Bottom Line: MiniSchool offers a collection of six educational activities with varying levels of difficulty to help teach and reinforce several academic skills. Whimsical ocean-themed scenes and characters keep children entertained while working for a ribbon of success. Though many of the activities benefit younger children, the varying difficulty levels allow this app to grow with the child through multiple years.
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People often ask us here at Smart Apps For Kids to make a list of the best apps for <fill in the blank> grade. It's such a hard list to make, given the sheer number of good apps out there. However, we decided it's time to try, so here is my list for the must-have iPad apps in a classroom setting or at home for practice, starting with kindergarten. Just in time to start the school year out right!
Bottom Line: Number Hero: Addition is a fast-paced game that involves linking numbers together to come up with an exact answer. It’s a race against the clock to see if you can be a Number Hero. While there is room for improvement, this entertaining game is definitely helping us brush up on our addition skills before school starts.
Bottom line: A fabulous math app for your special needs or young elementary-aged child. Since we first reviewed ToDo K-2 Math Practice, it has evolved to an app with a new name and even more math. The new ToDo Math is built on the same basic premise with math activities that can be completed in two different ways. Replacing the original timed math practice, there are now Missions for users to complete. Or, children can engage in free choice which allows them to select math activities as they wish.
Bottom Line: This app takes addition and subtraction practice far beyond just flashcards. The games are fun and great for problem-solving in math for first and second graders (suggested ages: 7-9 years old). The multiplayer games are a real strength, challenging and fun for even my husband and me (yes, we play math games for fun). FREE to try, in-app purchase of $2.99 for full access.