For a fun way to practice spelling and push students with word games check out SpellMania. This free iPad app asks children to locate words on a grid. A super cool feature is the ability to tap on any word to access a complete dictionary entry. SpellMania includes three options for students: Free Play, Puzzle Mode and Time Attack.
If you are looking for a way to help children connect safely with classmates, friends and family, TocoMail is worth checking out. Originally designed for families to use, this app is starting to make its way into classrooms. It provides a closed network that a teacher is able to monitor. Kids can learn about digital citizenship and apply their communication skills with TocoMail.
This app gives teachers control over the contact list for each child’s account and gives students the power to write emails to anyone on their contact list. TocoMail can be used to teach students about writing in the real world as they use their English Language Arts skills to create meaningful communication between classmates. Kids can access their email using the iOS app or simply logging into the web platform.The basic plan is totally free and the upgrade is based on a subscription service.
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Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a fantastic online kindergarten preparatory program. It includes play-based interactive lessons that are perfect for early learners. Their website introduces children to key concepts in math, social studies, science, art, music and reading through hundreds of activities. The high quality graphics and kid-friendly music make Miss Humblebee’s Academy a great choice for pre-K students.
Children can access books and music in addition to the interactive lessons straight from their website. Parents and teachers can track student progress with weekly reports that show how their children are performing. In between lessons, kids can play puzzles and create artwork. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a great tool for helping children prepare for kindergarten and definitely worth checking out. Watch their video for more information and visit their site to learn more about this subscription based educational curriculum.
The Library of Congress has a variety of apps including some great choices for virtual field trips. Aesop for Children is an interactive ebook app that’s makes it easy and fun for kids reading these tales for the first time or teachers sharing them with their students. This is a great app if you only have one iPad or access to a few to create reading groups.
This app is also available on Android devices.
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This interactive iBook is available to download for FREE from the iBookstore.