Welcome to Day 4 of 5 Days of Useful Homeschool Apps. Each day will feature 2 – 3 developers that focus on apps for education. These are apps that you may find useful to use in your homeschool day. You will also be able to enter each day to win promo codes for the apps being featured. During these 5 days I will be focusing on all ages. Please note the giveaways listed this week are for iOS devices (apple).
Meet The Developers:
Froylc (Murky Reef) – I have to copy this write from the Froylc webpage about as I just love how they aim to bring children apps.
Frolyc believes in learning through questioning, exploration and frolic!
We aim to bring apps to children
- to kindle their imagination,
- to feed answers to their never-ending questions,
- to allow them to explore their abilities,
- to have fun in creative ways,
- to surprise them, bringing a smile to their faces
- while helping them learn.
I actually have two different things to share with you tonight from Fryolc. I think it’s great for both teachers and homeschoolers. I will get to that later while I leave you in a little suspense Murky Reef is a series of iPad Apps for 1st and 2nd grade. It blends science, math, and language arts with engaging thematic play while fostering critical thinking skills. You can follow Frolyc on facebook.
mLab – Punflay – I am really excited to share with you that this is another developer that has apps for Pre K all the way through High School. I know it’s easier to find apps for the younger kids then it is the older kids. Punflay specializes in interactive educational games for iPads, iPhones, i Touches, and online. Which honestly before today I didn’t know they had done any interactive educational games online. One thing that stands out to me for older kids is the Rat and Frog Dissections and a Cell and Cell Structure. You can follow Punflay on facebook.
Oceanhouse Media – is a leading publisher of more than 320 mobile and desktop apps for iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire, HP Touch Pad, and Windows 8 Devices. The company’s Mantra is “Creativity with Purpose,” developing apps that uplift, educate and inspire. I have done several reviews of many ebooks. I would like to point out a couple series that I felt where great additions to add to your homeschool. The Smithsonian Series has both animals and dinosaurs. You actually learn about the animals and dinosaurs in their habitats. The second series I want to bring to your attention is The Cat In The Hats Learning Library. This is series has a fun twist of Dr Seuss but you are actually learning things. If you look through the titles you will see that the titles tell you in itself what your learning. Highly Recommended. You can follow Oceanhouse Media on Facebook.
Apps and Giveaways:
Before I get into Murky Reef I want to share something with you that I think is amazing and is a great addition for homeschoolers and teachers. I have an account and I am super excited about adding it into our homeschool day as well as creating things to publish on Froylc. It had me when I went to the featured page. For example you can search activities by grade from K – 5. Say I pick penguins. Well I send it to my ipad. There is reading comprehension, a quiz and word search. Yes there is reading to be done. Kind of neat as you have topics that you can choose right at your finger tips. Read below to find out a little more. I think it has lots of potential.
Frolyc empowers you to author & publish reading comprehension activities to your iPad in real-time.
You can create reading comprehension activities based on common core standards, your child’s interests or your lesson plans for the day.
Frolyc is currently in Beta and this how you can influence Frolyc – through your feedback and comments!
Please sign-up as a beta user and let us know that you are willing to talk to us with your feedback.
Let us together make Frolyc a useful tool for the homeschooling community
Murkey Reef – English Language Arts for First Grade – The skills in this app are Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Sentence Structure, Capitalization, Punctuation, and Logical Deduction using words. Your child will be exposed to Marine science vocabulary, sight words and word families. You will find 6 game based activities that foster reading, vocabulary, spelling, and sentence structure. The content is aligned with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts in Grade 1. There is extensive content in all 6 games, with each game play serving fresh content. This app supports 4 player profiles. You also get a detailed report per profile. Which I find to be awesome as you know how your child is doing.
This is compatible with iPad and can be purchased for $1.99
Murky Reef – Math for 1st Grade – This app is focused on basic Math Skills for children in Grade 1 and is aligned with the Common Core Standards for 1st grade.
- Number Sense – Counting & Cardinality
- Number Generation – Make a number give greater than or less than rule
- Number Pattern – Count in 1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 100s
- Arithmetic – Additions & Subtraction 1 – 10 and 1 – 20 with optional use of manipulatives
- 8 Math Skill Games
- Extensive Content in all 8 games, with each game play serving fresh content
- Supports 4 player profiles
- Detailed Report Per Profile
This is compatible with iPad and can be purchased for $1.99
Murky Reef – Science and Reading Comprehension of Coral Reef & Sharks – This app is about science, information text and comprehension. You are introduced to the science of coral reefs, you explore sharks and their biology, you play quiz games that exercise your reading, comprehension, application and critical thinking skills. You are presented with 21st Century multimedia learning of science using informational text, interactive graphics, audio, curated & safe videos and of course games.
