While many parents allow their kids to use mobile devices from an early age, a lot more prohibits their children from learning how to use smartphones and the likes. This is understandable, but doing this dampens the chances of children to be exposed to innovation that can also develop their fundamentals and strengthen their learning abilities.
You can say a lot about the perils of technology, but there's no denying that it has its perks. It's not just about fun and games, because there are numerous mobile apps that can hone a child's cognitive ability.
With thousands of apps in the market, it'll be difficult to scour the best one. To make it easy for parents, here's a list of educational apps for kids that parents can surely trust:
History has never been this engaging for children. Comics in the Classroom makes history a digestible and entertaining. The stories are written by some of England's most prolific history textbook writers. Currently, there are only six stories included in the app: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack the Ripper, The Murder of Thomas Berker, The Archduke and the Black Hand Gang, The Dambusters, and Billy the Kid.
A stress-free app that doesn't set a time limit for kids, Endless Alphabet teaches kids new words and how to spell them. The cute monsters are definitely something a child will appreciate. Since the creators of the little monsters are the same people behind Sesame Street's The Monster at the End of This Book, it's definite that this is something every kid will enjoy.
This vocabulary-building app provides interactive games that come in the form of puzzles. Though it can get pretty challenging for kids, there are clues to help them along the way. It doesn't just teach words, but enforces players to use their imagination to the best of their abilities. The game helps develop the thinking and reasoning creativity of kids.
An app that adds a new story every, Read Me Stories is the perfect app to bring along in joyrides. Then again, it's an e-book app that allows parents and children to read the story anytime, anywhere. It's best suited for children 3 years old and up and who can read already. There's a read-along feature that highlights words as the voice over reads the story. This way, students can appropriate the sound to the words and its spelling.
The app is tailor-made for kids aged six and up, but adults can also find themselves enjoying the available 105 missions. It was voted number one Apple app in Apple’s Education Collection, which proves how teachers, parents and kids enjoy the game. Though the app focuses on Math, it also gives some introduction to geography, which is always a plus.
BrainPop is different from other mobile apps, because instead of games, it features educational documentaries that are engaging for young viewers. After every documentary, there's a mini quiz that can gauge how much the child understands from the movie. New movies are also offered everyday, and the scope of topics range from health to astronomy to sciences.
The app that makes learning geography fun, Stack the States has been hailed as the best app by many and for a good reason. We all know that studying all the states and its capital cities can be pretty difficult. Kids don't like memorizing, but learning the country's geography is made exciting by this app.
National Geographic's app for kids shares 900 weird facts that users can rate with the Weird-o-meter. The facts cover a wide scope of topics from animals to plants. It's a treasure trove of quirky and amusing facts that children will definitely find interesting. Presented in a kid-friendly manner, NatGeo makes learning fun for students.
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