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Help your kids avoid losing all their newly developed math and reading skills with some great summer learning apps and websites. Many of these are free or offer free trials that will get you through most of the summer.
While we don’t do a ton of screen time, these learning apps can also come in handy on long car rides and times when you would really like everyone to just be quiet for a bit.
Reading & Language Arts Learning Apps
iTunes, Android and Desktop
A comprehensive online library for kids ages 2 to 12. Families get access to over 25,000 books on all subject matters. There are also quizzes to help assess reading comprehension.
It’s free for a one month trial and $7.99 a month.
iTunes, Android and Desktop
A great app to create little ones that love to read. Homer is for kids ages 2 to 8 helping to build reading skills and confidence.
It’s free for one month, then $7.95 a month.
iTunes, Android and Desktop – FREE
A great app for preschoolers to learn their letters and the sounds each letter makes. Starfall has lots of songs, simple games and even some basic reading sections. We’ve used this for years with all of our girls. Almost all of the content is free and we’ve never paid for any upgraded content.
Math Learning Apps
iTunes – FREE
A great math app for younger kids who are still learning foundational math skills.
Coolmath Games Numbers Games
Desktop – FREE
Coolmath Games has tons of desktop games that your kids will love, but not all are necessarily educational. If you check out their page of “Numbers” games, though, you’ll find lots of fun games that will reinforce your kids’ math skills.
iTunes – FREE
A game to practice, reinforce, and extend math fact fluency is completely engaging and appropriately challenging. Strengthen reasoning strategies for whole number addition and multiplication by helping monsters make a target sum or product.
iTunes or Android – $3.99
In this app, kids see math problems — such as “Collect fractions that add up to 2” — at the top of the screen and then navigate through a maze with a marble to pick up answers to the problem. The tricky mazes are fun to move through and solve.
Dragonbox Big Numbers
iTunes or Android – $7.99
In a whimsical land called Noomia, kids collect resources, add them, regroup, and subtract when they buy supplies to accomplish various tasks. It’s a unique and fun next step for kids who have mastered basic addition and subtraction. This is a favorite in our house and many others based on all the great reviews!
An adaptive, fun math program for K-5. It has a free trial program that will eventually ask you to sign up. To get started requires no credit card though, so it’s great to try.
Created by McGraw Hill, this is an app for desktop and tablet that actually learns from each individual student’s grasp of math and science and then tailors a program just for him or her. From Kindergarten through AP math classes, you can take adaptive quizzes to review and work on problem areas. Price depends on the course selected.
Other Educational Apps
Free online lessons, practice problems and more for all ages. Practice SAT prep, study for your AP exams or brush up on 3rd grade math… there is a lot provided here. They also have mobile apps for Apple and Android devices, but most use it on the desktop.
Desktop and all other devices
Online complete learning program for kids 2-8 with all subjects covered. Work on pre-school skills, strengthen reading, or even use the full 1st and 2nd grade curriculum. Currently on sale for $45 a year.
Online learning system used in many school districts. There are loads of online videos, quizzes and games to help in any subject and make it fun. It is good for all ages and grades.
Tip: Check with your local school to see if there is a login for kids to use at home. Even homeschoolers should have access through your local district (you are still paying taxes after all).
If you don’t have access through a school, it starts at $115 a year.
Make your own stories and animate them in 3D cartoons. This is a free program from Google that is also ad free and safe for kids of all ages. It walks you through character design, story planning, animation and even mixing your own soundtrack.
A completely free coding program for kids developed and run by MIT. My girls have been playing with this for the past couple of years and love it! Make your own games and share them online for others to play.
Have any other apps you love?
If you’re looking for a way to get your kids away from screens, check out our Summer Science Project Ideas for Kids.