Storybook Maker App Review

Storybook Maker is a powerful, open-ended tool for creating richly illustrated, written and orally narrated stories and reports. Filled with comprehensive features and options, this easy to learn set of publishing tools lets your child create works that can be read, shared, and printed. Whether your child is an emerging or confident writer, a stumbling or gifted artist, all children will find supportive features to turn their storytelling dreams into a reality with Storybook Maker.

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Touchable Earth App Review

Touchable Earth draws children directly into contact with people and places around the world by letting them explore the lives of real children from six different countries around the world. This highly engaging approach to geography and the study of international cultures makes extensive use of high-resolution photographs and video recordings to bring the world to life in vivid color, motion, and sound.

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Mathtopia+ App Review

Mathtopia+ is so compelling you might find you and your children sneaking time on the iPad to play this educational game. Combining comprehensive math fact practice in all four main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with the addictive game-play of three (or more) jewels in a row matching games, something about this app makes you want to keep going and going!

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PlayPozz App Review

PlayPozz is an exciting first edition of an educational app that helps balance time spent playing on apps with direct educational practice. While it still needs to flesh out its offerings, this app shows promise and innovation, revealing the possibilities Android tablets have to help parents manage screen time without complicated tracking or over-involvement.

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Barn Door Four: Home Edition App Review

Barn Door Four: Home Edition includes a wealth of economically priced, well-designed exercises (29 in all) targeting fine motor skills, visual performance, communication, and sequencing designed to support children with autism and other developmental delays.  Parents will appreciate the ability to engage their child with a large collection of activities, create customized lesson plans, and to generate a wide range of reports (full version only).

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iTooch Elementary School App Review

I'm excited to see what the future will bring for iTooch and their series of comprehensive, grade level apps for mobile devices. Perhaps some day we'll see Social Studies added to this large collection of educational modules for upper elementary! Until then, iTooch Elementary School will continue to provide an affordable, independent, and sound way for parents to encourage learning, practice, and test-based accomplishment in language arts, math, science and health in a format that focuses on content rather than effects.

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Column Addition App Review

Column Addition is a deeply process-oriented math app that supports children visually as they learn to work in columns and to carry numbers. It's my top recommendation if you need help with this mathematical skill; while it may appear deceptively simple, it is remarkably well designed and can be used independently by children to both reveal and practice the steps of column addition. Problems and settings can be flexibly altered by parents to match their child’s current level of understanding.

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iLearn: Canada App Review

iLearn: Canada is a well-designed app for learning and practicing the names of Canada’s provinces and territories. This app serves equally well as a good supplement to core geography studies, a review tool, or even as an app for primary instruction and exposure.

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SoundLiteracy App Review

SoundLiteracy has proved to be an invaluable tool in our family, making the integration of hands-on letter-tile based phonics activities in reading and spelling stress-free in our home. Compatible with any phonics program – particularly those inspired by the intensive Orton-Gillingham system of phonograms, this app ensures that you’ll never run out of, or lose a letter tile again.

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Henrietta is Hungry App Review

Henrietta is Hungry takes your child on a whirlwind trip around the world as seen through the experiences of a little girl in search of the perfect meal. International cuisine, exotic locales, lively narration and charming illustrations seal the deal on this high-interest storybook app. Budding foodies and armchair travelers will love it!

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Lulu in Polynesia Guest Review

Children will love this story and in the process, they will learn about the places, people and animals of the islands of French Polynesia. This book also has intuitive settings, including nice narration that can be set up for French or English. My little one is already asking about the next adventure in this series, and I predict yours will too. Recommended!

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Birds & Bees Connection: Girls Part 1 App Review

I’m excited to recommend this age-appropriate and well-designed app that helps girls between 8 and 10 explore puberty and the physical changes it brings with their mothers. Fun, affordable, and informative, our family is looking forward to exploring future releases in this series together.

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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App Review

BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week never fails to interest my children. Each educational short receives repeated viewings each week by many members of the family. This is a stand-by must-install-and-keep-loaded app in our home on all devices.

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Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride App Review

Ansel & Clair: Paul Revere’s Ride provides hours of educational content for children that is both deeply memorable, historically accurate, and engaging. This incredibly full app uses a wide range of interactive, multi-sensory experiences to provide elementary-age children with an exciting, living experience of early American history.

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