I wish the iPad was around when Wes was a baby. It is a educational teacher, with millions of amazing educational apps, that can keep a child’s attention. What more can you ask for.
It is the perfect tool for Little Z. I have been using the iPad and the iPhone with him since he was a toddler.
We started with apps like Little Reader Touch, that allowed us to play Little Reader lessons from out apple devices. I found it a lot easier to sit cuddled up with him and the iPad instead of sitting at the computer doing the same lessons. We also did the app Baby Doesn’t Count. This app is based on Glenn DOman’s method of teaching babies math by using baby’s ability to perceive quantity intuitively
After a while we introduced Little Z to the wonderful world of Preschool Prep apps. With these apps he had an educational explosion and learned so many things, and in such a short amount of time.
So what are we doing now on the ipad?
Brain Pop Jr: This is a paid for subscription. However if you are a member of Testingmom.com, you receive assess to this program for free. You select which topic you want to learn about that day and there are tons of videos where Annie and Moby teach your child about that topic in a short 4-6 min clip.
Reading Eggs: We were doing Reading Eggs, however my subscription ended. As much as I love the program and I know it did wonders for Wes. I think its a little too repetitive for my busy 2.5 year old Little Z.
Teach Me Kindergarten: Now this is a favorite of Little Z’s.
This program teaches printing, Sight reading, Spelling, addition and subtraction.
While you’re working through the program, the little teacher mouse gives you green checks for items you got right and yellow checks for things that may have taken a few tries. In the parent settings you select how many green checks your child needs to earn a coin. We do the max with Z and have him set to 10 coins. AFter you collect coins you can select things to buy in the virtual stores.
Honestly Z doesn’t understand the coin system. He plays because he loves it. We use the coins to indicate when we have done 10 questions.
I believe this program has helped Z get a real good grip on his math skills and spelling skills.
Splash Math(Grade 1): I bought this app a while ago when it was on sale. But Little Z was not ready for it at that time. Well a month or so ago I was trying to do MathSeeds with him, but it was too slow and too easy. So I heard people on my Early Learning Facebook group talking about Splash Math again, and I decided to try it again with Z.
Well turns out he was ready. At first he would only sit for a couple of problems. Now he can sit for a good 5-10mins doing the program.
I should also mention, we use this as an INPUT program, as I do with many of the apps I use. I sit him on my lap and guide his hand around and talk to him about how we work out the problems. After a while I feel his hand start going to the answers before I guide it there. I follow his lead, if he goes for the correct answer I allow him to. If he doesn’t move, I guide him to the right answer and talk about why its the right answer and how I got to that conclusion. If he could to the wrong answer, I redirect him and explain why.
Overall a great program that records your child’s progress.
Memory 4 U: This is an app that was used with the NACD up until this week. I believe they made a better app, but seeing as I paid for this one already, and its serving our purpose, I’m going to continue to use it.
Basically it is designed to help your child work on their memory skills. You can set the levels and buy extra packages to change the icons. For us we use the preset icons. I have never felt the need to spend the extra money.
Classical Conversations Cycle 1: This is an input only app for us. We go through the material for each subject once a day for a week, and then we move onto the next subject.
This app was on the pricey side at $14.99. But for the amount of information in it, I believe it is worth it to us.
FarFaria: This is a subscription based online library for kids. We use it to read books. Want to learn more about this product and maybe win a subscription for yourself? Go here to sign up, the winner will be drawn on Friday.
What apps do you use with your children??