Alphabet Aquarium App Review

Alphabet Aquarium is a bright and colorful puzzle-based alphabet app that contains a HUGE number of alphabet puzzles.  With 4 different puzzle types there are104 educational puzzles in all!  With lots of alphabet words and sentences included, the app also makes a nice first-words alphabet storybook that’s driven by puzzle completion.

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Reading Raven App Review

Finally – a seriously educational app that leads children from early phonological awareness and phonics right up to reading full sentences while integrating printing skills and teaching through games. Reading Raven is an incredible learn-to-read app, easily the best I’ve encountered to date in the App Store. I’m in love, and so are my kids.

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Nutrition and Healthy Eating App Review

Nutrition and Healthy Eating is a bright, engaging way to effortlessly teach essential life skills such as identifying food groups, choosing healthy food, and creating balanced meals from a wide variety of food choices. Rewards, animations, and cheerful guidance combine with the loveable health-mascot Bo for a learning experience few preschoolers can resist.

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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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Emotions, Feelings & Colors App Review

Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! helps to develop positive social skills and awareness of the feelings of others along with a coloring activity that helps children practice virtual color mixing and matching skills. With rich parental tracking features, animated examples, and fun rewards for children – this app is at home both with preschoolers and special needs children.

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Play Foods: Words

Play Words: Foods is a cute, multilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) first words app for the toddler set that focuses on common fruit and vegetable names. While filled with quality art and playful feedback, the app still needs some tweaks to see it live up to its full potential.

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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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Bob Books #2 – Reading Magic

I unreservedly recommend Bob Books #2. Not only is it both educationally sound and phonics-oriented, my children thankfully love it as well. Whether you use letter names or letter sounds to read and spell with, Bob Books #2 will work for your family with its flexible settings. It will gently move your child towards spelling and reading simple words and sentences and he’ll have fun doing it!

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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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Interactive Alphabet ABCs App Review

Interactive Alphabet ABCs is a classic alphabet app, containing everything a parent could want in a digital ABC book while having clear, simple navigation that even toddlers can work with. Letter names, letter sounds, the alphabet song – its all here and its all done well. There’s a reason Interactive Alphabet has remained a top seller in the App Store for years.

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Learn With WordFriends App Review

Learn With WordFriends provides a unique, context-rich way to learn about word and letter awareness, early vocabulary and spelling through the construction of the word friend animals and objects out of the letters that spell their names.

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iTooch Middle School App Review

iTooch is a pioneer – leading the way towards traditional, grade level based, comprehensive curriculum being available on mobile devices. Children can learn, practice, and test their knowledge in all the core skills taught in grade 6-8 language arts and math (and also health for grade 6) with iTooch: Middle School.

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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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