It’s no secret that I love incorporating the iPad in the education of my chicks. Well, this year is no different! I use the iPad more than ever!
For Social Studies, we’re using Elemental History’s Adventures in America. Boy Chick (who is now 8, by the way) and I are really enjoying this chronological look at American history. I chose the digital download, and simply uploaded the Teacher’s Guide to my iPad. On social studies days, I just read from my iPad in iBook.
We’re also using Biology for the Grammar Stage by Elemental Science. Another digital download.. and my Teacher’s Guide is on my iPad. Save paper and ink??? Score!
For Spelling and Vocabulary, I’ve started using Spelling City. I splurged for the premium membership, which is around $30 per year for a family of 5. Not bad… I adore the app, though. Haven’t even really used the online games. It looks as though they even have an android app as well! The app itself is free.. and there are lots of fun games for both vocabulary words and spelling words. You can search for lists for both on spelling city… I choose to upload my own lists.
We’ve been using the iPad app Splash Math (Grade 3) for brushing up on math stuff. We’ve bounced around math curriculums this year. We started out using the free Mathematics Enhancement Programme. Honestly, I didn’t dig it. We finished the whole year (I think it was year 2), but it honestly left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt as though it held Boy Chick back from what we were doing last year. That’s the one downside to eclectic homeschooling, I suppose. Bouncing around here and there… and not finding a groove. We’ve switched over to Math Mammoth. I think this one might be our new math curriculum. It’s inexpensive, but seems thorough.
Our Language Arts is varied and all over the place… for reviews, I love the McGraw Hill apps… Grammar Wonderland and Word Wonderland. They were both free- can’t beat that! And Boy Chick actually found them to be a bit of fun.
Other favorite iPad apps are some oldies, but goodies! They’re still playing Toontastic. This app is absolutely amazing… It is art and language arts… Kids can draw, direct, produce and narrate their very own cartoons. The app is free, but there are add-ons for different characters and scenes. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re
cheap frugal and won’t splurge on them. I can use the excuse that it is developing their imaginations and their drawing capabilities. Teehee.
Scribblenauts is another that is well loved. What is not to love about this one? If you don’t have this one and you have an elementary aged child, run – do not walk, and download this app. Girl Chick (who is 4) also loves this app! And she’s learning how to spell words! She doesn’t necessarily play the game, but she enjoys writing words and watching them appear! Plus, she gets to work with her big brother and they need all the cooperation practice they can get.
So, yes, we use the iPad in our homeschool frequently. Every day, in fact. Now, what I want to know is… will someone please come up with a complete homeschool iPad curriculum? That would be awesome-sauce. And epic. And all the other things Boy Chick says that means Cool.
What apps do your youngin’s love?