I wanted to start this (Un)School Thursday off with a learning app review!
Recently I discovered a wonderful app for my iPad by a company called Duck Duck Moose. This is a small company that was started by three friends in 2009, years later they have partnered up with the wonderful Khan Academy to provide free education apps for children as young as two years of age.
So I decided to download all (yes all of the apps), and figured out how to incorperate it a few times a week into my unschooling schedule with Isla and Sarah. Initially we started with “Fish School”. This app is recommended for ages 2-5 and includes 8 different activities such as; shapes, colors, and letters. This is the primary app I use with the girls when its time for them to play a learning game.What i like about fish school how easy it is for Isla (3) to navigate the app with little to no assistance. At 2 years, Sarah still needs a bit of help, but is learning how to use it as well.
Another app Isla enjoys is “Word Wagon”. Currently we are on level I letters in the numbers and colors section. Word Wagon features 103 words across four different levels for Preschool through Grade 1.
The great thing about Duck Duck Moose apps, is that they aren’t limited to just early grades. “Wizard School” is a wonderful app for older children, and Andrew has had a ball using it nightly. This app allows children to explore over 3,000 various topics including science, design, languages, animals, geography, sports. He is also able to use the Pet Bingo app, which allows him to work on his math skills in a relaxed setting, that’s not a monotonous as just writing out multiplication facts daily when he gets home from school.
The best part across the board for all of the apps, is that it includes a report card that allows you to keep track of which skills they have learned. The apps are based on Common Core standards (which I know some people dred, but we love CC), so this keeps his learning across the board at home and at school. Overall I think this app is amazing, and I urge you to try out to see for yourself. With Isla and Sarah, they only get about 10 minutes with the iPad three days a week, but even though we only use it for such a short amount of time, I say there has been an amazing amount of progress made. So head over to your app store and download one of these amazing games!