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Khan Academy Kids

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+

About Khan Academy Kids

Khan Academy Kids is a free app that includes a wealth of eBooks, learning activities, songs, and videos for your child to learn about numbers, letters, emotions, the world around them and much more.  Kids can learn a variety of foundational skills in Math and English language arts. Specific topics include numbers, simple addition, logic, letters, blending sounds, early reading. Khan Academy Kids download is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and for Android devices.

Teacher Review

Khan Academy Kids doesn't just provide quality learning material for older children and students, it now has young learners covered too. Khan Academy Kids is a huge database of activities in math, ELA, executive function, socio-emotional learning, and creative expression.

The Khan Academy Kids app offers all the subjects in one place, and it's designed to adapt to your child's learning process. It's also built to prep your kids for kindergarten.

The app has two sections – kids and parents. In the parent’s section, you’ll find an option to add a new account, change the kid’s name, age, avatar and delete an existing account. It also displays details about the Khan Academy organization.

The Kids section of the Khan Academy application gives toddlers access to informative stories, videos, and books that will teach them alphabets, words, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication of numbers, etc. It also features puzzles that will build their logic skills. The educational content and animations are provided by National Geographic, BellWether, and Super Simple Songs.

Many people will have heard of or used the learning content of Khan Academy Kids.  Its huge library of resources and videos have supplemented and enhanced the learning of many students.  What you may not be aware of is that Khan Academy KIds has put considerable effort into helping parents and teachers build a strong foundation in the education of their young children.  The culmination of this effort is in the Khan Academy Kids app.

There is an icon on the main page of this app that says library.  Behind it lies quite a surprise.  This is a free app that has no advertisements nor in-app purchases so the sheer amount of content that lies behind this icon is quite staggering.  

Hundreds of choices including books, videos, and activities await young learners.  General subjects include numeracy, literacy, logic, and science.  A click on each one brings up learning content that could be at home on any paid-for platform but to reiterate, this is free!

A structured guide through the learning content can be followed by clicking on the largest icon of the app's main screen.  Each completed activity is shown on the path that builds up when the section is completed.  This is the best method for children to follow as it means that they encounter topics in the ideal order.  

There is a finely crafted progression through the activities that maintain variety while moving through topics.  For example, early on, your child will be looking at how colour mixing produces new colours. This introduces sorting items by colour which progresses on to sorting shapes by colour.  Next, children sort by shape without regard to colour.  While learning about colours children will also have learned how items can be sorted by different characteristics.

Still, the library, which allows less structured access to the content is a very useful section as it allows children to revisit past topics or follow a line of interest.  The books and videos are not necessarily bound by any required order so children can dive into interesting subjects such as animals, cars, feelings, numbers or letters.

The app's developers have a real understanding of the place that young children are at on their learning journey.  All instructions are spoken, books can be read out to children, and a good balance of active and passive activities has been achieved.  Even the basic methods of interaction with the app are slowly introduced as the opening greeting asks children to tap, drag and select the app's cast of characters.  It feels like a gentle introductory exercise but it is cleverly ensuring that children know how to interact with the screen before they begin learning the main subjects.

There are a few instances where your child may be slightly confused by variations in the app's use of language compared to their own.  Those in the UK, for example, might not recognise an American-style mailbox and, if they did, would think it started with a 'P' for post box or pillar box.  In the context of the whole, though, these moments are few and far between.  Plus, learning that not everyone uses language precisely as they do is no bad thing for a child.

None of the activities in the app creates pressurised environments. Children are free to think and experiment in their own time.  Parents and teachers can provide support and talk to children during this process as there are no time limits, penalties for incorrect answers, or lives to be lost.    The books included in this app are as useful for shared reading as any physical copy whether they are simple stories or factual descriptions of the world.

Khan Academy has never claimed that its content alone can provide all of the educational material any student, young or old, needs.  Other apps still have their place alongside Khan Academy Kids but, being free, well made, and packed with content means that it deserves its place on your child's device.  It will form a cohesive and structured basis for their early learning.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Communication Skills
Creative Development
Academic Relevance
Reading

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Khan Academy

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Publisher's Description

The curriculum includes reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring encourage creativity and self-expression. And colorful main characters will guide children through the learning experience, keeping them engaged on their educational journey.

Khan Academy Kids includes thousands of interactive activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners that are aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core Standards.

Let the joyful learning begin!

ROBUST CURRICULUM
• Reading and literacy—phonics, the alphabet, spelling, and early writing.
• Language—vocabulary, opposites, prepositions, and verbs.
• Math—counting, numbers, addition, subtraction, shapes, and measuring.
• Executive function and logic—focus, memory, and problem-solving.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCE
• Adaptive learning path allows each child to learn at their own pace.
• Learn independently in the Library—a collection of activities, books, and videos.
• Kids can read books on their own or follow along with recorded audio narration.

JOYFUL LEARNING
• Five whimsical characters encourage children to think and learn.
• Highly interactive games and activities.
• Kids can collect fun bugs, hats, and toys as they learn.

EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
• Social-emotional—relationships, self-control, and empathy.
• Motor and physical development—gross and fine motor skills, health and nutrition.
• Creative expression—drawing, storytelling, and coloring.

CREATED BY A TEAM OF EXPERTS
• Developed in collaboration with experts at the Stanford Graduate School of Education
• Aligns with Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core Standards.
• Original content from Super Simple Songs®, Bellwether Media, and National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine

PARENT PARTICIPATION
• View child’s progress on activities and topics in the Library.
• Read books with your child.
• Engage in learning activities and co-play with your child.
• Set up multiple children in the Parent Section.

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