As the school year ends, the summer begins, and students are excited about having a few months off from the classroom. However, this does not mean they should take a total break from learning. The summer learning slide is a real thing, and if students are not still actively learning during the next few months, their skills in all subjects (but more specifically reading, writing, and math) will regress anywhere from a couple of months to half a school year.
Who wants to be playing catch up when school starts again in the fall?
Luckily, over half a million educational websites and apps students can use during the summer to help them maintain their skills and knowledge and increase them.
It is impossible to take the time to review all the educational apps and websites available, so to save you time and get the children back to learning, here are a few of the more popular educational apps that students should be interested in.
The Quick Maths app is more for second-grade through sixth-grade students simply because of the concepts that it covers. It tackles the general math skills these students need before going on to the more challenging things such as algebra and geometry.
Video Science has close to 100 science lessons for students to watch on this app. As they do interesting experiments, students are bound to appreciate what they are watching and probably be curious about what is next. With science being a subject that many students are not always excited to explore, Video Science is sure to bring enthusiasm to the topics.
Sight Words for Reading HD
The first 100 words of Fry’s Instant Sight Words list make up about 50 percent of all text that a person would encounter online, in newspapers, and even the longest novels. So if a young student can learn the first 100 words by kindergarten or even first grade, they will be in pretty good shape to succeed with their reading fluency. In addition, the Sight Words for Reading HD app will have students memorizing plenty of sight words with their fun little videos.
It can be a bit frightening to see high school and even college students struggle mightily in reading maps and figuring out the locations of not just foreign countries but the states right here in America. Google Earth will allow children to explore all over the world without even having to leave their bedrooms. The Earth Gallery part of the app can show them maps in real-time, even during earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, out over the ocean, city tours, and a whole lot more.
Perfect for young children, PBS Kids provides an immense amount of free educational entertainment. Just the free episodes of Sesame Street alone are worth downloading the app to your devices. I bet I am not the only one who learned how to count by watching The Count.
Many young children have trouble with their speech early on. For some, if not corrected early, these problems can follow them well into their junior high years. With Speech Blubs, young children get to experience speech therapy through fun activities and interactive videos.
For most students, the way they improve their reading skills is simply by reading more often. Therefore, it would be a wise move to visit the local library once a week and download their app so you can either check out books instantly or download them onto one of your devices for instant reading.
Choose a handful of math problems every week you encountered during the previous school year and see if you can still solve them correctly. Better yet, check out what math problems you will encounter in the upcoming school year and have a go at these. Photomath allows you to take a picture of the math problem, and it will show you various ways to solve it correctly. This app is perfect for checking over homework before handing it to the teacher. Just be sure that you understand how to solve the math problems because this app definitely will not be allowed when taking quizzes and tests.
If art is more your cup of tea, Sketchbook can be downloaded on most devices, and it will allow you to go ahead and sketch away right on your screen. So even for those who like to doodle now and then, this app will keep you plenty busy.
The Ready4 ACT prep app provides plenty of step-by-step lessons, more than 1,500 practice questions, ACT practice tests, more than 100 virtual flashcards, and analytics that will tell you what your strengths and weaknesses are for this standardized exam.
It is a great idea to prepare for the ACT or SAT with assistance and strategy from iAchieve. We provide workshops, one-on-one tutoring, and other test prep packages that can be used in combination with the Ready4 ACT app.