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Mind-mapping tool lets kids easily create visual organizers, including diagrams, maps, brainstorms, and text outlines. Outlines can be converted to maps; maps can be converted to outlines. A must-have for kids who have executive functioning issues.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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Reading-comprehension activities better with adult guidance. Curriculum content is very good and hard to find elsewhere, although terminology can be inconsistent and directions confusing across material sets.

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Enormously popular sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity. There's no story; rather, players create items and buildings from scratch using materials they harvest from the world around them.

Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
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Picture symbols and audio help kids hear and see text and visuals. There's a new edition every week covering current events such as popular movies, sporting events, holidays, and environmental issues.

iPad

More than 230 games touch on topics such as math, science, and even engineering and media literacy. Some are rich with learning content and some are more for fun, but all boast a typical PBS high-quality design and learning approach.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • As school gets harder, help your child get into a homework routine. Set aside time each day, in the same place, at the same time, for kids to do homework and to start developing organizational skills.
  • Talk about age-appropriate news. Encourage your child to point out main and supporting ideas in a news story, and encourage him or her to come up with synonyms and antonyms for key words.
  • Cook with your child to help him or her develop an understanding of fractions. Experiment with volume: Show that one third is more than one quarter but less than one half.