If your child isn’t using educational apps yet on the iPad, they likely will be soon. iPads are becoming an increasingly essential tool for all stages of childhood education. There are thousands of educational apps already on the app store, and more being published every day. Some of these apps are surpassing the abilities of the world’s best teachers, while being readily available to every child with an internet connection.
Finding educational apps is easy. But finding the best educational apps is a little harder. Where should you start? We’ve collected a short list of what we think are the most noteworthy educational apps for your child to try. This list focuses on K-6 education.
Note: this is a list of the best apps, not the best free apps. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
Developing the literacy skills needed for college and career readiness requires exposure to thousands of words, and years of reading practice. Only a few years ago, parents had to repeatedly visit libraries to supply their children with good reading materials. Frankly most didn’t. Now with Epic!, every child has access to more books than they could ever consume.
Epic! is the leading digital library for kids with access to over 25,000 high-quality ebooks, audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes for kids 12 and under.
Epic! Costs $7.99 / month after a 30 day free trial. We recommend getting your child to read at least 20 minutes every day. Epic sends weekly progress reports to make it easy to track your child’s progress.
Children learn through repetition. Less gifted children, like those with autism, require extra repetition. Unfortunately, the US school system has not yet figured out how to prevent these children from falling behind. In 2017, over 50% of 4th graders weren’t proficient in 4th grade Common Core math and English standards.
Launched in the summer of 2018, Ace Apps aims to give every child the tools to develop math and English proficiency without parent, tutor, or teacher attention. These are the most effective apps we’ve found to help students master foundational skills like addition, multiplication, spelling and more. Want to set your children up for success? Give them Ace Apps now.
Ace Apps has hundreds of timed challenges covering essential math and English skills. The timed challenges are like paper worksheets on steroids. They adapt to student abilities. Questions are repeated just at the right time to maximize learning. We’ve seen gifted children and autistic children alike benefit from just a few minutes playing Math and Spelling Ace.
Ace Apps offer a 7 day free trail, which unlocks full access to all 6 Ace Apps and growing. After that full access costs $19.99 for 3 months. Whether your child needs to catch up or get ahead, we recommend that they practice 10 minutes of Math Ace and 10 minutes of Spelling Ace a day, especially over the summer.
3. Khan Academy
Khan Academy brings educational videos covering nearly all K-12 subjects into one free app. The iPad app includes over 4,000 videos covering math, physics, chemistry, finance, and more.
While Ace Apps are excellent at helping students master skills through practice, Khan academy is excellent at introducing new concepts through instructional videos. The two are great companions.
Use Khan Academy throughout the school year if you find your child is struggling to grasp a new topic.
A new study suggests that children must start to learn a new language by the age of 10 to achieve the fluency level of a native speaker. Want your child to be bilingual? Check out Duolingo.
There’s a reason why Duolingo is the #1 Education app on the app store. It lets you learn a language for free with fun and effective bite sized lessons. Use Duolingo to learn any language from Spanish to Esperanto.
Life is an emotional journey, and teaching children emotional intelligence is critical to their success in life. One of the best processes for improving emotional intelligence is mindfulness, or meditation.
If you’ve never practiced meditation, it’s simply the act of detaching from thought for a few minutes by focusing on a sense perception like breathing. By stopping thought, you stop any negative momentum that you’ve picked up from your day. If you meditate for even a few minutes every day, you’ll find your energy will be more positive, you’ll become more resilient to stress, and more empathetic.
Introducing this daily practice for your children could be one of the most beneficial things you do to contribute to their well being over life. We recommend 10 minutes of meditation a day for any human being alive, including your children. Calm is has a free version for iPhone and iPad, and a premium subscription unlocking all features costs $59.99 per year.