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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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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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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Meek-a-Moo App Review

Meek-a-Moo is a fun-filled, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) app for toddlers and preschoolers including both an interactive first-words style storybook and a playful peek-a-boo game. By using visual and auditory discrimination your child can identify forty animals across four colorful settings. Cheerful characters, rich realistic animal sound effects, and gorgeous design make this app a delight to play together with little ones.

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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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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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LifeTopix App Review

LifeTopix is not only the most comprehensive planning and organizational life management app that I’ve ever seen, but it also does the best job of scheduling simple repeating school subjects for homeschooling moms. Say good-bye to your mommy binder – this app also keeps track of appointments, to-do lists, shopping lists, your finances, tracks your weight, and a whole lot more. Comprehensive? That might be an understatement.

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Math Mathews App Review

Math Mathews takes children on a epic pirate-adventure while practice multiplication skills from a variety of angles. Children sink deeply into the storyline, and the collection of treasure really keeps them motivated to move through the mini-games and to master those timetables in order to get the magic necklace pieced back together to save Captain Mathews.

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ConversationBuilder Teen App Review

ConversationBuilder Teen is an excellent resource for teenage children who need support developing flowing, natural conversational skills with their peers. Full of a wide variety of common situations and conversational settings (over 300 in all) in 8 main categories, the app provides constructive guidance, practice opportunities, and positive modeling as children learn the unspoken rules of normal conversation in our culture.

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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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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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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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