MeeGenius! Kids’ Books (Free/in-app purchases): Read-to-Me/read-to-self options.
Scholastic Storia (Free): Includes 5 free e-books. Purchase books through scholastic’s website and stream them to your iPad. Parents can set up bookcases, view reading time and more.
Word Bingo (.99): Fun sight word practice!
Licking Letters (1.99): Spelling practice game
Word Magic (.99): Set skill level for appropriate spelling practice
My Word Wall (1.99): Word family practice
Motion Math: Hungry Fish(Free/in-app purchases): Excellent mental math practice for +-
Math Bingo(.99): Set skill levels for +-x/ practice.
Math Magic(.99): Set skill levels for +-x/ practice.
Toontastic! (Free): Create and your own story!
My Story Book Maker (1.99): Create and share books by drawing, taking photos, recording voices and writing!
Puppet Pals (Free/in-app purchases): Create shows with animation and audio.
Cookie Doodle (.99): Mix ingredients, bake, decorate and “eat” your masterpieces!
Cake Doodle (.99): Mix ingredients, bake, decorate and “eat” your masterpieces!
Create a Car(.99): Design a car and watch it go!
Stack the States (.99): FUN way to learn about the 50 states! Great for parents and kids!!
Stack the Countries (.99): FUN way to learn about countries of the world! Great for parents and kids!!
Preschool Memory Match (Free): Interactive memory game
Rover (Free): Child-education web browser app that allows access to sites requiring flash content. A must if you would like to access websites such as PBS Kids or Starfall.com!
The Cat in the Hat (3.99): Interactive e-book with read-to-me or read-to-self options. Child can record own voice! Other Dr. Seuss classics available as well.
Open Wide Snapand Hide Run Growl (Free): Interactive e-book with read-to-me or read-to-self options.
Zubadoo (Free -.99): Classic interactive e-books
Starfall ABCs(2.99): Letter, words and sentences games
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe (Free): Vowel sounds, syllables and more
Montessori Crosswords (2.99): Spelling with phonics- enabled alphabet
Counting Beads (.99): Numeric and alphabetical order practice
Monkey Math School Sunshine (.99) – Practice sequencing, patterning, numbers i.d., counting, addition and subtraction skills in 9 interactive game settings.
Geoboard (Free): Learn about shapes, perimeter, angles and more!
Playtime Theater (2.99): Create, record and playback puppet shows.
Story Creator (Free): Create stories with photos, videos, text and audio. Share stories with friends and family.
Paint Sparkles (Free/in-app purchases): Mess free coloring pad!
Easy Bake Treats (Free): Virtual easy-bake oven!
Clicky Sticky (.99): Animated sticker book. There are a variety to choose from (trains, cars, holidays), each .99.
Bubble Ball(Free): Physics game to help get the bubble to the goal.
Where’s My Water? (.99): Physics based – get the water to Swampy. Find hidden levels along the way!
Little Things (2.99): Seek and Find from collages built from thousands of little things – fun for the entire family!
Teach Me 1st Grade (1.99): All- inclusive skill practice
BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week (Free): Animated movies across subjects (science, social studies, health, etc.) with quizzes to promote critical thinking skills.
Virtuoso Piano(Free): Piano practice made portable!
Story Chimes (Free): Classic stories, such as Thumbelina or The Ugly Duckling in an interactive e-book setting. Each story is an individual download.
I Like Books (1.99): 37 picture books in 1 app. Real photos accompany stories – students can record voice as they read…perfect fluency practice!
Word Shaker HD (1.99): Word search meets Boggle!
Little Speller (.99): Customizable spelling practice
ABC Tracer(Free): Hear and trace the letters of the alphabet
abc WOW!(1.99): Interactive lowercase letter and song
Sushi Monster (Free): Math Fluency practice – lots of fun!
Mathmateer (.99): This app will grow with your child as they practice math skills ranging from sequencing to square roots!
Bugs and Buttons (2.99): Counting, fine motor, patterns, sorting and more!
SpinArt (.99): Just the real activity...no mess involved!
Sketch Moo 2 (.99): Works just like a Magna-Doodle!
Flow Free(Free): Connect matching colors without overlap. Includes various challenge levels.
Cut the Rope(Free): Physics-based game. Cut the rope to feed the candy to the little monster. Fun for the family!
Starwalk (2.99): Bring the night sky inside! Augmented reality app that labels stars, constellations and satellites when you point your iPad to the sky.
Music Sparkles (Free): Choose from 14 different instruments and enjoy sparkles created by the music you play!
Word Wagon(1.99): Learn about letters, phonics and spelling and earn stars along the way.
WordSearch Kids HD (1.99): 3 challenge levels and a variety of topics
Friends of Ten(.99): Learn about numbers up to 10, including combinations of 10 (8+2; 3+7). Matches well with Common Core Standards.
Missing Numbers (1.99): addition and subtraction concepts, which includes solving for the missing number (1+_=5).
Math Mago (.99): Solve for missing addends
Here are some tips that I use as I research new apps, for both home and school:
Search by category (education, games, family, etc). You can also filter app searches by price (Free or Paid) as well as costumer rated.
READ the costumer reviews!! If an app receives 4 or more stars with MANY costumer reviews, typically the app is well designed.
Download the “lite” version, as this allows the user to preview an app before determining whether or not to purchase at full price.
Free apps often (but not always) have advertising pop-ups during app usage, which can be removed by upgrading the app to the full-price version.
Some apps often have in-app purchase to unlock new levels or features.
Find app recommendations through: parent magazines, word of mouth, search engines (Google – best educational apps) as well as Pinterest. Teachers often “pin” apps that are used in the classroom.
Be sure to update your apps as recommended.
Please remember, this list is not all-inclusive and there are so many more apps available. Search iTunes every few months for new apps that have been developed.
I would love to hear from you! If you have an educational app your family/child uses on a daily basis that is not on the list, please e-mail me the name of the app: email@example.com. Thank you!