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Foreign Language Immersion on iPad with FluentU post image

Are you learning a foreign language? It is not easy. English is not my first language, and I can tell you based on my own experience, that the hardest part is not vocabulary or grammar when you are studying in the classroom, the hardest part is when you think you've learned enough and try to communicate with the native speakers, and find out that you can hardly understand anything they are saying and can hardly make yourself understood by others… Read More

Create Presentations and Video Stories with Shadow Puppet post image

Every time when we travel I like to ask my son to keep photos and to make a travel journal by the end. While doing this, he practiced his presenting and storytelling skills. In the meantime, we have a keepsake for us to review and remember what we've done for each vacation. It's been fun for us. I introduced some best storytelling learning tools for kids, and today I have one more to share -- Shadow Puppet. Shadow Puppet is… Read More

Fun Challenging Brain Games for Kids post image

While school coming to the end for the year, I start looking for fun games for the child - fun yet mentally challenging brain games. I just find out the free app of the week on Apple Store is a fun one -- Quetzalcoatl fits my criteria of challenging brain games for kids. I have seen similar game concepts before, but the overall design of the game play is much more smooth in Quetzalcoat. It require visual identification of shapes… Read More

Play Drums on Your iPad with iAmDrums post image

Drum sets are expensive, even just a small set of almost toy size, it is still a lot money. It also takes a lot space at home. If you have a child who likes to beat drums and make noises, you can now use this wonderful app and hand the iPad to your child. iAmDrums is a drum app simulating the real drum set. The sound effect is as good as real, if not better. When you start the app… Read More

Explore the Nature World with Toca Nature post image

Toca Nature is another wonderful app from Toca Boca. Like all Toca Boca apps, this app is again an open-ended play with no levels, no goals, and no scores. Kids use the tools provided to create a nature world and observe how elements in the nature connect to each other and interchange together. It is a great tool for kids to explore the nature and appreciate the nature. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is free… Read More

Expand Vocabulary with Art — A Fun Word Game App post image

Are your kids tired of memorizing words for school? Do you feel like trying something new to spark their interest in learning new words or spelling? You may want to try this fun app -- Guess the Word with Art. It is not designed for student or any school curriculum, but it is fun to play. Players guess the word based on the letters they get and the picture they see. Each picture is original art and is funny in… Read More

Learn Drawing with Tracing Paper App post image

I remember when I was young I liked tracing pictures on comic books or picture books. It was soothing for me. Now thinking back, it also taught me drawing and most importantly the portions between parts of a picture. Tracing Paper is a simple app that lets you do just that -- pick a picture from your device's photo albums, and the app gives you an translucent canvas on top of the chosen picture for you to trace it. It… Read More

Learn Algebra with DragonBox Algebra App post image

Algebra is an important part of math, and it marks a new stage of math thinking. It requires more abstract thinking than the type of math kids learn in elementary school. That is why most schools won't start algebra till 7th or 8th grade. Does it mean that kids in elementary school can't grasp algebraic thinking? The answer is no. Younger kids can still gain the type of thinking that's needed for algebra study. An perfect example is DragonBox Algebra… Read More

Kids Movies about Lying and Telling Truth post image

Today we kick off our Summer Movie for Kids series. We are teaming with two other websites to bring you ideas of good movies for kids to watch in the summer, and how to build in educational elements into the movie experience. If you want to know how do we use movies as part of parenting and learning experience, you can visit How to Teach by Movies. Today we share kids movies about lying and being honest. Almost everyone lies… Read More

Explore World Culture with Homes by Tinybop post image

Homes by Tinybop is the 3rd app from the developer's Explore's Library series. Like their first two apps Human Body and Plants, it is open-ended exploratory app. There is no verbal or written instructions, no set goals. Kids come in the app explore homes from around the world. Through exploring the homes, kids will learn and discover world culture and life. Before kids start using the app, I highly recommend setting up a profile for each child. You can do… Read More

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