Sometimes my work schedule keeps me from getting to our homeschool studies the way I would like to, but I hate leaving my son without something educational to take in during the time we would have been doing studies. As a family who approaches education hands on and in a less than traditional manner, some would wonder why I even worry about this. Reality is I am working from home and need (1) quiet time to accomplish my tasks and (2) want him to continue being in an environment of education despite our lax schedule and routine. He needs to learn discipline and responsibility and that unfortunately life is not all “play time”.At the same time I want to keep his interest and apps with games that teach educational points as well are a great resource. These 15 Free Educational Apps For Kids Of All Ages are some of my go-to resources for my son to use while I am working and he is done with other chores, playtime. Some of these were recommended by readers and after a quick check found that they will easily add into our repertoire.
15 FREE EDUCATIONAL APPS FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES
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- ENDLESS ALPHABET. This super fun application was introduced to me through another homeschool website some time ago and I found it to be super user friendly and a great review tool for my son when he was learning basic letter recognition and phonic sounds.
- ALPHABET ISLAND. Here is an interactive game that is a little on the lower end visually but has a great concept that the kids love. It’s perfect for younger preK and Kindergarten students learning letter recognition and sounds.
- LOONEY TUNES PHONICS. With 100 lessons and customizable “plan” for each student that gives feedback to you on their progress this is an excellent tool for teaching your younger students the basics of phonics and how they play into reading.
- DUOLINGO. This language learning app is great for all ages. Using repetitive sentences and phrases you or your student can easily begin to learn the basics of Spanish, French, German or any number of other languages.
- STARFALL. We have loved the site and now the app that help with basic language, reading and math skills and more. The app is almost identical to the site so we are able to easily navigate by grade level and work with our sons needs and preferences.
- NASA. This is a great resource for older grades for factual information regarding current and past NASA endeavors. It also has a great set of information regarding planets, moons and various happenings in the solar system. This one is an awesome supplement to any Science curriculum.
- NASA ROCKET SCIENCE 101. Learn how to build a rocket, how they operate and safety matters in a fun app that is both educational and fun for kids and adults alike. This is a great tool for a family to use together to learn about a new hobby.
- SCIENCE 360. This application is definitely geared toward older students and adults with an interest in real scientific studies and their results. It is a useful app for your child who has a heavy interest in exploring the sciences as a career or hobby.
- KIDS MATH LITE. Geared toward preschool and early grades this is a great way to teach kids number recognition and basic math concepts.
- COUNTASTIC LITE. This fun app has timed skill drills to help your child recognize those common math equations right away like simple addition and subtraction or the multiplication tables.
- MATH WORKOUT. This app is definitely geared toward older mathematicians but is a great semi competative app that helps you challenge yourself to think about math outside its traditional box.
- MATH FORMULARY. This app is all about math concepts and drills. It ranges from basic math to trigonometry so may be more useful for your upper grade or even college students.
- KHAN ACADEMY. We use the website routinely for math skill drills and review worksheets for upper grades and now you can download the app for free as well. Great for upper grade school and high school students.
- THE OREGON TRAIL: AMERICAN SETTLER. This free version reminiscent of the original from our childhood (which can also be purchased for $4.99 in the app store) shows you what settlers faced once they reached their destination.
- TODAY IN HISTORY. This app is a whimsical app that gives you factoids relevant to this day in history. Learn when historical figures were born, treaties were signed, patents created and more.
- AGNITUS. This app offers a free month trial and is full of fun educational games in all subjects for your kids. It is a great tool that is worth signing up for the free month and seeing if it will be worth paying the few dollars a month to maintain after.
Some of these apps are great for the homeschool parent who doesn’t know how to teach certain topics or who personally struggle in that topic. Things like math, languages and even basic phonics can be easier to understand when taught through a repetitive application like those listed above. Remember however that none of these applications is a replacement for solid educational resources, study and individual one on one teaching and learning.