Top Free Educational and Fun Apps for iPhones and IPads for Kids

When most parents think of kids using iPads and iPhones, they think of video games such as Angry Birds. What they may not realize is that these common household devices can be amazing learning tools that help extend the range of learning for young kids.

Computer Explorers, an education technology company that uses cutting-edge devices  to give kids a competitive edge with math, reading and science, believes that the touch screen holds some real advantages for children when it comes to learning.

Younger kids, especially children ages 3-5, learn using their senses. iPads and iPhones reduce barriers to learning and are fun for kids because they can reach out and touch them, which speeds up the learning process.

Having the right apps makes all the difference. Computer Explorers uses these devices as a resource and leverages their strengths so kids learn more of what they are already working on in the classroom.

Here are Computer Explorers’ top 7 picks for free apps parents can use over the summer to keep kids learning when school is out:

  • Counting Coins: Practice with U.S. pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, which helps counting and math skills
  • Alphabet Tracing: Trains, trucks and worms come to life for children to follow, tracing with a finger, while showing the proper way to write alphabet letters and numbers, which is important for fine motor skills and improves handwriting.
  • ABCheese Lite: Helps preschoolers recognize the alphabet, improve finger tracing, hand-eye coordination and gain logical thinking skills
  • KinderSpell: Helps preschool children build vocabulary – great for improving sight words
  • Sight Words by Little Speller: Focuses on 220 common English words and helps young learners recognize them by sound, sight and touch
  • My Scene: Helps develop visual perception among toddlers ages 2 and up. With parental help, youngsters also can create their own stories, which develops language skills and imagination.
  • Meegenius!: A library of kids’ books, each with read-along technology that uses word highlighting and professional narration to build word recognition

When kids have fun as they learn, they develop a desire to learn more. These are free apps that help give kids confidence and skills so they perform better in the classroom.

“Salem Lutheran School-Tomball After School Tech Club has been partnering with Tech Stars by Computer Explorers on site for two years.  Our students are learning important skill sets such:  developing complex problem-solving abilities, collaboration, working on a team and the ability to think critically.  Tech Stars also implements STEM based technology into the various curriculum and the children love working with digital cameras, microscopes and other peripherals.” — Steve McEwin, Technology Manager/Instructor at Salem Lutheran School, Tomball Texas

Dawn Romaguera – Teacher

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Dawn has been married to husband, Mike for 25 years and they have 5 children. She has a B.S. in Accounting from LSU and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from UNO.

Romaguera’s experience ranges from teaching at a Vocational-Technical School for the State of Louisiana to the position of Associate Professor at Nunez Community College. She also received the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award as well as being named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for two years.

Dawn is a long time CE teacher, having taught several different college computer textbooks, she considers that the curriculum written for TechStar Programs are concise and relevant. The course offerings are varied, which keeps the classes fun for her as well as the students year after year.

Whether a child is a novice or an experienced computer user, each class starts at a beginning level, but quickly moves to more challenging topics. Dawn has really enjoyed watching the little ones who are not sure how to work the mouse evolve to a child who she can’t get to leave when the class is over. She equally enjoys teaching the older students and uses her previous experience to enhance the curriculum and give her students relevant tools they can continue to use in their studies as well as real-life situations.

Sharon Kayode – Teacher

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Sharon is a Houstonian, who obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Texas Southern University in 1990. During her last semester at Texas Southern University, she completed an Internship at Richmond State School in Richmond, Texas and began working with the Special Needs population in 1989.

In 2002, Kayode owned and operated a group home for special needs adults with the Department of Aging and Disabilities. She enjoys working with children who has worked with the Special Needs population for 20 plus years.

Sharon is delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of children.

Paige Gomez – Teacher

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Paige Gomez started working with kids when she started babysitting at the age of 12. After graduating from Cypress Springs high school in Cypress, TX, she worked for Langham Creek YMCA in the Before and After school program. She went on to work for another the before and after school Club Rewind and the Child Care at her church.

Gomez enjoys the company of children and watching them learn and grow every day. She plans to advance her technology knowledge, and put it to use by either teaching basic technology skills to children or going to work for one of the BIG technology companies.

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