There is something to be said for technology. I can’t even imagine what homeschooling would be like without the internet and all of the cool new apps that are out there to help kids learn. Little Yoda has no concept of life without computers, internet, and devices. He makes me laugh when we go somewhere that has no wifi connection and he is just astounded. “How can they not have internet?” he’ll ask me. “How will I download things?”
We are lucky enough to have both a Kindle Fire and an IPad so we are able to use both Apple apps and android. The Apple app store still has a better selection, but the android apps are becoming more popular and easier to find.
Some of our favorite apps include Where’s My Water and Angry Bird. The kids think they are just for fun, but they also teach problem solving and physics.
Since both boys are learning to play and instrument, we got Treble Clef Kids. This is a great app for beginners who need to learn the basics staring with middle C. There are several different versions depending on how in-depth you want and if you want to focus on the Treble or Bass clef.
For Little Yoda we have used two sight word apps. Learn Dolch Sight Words helped him to learn the entire Dolch list.
We have now move on to the Fry sight word list and are using Learn Elementary Sight Words. It covers the first 400 of the Fry list through 4th grade.
For Samurai Guy there is Pre Algebra by YourTeacher.com. This is a great way to review concepts in a less stressful way.
Some other great math apps for middle and upper grade students include the free Khan Academy app, Freddy Fraction, and Algebra Champ. Here is a really great link to a page that gives information on lots of math apps.
tcea free must-have ipad apps for secondary math
There are just so many great apps out there, but a couple of history ones that I like are US Geography by Discovery and History: Maps of the World. US Geography is just beautiful as well as fun.
And History: Maps of the World is great for looking at historical maps. I know that some people are turned off by the ads on the pages, but I don’t mind because the app is free.
No matter what subject you are studying you can find a whole range of apps to download, even if you only want the ones that are free. If you don’t mind shelling out a few bucks you can get some really cool ones. Just be careful, though, because even if you are only spending a few dollars for each one, those few dollars can add up to a lot!