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Wild Sheep Math App – currently free April 25, 2014

Filed under: Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:29 pm
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Wild Sheep – The Math Challenge on the App Store on iTunes.

Wild Sheep is a fun math game app that is currently free (Normally $0.99). You chase and count these wild sheep running loose while practicing your math facts from 1-20, practice number bonds, addition and subtraction. Your child will have a lot of fun while working on their basic math skills. This is a great app for math enrichment or to add fun to your homeschool math studies.

Recommended for ages 4 to 7.

L@WS

 

 

Grandma’s Garden App – free for a limited time. April 21, 2014

Filed under: Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 11:52 pm
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Grandma’s Garden on the App Store on iTunes.

This is a pretty fun pretend play app for the pre-K set that is currently free. Normally, $1.99. This is part of a group of  pretend play app from Fairlady Media. This app is whimsical and silly as you explore, play and learn about colors, letters, numbers, shapes and other early learning concepts.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

L@WS

 

Little Bit’s Math Apps – on sale for $0.99 for a limited time!

Filed under: Apps,Early Elementary,Homeschooling,Kids,Preschool — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:54 pm
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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.

Bugs and Buttons 2 on the App Store on iTunes.

Seriously, do not miss out on this deal! Little Bit Studio has put their their award winning Bugs series of early math apps for the iPhone and iPad on sale for $0.99 (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. There are 18 engaging games to play (translate “learning”), and achievement stickers are used to encourage and reward learning. I love that there are multiple user profiles which is wonderful when you have more than one child in the family. There are also 11 different language settings for you to use which includes both traditional and simplified Chinese.

What parent doesn’t groan when they contemplate drilling math skills? These apps covers basic counting to early fractions, currency, time, simple addition and subtraction, comparison, measurement, patterns, sequencing, sorting and problem solving. With these apps, math becomes a perfect blend of study and play. Just like Mary Poppins says, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”  If you loved the apps by Duck Duck Goose, you will love these apps by Little Bit Studio.

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

L@WS

 

Bugs and Buttons 2 – currently free November 7, 2013

Filed under: Apps,Homeschooling Apps,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:45 pm
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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.

Bugs and Buttons 2 on the App Store on iTunes. (currently free)

It has been awhile since I have had a chance to blog about any app deals. I am back with a fabulous freebie today, but Little Bit Studio has made the latest version of their award winning Bugs series of early math apps for the iPhone and iPad absolutely free (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. There are 18 engaging games to play (translate “learning”), and achievement stickers are used to encourage and reward learning. I love that there are multiple user profiles which is wonderful when you have more than one child in the family. There are also 11 different language settings for you to use which includes both traditional and simplified Chinese.

What parent doesn’t groan when they contemplate drilling math skills? These apps covers basic counting to early fractions, currency, time, simple addition and subtraction, comparison, measurement, patterns, sequencing, sorting and problem solving. With these apps, math becomes a perfect blend of study and play. Just like Mary Poppins says, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”  If you loved the apps by Duck Duck Goose, you will love these apps by Little Bit Studio.

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

L@WS

 

Teach Me Toddler app- free today. August 5, 2013

Filed under: Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 5:08 pm
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Teach Me series of Apps | Life at Warp Speed.

This is one of my all time favorite series of apps. Click above for the full review. The Teach Me Toddler one has gone free today. It is on my list of must have apps if you have kids.

Here is the link for that one: TeachMe: Toddler for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

L@WS

 

 

Free Stanford online class to help parents with their kids’ math! June 21, 2013

Filed under: Education,Homeschooling — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:16 pm
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Stanford Online. (scroll down to How to Learn Math)

Obviously, I am all about the free on this blog, and this is the age of free online education. There is a vast array of free on-line classes for just about anything you can think of and from premier universities in our country.

If you are parent that works or one that homeschools, I frequently hear a lot about struggling with mathematics. Even though our household is a “math-y” family, I am signed up right away for this free on-line offering from Dr. Jo Boaler. This course aims to help any one working with a student in math rethink your approach and how to effectively help your child.

Given the dismal state of math education in the US, all parents are right to be concerned about how they can help their students be successful in their studies. I totally get that the majority of parents (unless they have STEM backgrounds) may feel uncomfortable and uncertain once their child starts to get to middle school and higher math.

(excerpt from the course description)

Dr Jo Boaler is Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, editor of the research commentary section of JRME, and author of seven books, including “What’s Math Got To Do With It” (US) / “The Elephant in the Classroom” (UK). Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England and a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools.Who is this course for?
This course is for teachers of math (K-12) or for other helpers of students, such as parents. After the summer I will release a student version of this course. This course provides an opportunity for teachers and parents to preview the ideas for students and think about how they may be useful, as well as learn from new research ideas and share ideas with other teachers and parents who enroll in the course.

What is the pace of the course?

The course will launch on July 15th, a good pace may be to take 2 sessions per week, but you can choose your own pace. The course will close on September 27th, 2013.

Recommended for parents and teachers of any child studying mathematics. Dr. Boaler is planning to release a student version of the course after this summer.

L@WS

 

Oxford Owl – hundreds of free e-books! (no iPad needed) June 17, 2013

Free children’s ebooks for ages 3-11 | Oxford Owl.

Help your child’s maths | Oxford Owl.

I don’t want non-iPad owners out there to feel a bit left out. Even though you can snag all these cool deals with your iTunes account, it would be nice to have something that you could access right now. So, here is a great pair of websites from our friends from across the pond.

The reading website has over 250 FREE e-books, tons of activities and games, and resources to help you with your child’s reading skills. Everything is separated by age range/reading ability which makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. The books range from age 3 up to 11. The math(s) website is geared towards ages 3 to 5 and 5 to 7 with activities and resources to help you develop your child’s math skills. This site is not nearly as robust as the reading website.

Keep in mind, these are British websites, so the pronunciation, phonetic rules, and spelling adhere to Queen’s English.

Recommended for children in pre-K to 5th grade for reading and pre-K to 2nd for math.

L@WS

 

 
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