The BEST Java Programming Class Online for Kids

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My 10-year old daughter loves Minecraft. Now she's learning how to program her own Minecraft server in Java thanks to Youth Digital's excellent Server Design Java Minecraft programming class online. I'm so so so blown away by how amazing this online class is, you guys!! And I'm not a newbie with this, either. I've taken online classes and taught online classes. Hands down, this … [Read more...]

UMIGO Free Math Website

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UMiGO, short for "You Make It Go," is a free math website for first and second graders, kids ages 6 and 7. It's an inventive combination of video stories with games embedded within the narrative. UMiGO calls this "appisodes." The website provides lessons and practice in problem solving and early math skills such as: measurement, addition, skip counting, 2D shapes,and greater … [Read more...]

Review of Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Review of Osmo

Of all the Osmo Gaming System game apps, we loved Words best of all. (Go figure. I'm a writer, what can I say.) Osmo sees something physically on your table and instantaneously recognizes it on the screen. Choose from four apps about math, words, drawing, and invention. It's amazingly innovative and like that it provides the interactive experience parents want … [Read more...]

Impressive Beginning Reader App

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Beginning Reader App for Kids I'm so impressed with Tiggly's new interactive beginning reader app for kids, Tiggly Tales! You combine actual physical letters called Tiggly Words with one of the apps, either Tiggly Tales, Tiggly Doctor, or Tiggly Submarine and children ages 4 - 8 can construct words and solve problems. The Tiggly Words set consists of the five vowels: a, e, … [Read more...]

Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids

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Learning apps for kids are a solid choice for summer learning options. Researchers say that the best educational apps are: ACTIVE ENGAGING --not overly distracting MEANINGFUL to a child's life SOCIAL to include parents and peers Do you agree? Here's a list of new apps your kids might enjoy this summer . . . Spring 2015 Learning Apps for Kids The Counting … [Read more...]

Online Encyclopedia for Kids

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I'm impressed with the new online encyclopedia for kids called DKfindout! It's FREE, safe, and extensive (though not all-encompassing on every topic.) The site is easy to navigate, shows gorgeous photographs just like in the DK books, and is easy-to-read for kids ages seven and up.  DKfindout!   DKfindout! contains age-appropriate information on topics such as science, … [Read more...]

How to Look Like a Grammar Pro – Grammarly Review

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Grammarly is an online proofreader app that will make you swoon with delight. Because now you don't have to take (and pass) linguistics. Or diagram sentences. Grammarly finds the spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors for you, tells you what they are, and makes you look GOOOOD. (Yes, this is a Grammarly review just for you.) Even me. A professional writer can make the … [Read more...]

Poetry Daily for Kids

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For National Poetry Month or any time of the year, read poetry daily to your kids. It doesn't have to be poetry specifically written for kids either. But my kids weren't excited about the whole poem a day idea of mine. At all. So first, I had to find poems they would like and second, find poems they would understand. But even that was harder than I thought. Until I got … [Read more...]

My Backpack Free Learning App for 4 – 7 year olds

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Waterford Early Learning doesn't just make computer-based curriculum, now they have a free bilingual iPad learning app for kids ages four to seven called My Backpack. It amazes me how much is packed into this app -- all for free. There are story books, learning songs, math games, and nursery rhymes which are in English and in Spanish. From a user perspective, the app has … [Read more...]

Free YouTube App for Kids

youtube app for kids

I'm thrilled with Google's release of a free YouTube Kids app, it's been too long in coming quite frankly. This app will finally make YouTube watching safer for kids since the channels are pre-screened and kid-friendly. So far I'm impressed with the functionality as well as the selection of YouTube channels and parental controls. (And so grateful there are no … [Read more...]