Erin is one bright button and that can be a challenge. She thrives at school and loves both the social side and the academic side. It is a cliche but she really is a little sponge soaking up all the knowledge she can.
As a parent we have to make sure that Erin is challenged because she needs to continue to grow. She has an amazing mind and we want her to continue to enjoy learning. Here I am sharing some of the best learning apps that Erin enjoys playing at home. We don’t prescribe when she doe these but they are there and it is part of her downtime at home.
- Maths Rockx – Erin first started using this last month and has continued to use it. I actually mentioned the app to her teacher as they are always looking for more innovative ways to teach Maths. Maths Rockx sings each timetable to popular songs that the children know. This repetition is a great way to learn the time tables. Here you can see when Erin first tried Maths Rockx. Since then she has now mastered her sixes too. Each Monday Erin is tested on knowing one of her times tables and the inverted division facts. I am sure this app has helped her master this and it is why she remains top of the class for Maths.
- The Maths Factor by Carol Vorderman is another great app for teaching Maths skills. Erin likes the challenges with its mixture of videos, games and practise sessions.
- Erin is just getting into Minecraft. For a long time I did not see the appeal of this but after watching Erin with it I can see the appeal. Dylan was never into Minecraft so although it has been around a long time now it has not been on my radar. It has got Erin building, considering engineering and problem solving. All skills that set her up for life.
- The human body is a great science app whereby children can learn how the body work and what we are made of. With much curriculum time devoted to literacy and numeracy I enjoy being able to support Erin’s interests in other subjects.
- Squeebles Spellings is a great way to add the child’s spellings to an app and it is a fun way to learn them. As a parent I save the spellings each week and then Erin can practice them ass and when she chooses.
These five apps are our favourites for supporting learning. I don’t advocate young children doing lots of homework but Erin regards this as play. She loves using the iPad and she has a thirst for knowledge. Therefore we are happy for her to use these apps to support her education. Although we have been known to tell her to stop doing school and do something different!