This is compatible with iPad and can be purchased for $2.99
Please note you can download the lite versions to try them before you buy them.
mLab – Punflay:
Kandy Fish - This is a super cute app that is a 3D animated picture book for preschoolers to dive under the sea to play and learn about shapes, colors, and directions with colorful Kandy Fish. The colors in this app are amazing. There is 4 different games in this app. Kolor Pots – This is color match activity that lets the kids drag and drop fish in their respective colored buckets. Kandy Fun is a simple pattern recognition activity where little ones will have to figure out which fish comes next to complete the pattern. Kandy Time is a great activity that helps develop eye-hand coordination. Kids get a lot of practice tracing a straight line, triangle, circle, square, and even directions. Kandy Kolor lets little fingers paint beautiful pictures using a color palette with many choices.
This is compatible with iPad and can be purchased for $1.99
Measurement HD – This is an app for Kindergartners to be introduced to basic concepts of measurements such as weight, volume, and length. This looks like a great app! This app comes with 5 different activities to teach the measurement concepts: Crazy Clock: A friendly voice announces the time and all you do is to move the minute hand of a cute clock to set the correct time. Kids will get lots of practice learning to associate time with familiar activities in their day. Crazy Clock is a great introduction to the concept of time. Scale Tale: This activity introduces kids to the concept of weight. An adorable one-eyed monster teaches kids this concept by holding two items and allowing them to guess which item is heavier or lighter. Is a pineapple heavier or lighter than a cup cake? Is a head of cabbage heavier or lighter than a strawberry? Familiar objects help kids learn the concept easily. Fill Me Up: If you had to teach the concept of volume at home you are sure to have a mess all over the floor. Instead, Fill Me Up allows you to teach this concept through easy exercises such as filling pitchers with liquids or jars with cookies minus the mess. Long and Short: Crayons, buses, park benches are all some of the familiar objects in a kid’s life. And these can be found in this activity as objects of comparison to learn the concept of length. This game presents two objects of different lengths. Simply tap on the one that is longer or shorter. Action Months:This game introduces the basics of duration of time through a simple drag and drop activity to fill in the letters of the months. Kindergarteners can practice the names of the months and get ready for more sophisticated concept of time in higher grades This game is compatible with iPad and can be purchased for $1.99
My Word Wall - An app for budding readers. Word Wall helps early to beginning readers learn to read and write by: hearing, visualizing, vocally repeating and writing down letters and words. It provides activities that cater to the read by using multiple learning styles such as spatial, visual, tactile. language-oriented, logical or rhythmatic. There are 4 different games that reinforce recognition of age appropriate sight and family words.
This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and can be purchased for $1.99
A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales – Take to the high seas aboard Captain McElligot’s Cetacean Station in search of whales, dolphins, and porpoises—those aquatic mammals known as cetaceans. With The Cat in the Hat as your underwater tour guide, you’ll soon discover that learning about the mammals of the deep blue sea is a whale of a task!
Children will learn how cetaceans stay warm without hair, have teeth or baleen, swim in troops, spyhop, spin, and breach. Interactive diagrams teach the difference between a fish tale and a whale tale, demonstrate the use of echolocation to find prey, and highlight migration patterns on a world chart. Learn new terms by tapping on instant glossary words throughout the story and test your dolphin knowledge with a fun matching quiz. 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 outer space. Recommended ages: 5 – 10
This is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and can be purchased for $5.99
There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System - As children explore this animated omBook, they will discover special interactive learning moments that reinforce specific topics. Users can tap stars in the sky to reveal constellations; learn the order of the planets in our solar system through a Seussian mnemonic device; search the night sky for planets using a telescope; find hidden information cards from Thing One and Thing Two; and even access an instant glossary by tapping on special highlighted words. Recommended Ages 5 – 10
This app is compatible with iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone and can be purchased for $5.99
The Berenstain Bears And The Big Spelling Bee - When it’s Spelling Bee time at Bear Country School, the pressure builds up and it’s hard to keep cool! Join Sister Bear (and Papa Bear) as they practice . . . and practice . . . and practice for the big day. But will all of this p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e take the fun out of spelling? Recommended for Kids ages 4 – 8
This is compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. This can be purchased in the itunes store by clicking the title for $3.99
This can also be purchased in the Google play Store for $3.99 you will have to see if it’s compatible with your device.
The Kissing Hand - School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, his mother shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. A New York Times #1 bestseller, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic, touching the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation. Recommended for kids ages 3 – 8.
This is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. You can purchase this in the itunes store by clicking the title link. You can purchase this for $3.99
This is compatible for Android and in the Google play store for $3.99
This also can be purchased on Amazon for $3.99
This is also available on Nook for $3.99