These stations encourage independent learning while offering the opportunity to differentiate according to needs and abilities. Every Friday, a fabulous website, SmartAppsForKids, offers free apps for a limited time. Bookmark the site! Below, I'm introducing you to several apps that we have used. The pictures will not take you to the app store, but you can search the names and choose downloads for iphone or ipad capability. Some may be available for PC, etc.
Paint Sparkles is the first app that we tried on the iPad.
It is easy to use, fun to print!
I've taken screenshots of many finished products; some are very detailed and others show room for fine motor improvement. This may be a glorified coloring book, but the children enjoy making choices!
The lite version is free; the extended pages are worth the price.
A kindergarten colleague introduced me to Subtraction Lite. Her class experienced success with subtraction mastery by practicing this game. I tried it with our class and I am pleased with the results!
This is a free app!
Letter School is a new discovery, and I was able to grab it for free, through SmartAppsForKids!
I've noticed that some of my students are forming letters from the bottom up, or are adding curves after picking up their writing tool. We use D'Nealian, and
this app includes a D'Nealian set of letters and numbers!
I'll be using it over the next four weeks with the children,
and I'm encouraging the parents to use it over the summer.
I have not tried the next two apps, but both look relevant and interesting!
Need to know what NOT to do with an iPad?