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Five of the Best 'Back to School' Apps
Summer is almost over and it will soon be time for the kids to go back to school. There are some great educational apps around to help ease them back into the school routine. Here are 5 of the best.
Teach Your Monster to Read - iOS £3.99
Fantastic for younger children particularly those who are just starting school and are taking their first steps towards learning to read. Using early reading phonics which are part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum, the app features a friendly monster character who you need to help to teach it to read. Kids tend to get involved more in learning when they think they are the ones doing the teaching rather than the other way around. A great way of learning phonics and blending sounds and there's also a website to go with it.
Cursive Writing Wizard - Android, iOS £3.99
If you have a little one who finds handwriting hard then check out this app. Cursive Writing Wizard is an enjoyable app which helps to improve letter formation, letter shapes and how to join the letters together in the right way. You can make it more interesting by making your own word lists for your child to practise tracing and there's a replay feature to check how your child is progressing.
DragonBox Algebra - iOS, Android £3.99
An app which can make learning algebra fun! DragonBox Algebra have two apps suitable for age 5+ and age 12+. There are 10 chapters to complete with more than 200 puzzles to work out all in game form to make it a fun way to learn. Building from simple algebra puzzles to the more tricky ones, it's well worth downloading for anyone who finds maths and algebra a bit of a challenge.
Toca Lab - Android, iOS £2.49
A chemistry-themed app where kids can enjoy doing their own scientific experiments without setting themselves or the house on fire. Aimed at younger children, Toca Lab is an interesting and entertaining way of learning about chemistry and science. Lots of fun to be had mixing, shaking and heating chemical elements to see what reactions and outcomes you get.
Tynker - iOS, Android Free
If you've got a budding computer genius in the family then this is a great app to get them into computer programming. The app includes coding lessons where you are challenged to games which involve moving blocks of code into the right place and then running the code to check your results. There's also the option to create your very own programming with the free-play mode. The app is free to download and comes with free puzzles to solve and there are also packs of puzzles which can be bought as in-app purchases for £1.49.