Forcing your kids to learn about the things that they need to learn about has always been a pain, especially during the summer when they are away from the rigors of teachers and their own school. Everyone, especially kids, needs something to do during the summer besides simply having fun playing video games, swimming, or other leisure activities; kids need something to keep their brains active so that they will be ready once more when the next school year rolls around. Fortunately, with the advent of smartphones, there are various kinds of apps within the marketplace that can allow you and your kids to have fun while exercising the brain a little so that it does not go to waste. These are just a few of those applications that may want to take a look at.
Best Books for Tweens
For those who like reading or if you want to give your kid some experience with books, Best Books for Tweens might be a good app for you. The app offers a fairly large amount of books for people around the fifth and sixth-grade reading level. You will be able to tag any book that you want to read for later use, and you can also conveniently keep track of all of the books that you have already read on the site. You can also choose to receive emails from the app, which will allow you to see books that they recommend for you depending on your previous history.
SkyORB is a very useful astronomical tool that you can use if you want to learn more about the solar system that we live in. It provides a real-time, three-dimensional representation of all of the planets orbits around the Sun and a neat feature in which you can simply point your phone towards a certain celestial object to easily determine the name and features of that object.
Google Earth is a well known app to easily virtually move around the planet Earth and view it from many different angles and directions. You can learn directions, look at different types of terrain, view different cities, and do other useful things that can help you engage yourself with the Earth a bit more.
TED Talks is a very useful tool for listening to different types of arguments and discussions about a wide variety of topics. Experienced people from many different types of fields talk passionately about their favorite field, and you will be able to listen and learn about ideas that you may have not even considered before within your daily life.
Khan Academy is a neat app that offers a wide variety of discussions on different subjects such as science, math, and other conventional subjects. The speakers are very engaging and explain concepts very well, and they provide detailed instructions on how to solve a certain problem or learn more about a certain topic.
Overall, learning on the go can be easier than ever if you decide to use a few of these apps, whether for yourself or for your children. There is no need to sit down and devote too much time reading a book when you can participate in an engaging discussion or look at strong visual cues to learn. Hopefully, one of these apps can be useful for your own personal needs.
Today’s feature writer, Jenny Wadlow, is a part of the team at Somers Elite Training which provide hospitality training services in Australia. She enjoys reading in her free time. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.