My Favorite Educational Apps and Websites

We are in some different times right now.  In our lifetime we’ve never had to stay at home like this.   We are working from home, and our kids are learning from home.  We can’t go to the parks or zoos, we want to keep our own sanity, and that means that our kids’ screen time is on the rise.  That is fine.  We can’t expect to do crafts or experiments every day while still being able to work.  But what we can be mindful of is the content our kids are watching/playing.  We want them to be entertained, but also get some sort of learning in as well.  There are so many educational apps and websites out there, it can sometimes be daunting to search through and find the right ones.  So here is a list of my favorite educational apps and websites my family uses.

 

Educational Apps & Websites For Reading

Endless games….

There are games that are “endless” called Endless Reader, Endless Alphabet, Endless Wordplay, and Endless Spanish.  These games are available for Android and Apple products.  They engage the player in letter recognition, letter sounds, sight words, and new vocabulary words.  There is a free version of the games, but to make them “endless” I believe I paid around $14/ap for full access.  However, there are builder packages too where you can pay less to get a little more at a time.  These apps are great learning tools, and my kids have fun playing them, so I think they are so worth the price.

 

Epic!…

Epic is a website and app that has a membership ($8/month) for an endless online library.  There is a free version, but again, it is not limitless.  With your $8/month subscription, you can add up to 4 profiles for your kids.  You can choose their age/reading levels, and choose their interests so that books on topics they enjoy will pop up first.  Epic! has reading options for all reading levels too! There are “read to me” books where the story will be read to your child, and “read with me” where the story will be read, but the words will also be highlighted as it goes along.  And there are books where the kids just read and flip through the books themselves.  There are also educational videos your kids can watch on a variety of topics!  Teachers also have the ability to sign their classrooms up with Epic! accounts, so check with your child’s teacher to see if they have login information for your child.

 

Storyline Online…

This is a free website where celebrities read stories aloud to your kids.  It’s super cute!! They show all the pictures, and they also talk about the story a little bit afterwards.  My kids enjoy listening to the stories.  It’s a good break from active computer use, but it still keeps them in the reading mindset.

 

 

PeopleFun…

PeopleFun has different word search apps.  These are great games for adults and older kids who want to give their minds a little challenge!  They are free and fun!

 

 

Educational Apps and Websites For Math

Endless Numbers…

Just like in Endless Reader games, this will cost you, but I think it is worth it.  This Math game teaches number recognition, counting, sequencing, addition, and place value for numbers 1-100.

 

Monster Math…

This is a fun little video game that uses Math equations to advance your monster through different levels.  It’s cute and fun to play.  My son loved it most when he was in 1st and 2nd grades.

 

Prodigy…

Like Monster Math, Prodigy is a video game where you collect characters, and battle creatures.  You solve Math advancing problems to get you through the levels.  This is free, but you can subscribe to a membership in order to gain access to faster upgrades for your characters, but it is not necessary at all. This is aimed at kids from 1st-8th grade.

 

 

Apps &Websites With a Little Bit of Everything

PBS Kids…

PBS Kids has several free apps all with your kids’ favorite characters.  These games teach Math, Science, and Reading depending on the specific ap you get.  They are all very user friendly since they are geared to young kids.

 

RosiMosi (Pre-K – 7th) Grade Learning Games…

There are levels from kindergarten-7th grade, and each app has grade-level appropriate games for Reading, Math, and Science.  There are free versions, but not everything is unlocked.  Each app is $4 to unlock all the games within it.  They are fun, interesting, and engaging, so I think that the price is worth it.