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A teacher's dream. This companion app for the website lets teachers and parents create customized word lists to help kids improve spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. A lot of flexibility makes it helpful for kids who need alternative ways to learn how to spell.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
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Lively math and science site caters to various learning styles. Engaging multimedia lessons on math and science, ranging from basic algebra to scientific theory and evidence. High-quality videos, songs, and karaoke. From Scholastic.

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Versatile downloadable text-to-speech reader summarizes and translates text, helping kids with comprehension and reading difficulties.

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The mobile version of a physics puzzler that has been available for PCs, Macs, and the Wii for years. The artistic imagery, although not particularly violent, is vivid and odd. Will get kids thinking about basic construction concepts.

Mac, Nintendo Wii, Windows

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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.