The iPad is a wonderful learning tool. Each of our five children use it in one or more ways to complement and enrich specific subjects. Our youngest one practices with learning to read apps, our first grader practices handwriting with Oceans Letter Writer and cursive. Our eldest two children supplement Apologia Biology with the app flashcards by iHomeEducator. They also learn more about technology using
This month, we have two new apps by Sprout Labs. Recycle HD Travel into the world of recycling. Recycle HD covers the 3R’s; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Why should we buy in bulk? What are the plastic identification codes, and why are they important? These and other questions are answered by Recycle HD. The app’s opening screen presents the 3R’s (pictured at top).
I loved reading Ranger Rick as a child. And my children have enjoyed the magazine as well. At one time we even subscribed to the wonderful Animal Baby magazine which has now been replaced with Ranger Rick Jr. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) publishes these series of magazines. The NWF has also created AppVentures to complement their magazine series. AppVentures are a fun and interactive
I have a confession to make. I no longer carry a Bible with me to church. We have discovered a stunning Bible application. The Glo Bible, by Immersion Digital. Glo is an interactive digital Bible that brings to life the scriptures with high resolution images, HD video, maps, virtual tours, and customizable reading plans. Glo also has social media features, so you can share your
We were offered a free code in exchange for a review of the Math Splash App at the 5th grade level. Always looking for ways to add fun to our math lessons I was happy to accept the offer. We’ve played with the app a fair bit to get a good feel of how it works and the abilities that it has. Even still, I’m
This month, we have a trio of apps by Sprout Labs. Butterfly HD An amazing journey into the world of butterflies. Butterfly HD covers the complete lifecycle of these insects; from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly through metamorphosis is brought to life through photos, animations, and videos. The app’s opening screen presents the life cycle of the
Math drills are important. My children do fine with written drills – up to a point. Since we love to use technology in our homeschool, I am always on the hunt for apps that aid in our learning. When we stumble upon a fun app, all the better. Math Monkey is an app that drills your child’s mental addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Dubbed “the
It’s always amazing what the four-year-old can find in the iTunes App Store. This month, in the arithmetic/mathematics category, we have Rocket Math, by Dan Russell-Pinson. In Rocket Math, you build your own rockets from the ground up. As you build a rocket, you have to earn money for parts by doing math problems. There are over 90 colorful pieces and parts from which you can build your own