Summer vacation is every child’s favorite time of the year. In their young minds, it means two months of fun – and forgetting all about school. However, this can negatively impact their learning when they return in the fall.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities over the summer months. Most lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills.
Experts recommed cutting down on screen time to encourage children to play in other ways; however, we know children love their tablets, computers, and cellphones.
“Kids and technology go together like peanut butter and jelly these days,” says Susan Valverde, vice president of Sylvan Corporate Franchise Operations. “Educational applications or apps can maximize learning fun and reduce summer learning loss.”
Parents and children can both be happy this summer if the screens they are tapping are unlocking learning potential. The National Summer Learning Association has multiple free resources and links, which include playkidsgames.com, wegivebooks.com, and education.com.
Others include: Top Tech Apps to Prevent Summer Learning Loss as outlined at http://www.funeducationalapps.com/2014/05/best-apps-for-to-help-prevent-summer-learning-loss.html.
Top Tech Apps to Prevent Summer Learning Loss as outlined at http://www.funeducationalapps.com/2014/05/best-apps-for-to-help-prevent-summer-learning-loss.html
Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 | Fun learning elementary worksheets for kids
Splash Math Grades 1 to 5 app is a collection of fun and interactive math problems aligned to Common Core Standards. The app reinforces math concepts with self-paced and adaptive practice anytime, anywhere (works on iPad, laptops and desktops).
Mathcubes: Addition and Subtraction
A fantastic app so that your children enjoy and learn Maths in an entertaining and fun way. You will see how in a short amount of time they will control numbers and solve sums and subtractions without hardly making an effort. They will surprise you!
Description DragonBox Elements: the game that secretly teaches geometry.Embark on a great learning adventure! Discover the fundamentals of geometry with your family! Watch your kids learn geometry in a matter of hours, without them even noticing they’re learning!
Grandpa in Space – A Great Fun Learning Adventure for Kids
Grandpa in Space is the newest addition to the Fairlady Media’s Grandma and Grandpa Collection. It is a great game developed for six to eight years olds, with a focus on outer space fun. Kids travel from planet to planet while practicing a variety of math and language skills.
Brainfeed – Top Educational Videos to Learn about Everything!
Not sure about your kids but when it comes to education we can tell you that the kids at Fun Educational Apps love the new technology and really enjoy learning by watching videos. There are hundreds of video available on the net but finding the best ones for our kids can be time consuming.
Sylvan Rio Grande Valley recommends the following:
Fun with Reading (Ages 3-4)
Kids Learn to Read is the perfect app to help your children sound out words, match words to pictures and spell words accurately. Stick with it, and soon your kids will be reading you to sleep!
Digital Doodle Days (All Ages)
Do your kids love to paint … with their food? Well, now you can keep their artistic juices flowing, minus the spillage, by downloading Draw on the Table. Watch them create art with their orange juice and broccoli, without wasting a single one of your groceries. Kids of all ages will enjoy this one.
Ka-Ching! Cashing Out (Ages 5 and up)
In this day and age, a money-conscious child can only be a blessing. Hand over your iPad and let your kids play Cash Register, a simple app that allows them to count up dollar amounts, print virtual receipts and cash out. If nothing else, your little one will be captivated by the realistic cash register sound effects.
Tick-Tock, Learn the Clock (Ages 3-12)
Have fun with digital and analog clocks using the Interactive Telling Time Lite app. Your child will learn the art of telling time … in no time!
A Walk on the Wild Side (All Ages)
For reasons unknown to us, kids adore animals. Wildlife Jigsaw Puzzle 123 helps kids identify the names of more than 40 animals while improving their motor skills, concentration and memory.
Score big with your family with SylvanPlay, a network for grades 1-4! SylvanPlay is a library of fun, Sylvan-approved educational apps all packaged together. Your child will love the entertainment; you’ll love that he or she is learning.