Homeschool Tools ~ Worksheet Wizards

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Worksheet Wizards

Worksheet wizards are a great online resource for those who want to tailor make the worksheets their children are working on. Here you can find three free sites that I have used a few times over the years.

The Amazing – Incredible Handwriting Worksheet Maker! from Handwriting Worksheets
Worksheet Wizards
Make full-page custom handwriting worksheets in seconds!

Writing Wizard from ESL Writing Wizard
Worksheet Wizards
Make handwriting practice worksheets for children learning to write the alphabet. Create writing practice sheets in D’Nealian or Zaner-Bloser style, in print or cursive form. All for FREE!

Various Worksheet Wizards (from word searchers to cross words) from Tools for Educators
Worksheet Wizards
Free tools for teaching – printable worksheets, classroom printables and on-line worksheet templates with images from Tools for Educators. Use these free worksheets to print, game makers, and programs for teachers to make and print teaching resources with pictures or classroom materials for kids. They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful. I hope your students (and you) enjoy the resources.

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Homeschool Tools – Organisation

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Organisation

Organisation when you homeschool is key. I’ve gone through numerous organisation solutions over the last 12 years to find what works for us. With the children now doing online schooling, our need for elaborate organisation systems is no longer necessary.

I have sorted the kidlets’ books into Tidy Files Plastic Containers. The graded workbooks each have their own box and then each subject, for example History, has its own storage container. This makes it so much easier to find things to pull it out for our offline lessons.

I now have 1 long shelf that is out of the way where I store all my school books. We have 1 additional bookshelf that holds the kidlets’ files, our version of workboxes that work exceptionally well for us, as well as some hands on activities and manipulatives.

I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spends a lot of money on items to get you started. Start off simple. Your storage solutions and requirements will evolve as your homeschooling journey evolves.

I’d love to hear how you organised your homeschool area and what tips you have for others who are starting out.

Below you will find some great online homeschool room inspirations.

Classroom Reveal 2015-2016 from Core Inspiration
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
Each drawer on the upper shelf contains items I want to keep handy for current units of study or lessons for next week. This eliminates piles and clutter around the room. When I am lesson planning each week, quickly check my drawers and am reminded of the resources I wanted to use for the coming week.

5 Ways to Redesign Your Classroom from Learning Liftoff
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
It’s a new year, and it’s a great time to redesign your learning space along with all of the resolutions you have for yourself. It may even be one of your resolutions! Here are Learning Liftoff’s editors’ picks for the top five ways to redesign your learning space this weekend.

New Scraproom! from Scrapbook.com
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
This particular post isn’t a school room. Its a craft room. I love the storage solutions she uses here.

8 Affordable Homeschool Storage Solutions from Sonlight
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
Before getting into all the homeschool storage solutions I have for you, let me first say this: Homeschool organization is about practicality and not merely about good looks. A Pinterest perfect homeschool room will do you no good unless it’s functional for your family and your children love learning within those walls.

11 Ways to get your crafts organized from Organizing Made fun
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
Again, not a school room. These storage solutions are great for stationery and art supplies.

Back to School Classroom Tour from Simply Sweet Teaching
Homeschool Tools - Organisation
This is almost identical to my book storage organisation. I use narrower file boxes, but they work just as well. I find these wide boxes a little too heavy when full and cumbersome for the children to carry.

22 classroom systems that make my teaching easier from Angela Watson
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Organization Tips You Can Use In Your Classroom from Top Notch Teaching
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When looking for spaces for homes for all of your bits and bobs, whether it’s the stationery in your class, or reading books or student work books; keep like items together as much as possible.

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Homeschool Tools ~ Assessments

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Assessments

“What assessments do your children do?” “How do you know that your child is on par with his peers?” These are questions we get a lot as homeschoolers.

We personally use online schooling for our children now. We use CTCMath and Khan Academy for English and Science. These platforms assess the children as they go. The rest of the subjects we follow the children’s interests. There are tons of free resources online to pull worksheets from, thankfully.

