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As parents, we are all concerned with the education of our children, and we want them to be learning as much as possible all of the time. We also want to make sure that the quality of the education that they are receiving is as engaging and accurate as possible.
Technology has made it possible for your kids to learn anywhere any time and there are tons of truly excellent educational apps available now. Here we will compile a list of the best learning apps for kids.
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You have probably seen the commercials a million times for ABC Mouse but they really are one of the best learning apps available for children ages 4 and up.
ABC Mouse teaches letter sounds, numbers, and shapes with fun games and an individualized learning path suited to their educational level. ABC Mouse is about $9.99 per month and they almost always offer a free month for you to try it out.
Endless Alphabet is a fun and engaging app that teaches letter names, and sounds, as well as new vocabulary words. The adorable monster and funny voices help to keep preschoolers engaged and coming back for more.
You can try it for free on Google Play or the Apple App store and if you decide to purchase the full game it is $6.99. This app is also available on Amazon and from the Windows App store.
ABC phonics is one of the many apps created by Pink Fong. They have a variety of learning apps in the Play Store and Apple store as well, but ABC Phonics is the absolute best of them all.
My son learned all his phonics at the age of two thanks to ABC phonics. This app teaches children each letter and the phonetic sound in a very fun and engaging way. This app isn’t free, however it is worth every penny.
Created by the developers of Endless Alphabet, Endless Numbers is an introduction to numbers, counting, addition, and more. This app uses the same adorable monsters and open-ended (no wrong answers) exploration of numbers to keep kids coming back to play again and again.
Numbers 1-5 are free on the Google Play, Numbers 6 to 25 will run you $6.99, and to get numbers 6 through 100 costs $14.99 currently. You can also purchase this app from the Windows, Amazon, and Apple app stores.
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is a completely free app available on the Google Play, Amazon, and Apple App store for children ages 2 to 7. The activities, books, and games in the app have language, math, socio-emotional, and logic activities to teach foundational learning concepts.
This app allows parents or teachers to assign specific tasks in areas where the student may be struggling, or you can allow them to follow their individualized learning curriculum.
PBS Kids is a free app with no commercials or in-app purchases that lets your child learn letters, shapes, simple mathematical concepts, and more with their favorite PBS characters. Preschoolers can also watch their favorite PBS kids shows right on the app.
You can find this app on Amazon, Google Play, and the Apple App Store.
Vooks is a fun app which encourages and teaches kids how to read. It is also a great way to make sure your kids are learning every single day even while on their tablets. Right now Vooks is offering a free month to parents. It is worth trying it out, but I know your kids will love it as Aiden really enjoys it.
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Prodigy Math Game
Prodigy is a math app that covers more than 1200 math skills for students in grades 1-8. When students start with the app they are given a diagnostic test to place them in the appropriate grade level. From there the students work at their own pace.
You can find Prodigy in the Google Play and Apple App Store.
Geography Drive USA
Geography Drive USA makes learning about all 50 states, their capitals, history, and trivia an engaging adventure. Designed for ages 6-12, your students will have a ball learning more than 800 facts about the United States and national geography trivia questions.
You can find Geography Drive USA on Google Play, the Apple App, and Amazon store for just $2.99, and you can have up to three students on one account.
ABCya Games is designed for students from pre-K through the 6th grade. All of the educational content including more than 400 games are designed by parents and teachers who realize that kids learn more if they are having fun doing it.
To make it easier for you to find the appropriate lessons for your kids they are broken down by grade level and subject matter. You can find the ABCya app on the Apple App, Google Play, and Amazon store for free, but a subscription costs about $4.99 per month.
Arcademics is a combination of both an arcade full of games and academics for grades 1 through 6. Students can work on academic skills such as typing, spelling, math, language arts, and geography. The games are free to play and you can download the app from the Apple App or Google Play.
The games on the app are multi-player which can keep kids engaged for longer learning periods as they try to boost their scores.
Do your students want to learn to code? If so, then this award-winning educational app is one that you should look into. Designed to be a student’s first introduction into coding this app teaches students ages 9 and up the fundamentals of coding with an engaging story to follow.
The first ten levels of Box Island are free so that you can see if your student will enjoy it before paying for the remaining 90 levels. This app can be found on Google Play and the Apple App for free for the first 10 levels and $7.99 for levels 11 through 100.
Duolingo is an app that teaches middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults how to speak a foreign language. There are currently more than 35 different languages available on the app including Italian, German, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and more.
The app is free for anyone to use, but there is a premium version available as well. You can download the app on Google Play, and the Apple App.
Periodic Table is an interactive app for middle and high school students to help them learn all about the periodic table. Filled with engaging images, facts, and videos about each of the elements.
The app can be set for introductory, intermediate, and advanced learning about the elements. You can find this app available for free on the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Photomath is an app that allows you to take a picture of any math problem and then get a detailed explanation of the answer. The app will show you how to find the answer to your math problem in easy to understand step by step directions.
This can really come in handy for students who struggle with understanding mathematical concepts. Photomath is a free app available on the Google Play and Apple App stores, however, it does offer in-app purchases.
Ready4 SAT (Prep4 SAT)
Ready4 SAT is a mobile app that your high school student can use to study for the SAT while they are on the go. With over a thousand questions, and detailed explanations of the answers your student is sure to find great educational value in this app.
The app tracks your progress and can help you to zero in on any problem areas, and help you to improve. This app is free and available on the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Elevate – Brain Training Games
Elevate is an app for high school students that helps to train your brain in different areas. There are more than 35 games to choose from that are designed to improve your high school student’s critical thinking, comprehension, language, and math skills.
This app is available on the Apple App and Google Play stores for free, however, there is a premium version available for $4.99 per month or $39.99 for the whole year. You can also get a seven day free trial of the paid version.
Khan Academy is an excellent app for students of all ages, but high school students can find in-depth video explanations on just about any topic they can think of.
Academic concepts are explained in step by step video tutorials that can be paused or re-watched at your student’s leisure. Khan Academy is available on the Apple App and the Google Play store for free.
Udemy is an app that can be used by high school students to learn at their own pace on their own schedule. There are over 100,000 courses available on the app that include topics from high school math, financial literacy, college preparation, and time management for students.
With so many courses available there is certain to be a class that will interest your student. Class cost varies by course and instructor but they average around $49.99 each. You can find the mobile app on the Google Play and Apple App stores.
Bottom Line On The Best Learning Apps For Kids
Now, these are far from being ALL of the educational apps on the market. Truthfully, wonderful new apps are released on a daily basis, however, the list of apps above gives you a few to start with no matter what age your children are.
All of these apps have been reviewed by parents and children alike and were found to be fun, and engaging while still remaining educational.
Do your children have a favorite educational app that you would like to share?