Early and mid childhood are important years in a child’s development. They are known as the formative years where the will to learn is strong and kids absorb everything going on around them. Needless to say, these are the years where learning is paramount and there are tons of Android apps that can help with that. Let’s take a look at the best Android apps to help kids learn!
- Get your kids the right Android tablet!
- Sometimes it’s good to kick back and have some fun. Your kids can do so with the best kids games for Android!
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It’s pretty much a universally accepted fact that reading is good for your education. Amazon Kindle is about as stable of an eReader platform as you can get on mobile and it includes tons of books that are both adult and kid friendly. They also have a ton of books that are in the public domain and are free to download. Pick it up, get your kids some books, and give them so good reading skills.
ClassDojo is one of a few “virtual classroom” style apps we’re going to talk about on this list. Using this app, parents, students, and teachers can all interact with one another. Teachers can communicate with children about their educational needs, parents can stay up to date on their child’s education, and kids can get the attention they need in order to get a better education. Unlike many, this doesn’t replace the classroom experience but acts more as a positive reinforcement and communication tool to help keep everyone on the same page so parents and teachers know where the child is struggling so they can help fix it.
Many education systems around the world promote the idea of children learning multiple languages. Many countries have their students take English as a second language but in many English-speaking cultures, the favor is rarely returned. With Duolingo, you have an easy, fun, and colorful language learning experience that is great for kids to learn a second language. Learning multiple languages has been shown to help brain development. It’s a great educational experience and it can be done in a fun way. It’s also an excellent way to bond with your kids because you’ll be able to talk to them in different languages.
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The DragonBox series of games are a set of educational games that help kids learn basic educational things. One is dedicated to algebra and another is dedicated to Geometry. Math skills are needed in practically every profession to an extent and it’s important to get kids on the math train early in life. There are also two algebra oriented games depending on your child’s skill level. There are free and paid versions available and you can click the button to see all four.
Edmodo is a classroom replacement app that helps students, teachers, and parents interact more with a child’s education. Unlike ClassDojo, Edmodo has more of an educational aspect as kids can engage with each other, parents, and teachers about assignments and help each other be more engaged with the learning process. Students can be assigned and turn in assignments, track performance, and even upload files, photos, and videos. It’s a great platform to connect everyone together and really help kids focused on what they need to learn.
Google Classroom is a lot like Edmodo because it is also a virtual classroom style app. Students can turn in assignments, interact with other students, upload pictures, photos, and videos, and it allows teachers, students, and parents to engage with one another. The app is relatively new and connects to the robust Google Classroom web platform so you’ll need to be using that before the app will work. Otherwise, it’s a great virtual classroom solution to help kids reach their potential. We also imagine that Google will continue to iterate and improve the Google Classroom service as time goes which delivers piece of mind.
PBS has been long known for their educational content and now that content is available on Android. Since they are educational, parents shouldn’t have a problem letting their kids watch practically anything on this app. On the flip side, since everything is a cartoon and fun, kids most likely won’t mind watching it. There is also an educational goal tracker so parents and kids can keep track of everything the child should be learning. It’s also totally free.
Pocket Code is a nifty application that teaches kids how to learn programming skills. It’s important to note that this isn’t for early childhood but meant for late childhood. It shows how to program and think in programming logic by allowing the learner to build programs and games using a building-block style. The visual learning helps kids understand how programming works. It is fairly complicated so do expect to have to sit down with your kids and show them how this works. Programming and computer science will be mandatory in the future, so don’t let your child be left behind!
Wolfram Alpha is a reference app that allows you to search for all kinds of stuff. This includes helping to solve math problems, looking for statistics, and plenty of other educational content. It’s not meant for young kids but those in middle school and older will almost certainly have an educational use for this application and the information it provides will remain relevant well into college and beyond. It’s one of the best educational apps of all time but do be sure to remember it’s not for younger kids.
YouTube Kids is a spin-off of the traditional YouTube application that is made and curated especially for kids. It has educational videos, entertainment content, and more that are specifically chosen for young minds. It’s not available everywhere which is sad, but the regular YouTube app has all of the same content, you just have to search harder to find it. YouTube in general is a great platform for pretty much everything and it’ll be a good move to show your kids how to use it early.
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If we missed any of the best Android learning apps for kids, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.