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Grammar Pop App Poster Image

Fun word game helps reinforce parts of speech. Focuses on the basic parts of speech, not building higher-level grammar skills.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
IXL Website Poster Image

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.

Khan Academy Website Poster Image

Free website with thousands of educational videos and an almost unlimited number of practice exercises. Most math videos focus on procedure rather than conceptual depth. Aimed at self-paced instruction.

Math Snacks Website Poster Image

Bite-size but meaty collection of math videos and games, with teacher and student materials. Meant to appeal to kids who don't like math, giving them a new way to look at concepts.

Motion Math: Fractions! App Poster Image
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Innovative fraction practice. A star has fallen from the sky, and kids must get it back into space by making it bounce in the correct place on a number line on the bottom of the screen.

iPad, Android, Kindle Fire


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Help Your Child at Home

  • Create a family vocabulary blog: Use social media such as Pinterest or a collaboration app such as Evernote to save interesting words your family finds and discuss them together.
  • Take note of real-life chances to discuss times tables; if your family eats three meals a day, how many meals do you eat in a week?
  • Develop a politeness policy, including behavioral expectations for your child and other family members. Make it clear that taking turns, listening, and saying "please" all are important at home and at school.