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Montessorium: Intro to Words App Poster Image
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Clever, hands-on method for learning how to spell. Kids physically manipulate letters on-screen and hear the sound of each letter as they touch it and drag it into position to form words.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image
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An audio-heavy pay site that creates animated curriculum-based content aligned to state education standards. Includes video, game, quiz, and activity sections for science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.

Dexteria Dots 2 - Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts App Poster Image
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Unique game boosts motor skills, memory, and essential math concepts. Kids drag, tap, slice, and swipe to make sets of equal dots or to determine which set of dots has the greater value.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
DreamBox Learning Math Game Poster Image
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Online math game adjusts in difficulty as you play. The game-like atmosphere is enticing and engaging; it's visually appealing and fun to play.

Mac, Windows
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IXL

Math drills and practice can only be so fun, but IXL makes a good effort through rewards, immediate feedback, and visually appealing tasks. Activities for kids pre-K and up, and you must be a member for unlimited access.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Pick a word of the day, starting each day with a different letter. Have your child write the word and look for things in your home that begin with the same letter.
  • Look for word problems in real life. For example, if you use five eggs to make breakfast, close the egg carton and ask your child, "How many eggs are left?"
  • Try using "we" frequently in conversation, helping kids learn family rules and your family’s culture. This can help give kids a sense of security and belonging, and it can help them understand your family's rules and values.