With our living rooms turned into virtual classrooms, parents everywhere are searching for ways to enhance their kids learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. We want to share some of our recent NAPPA Award winners that bring the fun and learning right to your home.
Foreign Language Made Simple
With so much time at home, why not introduce your kids to a new language. Language Together offers a series of books in various languages including Spanish, French, English, Traditional Chinese and Mandarin. Developed with teachers, the Spot Color Immersion Method® combines picture cues, simple sentences, humor, repetition and a story-based approach. Includes online audio narration by a native speaker.
A Magical Classroom
If your kids love games, they will not even realize they are learning with Adventure Academy. Developed by the creators of the award-winning ABCmouse learning program, Adventure Academy™ is a multiplayer online game for elementary and middle school children. It features thousands of learning activities—games, quests, educational videos, animated series, books and other types of reading materials presented in a fun and safe virtual world. Available on computers, tablets, and smartphones, Adventure Academy builds critical knowledge of essential curriculum topics in language arts, math, science, social studies, and more.
Engage with Math
To help kids better engage with math, the Z-kai’s Zoom-Up Workbook is a great tool. Zoom-Up is tailored to develop children’s mathematical thinking, problem solving and explanation skills that are necessary for their future success in STEM. This Workbook contains 45 challenging problem sets that are designed to be close to children’s daily lives and to optimize their understanding and perseverance. Children will be able to find delight in utilizing math in the real world. Solving challenging tasks will also help them develop confidence and motivation.
For a challenging card game that reinforces math skills, Proof! is a fast, fun and addicting math game that the whole family can enjoy. Work that mental math magic as you race to find creative equations hidden among nine number cards.
Our latest NAPPA Award winners bring fun and learning together.
A mobile app for kids that uses augmented reality to bring books to life. Choosing from an extensive library of AR books that features the best publishers such as Penguin Random House and DK, the child can learn, read and have fun at the same time. The books range from classics such as Peter Rabbit to Hasbro’s Transformers. Ages 3-8, $59.99, bookful.app
Cooking class Global Feast!
Provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to gain practical kitchen skills through preparing food from around the world. Step-by-step photography feature children from a wide range of backgrounds preparing dishes that reflect their unique food traditions. A pop-out food passport, world language flash cards, and flag stickers provide additional fun on their global food journey. Ages 8+, $18.95, www.storey.com
Heartsongs of the Rainbow
Created by a pediatric speech pathologist with the goal of uplifting, inspiring, nurturing and supporting those in the Special Needs Community. This album can also be enjoyed by all children. Each song allows children the opportunity to learn and demonstrate simple physical and gestural movements as well as to vocalize with repetitive, easy-to-make sounds. Ages 2-10, $15, theadrienneprocess.com
Start the important conversations about money early with this educational app. Kids will learn about money management, including saving, spending, investing and helping others through the app. Ages 6-16, $7.99/year, Busykid.com
Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do
With joyful illustrations and kid-friendly writing, this idea book serves as a delightful, easy-to-read collection of 125 concrete activities kids and their families can pick and choose from and act out in their daily lives — no special occasion required. Ages 5+, $12.95, storey.com
Every activist started out as a kid—and in some cases they were kids when their activism began! But even the world’s greatest champions of civil liberties had relatable interests and problems–often in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. Features kid-friendly texts and full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page. Ages 9-12, $13.95, quirkbooks.com
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Check out these terrific NAPPA Award-winning educational apps.
LetterSchool – Spelling Words!
LetterSchool is a fun and educational App with a wonderful mission — teaching the world to read and write while having fun. The App includes educational games for young children learning to read to work on sight words with endings such as -ab, -et, -at and -ut to increasingly more challenging endings such as -ock, -eed, -ish, etc. The program’s challenges increase with the child. $9.99, ages: 2 – 8.
Kidomi is an app that combines fun and learning. Featuring hundreds of puzzles to solve, adventures to read, inventions to build, creations to make and games to play from the top global content creators that kids know and love including Toca Boca, Crayola, Sago Sago, Highlights for Children and more. New activities are added every day. $7.99 monthly or $59.99 annually, ages 3-8
Connected Kids is an online, self-directed study course that guides parents and educators to create and deliver mindfulness and meditations techniques that help kids and teens reduce anxiety and stress. Created by Lorraine E. Murray, author of “Calm Kids: Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities,” this program has been empowering adults to teach their kids and teens with mindful skills since 2003. A great way for adults to practice what they are teaching and for the whole family to learn these important skills. $230 for the course. For the entire family