New Apps

New Apps!

After browsing the new offerings in the App Store, we select those that look the MOST promising for homeschoolers. Exciting new educational apps will be displayed here for one week after we list them.
On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects - These Cat in the Hat Learning Library apps are wonderful, filled with fun early science and rich literacy support features.

“The Cat in the Hat is your tour guide as you learn all there is to know about insects. Come along and see how these fascinating six-legged creatures, from butterflies and crickets to fireflies and honeybees, inhabit our environment and make everything better for the world around us.

In classic Cat in the Hat rhyming fashion, discover how insects see, smell, communicate and pollinate. Look for information cards from Thing 1 and Thing 2 with interesting facts about the insect world, and find out more about each insect by tapping on instant glossary words throughout the story.

The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library is a nonfiction series that introduces youngsters to basic science concepts. The titles explore a range of subjects, including dinosaurs, pets, marine life and nature subjects such as trees and outer space. Written in rhyme, these stories feature the classic characters from The Cat in the Hat book — The Cat, Sally, Dick, Thing One and Thing Two, and even the fish! Look for more Learning Library omBooks coming soon!

Recommended ages: 5 – 10

★ Two ways to read: “Read to Me” and “Read it Myself”
★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
★ Tap on glossary words throughout the story and learn their meaning
★ Interact with the animated objects on each page
★ Professional audio narration
★ Custom background audio for each scene
★ This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad
★ Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the original artwork”

Will be $5.99

Buy this universal (iPhone/iPod/iPad) app now for only $3.99!

Callirobics – “Callirobics (CALLIgraphy and aeROBICS) are a unique concept in handwriting exercises. They consist of repetitive simple writing patterns (straight and curved lines) set to music. The music relaxes the participants and adds rhythm to their exercises. With music the exercises become fun instead of tedious penmanship chore. Music also benefits participants who learn better through auditory, instead of visual means. Each exercise takes about 2 minutes.”

Download this free iPad app now (IAP included)!

Visual Discrimination - This is a neat-looking visual discrimination app with a variety of activities.

“This app, developed by Occupational therapists, and trialled within the clinic and home setting, will help to improve visual discrimination. It gradually moves from picking out toys and shapes,to more complex letter and word sequences.”

Buy this universal (iPhone/iPod/iPad) app now for $1.99!

Subitize Tree HD - Subitizing apps are still fairly rare, but becoming more common! Subitizing is knowing quantities ‘intuitively’ without having to count (basically). This is a fundamental number sense skill.

“To Count? Or, not to count? That is the question. Can you look at a carton of eggs and tell how many are left just by looking? Can you determine the amount of people at a table without walking around and tapping each of them on the top of the head? If you said yes to any of these questions then you, my friend, are a SUBITIZER!

Owl, frog, snail and many more of the forest animals have gotten trapped inside the Subitize Tree. You must perfect your subitizing skills in order to save our animal friends. Save all ten animals to beat the game and become a master subitizer!

Getting Started
•Choose a difficulty level (easy, medium or hard). This will determine how quickly the doors open and close on the Subitize Tree.
•Choose what object type you would like to play with. You may choose from playing cards, dominoes, symmetrical arrays, dice, ten frames, rekenreks, hands, random arrays and colored counters.
•You can also choose “random” if you’d like the game to randomly present items from all of the object types.
•Touch PLAY.”

Buy this iPad app now for $0.99!

Monkey Math – Jetpack Adventure – “Your mission: beat the evil rogue, Mean Monkey, to Banana Cradle and return the stolen ancient treasures to their rightful place. You are embarking on a dangerous journey and only your math skills can save you from the nasty obstacles that lie in your way.

Use numbers as your ammo – but you must be quick! Travel to the enchanted islands of arithmetics and test your skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Every equation you solve brings you closer to victory.

Making math fun for kids and grownups alike, Monkey Math – Jetpack Adventure features:
➼ 65 levels across addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
➼ Conquer new obstacles in every level
➼ Collect coins to buy additional outfits with special powers
➼ Heaps of unique background sceneries, in beautiful and vibrant graphics
➼ Animated comic strip at the end of each stage
➼ Correct answer is revealed after multiple failed attempts
➼ Levels become progressively harder so players advance at their own pace”

Buy this universal (iPhone/iPod/iPad) app now for $1.99!

Or download the free lite version to try before you buy (IAP)!

Good Night Little Sea Otter - This looks like a really beautiful storybook.

“As the sun sets over the softly swaying water, Little Sea Otter snuggles with Mama and calls good night to all of the wonderful creatures around her—the sea lions, the fish under the water, the seagulls, and even the sparkling stars. The gentle sea and Mama’s loving arms rock Little Sea Otter to sleep as the moon rises over the water.
The book is written by Janet Halfmann, whose knowledge and love of sea life make this story educational and memorable. Wish Williams’s illustrations create a beautiful world of sunset colors and detailed textures.

Enjoy the soothing sound of waves and the adorable animating animals. Optional audio narration makes this app a great educational resource.

Curriculum Connections- Language arts- Life science- Family relationships- Direction- Measurement- Colors- Textures- Shapes”

Buy this universal (iPhone/iPod/iPad) app now for $2.99!

There are affiliate links included on this page.  Purchasing an app through our links pays us a small percentage out of Apple’s portion of the cost – you pay the same price, and the developers make the same amount of money. I may not have personally used all of these apps, listing them here does not imply a recommendation.