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Today I am sharing with you our favorite homeschool apps we use and love.
Last week I shared with you the exact curriculum we are using this year, (Grade 9 / Grade 10) 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.
Another great way to reinforce learning is through games. If you are looking for a great list of games be sure to read: My Top 15 Favorite Games for Teens to Reinforce Learning
Let’s get to my favorite aps!
Top 5 Apps for Homeschooling:
Please note: these apps have been tested and work great on our devices which are an I-Pad Mini, Samsung (Galaxy S6) and at the time my son had an older Android Tablet. These should work on your devices but please check the requirements before purchasing.
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. 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!
Did you know Duolingo has a new friend called Tiny Cards? Much like flash cards it allows you to practice in another way. Check it out Tiny Cards and yes it is free!
If you are an Amazon Prime Member you should have access to Amazon Underground. A great source for free high-quality Kindle apps.
5. Dictionary.com – daily word of the day, grammar tips and other great ideas such as new ways to say things. My kids love using this to check spelling and more.
We love using apps to help us learn, create, write, and more! What are your favorite homeschooling apps? Share below and let me know!
Update: Beth, a fellow hard working homeschool mom has an awesome list of 25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects! Click here to grab her list and get started today!
PS. Make technology work for you not against you. I use online programs to help me teach my kids when I am at work. If you are looking for a online resources be sure to check out Homeschooling Resources You Need to Know About!