Posts tagged "summer slide"

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards
Did you know that there are over 100,000 educational apps in the App Store? Yeah, that’s a lot of apps and I can’t think of a parent I know who has time to sort through them all, especially when parents are looking for some good apps to fight the summer slide keep their kids engaged... Read more »

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain

Out of this world, fun summer science activities to fight brain drain
School is out for some kids and the countdown of the final days is on for most other students. Parents are pretty aware of the summer brain drain and their efforts often focus on reading and social sciences like history and geography that tie in to summer trips. Science can be an academic area that... Read more »

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading

7 great tween books for fun end of summer reading
Summer is flying by and the start of school looms in the distance. We’ve all heard of the summer slide or summer slump and the need to keep kids reading and learning over the summer so that their brains don’t become Swiss cheese. But we also know that the best laid plans for a summer... Read more »
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Seven free, educational apps for kids that make summer learning fun

<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hopscotch-hd/id617098629?mt=8" target="_blank">Hopscotch HD</a> is a huge hit in our house. Does my tween understand that she's learning the logic of computer programming? Nope. She thinks she's just getting to control some fun characters. Common Sense Media <a href="http://www.commonsensemedia.org/mobile-app-reviews/hopscotch-hd" target="_blank">gave this app five stars</a> and explained that kids playing the app will, "think like programmers -- from coming up with their own idea to implementing it and troubleshooting it."
Summer is in full swing and now when my tween gets bored or a little antsy, she often goes for the iPad. Rather than allow her to spend the summer perfecting her selfie face using the camera feature or becoming a high level Fruit Ninja, we found these great apps that are fun for her... Read more »

MSI's Summer Brain Games fight brain drain

MSI's Summer Brain Games fight brain drain
With only six weeks remaining until school begins again for my tween, we’ve been fighting the summer brain drain and the summer slide.  Both terms describe how students lose skills and knowledge during extended time away from the classroom.  My tween has been doing reading activities and math worksheets, but I’m sad to say that... Read more »