Below are some free assessments you can use to track your child’s progress.

Fry Word Tracking for Students from The Curriculum Corner
Assessments
These free progress monitoring pages for Fry word tracking are designed to help you track student sight word progress in your classroom.

Pre-K Assessment Forms from PreKinders
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Alphabet Assessment
You can either mark through the letters the children know with a highlighter or make a checkmark beside the letters with a pen. Use a different color highlighter or different color pen for each semester’s assessment. You can use this one sheet for a child for the whole year, and show a comparison of their progress with the different colors.

Math Assessment
Use the colored highlighters or pens mentioned above on this sheet also. For the color assessment, show children pieces of construction paper. I cut them into squares about 4 inches and staple them into a flip book. For the counting assessment, I have children count Unifix cubes.

Free Printable Preschool Assessment & Goals Workbook!! from One Beautiful Home Blog
Assessments
What you will get when you download the workbook:
Cover Page
All About Me
Uppercase Letters & Shapes
Lowercase Letters
Number recognition 1-20
Colors
Patterns
Tracing
Matching
Counting 1-10 (3 pages total)
Color-Trace-Connect
Same / Different
Directional
Goals (2 Pages)

7 Free Assessment Resources for Pre-K to 1st Grade from While He Was Napping
Assessments
I used resources dealing with k-2nd grade and preschool. There were lots. But these are the best ones I found. And they are free. You gotta love free!

1st Grade Common Core Math Assessments- FREEBIE from Tiny Teaching Shack on Teachers Pay Teachers
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This is a sample packet of the big bundle of 1st grade common core math assessments. Your feedback will be very appreciated 🙂 Thank you!

It includes one assessment from each 1st grade common core math standard:

1. Operations & Algebraic Thinking (OA)
2. Number & Operations in Base Ten (NBT)
3. Measurement & Data (MD)
4. Geometry (G)

Dolch Sight Word Assessment and Progress Monitoring Materials from Make Take Teach on Teachers Pay Teachers
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Assess your student’s knowledge of the Dolch 220 sight words with the Make, Take & Teach sight word assessment. Assessment materials, directions for administration, student recording forms and progress monitoring graphs are included. This assessment correlates with all Make, Take & Teach sight word instructional materials. Knowing which words your student(s) already knows allows you to differentiate your instruction.

FREE Math Problem Solving Assessment Pack from Laura Candler on Teachers Pay Teachers
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The free Problem Solving Assessment Pack includes two tests, a pretest and a posttest, which were designed to help you assess your students’ math problem-solving abilities. The pretest data will enable you to determine where to begin with your problem-solving instruction; the posttest data will help you track their progress later. A unique feature of this test is that it requires students to draw pictures to show how they are solving the problems. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from those pictures! Administering this test will also help you differentiate instruction after you analyze the results.

FREE Progress Monitoring for IEPs and RTI | Data Rings for Special Ed from Mrs Ds Corner on Teachers Pay Teachers
Assessments
Simplify your data collection and effectively save yourself time with this progress monitoring freebie.

What is included?
• editable 3″x5″ card size
• editable 3″x5″ cover for confidentiality
• editable 4″x6″ card size
• editable 4″x6″ cover for confidentiality

FREE Informational Text Structures Assessment | Google Classroom from Teaching With a Mountain View on Teachers Pay Teachers
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Enjoy this FREE 3 page Informational Text Structures Assessment. This assessment was designed to accompany my Informational Text Structure Task Cards and includes examples of each type of non-fiction text structure. They also have accompanying questions that require students to read, comprehend, and provide proof of the correct text structure.

This resource also includes access to a DIGITAL version!

Answer Key Included

Multiple Intelligences Survey for Kids (Free) from Laura Candler on Teachers Pay Teachers
Assessments
Learning about multiple intelligence theory can be very empowering for students, especially when you administer a survey to help them discover their own strengths and growth areas. Because most online survey tools are too long and complex for kids, I created this quick and easy classroom version for my students. I included an example of a completed survey on page 4 so you can see how it works.

