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Best Summer Learning Apps for Kids 2019

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.

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. Share the list with other parents to help them and their children make the most of the lazy days to come!

Hopster: Learn & Watch Kids TV

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Hopster provides a safe place for young children to access educational and entertaining media. Hopster provides video, music, books, simple games and creative activities specifically chosen for young children. Famous characters, actors, and writers all feature in its superb content. 
All of these are available in a format that children will find easy to browse and access.  It is completely child-friendly.  There are no advertisements, no inappropriate media, and no buttons where an accidental click could take children to a website or social media account.  Children can scroll through the main screen before selecting a pictorial representation of each of the media types.  Within these, a thumbnail picture depicts the show, music, activity or book.  Even young children will soon find using the app to be easy and frustration-free.

Elephant Learning Math Academy

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Elephant Learning claims to be the most effective Math Learning Platform ever invented because the application propels learning faster than any other platform and the learning lasts longer. Elephant Learning provides a choice of 21 interactive maths games that are based on a particular theme and title. The graphics and visual prompts of this application are beautifully presented and really help the learner become involved in Maths whilst having fun.

The application has a unique feature in that it will detect the gaps in understanding of the student as they work through the activities and adapt these accordingly. The developers have partnered with the University of Denver to help create ‘Advanced Curriculum Technology’ or ACT for short.

Category: Maths

Penguin Addition

( iPad - £1.99 )

A simple app that guides children through counting, basic addition and number bonds, while focussing on rapid recall and deeper learning. From counting through to addition, this app focuses on rapid recall alongside deeper learning.

Within the play feature there are several levels: The first concerns counting to 10 using penguins, the second level introduces number bonds to 10 while the third level extends this to number bonds to 20. The fourth level expects children to identify several addition question up to 20 and the fifth level offers the same questions under timed conditions. There is also a section for user information which details a time spent learning and correct and incorrect answers for each level. This allows parents to adjust the level depending on children’s level of learning.

Category: Maths

Join Bear on his latest math quest as he crosses rivers, mountains and forests determined to learn multiplication. Your child will laugh and have fun as they learn and solve times table problems alongside Bear, quickly becoming multiplication experts.

In addition to making learning multiplication tables entertaining and easy for children through multiplication games, Times Tables and Friends integrates research-backed, auditory-, verbal- and kinetic teaching techniques as well as color recognition to support long term memory acquisition.

With five interactive modes available in just one application, learners at all levels and with various learning styles have a rich opportunity to development their multiplication skills.

Category: Maths

This app is based on a book, also called “Head Over Heels about Gymnastics”, which covers a range of gymnastics skills. This app uses similar content, but enhances the experience by including videos showing how each skill should be practiced and perfected, including slow motion to show fine details of the skills. There is a free sample to try, which includes the cartwheel skill, or you can purchase the full range which covers all the skills available.

This app is very slickly presented and offers opportunities for those wanting to learn or teach gymnastics skills. The format makes it useful for either encountering new skills or developing and refining existing skills, as well as useful for differentiation between this variety of uses. It is worth noting in particular the potential for using the videos on an interactive whiteboard for whole class demonstration and use.

Category: Health & Fitness

Hello Numbers

( iPad - Free )

Hello Numbers is a simple little app that introduces young children to the numbers zero to nine in a compelling and age appropriate way.  Whereas the very idea of numbers and mathematical thinking can be off-putting to children, this app helps redress this view and make numbers cuddly and welcoming. From an educational perspective it is very reassuring to see the number zero introducing the app and playing a key role, since all too often children start learning about numbers only from one to nine, and then struggle to fit the incredibly important concept of zero into their internal number lines as necessary. 

Category: Maths

Toonia Colourbook is one of our new favorite colouring books for toddlers and preschoolers.This is a cute and fun colouring book option for kids that gives them plenty of themes and pages for free. There are lots of rubbish digital-colouring apps available for iPad. Thankfully, Toonia Colourbook looks like one of the good needles in the App Store haystack.

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