Here’s your chance to get an iPad for $100 off! The new iPads came out today (or at least you can pre-order them today), so Apple is selling the iPad2 for only $399! I love my iPad2 so much that I’m not even considering getting one of the new ones!
I use it every day for reading e-books, email, blogging, social media, and education. On trips, it’s invaluable for maps, finding restaurants, checking the weather, and keeping the kids entertained with movies and games. (My iPad has 3G.) Check out my category Apps for Homeschool to see how we’ve used it for preparing for the Bible Bee and Geography Bee, as well as extra practice for math, history, spelling, phonics, etc. I love it for exercising–I watch my T-Tapp videos on it and can exercise in any room in my house or when I’m on vacation! It’s also great for homeschool planning–I put my curriculum from CurrClick on it.
I read magazines (like my favorites The Old Schoolhouse and Answers). We watch educational YouTube videos and read classic books on my iPad. I love reading the Bible using the reading plans through the YouVersion app. And my boys have a wonderfully creative time making movies and stop-motion with their Legos!
Yes, it may be time for you to get an iPad!
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I was recently asked whether I had any great Christian apps. Unfortunately, this is an area that is underdeveloped, in my opinion. We need to get some great new apps created for Christians! Here’s what I do have, though.
The Bible by You Version This is a great free version of many translations of the Bible. There is a search feature, highlighting, bookmarks, and different Bible reading plans!
ESV Bible If you can’t get ESV downloaded for offline use with the previous Bible version, you can do it here.
ICB Illustrated Bible The book of John is free, illustrated comic book style with the Scripture (not Bible stories)
Bible Bee Study Pro We used this app to study our verses for the Bible Bee competition, but it’s great for Bible memory work throughout the year. There are hundreds of verses and passages to choose from, different Bible versions, a quiz game, etc.
Moody Radio app to hear the radio station or Praise and Worship music.
I think it would be neat to have a prayer journal app, but haven’t found one yet. I use the included app called Notes and put prayer requests on a page there.
Please let me know if you’ve found some other great Christian apps!
When I started this series on homeschooling moms with apps 3 weeks ago I had no idea an incredible new website would burst on the scene last week. It’s called Apps for Homeschooling. Jennifer shares reviews, codes for free apps, and insider information about sales. It’s great! I’ll keep writing these posts to share what we like to use, but for more comprehensive information on great apps for homeschooling, be sure to visit Apps for Homeschooling!
This week we’ll talk about math. The iPad is a wonderful tool for practicing math facts, and there are some really neat math apps out there. Here are the ones my kids enjoy:
Dot to Dot Numbers and Letters
And these are some math apps I’ve heard good things about but haven’t looked into personally yet:
Match up Math
Pop Math lite
Math Girl Number Garden (and House)
Digit z lite
Kids Time Fun
Trade First Subtraction
Do you have some favorite math apps I missed?
It’s time for our next installment of Homeschooling Moms With Apps! This time our focus is on Preschool. (Check out last week’s post on geography.)
As you can tell by the picture on my blog header, I have a number of preschoolers. And they all love to use the iPad! (I’m embarrassed to say that even my 14-month-old loves it!) But I want the limited time they use it to be educational, as well as fun for them. Here are some my favorites that they come back to time and again.
Teach Me Toddler
Teach Me Kindergarten
Teach Me 1st Grade
Lots of picture books (mostly the free versions, which are only parts of the book: Dr. Suess’s ABC, Just Me and My Mom, Green Eggs and Ham, Peter Rabbit, etc.)
Dot to Dot Numbers and Letters
Pocket Phonics Lite
Montessori Approach to Geography lite
Hello Colored Pencils
Sound drop lite
Do you have some favorite Preschool Apps I missed?