How to Use this Survey to Foster a Growth Mindset

Before you use this survey, please watch my free MI Survey for Kids Video to find out how to administer it and score it. In the video, I also explain how to use the survey to foster a growth mindset in your students.

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Homeschool Tools

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Homeschool Tools

There are so many homeschool tools our there that it can become intimidating. Here I’ve tried to put together an easy to navigate list of free tools to get you started on your homeschool journey.

Homeschool Planning Pack from Only Passionate Curiosity on Teachers Pay Teachers
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These forms are ones I use in my own Homeschool to help me plan, budget for curriculum, and pace our year.

I blogged about my process and how to use these forms in a Homeschooling 101 and Scheduling 101 Series on Only Passionate Curiosity.

Included is:
1. a form to create a general year long pacing guide for all your curriculum, a budgeting form
2. a curriculum shopping list to help you stay on budget
3. a form to help you buy/sell your curriculum used
4. a daily schedule planner
5. a yearly overview planner to help you see the big picture
6. a yearly calender

Guided Reading Lesson Plan Template {EDITABLE} from Teaching With Heart by Gina Peluso on Teachers Pay Teachers
Homeschool Tools
Simplify your guided reading planning and save time with this EDITABLE lesson planning template!

Add your own text boxes and fill out the lesson plan for each of your guided reading emergent readers. Store your lesson plans in a binder. When you are ready to plan your guided reading lessons, pull out the lesson plan that corresponds with your emergent reader, and you’re ready to go. No more handwriting the same lesson plan over and over!

File Folder Games from File Folder Fun
Homeschool Tools
One of my all time favourite homeschool tools. File folder games are an easy go to activity that pack away nice and tidy in little small spaces. Teach a new skill or practice an old one.

Free Lapbooks from Lapbook Lessons
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Lapbooks is another one of my favourite goto homeschool tools.

A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of “mini books,” foldables, and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook’s central topic. … Lapbooks can focus on a specific topic, such as the rainforest, or serve as a reference tool for various skills, like basic grammar facts. [Source]

Creating Unit Studies {+Printable} from The Canadian Homeschooler
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Making your own unit studies can be a lot of fun, and mean that you can tailor fit them to your child’s favourite subjects and interests.

The first step is to pick the subject and then develop a plan around it – using whatever resources you have available to help. If you have a look for books, videos, websites, field trips you can take, resources in the community, people you can have as guests or visitors to teach, crafts and/or hands-on projects to do, etc. etc. The goal is to saturate your child’s learning experience with a fun, creative, and educational focus on the topic of choice.

Free Unit Study Planner – 30 Pages! from Free Homeschool Deals
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The new Free Unit Study Planner includes:

30-Page 10-day Unit Study Pages
Unit Study Planning Page
Field Trip Pages
Needed materials pages
Hands-on activity planning pages
Unit Study assignment pages
Extra credit tracking
Unit Study record of completion

Free Homeschool Punch Cards + Free Assignment Reward Chart from Free Homeschool Deals
Homeschool Tools
This is a fun idea to help students track the work that they get done each day. The Free Homeschool Assignment Punch Card set also includes a free reward chart. This might be the perfect idea to implement in your homeschool!

Homeschool Report Cards from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
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6 Report Card Backs (so you can choose the one that works best for your particular child/family). There is a specific one for Kindergarten, several options using subjects as the criteria and grading either (Outstanding, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement, Incomplete) OR standard grades (A,B,C,D,F,I), and options for using one based on checking off areas completed.

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Assessing my homeschooled children

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Assessing my homeschooled children

Assessing my homeschooled children

How do you assess your homeschooled children?
This is one of the questions I am often asked. How do you know your children are up to par with their Public/Private schooled peers. This is honestly one of the harder questions, I have found, to answer. Every family is different. Most homeschooling families I know, don’t believe in standardised testing and couldn’t point me in the right direction.

Upon many late nights staying up and researching how to assess the children’s education, I decided that my best course of action would be to have the kidlets do the Annual National Assessments (ANA), set up by the South African Department of Education.

