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Best Summer Learning Apps for Kids 2019

Blast off with apps this summer!  As children set out on summer adventures, send their parents a much need - a list of 10 apps to share and enjoy with their children. These summer learning apps cover all subjects and grades; there truly is something for everyone.

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Here’s the secret to preventing the summer slide: Keep learning all summer long. The good news is that there are plenty of fun apps to help your child keep up their learning over the break!

There’s a lot to celebrate: the start of summer, time to sit down and cool off with kids by keeping your child's reading and spelling skills sharp over the summer, develop math skills, explore different kinds of apps like diary and musical story books, teach fundamentals of coding or build language skills with fun games.

It's the time of year when parents take on the challenge of keeping their children physically busy and mentally active during long summer days. Over the next 2 months, Educational App Store will list two set of 10 apps that will not only reinforce skills taught during the year, but also to entertain students through the summer months. 

Here are some great apps that can keep your children engaged in learning through the summer months.

Diary Zapp is an interactive diary app that encourages young people to document their adventures and their lives in an interactive way whilst improving their communication and literacy skills in the process. It is an excellent app to use during the holiday periods when learning can ‘drop-off’ as it encourages young people to keep a visual and written documentation of their holiday time whilst secretly improving their writing skills.

However, this app does not just have to be used in the holiday period as it would work really well as a toy and interactive diary throughout the year. There are also many different features within the app including a sense of challenge where new things become unlocked the more the user plays and uses the app. 

Diary Zapp addresses the desire to maintain learning during the holidays in a fun way with an interactive diary where you can upload photos, edit and add stickers and design characters to accompany you on your journeys and adventures. This is all explained on the website, with pictures and a description of how to best use the app. The website includes a blog, which has lots more information on it about the effects of ‘summer learning loss’ and ways in which being creative can have a positive educational impact for young children.

Rockford’s Rock Opera is an award winning educational musical story for all ages. Created by writer and BBC comedian, Steve Punt, it has hours of educational and thoughtful fun – a narrated audio story with pictures, videos and fantastic music. The app is ideal for journeys, for bedtimes and for schools. The musical story app is ideal for children and families to enjoy together during summer.
Far away in the Sea of Tranquility is the Island of Infinity, home to the world’s lost creatures. Infinity has a secret for the world but Moog, a boy from Battersea in London, and Rockford his dog are the only one who can deliver its message. Traveling to Infinity, Moog and Rockford are drawn into an adventure that threatens the entire human race.
At its heart, Rockford’s Rock Opera is a tale about extinction and ecology. But it’s a hopeful story that shows that the smallest creatures, and humans, can make the biggest difference.

Give your child a head start on Reading, Math, Science, Arts & Colors, and more with ABCmouse.com, the number one learning app for kids ages 2 - 8!

ABCmouse.com's Step-by-Step Learning Path includes 850 complete lessons in ten levels, 8,500 standards-based learning activities and 1500+ brand-new books, puzzles, games, videos, songs, art activities, and much more. 

Sign up today through the Educational App Store and receive your first month absolutely FREE! Or, until 14th August, purchase a 1-year subscription for only $45.

Curious World is an early learning app inspires kids ages 2-7 by giving them the freedom to explore their interests and build their self-confidence - through hundreds of books, games and videos. Curious World: Play Learn Grow is packed full of different types of activities to entertain and educate children. From videos to sit back and watch, to suggested craft activities that require rolled up sleeves and a bit of mess, this app provides a great source of inspiration and learning for children.
Curious World: Play Learn Grow is a mix of children's TV channel, children's library, activity pack and a source of creative ideas. As such, children can sit back and watch, pick a book to read, explore an interactive activity or gain some ideas for making something in the real rather than the virtual world. The Parents Dashboard provides a summary of your child’s activities, preferences, and the learning areas they’re gaining the most exposure to within Curious World.

During summer and beyond, ABCya games make screentime valuable and help you hone in on the topics that will help your child grow. ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Their activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. They even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.

codeSpark Academy: Kids Coding

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

codeSpark Academy is an award-winning coding app for kids that turns programming into play. CodeSpark Academy combines learning and playing by making kids solve complex computing problems without them even knowing it. It walks you through adding certain building elements to make a game map. Then you get to walk or play through your own creation taking on new challenges every month.
During the summer months of June, July, and August, CodeSpark Academy will be sending out weekly coding activities to keep your kid’s mind strong while they are out of school. Learning to code is a great way to increase problem solving and other essential skills that all children need to lead a successful academic life. CodeSpark Academy month's theme is 'Summer Activities'.

Parents have to prevent the summer slide, while also limiting the use of screens. Finally, there are ways to use screens to help kids hone their various forms of knowledge, or get caught up if they struggled in a subject before. Educational games, online tutorials, and other apps can help. Consider creating a rule where in order to earn time goofing around, kids should spend twice as much using educational content, enforced with parental control apps.

Summer is always going to be complicated for busy families, but parental control apps like Qustodio can take the complaining out of the day and help keep children on the road to educational achievement. 

Reading Eggs makes learning to read easy and fun for young kids. Reading Eggs is the perfect way to prepare your child for school or help them catch up with their peers if they’re struggling. It has benefited over 3.4 million users worldwide and over 91% of parents using Reading Eggs report a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading within weeks.

Reading Eggs is successful because it makes learning phonics and essential reading skills a truly enjoyable experience for children aged 3–13. The program is built around proven learning principles and scientific research. Reading Eggs can help prevent summer reading loss encouraging family literacy while kids are at home for the summer.

Penguin Addition

( iPhone, iPad )

Download the DoodleMaths app to build the maths confidence of your 4-14 year old with a personalised and responsive programme tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

The DoodleMaths Summer Challenge aim to provide a fun way to engage children during long holidays from school, motivating them to continue working on their maths at a time when lots of children experience holiday learning loss. Students using DoodleMaths were found to be 4x less likely to suffer learning loss, according to a University of Bath study.

Track progress and help motivate every step of the way through the Parent Dashboard – our online analytics and tracking hub. 

Category: Maths

Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

DoodleEnglish builds the confidence of your 5-11 year old with a work programme tailored to their level, strengths and weaknesses. Using Proxima™, the same award-winning technology that powers DoodleMaths, progression in primary spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension is guaranteed.

Parents: with every question answered, Proxima learns more about each student’s understanding of English comprehension, grammar and punctuation, building a work programme to improve their ability and confidence.

The DoodleEnglish Challenge aims to provide a fun way to engage children during long holidays from school, motivating them to continue working on their English at a time when lots of children experience holiday learning loss in reading English.

Category: English