Today I am sharing with you our favorite homeschool apps we use and love plus!! Hang on to the end for a surprise!
Last week I shared with you the exact curriculum we are using this year, however, we don’t just use books and computers in our homeschool. We also use tablets and in my case a cell phone. This is where Apps come in, for helping me and the kids with school.
There are many posts out there to see what apps are used for homeschooling, I mean a ton. Apps can help you in so many ways such as helping you save time, less stress, teach something or just add a bit of fun.
Let’s get to my favorite ones!
Top 5 Apps for Homeschooling:
1. A Novel Idea– My daughter found this on her own while looking for something to help her create, write, and record her stories.
Features are: drag and drop scenes, scene goals, a simple interface for creating your characters, locations, scenes and novels and more!
She enjoys using this tool, however, she says it’s difficult to use if you want to create more than one story. Otherwise, she loves it. Apple, Free!
2. Colornote: My son introduced me to this super useful app, I use it to record notes I need on the go.
For blogging: I use it to keep track of blog post ideas, hex codes, and things I need to do that day.
For school: I use it for subjects I need to cover in school, project materials to buy, subjects to track/mark.
Using my favorite homeschooling tools, I know what I need to teach when. So I use Colornote to help me keep track of what to pick up at the library, what supplies I will need. You can read more about this here: My Favorite “Go-To” Homeschooling Resources
For life: I use it for a to-do list for groceries, chores, pick up items, appointments etc.
This app is super flexible, anything you would use to list or keep track of this little cutie will do it for you!
C loves it because you can color code it, each color can be used to represent a category/subject, he loves the archive feature and calendar.
You can choose between text option or checklist and has a calendar included as well as many other options such as the ability to link and share! Apple or Android Free!
3. Snap Collage: This photo-editing app is awesome for creating custom collages and adding text to photos.
Some of its features are: make multiple collages, arrange as you like, color choices and patterns, add text, stickers!
After all how else are you going to share your children’s amazing artwork and projects with friends and family? Share through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Apple-Free!
4. Duolingo: This amazing app works on phone, tablet or computer! Learn languages on the go!
The website alone is available in 21 languages, it also offers in-lesson grading. My favorite is that it isn’t just reading, but includes reading, grammar, and speaking. It makes learning fun! Free!
Grab our list of 20 apps we love here!
5. This last app is not free, however, I use it every day. It is my favorite tracking app and I had to include it. It is: Homeschool Helper App. (https://www.homeschoolhelperapp.com/)
I bought this app when I needed to find some sort of way to record the children’s work and especially their attendance. I know many states/provinces you need to hit 180 days of schooling to finish a year. This app allows me to track even half days. It is so easy to use!
Some of its key features are:
- track more than one student, have 5? No problem!
- You can duplicate a student if your children are taking the same courses, easy set-up
- Once you get it set up, tracking grades and attendance are a snap
- grade calculator included, it will also paste it in the field you need
- Includes tracking for field trips, book lists and tasks
- you can email reports to students, these reports can be attendance, report cards, summary and more
- these reports can be viewed, emailed or printed for easy reference
- super cute layout- sorry but hey! It’s important!
- And more!
This app is a tablet based app, and you can use it on iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook and Android Tablets, also once you buy it $4.99 you do not need to join a subscription, membership, or anything. All updates are free!
So I just have to tell you about the amazing people who created this app. When I was planning this post, I was thinking I would love to gift one app to my readers. However, I had no idea if that was even possible.
So I dropped them a note, saying that I wanted to share this app with all of you because I love it! It has seriously helped me keep track of my children’s schooling, grades, books read, field trips etc. It is so easy even the children can open it up and use it when I am at work. This app has saved my sanity more than once, saves time and stress! Which is super important to me!Sharing our Top 5 homeschooling apps #homeschool https://bit.ly/1PQgZw4 Click To Tweet
Anyhoo, after sending this email request to see if it was even possible to gift this (newbie blogger remember, never did a giveaway before ahem!) They replied (within 12 hours for the record!) that not only was it possible but they would give me a free app to give away to my amazing readers! Yay!
This App was designed and tested by a homeschool family and created to include valuable features to homeschoolers such as field trip, book lists, and lesson management. To learn more, about the makers of this app click here. OR to grab your own copy right here 🙂
Click on the image above to be taken to their site to learn more!(source, homeschool helper app)
Please Note: This is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!! All are Welcome to enter!! The one requirement is that you must have an Android or Apple tablet with access to the Google Play Store or Apple iTunes.
So if you would like to enter please follow the instructions below:
There are rules and regulations above but I am restating them here so there should be no confusion. If after reading these you do have questions please feel free to contact me.
Official Rules: By providing your email address you are granting permission to send your contact information (email address and name) to Homeschool Helper App.com in order for them to complete the transaction and send you the app you need, depending on your device. They will be in contact with the winner within 48 hours of receiving and email from me. I will send out the winners name no later than 24 hours after the contest ends. Also, you are granting me permission to state your name as a winner on Practical, By Default. If you do not agree with these terms, please do not enter. Thank you.
Please note if we do not hear from the winner within 7 days from the end of the contest (by Feb 10th 2016) a secondary winner will be chosen. Thanks!
Disclaimer:This is being provided through https://www.homeschoolhelperapp.com/
If you have any issues with your product please see their FAQ section and/or contact. Thank you!
Apps are pretty cool and the list can be endless, however, they really can help us out in many areas of life including homeschooling! I compiled this list of 20 more apps that we love!
What are your favorite homeschooling apps? Share below and let me know!