Last week Koko completed the Grade three assessments and Fifi did the Grade one assessments for English and Mathematics. They did well considering we are following the Cambridge International curriculum.
Assessing my homeschooled children
There are a few things I picked up from the assessments that we need to work on. One aspect of the CAPS mathematics curriculum hasn’t been covered yet in the Cambridge International Grade 3 curriculum and, after going through the books we are currently working on, will be covered over the next few months. Koko also seems to forget how to do his multiplication tables, so we’ll be working harder on those from now on.

Fifi is doing remarkable well and I’m very happy with her progress. She is a perfectionist, so she tends to take longer than necessary on her work for the day. This may become a problem when she is older and her workload increases, but we are working on helping her work through that little issue and she is getting better.

They both seem to rush through reading questions and most of the incorrect answers were purely from not reading the whole question and as a result not understanding what is expected of them.

All in all, I’m very happy with their progress so far and aim to continue doing these assessments with them twice a year for the foreseeable future.

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Favourite Android Educational Applications

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I’ve had so many people ask me what applications my children and I use on our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that I’ve decided to write a post listing, with full descriptions, the applications we most frequently use. Most of the applications we use are free.

Zoodles: Safe Kid Mode for All Devices

Zoodles

They say that this app is suitable for children up to the age of 8, however, we have a user for Noo (10) too, that way all the apps he is allowed to access are right there in one place and he isn’t fiddling around on the tablet. We are BIG on the kids not having internet access without strict adult supervision, this way the kids can play on the Tab without us worrying that they might be getting into something they should not.

Description
#1 App for Kids!
Fun, educational games for kids 8 and under. All your child’s favorite Android apps in one place. With our Child Lock feature, kids stay safely in Kid Mode!

Winner of 10 awards & trusted by millions of kids & parents! Find us on Facebook & Twitter!

FEATURES:
✓ Fun games & videos customized for every child’s age
✓ Add all your child’s favorite apps – play Angry Birds or Cut the Rope inside Kid Mode!
✓ Child Lock feature protects your phone & keeps your kids in-app
✓ An art studio where kids can paint, color, & draw!
✓ Illustrated storybooks that family members can read & record
✓ Weekly activity emails on what your kids have been playing & learning
✓ Powerful parental controls w/ optional Premium Membership

BEFORE INSTALLING, PLEASE NOTE:
✓ You need Adobe Flash to get the games in our app.
✓ To help us customize Kid Mode for your child, you’ll need to create a free account.
✓ You have to enable our Child Lock feature in the Parent Dashboard.

ADD ALL OF YOUR KID’S FAVORITE APPS TO KID MODE!
Popular examples: Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump, Words with Friends, Abduction, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds Rio, Paper Toss, Talking Tom Cat, Bubble Blaster, Tiny Wings, Cube Runner, Cut the String, Zoo Club, Zebra Paint.

AGE 1
Babies will love our baby songs, lullaby music, & kids videos about shapes, letters, patterns, numbers, the alphabet, & animals.

AGE 2
Toddlers will love learning their abcs, numbers, & shapes with games, songs & cartoons from Blues Clues & Winnie the Pooh. In art, kids sketch, paint & doodle!

AGE 3
Kids get fun preschool songs, abc letters & number videos, matching & puzzle games and Dora counting games from fun sites like Nick Jr, PBS kids & Disney. In art, kids paint shapes & draw!

AGE 4
Preschool kids get fun puzzles & preschool games teaching phonics & counting numbers. Kids games from Thomas the Train, Tigger, Mickey Mouse & Dora. In art, kids paint & draw!

AGE 5
Kids get fun kindergarten math & reading games, jigsaw puzzles, hidden object games, dinosaur & train games, drawing games, & videos from Handy Manny & Curious George.

AGE 6
Kids get math games in addition & subtraction, vocabulary word games for the reader, & YouTube science videos about plants & the weather. Boys & girls alike will love our fun Kung Fu Panda, Toy Story, Cars, fairy, princess & pet games.

