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Chess Masters app – gone free today! September 12, 2014

Filed under: Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:09 am
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Chess Masters on the App Store on iTunes.

Also a good chess app for kids. It is normally $2.99, but it is free for download today. I have to run out of the door and will revise this review. I did want to let you know asap about this deal today.

L@WS.

 

Math Slicer App – currently free!

Filed under: Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:03 am
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Math Slicer Free on the App Store on iTunes.

Sorry for the long silence on my blog! Things have been crazy with the ramp up of our homeschool co-op and prepping for a couple of classes that I am teaching for this fall.

I don’t have a lot of time to write a detailed review, but I wanted to bring this awesome app to your attention. This is an award winning app that has gone free. (normally $ 0.99) If your kid likes Fruit Ninja or other slicing games, then this is right up your alley and just in time for school. Kids need to practice their math facts. You can do it with flashcards or you can do it in a fun way like with Math Slicer. You can practice all four operations. The game offers different levels of play as well.

Here’s the youtube preview of the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5mwonhURtg

Recommended for grades K-5.

L@WS

 

Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids – currently free for limited time!

Filed under: Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:30 am
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App Store – Chess Academy for Kids by Geek Kids.

This is a fabulous app that I have been meaning to post about for the last two years! I am motivated now because I just noticed it is being offered for free right now! This is normally a $4.99 app. This is an award-winning app that made Apple’s New and Noteworthy shout out. This is a great app for kids (or even adults) who want to learn to play chess. There are great tutorials to help demonstate and practice tasks each piece can do. The app does a great job of teaching about special moves, how pieces move, rules of the game, strategies of play, and even the relative value of pieces.

I really like the freature where you can have a special two player game mode for beginner players. The app helps players by showing all the possible moves that can be made. The game  can automatically reorient the screen for each player’s turn so you don’t have to keep flipping the iPad around. There’s a undo and redo feature as well plus the game can be set to not allow you to move the king into harm’s way.

The app is designed for multi player play as well as play against the computer. It also can track each player’s progress and achievement with the tutorials, tasks and games and shows progress on an achievement bar.

This is such a great addition to your app collection and will help your child develop great higher order thinking skills, strategic thinking and analytical skills which are all excellent foundational math skills.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

L@WS

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Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian September 4, 2014

Filed under: San Diego,SF Bay Area,Things to Do with Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 1:41 am
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Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian

Visit Your Favorite Museum for Free on Museum Day | Museum Day Live! | Smithsonian.

Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring its free Museum Live Day on 9/27! Hundreds of participating museums across the country. Click through to see what is available in your area. You must have a “Museum Live!” ticket for free admission, so be sure to complete the process.

L@WS

Here is a list of SoCal venues available:

Los Angeles Area

California Science Center

Chinese American Museum

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Pasadena Museum of California Art

The GRAMMY Museum

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Zimmer Children’s Museum

Orange County

Heritage Museum of Orange County

OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art

Santa Ana Fire Museum

The Inland Empire

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum

Riverside Art Museum

Temecula Valley Museum

San Diego County

Creation & Earth History Museum

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Making Music

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego History Museum

The Adobe Chapel Museum

The Martson House Museum & Gardens

Santa Barbara Area

Casa Dolores, Center for the Study of the Popular Arts of Mexico

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House

 

 

 

 
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