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9 Free Apps/Websites To Teach Kids Difficult Subjects With Fun

9 Free Apps/Websites To Teach Kids Difficult Subjects With Fun

The benefits of effectively engaging children with learning are lifelong. Learning a second language at a young age, for example, not only gives children an advantage in future career prospects, but fosters a sense of awareness and tolerance. Teaching children the hard sciences shows them how to analyze problems, propose and test solutions, and build upon past knowledge – all critical thinking skills that are essential throughout life, from personal relationships to the business world.

1. Math

Math Playground is a website that focuses on teaching math for students from first through sixth grade. The site has a comprehensive inventory of logic puzzles, math games, and arcade-style number games, as well as interactive tools for teaching fractions, functions, percents, and more.

Math Playground

    2. Coding

    Available for iPads with iOS 6.0 or later, Kodable is a free, award-winning kid app that teaches elementary-aged children how to code. The game centers around fictional aliens called Fuzzes, who must program their way out of the maze-filled planet Smeeborg. To help the Fuzzes, children learn the essential concepts that form the foundation of modern computer programming. Specific concepts include sequential and algorithmic operations, critical thinking, and conditional logic statements.

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    Kodable

      Download Kodable from the iTunes store.

      3. Chemistry

      One awesome chemistry resource for kids is Kid Science: Chemistry Experiments, a kid app that works with iPhones and iPads with iOS 3.2.1 or later. This app displays videos of simple but amazing chemistry experiments, along with accompanying explanatory text. After each video, students can take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.

      Kid Science

        Download Kid Science: Chemistry Experiments from the iTunes store.

        4. National Geographic Kids

        National Geographic Kids is a completely kids-centered website that teaches about a variety of subjects, from dinosaurs to space to animals. The site offers written articles, short fun facts, quizzes, and surveys to spark kids’ interest in the natural world around them. Popular educational games include “Animal Jam,” “Dolphin Diving,” and “Beaver Badminton.”

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        NatGeo Kids

          5. Science Experiments

          Science Bob provides an incredible number of science-based learning resources, including explanatory videos, experiment ideas, and science fair project instructions.

          Science Bob

            Some of Science Bob’s fun experiment ideas include a delicious drink that illustrates liquid densities, a lunch bag that explodes, and a DIY hovercraft. The website also offers a Q&A section that’s great for teaching fun facts and a video section that explains scientific concepts and demonstrates how to perform experiments.

            6. Languages

            Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch with iOS 7.0 or greater, Duolingo is a great app for children to learn a second language. Duolingo offers short, structured lessons in over 20 languages, including Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. With cute illustrations and a built-in social component, Duolingo keeps kids interested in learning and competing with friends.

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            Duolingo

              Download Duolingo from the iTunes store.

              7. Space

              The NASA Kids’ Club website is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn about space. Children can play games that mimic space settlement and a journey to Mars, and they can also participate in product and space settlement design contests.

              NASA Kids Club

                8. Engineering

                Designed for ages 6 to 8, the Imagination Playground 3D Builder kid app allows children to construct buildings of all shapes and sizes by stacking and connecting virtual blocks. After building, kids can turn on Gravity mode to see how the building would hold up in real life. Like the physical building block toys, Imagination Playground 3D Builder allows children to express their creativity and also understand real-life physics principles. This app works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with iOS 7.0 or later.

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                Imagination Playground

                  Download Imagination Playground 3D Builder from the iTunes store.

                  9. Speed Reading

                  Available for iPhone, iPod, and iPad Touch with iOS 8.0 or later, Story Chaser is a free fast-paced kid app that uses competitive games to teach children how to read quickly. In the app, kids must read short pieces of text and then quickly tap a corresponding word. Students can earn points in the form of coins, which allow them to level up. The game also offers an in-app meeting place where players can view progress and compare scores. Story Chaser uses fun and friendly competition to teach speed-reading techniques and improve scanning comprehension.

                  Story Chaser

                    Download Story Chaser from the iTunes store.

                    Teach your kids how to appreciate learning with these awesome science projects for kids!

                    Featured photo credit: Lucelia Ribiero via flickr.com

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                    Published on April 9, 2021

                    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                    Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

                    Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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                    The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

                    Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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                    1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
                    2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
                    3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
                    4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
                    5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
                    6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
                    7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
                    8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
                    9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
                    10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
                    11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
                    12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
                    13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
                    14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
                    15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
                    16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
                    17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
                    18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
                    19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
                    20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
                    21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
                    22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
                    23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
                    24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
                    25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
                    26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
                    27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
                    28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                    29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
                    30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
                    31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
                    32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
                    33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
                    34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
                    35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
                    36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
                    37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
                    38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
                    39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
                    40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
                    41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
                    42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
                    43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
                    44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
                    45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
                    46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
                    47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
                    48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                    49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
                    50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

                    Final Thoughts

                    Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

                    They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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                    If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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