AGE 7
Kids get 2nd grade math games in multiplication & division, YouTube science videos about planets, & reading & language games. Dress up, arcade, sports & racing games from their favorite TV & movie characters!

AGE 8
Kids get math games on fractions, reading games on grammar & spelling, fun brain games, action games, logic puzzles like sudoku, & mazes. 3rd grade games include Yugioh, Harry Potter, Pokemon & Star Wars. Add apps for them like Paper Toss & Tiny Wings!

GREAT ON TABLETS
With Video Mail, kids have their own Skype & Facetime! Use our tablet app when you’re in restaurants, on long flights, or grocery shopping!

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Totschool & Preschool Educational games

Both Koko and Fifi enjoy playing this game. Fifi can spend hours on this game, learning colours, shapes, numbers, sounds, etc. Koko spends more time on the sounds and alphabet than the other aspects of the game now. We count this as part of their school lessons

Toddler Preschool Complete is Toddler Teasers premier app that includes 4 game modes, 30 categories and 3 languages. Retaining our focus on simplicity, your child will be able to easily navigate the app but allow you to control the categories, languages and other settings in the toddler safe menu. In our funnest game yet, your toddler will learn everything from shapes and letters to musical instruments and fractions. Approved by teachers, parents and toddlers alike Toddler Teasers apps have educated and entertained millions of toddlers around the world.

• Fully voiced over in English, Spanish and French.
• 4 ways to play: Quizzing, Flashcards, Toy Box and Puzzle game modes.
• Over 1000 objects in 30 categories available for FREE download in the menu. Categories include:
Shapes, Colors, Numbers, Letters
Animals, Bugs, Food, Transportation
Mammals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles and Amphibians
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Musical Instruments, Art, Sports, Camping
Money, Fractions, Roman Numerals, Symbols
Yard, Kitchen, Bathroom, Tools
Trees, Flowers

• Simple toddler friendly game play with no added distractions or menus to get stuck in.
• Colorful high resolution artwork and fun music keeps children engaged.

Toddler Teasers was started when two parents realized their 2 year old child could use their iPhone better than most adults. Since 2009, Toddler Teasers has sold over a million apps in the App Store and has been reviewed hundreds of times by magazines, app review sites, blogs and television. We love to see videos parents post online with their toddler mastering their shapes with Toddler Teasers. Thank you for all the support and we look forward to continuing to provide high quality educational toddler games.

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Intended for: ages 2-7

With Kids ABC Phonics, your kids will learn the alphabet letter sounds – guaranteed!

Kids ABC Phonics teaches letter sounds and the basics of blending, but does not teach the next step, which is fluency in actual reading. Developing reading skills is a separate educational goal, which is covered in a separate game, called Kids Learn to Read, which was featured at the Google I/O on May 11th. Including in-depth reading skills in Kids ABC Phonics would detract from the focus of this game and make it too complex to invite and delight children.

The game has four wonderfully child-friendly sections.
➊ Learn Letter Sounds. Kids hold and turn a picture-filled letter block and hear the ABC phonics being pronounced.
➋ Build Letter Blocks. Children have fun building phonics recognition skills by making their own ABC blocks.
➌ Pop Letter Bubbles. Kids love to pop bubbles. But don’t be fooled. By the time children are done with this game, they will know what letter goes with which sound by heart.
➍ Make words. While putting puzzles together, kids learn the basics of phonics blending. These skills will be further exercised and expanded in the upcoming Kids Reading game.

Every section is designed so children enjoy success time after time and receive positive reinforcement from the likable lady teacher. So they want to keep learning.

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Shapes by Five Pumpkins

We use this app to reinforce the shapes Koko and Fifi have learned.

Cube Circle – Teach toddlers/preschoolers shapes using educational flashcards!

