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5 Best Apps for Holiday learning

Our 5 Best Apps for Holiday Learning!

It's summer - that time of year when teachers bid farewell to students, hoping their gleefully escaping charges don't forget everything they've learned during the school year. It's also the time of year when nervous parents take on the challenge of keeping their children physically busy and mentally active during long summer days.

Summer vacation can be either a learning wasteland or a learning paradise. The temptations are great for children to spend hours watching television or playing video games, but with a little ingenuity and planning, the summer can be transformed into a time to stretch the mind, explore new hobbies, learn about responsibility and build on skills learned during the school year.

To help those efforts, Educational App Store has selected few apps that not only reinforce skills taught during the year, but also to entertain students through the summer months. These fun apps cover all subjects and grades; there truly is something for everyone. Share these apps with parents and friends to help them and their children make the most of the lazy, hazy days to come!

DoodleMaths is an excellent learning tool for use in school or at home that covers key stages 2 and 3. It provides essential data to the teacher or parent of not just what their student or child is good at, but more importantly, areas of weaknesses. It is extremely intuitive, but help is at hand by pressing the “more” information icon. The user is then guided audibly through the options and how to use the app. Users need to gather Doodle Stars which they can trade in for added extras such individualising their pet that they have selected when they put their name to the app. The top Doodle Star gatherers are displayed on the Doodle Stars website. What must be emphasised is that the app is fully adaptive. This is achieved by the user putting in their name, selecting a pet and their country flag. There are three sliders that, with help and input from an adult, allows the DoodleMaths app to become fully adaptive to the user.


An almost infinite amount of questions to develop and test students’ maths and english skills for all ages which will test skills learnt and possibly forgotten. Great for revision, the 'Smartscore' system promotes working through the questions, not guessing and the variety of question types is also admirable.  Both parents and teachers can make good use of its contents to support their children’s mathematical development.  A subscription to IXL Maths - English is required to use it.

Teach Your Monster to Read

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

The Teach your Monster to Read application is an award winning app that teaches children to read in a fun and simplistic manner. The app covers the first two years of reading, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying books. The app has been designed in collaboration with academics at Roehampton university and Complements Phases 2-5 of UK Government-approved Letters and Sounds and other major systematic synthetic phonics programmes. The app is free form in-app purchases and adverts.

Phonics Museum

( iPhone, iPad )

This is a subscription based app containing a large amount of content with a variety of different ways to help young people learn to read. The app works through the whole process of learning to read, in great detail, through phonics using storytelling, interactive graphics, instructional videos and live action teaching. There is a lot of fun within the app, which will certainly keep users returning.

Zap Zap Math - K6 Math Games

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Zap Zap Math is a games-based learning platform, allowing children to play a variety of different games covering numerous mathematical topics from kindergarten to 6th grade.  Excellent graphics, engaging user interface and designed to accompany any child throughout their early mathematical education.