There are so many learning apps for kids out there. It’s hard knowing which ones are worth the purchase. In our second annual “5 Learning Apps Under $5” we list our favourite budget friendly learning apps for kids. These apps have been tried and tested by students themselves and shouldn’t run you more than a cup of coffee or two! This year, encourage your kids to use some of their iTunes gift card credit towards a learning app.
Reading Comprehension Practice
Reading Comprehension Practice has different apps based on grade level. All apps comes with a number of short passages on a variety of topics. After reading a passage, the learner has to answer a few multiple choice questions related to the text. We like this app because the passages are interesting and concise. Students can work through several stories in one sitting and still feel engaged. The spurts of information followed by questions, helps to practice the habit of taking in what one is reading.
*Available in iTunes for $1.99
This app helps children of all ages learn words and their corresponding antonyms in a very fun yet challenging manner. Users have to pair up opposing worlds like “success” with “failure” or “above” with “below”. The app gets increasingly challenging as the user progresses from one level to the next, thereby creating new learning opportunities for the user. We’ve really enjoyed The Opposites this year because it allows students to learn words and their meanings, make connections with opposing words and improve their multi-tasking skills. All the while, students are fully engaged!
*Available in iTunes for $0.99
A+ Spelling Test
We love Spellosaur for Primary grades and it even made our list last year. However, A+ Spelling Test is a great option for Juniors and above. Using this app, you can create spelling tests for your kids with your own list of words or a list provided by their school teacher. A+ Spelling Test allows users to practice a word list through various activities such as practice, unscramble or test. We love this app because the interface is a bit more mature than other spelling apps, making it a great choice for Grade 5+ students. As well, while the app is intended for independent learning, the parent/teacher/tutor can easily identify which words the student is not yet mastering.
This app is a great choice for pre-schoolers who are just starting to understand the role of numbers and math. The app has six fun math-based activities including Numerals, Counting, Adding One, Ten, Subtraction and A Half. We like GazziliMath because it’s full of interactive animations, music and sound-effects that are important for engaging young learners.
*Available in iTunes for $1.99
Last year, MathBoard made our 2013 list as a go-to for practicing multiplication tables. This year, MathBoard Fractions makes the list as our pick for fractions practice. MathBoard Fractions is a comprehensive app with activities such as exploring proper and improper fractions, learning to match a fraction to a quantity, simplifying fractions, comparing fractions, ordering fractions, and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. The app also helps students walk through the steps involved in simplifying fractions, determining the greatest common factor (GCF), and more. We love this app as a practice tool and because being able to explore fractions in an interactive and visual manner is a great way to reinforce the topic.
*Available in iTunes for $4.99
Want more? Check out last year’s list. We still love these apps.