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What's it about?
After providing and confirming an email address, parents create a user account for each kid using KHAN ACADEMY KIDS. When kids start, they meet and play with friendly animal guides. Then, activities are automatically presented according to age and past performance. There's content available for preschoolers all the way through first graders. Topics rotate among math, ELA, logic, and socio-emotional learning games, videos, and books, with opportunities for exploration and creative expression. After completing activities, kids choose a prize to add to their animal friends' collections. Kids and parents can also browse and choose activities by topic or type.
Is it any good?
This collection of videos, songs, and activities covers a lot of ground in a creative, highly accessible format. Khan Academy Kids makes it easy and fun for young kids to jump in and immerse themselves in foundational and fundamental early-learning content. Books, videos, songs, and games are high quality and make creative use of the touchscreen format. Mixed in among the more typical multiple-choice-type activities are plenty of opportunities for kids to experiment, explore, and express themselves. For instance, a logic game asks kids to follow directions for putting hats on some animal friends, but between trials, kids are encouraged to play by putting the hats on the animals in whatever way they like. Or, if kids get tired of responding to learning games, they can draw and then narrate a story as they move objects around the screen, read a book, or listen to a song. On the parent side, there's some feedback to track progress, but not so much as to feel overwhelming. Overall, Khan Academy Kids definitely goes beyond your typical ABC/123 early-learning app.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many learning topics in Khan Academy Kids. Point out how numbers, math, letters, and reading are all around us. Count and sort socks as you're doing the laundry, emphasize the beginning sound of family members' names, or read the signs at the grocery store.
Look at the app together and help your kids read the leveled books. Encourage them to read out loud and rejoice with them when they get through an entire sentence, page, or even the whole story!
Provide fun, stimulating learning opportunities off the screen as well. It doesn't have to cost anything to get kids learning. Fill your days with books (visit your local library), songs (it's free to sing), arts activities (all you need is scratch paper and crayon), language (talk about what you're doing together), and sensory experiences (take a walk in a local park).
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading
Math: addition, counting, numbers
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic
Creativity: making new creations
Emotional Development: labeling feelings
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 18, 2018
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 104.80 MB
- Publisher: Khan Academy
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: April 07, 2020
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