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5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

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Being a working mom, I know how hard it is to find time to help your kids work on different lessons especially when they are young and learning so many new things.
I am by no means saying that technology can replace the quality time we spend with our kids but it can help us manage with a busy schedule. While we are making supper they can be on their tablets reading a book or they can be working on their sight words.
There are so many apps out there that can help your kids practice the new skills they are learning in school or help introduce new skills to them before they even get to school. They can also help you by keeping them busy while you finish up that crazy to do list that you got.

1. EPIC

This one is my favorite ones because I have a child who loves listening to books. She can’t read yet so this helps her because it reads the book out loud while it highlights the words so she can follow along. There are some really great books available on the app from fun books to educational books. Your child can choose from regular ebooks that they can read on their own, read to me books that read the book out loud and highlight the words as it goes, or there are audio books where your child can follow along in their own book while the app reads the book aloud. The app offers videos and quizzes as well. Click here for a free 30-day trial.

2. ABC Mouse

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I use this app a lot more during the summer so that my kids are still getting some educational lessons in. You can track your child’s progress as they move through the different lessons. I use this app for both my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old. Your child will learn math and reading skills plus many more. As kids move through the lessons they earn tickets and they can use their tickets on items for their character.

3. Khan Academy  Kids

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This app is a great fun app that the kids can play all while learning. My kids love all the different characters in the game. They get to learn math and reading as well as getting to be creative with drawing and storytelling. The app has lots of different books and lessons on social skills and feelings.

4. Sight Words Coach

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One of my daughters is in kindergarten and she gets a list of sight words each week. This app allows me to put her sight words into a list and it will say the word out loud and then she picks which word is correct out of four options. I like this app because she was memorizing the first letter of the word and picking out the word from that, but this app gives them four choices that all start with the same letter so she really has to work on knowing the words.

5. Maily

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This app isn’t exactly a learning app but it is a great app for kids to be able to communicate with other people. I have it set up so that they can send mail to their grandparents and my husband and I. They can draw a picture, type out a message, or even take pictures and send them. I love this app because it allows them to share their creativity with other people and I am the one who gets to control who they are talking to. I also get an email each time they send a message and I can see everything they send from my account.
Like I mentioned earlier using these apps can help a busy mom get some work done while your child is occupied and developing their skills and knowledge. I rely on these apps daily. I set goals for my children to reach weekly and this helps them want to learn and work on different lessons even though the games are pretty fun so it doesn’t take much to get them excited to learn.
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Do you have any apps for your children that you can’t live without? Comment below with different apps that you use.

 

 

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5 Ways Technology is Beneficial for Children

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5 Ways Technology is Beneficial for Children

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Many parents question whether their child should be allowed to use technology at a young age. It is a very touchy topic with a number of parents. Some believe that screen time should not be allowed at all. There are some great things that technology can provide for a family and it is important to keep it controlled and in moderation.

1.Communication

When we were kids we had home phones. Today, most people do not have a home phone. Cellphones have replaced the home phone for the most part. This means when there is an emergency you can’t have your children go to the nearest house and ask to use their home phone. Many parents let their older children ride the bus home, and they are alone for a short time. It is important to have a way to get ahold of an adult incase of an emergency, no matter what age the child is. That doesn’t mean they need a cell phone. There are options like a smartwatch. This would allow your child to contact a small number of people that you choose. I have started researching smartwatches for my 5-year-old.

2.Books

How many moms out there have a child who loves it when you read books to them? I have a child who could sit and listen to me read to her for hours. Working full-time and being a full-time student, it can be hard to find the time to read to her as much as she would like. I get to read at most 2 books a day. With her tablet, she is able to have books read to her and she can follow along as it highlights the words. She can take her library anywhere she goes. I am also able to download books at her level as she learns to read. It makes it easy to keep her interest in books and reading. Being interested in reading is very important for any child.

3.Track Progress

During the summer I wanted my daughters to stay on top of her academics. I downloaded an app that allows her to do lessons and I am able to track her progress as she works. I can see what she understands and what she could use more work on. Her reading app lets me track how many books she has read and how many minutes she has read for. As parents we want our kids to continually learn new things and to be challenged. So this makes it easy for us to stay on top of their progress.

4.Extra Practice

Sometimes we notice that our children are struggling and they could use some extra practice. There are a large number of apps out there that are can help your child practice an area they struggle with.

5.Responsibility

When a child gets a new phone, tablet, or smartwatch they have to learn to be responsible. You just shelled out a good chunk of money to get them their new device and they need to know how to treat it. They will learn that they have to be careful not to break it, not lose it, and know what they are supposed to use it for.

Technology is a great tool for children to use but there should be restrictions set up to keep your child safe. It is still important for your child to learn through daily activities and for them to get plenty of time to be creative. Technology should not be used to replace this, but instead as a tool in addition to creativity and authentic learning opportunities.

Please comment if you have other examples of the benefits of technology for children. Also, comment with any thoughts and concerns about the topic.