with over 1,000 helpful math formulas, figures, tips and examples

Note Taker: Powerful app for writing and organizing handwritten notes, diagrams and other items on your tablet

Kid Art: Fun app for children to draw and create pictures on a tablet

 

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