Our family went out the other day to a little dessert and coffee shop. This place is usually quite busy, but that day, it was SWAMPED. We couldn’t figure out what was going on!
As we were waiting and looking around, we realized there were nearly a hundred people milling all around outside the shop, inside the shop, up and down the street… and they all were looking at their phones.
Finally, we got it – they were all playing Pokemon!
Although our family does not play, we thought it was pretty neat to see all of these families and groups of friends out and about instead of hunkered down at home. And people were meeting each other and conversing, about the game and just about life in general.
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Whether you love it or hate it – or don’t know what it is – Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly worthwhile time investment. For fun, and since Pokemon’s from Japan, I’ll count the 4 apps in Japanese – Ichi, Ni, San, Go!
Ichi (One): Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App
I like this app because kids can read quietly and be entertained wherever they are. It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on an iPad, kindle, phone, etc, so there are options for all ages! Turn screen time into story time with this “Netflix for Children’s Books” app. It’s great to be able to save books to the app so they can be read offline anywhere! For example, in a home office, at the park, in the car, and of course at bedtime.
Great for: Ages 2-9
Love Hooked on Phonics at much as I do?
They’ve really brought this time-honored system to the 21st century with this amazing app. It has educational games to keep kids engaged at home or on the phone anywhere. I love that it syncs children’s progress to all devices – so if dad is on the road he’s up to speed on the kids’ progress, and if you don’t have the iPad around, you can just download the app, sign in, and have the kids pick up right where they left off. Seamless.
Great for: Ages 2-8
Great for Ages 7-13, girls too!
Does your high schooler need help in a particular subject? Are you strapped for time to help with homework? There’s an app for that! GradeSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subjects to students in middle and high school, as well as college. With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they (or you) need. This is a perfect supplement for subject matter beyond your scope, busy spells, and for when kids head off to college. For anyone gearing up their juniors for college entrance testing, this is a no – brainer.
Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects