Losing weight or getting in shape is the most common New Year’s Resolution.
But for parents of school-age kids, being more engaged in your child’s learning is among the most common resolutions. And even if that’s not one of your actual New Year’s Resolutions, finding ways to improve the academic success of your kids when they’re not in the classroom is all the rage – and surprisingly easy and affordable.
Here are five apps to give a boost to 2017 that offer great learn, play and explore opportunities for your kiddies:
Tynker is a creative computing platform where millions of kids have learned to program and built games, apps and more. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as an engaging programming curriculum for schools. The Tynker games and challenges are fun and rewarding for all ages and all skill levels and great way to introduce kids to coding and problem solving concepts.
All ages. Plans, games and courses start at $6/mo with free options. Sign up is free.
Epic! provides an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high-quality, curated children's books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos.
All ages. Unlimited reading - $4.99 a month.
A great way for younger ones to learn to count. The fun program includes vibrant colors and stunning visuals on the display and is more than enough to keep kids engaged. Players can feed the caterpillars by counting and capturing bugs in correct number sequences to earn rewards such as butterflies. Contains more than 45 levels.
Ages 4 to 5. $1.99.
A multi-award winning app that takes a ground-breaking look into the human body with highly accurate, visual and accessible information. Designed for everyone, the app has enough detail to satisfy the demanding student and has features for the casual browser. Includes more than 270 specially-designed full color and zoomable high resolution images and 12 systems of the body.
Ages 12+. $6.99.
All of the decision-making, problem-solving and role-playing fun of the original game you may have enjoyed – but well updated. Features eight skill-based mini-games including two challenges using the Accelerometer: hunt, fish, telegraph, etc. Random events (disease, bandits, hitchhikers, etc.) increase the challenge. Select your party members, purchase supplies and choose your departure date.
Ages 10+. $4.99.