The iPad and iPod have been instrumental in educating our young daughters. They use the iPad almost every day to learn and play. Our oldest daughter, who is 7 now, has been using the iPad and iPod for homeschooling since she was 3. Our youngest daughter, now 4 yrs old, also uses the iPad and iPod for homeschooling. I’ve found that my oldest daughter has excelled through this type of interactive learning. She has a very “hands on” personality and enjoys learning more when she can interact with it. On the other hand, my youngest daughter has been doing well with, and enjoying, her workbooks. But, she has also come to love the educational apps we have gotten for her on the iPad and iPod. Every day there are new, fun children’s educational apps introduced for the iPad and the iPod/iPhone.
We believe that the use of tablets, such as the iPad, in schools and for education will increase exponentially as our children get older. We would be doing them a disservice if we did not teach them the latest technology. The iPad and the iPod have ushered in a new form of homeschooling. It’s a form of homeschooling that is more efficient and more fun! As a parent, I’m always looking for the best ways to educate my children. With the iPad, I feel confident I’ve found the best tool for teaching my children at home.
10 Quality Educational Apps We Use for Home Schooling and for Fun
- TeachMe: Toddler, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade
These educational apps are by far my favorite homeschooling apps for the iPad and iPod! They’re only $0.99 each and my children love them! They are fun, educational, and super easy to navigate. You can also change settings and add/delete users quickly. I love that I can just hand the iPad or iPod to my girls and they can navigate through each app easily with little to no help from me. I can not say enough good things about these apps. They are wonderful!
- PBS Kids Video
This is the best free app for early educational videos on the iPad and the iPod. I love that my 2 and 4 yr old can watch Curious George, Sesame Street/Elmo, and Cat in the Hat for free without being subjected to advertisements. We also have Netflix, but I would rather have them watching only educational videos. PBS Kids Video is easy to navigate and I feel comfortable letting them use the app unsupervised. My 7 yr old also likes this app. She watches Arthur, Word Girl, and some of the other educational shows on PBS Kids Video for iPad and iPod.
- BrainPop Jr and BrainPop
The BrainPop Jr and BrainPop Featured Movie are free educational video apps that add just a little extra knowledge to our weekly routine. These apps offer 1 free video and quiz each week, but you can upgrade at any time in order to view more videos and take the quizzes that go with them. (WARNING: The videos available through this app may teach the theory of evolution and may need to be monitored by young earth creationist parents and others apposed to the theory of evolution.)
- Kids Reading Comprehension: Level 1 and Level 2
These reading comprehension apps are a great choice for any child that is ready to read on their own. My 7 yr old has gone through Level 1 and is now going through Level 2. I love these apps because they aren’t only teaching reading comprehension. Each Level is filled with short, educational reads that contain photos and illustrations.
- Monkey Preschool Apps
Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and Monkey Math School Sunshine are great apps for 3 and 4 yr olds. My 4 yr old daughter has lots of fun just playing with them. The fact that they are educational is just a bonus. The 99 cent price tag is great too!
- ABC Pocket Phonics
When it comes to learning how to read and write, this app is a great option. It is great for that extra practice time that is often needed, but not always wanted by you know who. My girls never had a problem sitting down with this app and using the “magic pen” with the iPad. It’s a great addition to our Reading/Writing time and a welcome tool for homeschooling. The full version of this app is $2.99 and well worth it. A great find!
- Stack the States and Stack the Countries
If you’re looking to get your youngster started on geography, then these are a great way to get them excited about it. These geography apps for kids are colorful, cute, and fun. Stack the States is only $0.99 and you can get Stack the Countries for just a dollar more.
- Telling Time
A wonderfully customizable teaching tool for learning how to tell time. I can start my youngest homeschooler out with the simple hourly and half past analog recognition. After those are mastered, I’ll just switch on the quarter past analog recognition and move forward from there. A very clean and comfortable app. Love it! $0.99 for an app you can grow with. The developer has many other apps I would like to try soon. If you’d like to check them out, the website is www.grasshopperapps.com.
- MindSnacks: Learn French, German, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and English
After going through a French immersion week, my 7 yr old was delighted with these free language apps. Although the first level is the only free part, it’s enough for a beginner to start off with. We may choose to upgrade once she has the counting down.
- Nth Fusion Apps
The app that my daughter is using right now is the Geometry 4 Kids app. It teaches geometry basics in a clear and easily understandable manor. I’m excited to try out all of the other early education apps by this developer. I will definitely be getting the Book Report app and the Body Organs app.