Black! Green! Red! Blue! Colors flashcards help your child learn the colors by showing a big color block on one side of the card and a picture of an object on the other side of the card. For children as young as 6 months, this app also allows you to:
* Use Edit Mode to change the text and pictures. Make it your own deck by adding your voice or your child’s!
* Star the cards that you would like to review with your child and use the Favorites Mode to create your custom deck.
* Randomly show a letter using the Random Button.
* Swipe through the cards, or use the large buttons to move from card to card.
* Turn off the audio using the Quiz Mode.

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Numbers by Five Pumpkins

One Two – Teach toddlers/preschoolers to count with FREE educational flashcards

Designed for children who are learning their numbers and learning to count, this flashcard application shows each number from one to ten on the front face of the card, and a quantity on the back face of the card.

You can also:
* Use Edit Mode to change the text and make it your own deck by adding your voice or your child’s!
* Touch the bottom right corner of each card to “flip” it and see the associated quantity.
* Star the cards that you would like to review with your child and use the Favorites Mode to create your custom deck.
* Randomly show a letter using the Random Button.
* Swipe through the cards, or use the large buttons to move from number to number.
* Turn off the audio using the Quiz Mode.

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On the Go by Five Pumpkins

This app works great with our transport theme

Car Bike – Teach preschool/toddler children about their world with flashcards!

Truck! Train! Plane! On the Go teaches young children the names of various transportation vehicles.

Features include:
* Brightly colored images to keep kids interested.
* Edit Mode to change the text and pictures. Make it your own deck by adding your voice or your child’s!
* Star the cards that you would like to review with your child and use the Favorites Mode to create your custom deck.
* Randomly show a letter using the Random Button.
* Swipe through the cards, or use the large buttons to move from card to card.
* Turn off the audio using the Quiz Mode.

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Colours by Five Pumpkins

Red Blue – Teach toddlers/preschool children colors with educational flashcards
Black! Green! Red! Blue! Colors flashcards help your child learn the colors by showing a big color block on one side of the card and a picture of an object on the other side of the card.

For children as young as 6 months, this app also allows you to:
* Use Edit Mode to change the text and pictures. Make it your own deck by adding your voice or your child’s or customize to another language!
* Touch the lower right corner of the card to “flip” it and see the picture on the other side.
* Star the cards that you would like to review with your child and use the Favorites Mode to create your custom deck.
* Randomly show a letter using the Random Button.
* Swipe through the cards, or use the large buttons to move from card to card.
* Turn off the audio using the Quiz Mode.

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LEGO® App4+ by The LEGO Group

Use your imagination and building skills.

For kids age 4-7 or just a playful spirit. Build your own truck (helicopter blades or legs for wheels optional), bring your cargo to its right destination, and collect coins to earn more parts!

Use your imagination and building skills with the LEGO® Large Brick Box (6166) app.

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LEGO® DUPLO® JAMS by The LEGO Group

Starter app for children ages 2-5 who are just beginning to use a touchscreen.

LEGO® DUPLO® JAMS provides an interactive, musical world for your toddler or pr eschooler to discover the joy of building.Set to upbeat playroom songs that even parents will enjoy, this app lets children build their imaginations by clicking bricks to explore colorful worlds as they sing along to catchy tunes.

From trains and race cars to zoos and oceans, there’s something to engage every child’s interest. Play experiences range from learning the alphabet to simple memory matching exercises. Children can also customize their playtime by adding sounds to put their own creative touch on each world.

Kick off your child’s building career with LEGO DUPLO JAMS. Then, find these songs and other DUPLO JAMS free on iTunes or facebook.com/LEGODUPLO to add creative building fun to your playroom.

Features:
– Five songs and worlds to discover: Barnyard Serenade, Brick Racer, Build With Letters, Sort Out the Blues, Stick Together and a special “Almost time for Bed” Mode.
– Tap and discover free play
– Simple memory matching game
– Intuitive tap and play functionality matches any child’s ability

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This is by far Koko’s favourite app at the moment. He loves reading this book over and over again.

