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20 Useful Apps That Make Your Child Learn Smarter

20 Useful Apps That Make Your Child Learn Smarter

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.” I know I’ll be a mother someday and I want to help my child reach their highest potential.  However, with many kids addicted to app games like Flappy Birds, Where’s My Water and Plants vs. Zombies, have you ever thought that your kids are being undermined by these junk food apps? Fortunately, there are apps out there that help kids learn smarter while they have fun.  These apps help with reading, writing and math proficiency as well as in social studies, science, music and the fine art.

Here are the top 10 free apps and 10 paid apps that are suitable for primary or elementary school children.

1. Wikispeaker

Wikispeaker

    Children are known to be innately curious, peppering their parents with a million questions that usually start with the word ‘why?” Lucky for us, WikiSpeaker app can answer any question they have (without the hassle of having to type it in).  A great app to have for those questions you don’t really know the answer to.  Not only can your child find out the answer on their own but they can also teach their parents a thing or two.  Perfect for kids aged from 5-12.

    2. Mathemagics

    Mathemagics

      The Mathemagics app can help kids learn to practice mental math calculations in funny and creative ways. Do you want to know the square numbers in the 700’s within seconds? This app can do it.  The app boasts that students can baffle their math teachers by providing answers quickly and teachers can inspire students to learn by making math fun.

      3. Eng-Chi Speak it Up

      iLingual French

        Now learning Mandarin or Cantonese is as easy as downloading this app.  It’s always beneficial to learn another language and the best time to learn quickly is when kids are young.  The two main features of this app are “RECORD YOUR OWN SOUNDS” and “NATIVE SPEAKER AUDIO” to compare your own voice with that of native speakers.

        4. iLingual French

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        iLingual French

          Though it belongs to travel category, this app can imitate your mouth when you’re actually talking English but translate it to French automatically, which is good for communicating with the locals when traveling overseas. This app can cultivate kids’ interests in learning second languages.

          5. Memory Forcer X

          Memory Forcer X

            While the above three apps are for the reading and using languages, Memory Forcer X is for memory improvement.  As the main factor of studying, better memory can be the key to learn and study smarter. The example offered by iTunes in regards to this app is about a busy man memorizing all Japanese N2 Level words in 3 months, after using this powerful software. Start early and improve your kids’ memory skill by downloading this app!

            6. iHomework

            iHomework

              iHomework is an app kids can use to track their upcoming work for the school year, with the capability to repeat assignments daily, weekly and monthly.  Parents can monitor and guide those activities on their iPhone or Macbook and you can also put in a pop-up reminders for your kids.

              7. Simple States

              Simple States

                A great app for kids to learn U.S. States and capitals along with other geography facts and fun games. The app is designed for all ages, so parents can brush up on their knowledge about the states and learn with their kids.  It also makes a great study guide.

                8. Earth 3D

                Earth 3D

                  Earth 3D is used mostly in screensaver mode but it can be great introduction to geography and outer space for your children. It can show the “real” earth so they can pretend they’re working in a spaceship and looking out their window.  This app can enhance their imagination and interest in the world around them.

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                  9. Solar Walk-3D Solar System Model

                  Solar Walk-3D Solar System Model

                    Spark your child’s inner astronaut. If you want to go past the Earth and introduce your kids to the wonders of outer space, the Solar Walk-3D Solar System model is an excellent app to do just that.  This app helps kids learn their trajectories, inner structures, and history of their exploration by focusing on the planets through a 3D model.

                    10. Learn to Read Music

                    Notes! - Learn To Read Music

                      Children love music and what better way to encourage their enthusiasm than helping them learn how to read music. This app is a basic tool for beginners to learn the letter names for notes on the bass and treble clef. Your kid will be the mini Mozart in school when they learn how to play “Happy New Year” with this app.

                      Though paid apps are powerful and contain higher priories, there are still some free basic education apps for your kids.

                      11. Aa Match Preschool Alphabet

                      Aa Match Preschool Alphabet

                        Your preschooler will have a great time learning their alphabet and first words with this app.  Matching and spelling games help children learn while they have fun. The app also helps them pronounce letters and has a lot of fun animation and music that will keep your child entertained and wanting to learn more.

                        12. Splash Math

                        1st Grade Math

                          Compared with Mathemagics, this app focuses more on interactive practice. Kids can drag-drop shapes, popup bubbles, rotate clock-hands and more to solve different problems. The user interface is simple and clear with lots of pictures so that problem solving is fun.

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                          13. Study Pinyin

                          Study Pinyin

                            This app can help to recognize some basic words, spell, sentences and even tongue twisters. If you don’t want to spend money, pick up this free app, your kids can master the whole 64 Chinese Pinyin characters with 4 different categories.

                            14. Dictionary Book

                            Dictionary Books

                              A helpful app that’s portable and easy to use.  Most apps take up the whole screen but with the dictionary book, it only shows the necessary information that you’re looking for.  A perfect app to refer to when your kids are studying, reading, spelling or simply want to look up a word.

                              15. The Gravity Ether

                              The Gravity Ether

                                Rather than pulling tedious theories and definition of Gravity in Physics Class, this app helps kids understand by showing them exactly what gravity does.  Kids control the gravity so the planets won’t drift aimlessly through the expanse of space .  Kids control their motion by creating and destroying black holes with the tap of their finger. They’re sure to love it!

                                16. GeoExpert Lite

                                GeoExpert Lite - World Geography

                                  This is a more detailed app than Earth 3D, that includes more specific information about our planet.  It covers the whole world with countries and capitals and has a learning and testing mode along with a leaderboard.

                                  17. WAGmob

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                                  Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering - A simpleNeasyApp by WAGmob

                                    WAG is an app platform for learning, teaching and training. The Physics, Electronics and Electrical Engineering model, contains key concepts and easy quizzes that kids can learn a lot from. It presents complicated concepts and theories in a simple and easy way to help kids understand effectively.

                                    18. Chemist Free

                                    Chemist Free

                                      Mixing stuff up just to see what happens, what child doesn’t love chemistry? With this app, kids can combine different substances to see how they interact, change and create new substances, without the mess or the risk that they might blow up the house. Kids can experiement to their heart’s desire with unlimited possibilities.  This app is sure to become one of your kids’ favorites.

                                      19. Color by Numbers

                                      Color by Numbers - Animals - Free

                                        It looks simple, but may be the best tool for those who have less patience with painting.  Drawing and painting can cultivate your kids’ ability to mix and differentiate colors and can also develop your kids’ imagination, learning about art as another tool to communicate with others or express their inner thoughts and feelings.

                                        20. JamPad Plus

                                        JamPad Plus

                                          This app can be regarded as the advanced app of Learn to Read Music. This app is great for older kids want to create their own music.  Who knows? You might have the next big music star on your hands.

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                                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                          Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                                          Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                                          Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                                          In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                                          1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                                          A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                                          If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                                          2. Fix Your Posture

                                          If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                                          Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                                          3. Hold Your Posture

                                          It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                                          Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                                          4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                                          The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                                          Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                                          So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                                          5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                                          Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                                          6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                                          Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                                          Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                                          7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                                          The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                                          Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                                          8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                          Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                                          Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                                          9. Check out Some Online Games

                                          There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                                          10. Dictation Practice

                                          If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                                          11. Monitor Your Progress

                                          Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                                          12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                                          There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                                          Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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