With only a few short weeks left of summer vacation, you may be thinking it’s time for the kids to brush up on their academics prior to heading back to class. Since the way to a tween’s heart is through their smart device, here are 5 award winning apps to get your tween ready for back to school.
Bobo Explores Light – iPad
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Developed for 8-12 year olds, Bobo Explores Light plays like a giant cartoon science book come to life. There’s little chance your kids will get bored as the app focuses on 21 topics related to light such as photosynthesis, lasers and reflection in fun, easy to learn lessons through the use of videos, animation, games, articles and articles. $4.99, iTunes
Geography Drive USA – iPad
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Since many of us travel south in the summer, I included this award winning fun app on USA geography. Whether you’ve already travelled or about to travel to the States, Geography Drive USA is a fun, engaging way to learn fun facts about the 50 U.S. states. Don’t panic if you need to brush up on your geography. Just be sure to check out brochures on the 50 states and maps at the Visitor Centre before you fire up the engine to begin your game. Hope to see a Canadian version of equal quality in the near future. $3.99, iTunes
Learn French: Mindsnacks
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Named as one of the best educational apps of 2011 by Apple, Mindsnacks will get your child’s foreign language skills back to school ready. Each language has 8-9 learning games with over 1,000 common words and phrases along with spoken audio clips for the ultimate in language prep. Languages currently available: French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese and Portuguese. Free (1st lesson only), $4.99 for 50 lessons (language of choice) or $19.99 all subject pass, iTunes
Middle School Confidential 1 & 2
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Maybe this is your child’s first year transitioning from primary to junior division or maybe they’re starting a new school. Whatever the case may be, Middle School Confidential 1 & 2 will help your child better handle various social situations they may encounter. Based on the winning Middle School Confidential book series by Annie Fox, M.Ed., the Middle School Confidential apps play like graphic novels following a close knit group of friends as they deal with issues of self esteem, being put down by others, the pressure to be perfect (MSC 1), making friends, cyberbullying, resolving disputes and working through gossip (MSC 2). MSC 1: Be Confident in Who You Are $2.99 iTunes, Google Play MSC 2: Real Friends vs the Other Kind $2.99 iTunes, Google Play
Mystery Math Town
Help rescue fireflies hidden inside homes in Mystery Math Town. Players search individual rooms for fireflies but in order to proceed to another room, they must correctly answer math equations. The app gets down to basics focusing on addition, subtraction and multiplication in a fun, haunted kind of way that captures kids attention. $1.99 iPhone, $2.99 iPad
What are some of your favourite learning apps for tweens?
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.