“I didn’t forget to use soap. I just don’t like soap.”
★ #1 in Paid Books Category – March 2011
★ “Fabulous” – CNET
★ One of the 10 Best Apps for Pre-Readers – Babble.com
★ Young kids will enjoy the stories of Little Critter – PadGadget.com

Funny, likeable Little Critter is at it again! He struggles to remember what he is supposed to do each day. On rainy days he remembers his raincoat but forgets his boots. On school days he gets to school on time but forgets his lunchbox. At home he takes a bath but forgets to use soap. Poor Little Critter! He tries hard but hasn’t quite mastered the art of how to get through the day. Every young child will understand Little Critter’s confusion and laugh with him from start to finish!

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter stories, which address all the major issues of growing up, are perennial favorites of parents and children.

New features only available in this interactive omBook for your Android device include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene.

To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork of author Mercer Mayer with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.

Three ways to read this omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book):
★ “Read to Me” — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
★ “Read it Myself” — read the book in its traditional form
★ “Auto Play” — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!

Additional Features:
★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
★ Find the creature mini-game
★ Professional audio narration
★ Custom background audio for each scene
★ Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Mercer Mayer

Official Mercer Mayer licensed app: www.littlecritter.com

LITTLE CRITTER, MERCER MAYER’S LITTLE CRITTER and MERCER MAYER’S LITTLE CRITTER and LOGO are trademarks of Orchard House Licensing Company. All rights reserved.

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Another one of Fifi and Koko’s favourite games

Puzzle for kids. 50 animals and more than 270 puzzle pieces for hours of fun!

Teaching fine motor skills to little ones just got easier. With the TeachersParadise.com Animals! Shape Puzzles for Android; colorful fun puzzles pieces are easily snapped together to form cute animals. After the animal puzzle is complete, the animal word will appear and the animal name will be heard. Want to play again? Just shake the phone to restart the puzzle or continue to a new one!

50 animals and more than 270 puzzle pieces for hours of fun!

Free Ad-supported version.
Language: US English
Age Level: 1+

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Initially this game wasn’t played allot by Fifi, she now plays it only if prompted. Koko enjoys it and will occasionally sit with Fifi and they play together.

This memory game app will keep your kids entertained, educated and quiet in car, in a restaurant, on a plane or everywhere.
* Memory games can actually help kids to increase their brain power along with improving their memory.
* Animals Memory Game will improve kids’ memory skills.
* Animals Memory Game will develop their concentration.
* Animals Memory Game will develop kids’ cognition skills.
* Animals Memory Game will help with the recognition of letters of alphabet.
* Animals Memory Game will help with the recognition of objects.
* Animals Memory Game app will keep your kids educationally entertained with funny sound effects and animals’ real sounds.
* Animals Memory Game has cute graphic images.
* Animals Memory Game is easy to use.
* Animals Memory Game is specifically designed as an educational tool by experts for preschool kids
* Animals Memory Game user interface is simple with guiding clear images for kids.
* Animals Memory Game will help your kid’s memory training.

FEATURES
* 6 different kinds of memory game.
* Each game has different difficulty level.
* Colorful and vivid graphics.
* Develops recognition, memorization and concentration.
* Cute Animals Memory Game – Level 1: This game is the easiest with 16 cute animals. These cute shaped animals will help your kids to improve memory skills, concentration and cognition skills with colorful graphics.
* Jungle Animals Memory Game – Level 2: This memory game includes 20 jungle animals with real sounds. Your kid will learn about animals while acquiring concentration and cognition skills. Jungle Animal Game is designed to educate and entertain kids with sound effects!
* Dog Memory Game – Level 3: Dog memory game has different kinds of dog poses with barking sound. This funny dog game will keep your kid busy and entertained while improving their memory skills.
* Frog Memory Game – Level 4: This memory game is more advanced with the letters of the alphabet. It will help your kids to recognize letters of the alphabet while keeping them interested with colorful graphics and sound effects.
* Farm Animals Memory Game – Level 5: Your preschool kid will love these funny and cute farm animals with their real sounds. It has 17 farm animals and 6 different backgrounds randomly set. Another fun way to teach kids animals and improve their cognition skills.
* Sea Animals Memory Game – Level 6: Sea Animals memory game has different kinds of sea creatures. This game includes 67 different sea creatures to keep your preschool kid busy.

