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Bugs Math apps by Little Bit Studio on sale! April 24, 2013

Filed under: Early Elementary,Homeschooling Apps,Kids,Preschool — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:16 pm
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If you missed out of the sale last time, grab these math apps. They just went to $0.99 for a limited time.

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Bugs and Numbers for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugs and Buttons for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Bugs and Bubbles for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

It has been awhile since I have had a chance to blog about any app deals. I am back with a fabulous deal. This is not a freebie today, but Little Bit Studio has discounted their award winning Bugs series of early math apps for the iPhone and iPad to $0.99 for a limited time (Normally, $2.99). This series of apps is stunning in its graphics and design. It is just visually so appealing. Don’t be alarmed by the bug theme, both girls and boys will enjoy these apps.

You will love the adaptive play which increases the difficulty level based on mastery of skills…

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Magic Schoolbus Young Scientist Club – 50% off April 18, 2013

Filed under: Early Elementary,Upper Elementary — lifeatwarpspeed @ 3:32 pm
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Just saw this deal from Educents for kids 5 to 12 for 50% of the Magic Schoolbus Young Scientist Club for one year. You will receive a kit every month of fun experiments and activities to do with your kids at home. Shipping is included in the purchase. Every kit contains: Each kit includes: 

  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information 
    • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series 
    • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use 
    • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments (include sample photo) 
  • Topics include: Magnets, Acids/Bases, Human Body, Weather Station, Water, Light/Rainbows and Mirrors, Volcanoes, Air, Fossils, Stars/Planets, Bacteria/Fungi, Solids/Liquids/Gases

This is a really great way to inspire and encourage kids to develop a love for STEM. Science is notoriously underfunded in public schools at the elementary level, so this is a family friendly way of supplementing at home.

Recommended for aged 5 to 12 for homeschooling or families who want to supplement science education at home.



McGraw Hill Grammar, Phonics and Math apps – free for a limited time.

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:59 pm
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iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Mac Apps, Deals and Discovery at App Shopper – Search Results 1 to 19 of 19 in All Categories for “McGraw-Hill School Education Group”.

Today’s app shout out is for the McGraw-Hill (curriculum publisher) series of math and language arts apps for the iPhone or iPad. They are currently offering a number of their math and language arts apps for free download. These fun little games are great for helping kids practice math facts and skills. There are a variety of math apps available to cover early math through division, multiplication and fractions.

Highly recommended for students K through 3rd grade. Grab it now while they are free.



Chem Pro: Chemistry Tutor app – free for a limited time. April 17, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:16 am
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Chem Pro: Chemistry Tutor for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I don’t frequently post about apps for high school students because I don’t have one in the house, but I came across this deal today. Chem Pro is a very interesting highly rated app for students studying chemistry. This app was developed by a research scientist/chemistry tutor in NYC to specifically assist students in preparing for AP Chemistry or General Chemistry. He has spent years tutoring NYC students in for classes and examinations in AP, general, organic, and physical chemistry.

I remember that chemistry out of all the sciences was the most challenging because of the sheer amount of information that must be memorized. This $2.99 app is free for a limited time for you to try out. This app comes with 10 video lessons, equation reference, some flashcards, and shows you what the molecular mass calculator and unit converter calculator looks like. Normally, I don’t suggest looking at apps that promote in-app purchases because that just plain annoys me.

However, in this case, this app might be worth your while to check out. Try it out and see if the 10 video lessons appeal to you before you buy the entire 80 lesson pack for $9.99. At minimum, I think the flashcards and the calculators at $0.99 each is a reasonable price. Your student should know how to do these calculations, but this is a very useful tool once that skill is mastered or for double-checking their work.

Recommended for high school chemistry students in traditional or homeschool settings.



Guess How Much I Love You App – free for a limited time!

Filed under: Apps,Kid's TV,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 9:59 am
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Guess How Much I Love You – Interactive Episodes for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Our family loves the classic Guess How Much I Love You story by Sam McBratney. This is a lovely story about the love between a father and his son. I love the playfulness of the story, and the fact that it is about a father. For some reason, children’s stories seem to often feature only the mother and children with the father frequently missing. Anyways, I can easily recite this from memory due to the many, many readings to my son. I always decided to have M’s aunt record this story in the Hallmark recordable book so that he could listen to her read the story. (This is a wonderful way of keeping far away loved ones near and present for young children). Even though you can do this easily with many e-books, there is something quite wonderful and tactile about physical books. You may have noticed I don’t post that frequently about e-books even though there are deals all the time. I only post about the ones I really think are interesting and exceptionally good, but I am in the firm camp of not using the iPad for reading books because I think reading is best when you can physically touch paper and allow your imagination come alive with the storytelling.

Anyways, you might not be aware that Disney developed a television program based on this book. Today’s app deal is normally $2.99 and includes 2 interactive episodes of the television show with games and puzzles to play. This might be fun for your LO if they are are fond of Little Nutbrown Hare like mine was.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5



McGraw-Hill Grammar and Phonics App – free for a limited time! April 16, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:48 pm
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Word Wonderland (Primary) Full for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Grammar Wonderland (Primary) for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Grammar Wonderland (Elementary) for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

No time today for a long review. Just wanted to tell all of you about a few good apps gone free today from McGraw-Hill.

Word Wonderland ($1.99) is a app that helps your child go beyond letter sounds to build on their phonics skills through long and short vowel recognition, blends, etc. They can practice their word sorting skills. There are varying levels of difficult, and separate accounts can be set up for each child. Good for grades K to 2 or for younger gifted learners mastering phonics skills.

Both the Primary ($1.99) and Elementary ($2.99) Grammar Wonderland apps are games designed to help your child practice with nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other parts of speech. The Elementary picks up where Primary leaves off giving you more challenge. It is slightly less “fun” to play than the Primary one. These apps are not designed to teach grammar. Their focus is giving your child a fun way to practice their skills. Good for grades 1 to 4 or for younger gifted learners learning grammar.



Fruit Ninja HD App – currently free! April 12, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:44 pm
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Fruit Ninja HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Fruit Ninja for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

No need to review this game since you must be living under a rock if you don’t know about this top rated, top selling app. Great, simple fun for kids and adults. The full version is free today! Normally, $2.99.

Highly recommended for all ages.



BrainNook Grade 1 Math Full App – Free today!

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 12:11 pm
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BrainNook Grade 1 Math Full [HD] for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I have hundreds of math apps in my iTunes account, and yet here I am with yet another math app review. This app offering today comes from BrainNook of the popular online website that offers over a hundred math and English grammar educational games. BrainNook is frequently used in schools as well. The full version Grade 1 Math is free today (normally $4.99).  If you miss this, there is a lite version where 3 games are unlocked.

If your child needs more “fun” and “games” to keep engaged in math skills learning and practice, this app is for you. There are interesting challenges and games.

This app covers these core skills:

– Addition and subtraction of single digit and two digit numbers
– Word problems involving addition and subtraction
– Understanding place value for two digit numbers
– Commutative and associative properties of addition (a+b=b+a and (a+b)+c=a+(b+c))
– Visual estimation of the number of items in a group
– Comparing whole numbers
– Skip counting

Recommended for children mastering grade 1 level math.



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