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Noo’s Educational games

Who says Maths can’t be fun! Noo quite enjoys this game (until it gets a little difficult, LOL). This also forms part of his weekly math lessons

Fuelling Powerful Mental Arithmetic Development: Integers, Decimals & Fractions.

As part of a daily routine, “Little Genius” will not only develop mental arithmetic speed and confidence, it will also make future progress with a wider range of topics much easier.

“Little Genius” provides 10 questions within each round on a user chosen topic and 3 fun games:

POSITIVES
> i) Addition
> ii) Subtraction
> iii) Multiplication
> iv) Division
> v) Mixed operations
> vi) Square numbers
> vii) Cubic numbers

NEGATIVES
> i) Addition
> ii) Subtraction
> iii) Multiplication
> iv) Division

DECIMALS
> i) Addition
> ii) Subtraction
> iii) Multiplication
> iv) Division

FRACTIONS
> i) Addition (common denominators, different denominators or mixed numbers)
> ii) Subtraction (common denominators, different denominators or mixed numbers)
> iii) Multiplication (with vulgar fractions or mixed numbers)
> iv) Division (with vulgar fractions or mixed numbers)

PERCENTAGES
> Percentages of an amount
> Increase or decrease by a given perentage

EVERYDAY MATHS
> Money problems
> Metric conversions
> Metric to imperial conversions

CHALLENGE INTERMISSION GAMES
In order to help motivate users to make the most of this app, I have included 3 games as an intermission between rounds, each with their own Mathematical purpose:
> CLAY PI SHOOTING – a simple introduction to the Mathematical constant Pi. Users have 10 clay pi’s to shoot down
> CARD MATCH UP – users have 3 pairs of cards to correctly match up: identifying the name and the number of sides of polygons, distinguishing between averages, identifying angle names and their properties
> BUBBLES – pop as many multiples of a number as you can in 60 seconds

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My Apps


Noo has his own notebook and at the beginning of each day I load the lesson plan for the day. Each day has its own planner. That way he knows exactly what he needs to do per subject and whether its an individual, work with mom or group activity. The stress it has taken out of the day for both of us is immeasurable. Our school day runs allot more efficiently now that he has everything he has to do in writing. He also seems allot less frustrated with the amount of work he has to do now that he is in Grade 4.

Description
Evernote turns your Android device into an extension of your brain.
★ New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Awards and the Webbys. ★

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

Key Features:
– Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
– Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
– Save, sync and share files
– Search for text inside images
– Organize notes by notebooks and tags
– Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
– Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
– Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter
★ Premium feature: take notebooks offline to access them anytime
★ Premium feature: allow others to edit your notebooks
★ Premium feature: add a PIN lock to your Evernote app

Here are some ways to use Evernote for your personal and professional life:
– Research smarter: snap photos of whiteboards and books
– Take meeting and class notes, draft agendas and research notes
– Plan a trip: keep track of travel plans, plane tickets and passports
– Organize and save recipes; search by ingredients later
– Create a grocery list or task list and check things off as you go
– View web pages saved in Evernote on your desktop
– Capture ideas and inspiration on the go
– Access files and notes you create on your phone from your desktop
– Keep track of products and prices for comparison shopping purposes
– Keep finances in order: save receipts, bills and contracts
– Reduce paper clutter by taking snapshots of restaurant menus, business cards and labels
– Use Evernote as part of your GTD system to help you stay organized
– To get the most out of your Evernote experience, download it on all of the computers and phones that you use.

Evernote is available for:
Desktop: Mac, Windows and Web
Mobile: Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm WebOS, Windows Mobile
Tablet: Android, iPad
Web: Evernote for Web; Web Clippers for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer
More information about permissions at:
http://bit.ly/mAjLuc

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All application descriptions were sourced at Google Play

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