It was pouring rain (like it has been for most of the past month) and the kids had an impromptu hoedown jam session!
Micah on violin, Mack on ukulele and Moxie with the moves;
Since we’re cranking up for leaving in October, hitting the road again, I’m re-visiting books and the ipad…
Both kids use the iPad quite a bit and I give it full credit for teaching Moxie the alphabet, making her super interested in phonics.
It’s making yogis, readers, artists, singers and problem-solvers out of the kids and I couldn’t be more delighted, even if recent articles would have me believing that they turn the kids brains to mush and stuff like that.
Anyway. Here’s a list of apps that we use for each child:
Words with Tots
My First Words
Learn to Talk
Duck, Duck Moose
There’s a Monster at the End of My Book (1 and 2)
Dr Seuss’s ABC
The Cookie Thief
Miss Spider’s Tea Party
Cat in the Hat
Dora’s Great Big World
Super Stretch (yoga app)
SpiroDoodle (art app)
Fingerpaint (art app)
SketchbookX (art app)
Bugs & Bubbles (fun)
My Play Home (part fun and part for learning about home orientation, etc)
Talking Tom (practices words)
I haven’t updated this in a long time because our wifi is so sketchy/non existent. If you are in the same boat as I am or if you are just into my top 5 recommendations for apps (Kelley, I’m looking at you here!), they are:
The urTalker Pro thing was on sale for $10 but they said it’s normally $100. I haven’t figured out how to use it yet, to be honest.
The others are all great in their respective ways. They stay on the ipad mostly because Moxie likes them and uses them all.
There’s a Monster at the End of this Book would be torn and dog eared if it were really made of paper – she has read and re-read that about a billion times. Same goes for ANYTHING DORA. Moxie is a total Dora crackhead-junkie-fiend. I’m starting to use this to our advantage (“what would Dora do?”; “does Dora wear clothes?”; etc)
* ALSO – working through all the app suggestions from NDSC – the link: http://tinyurl.com/dscongress *
Handwriting Without Tears
Painting with Time
Montessori (- writing, math, words, games, calendar and more)
Kindle: he has dozens of books on his kindle app: the link to the post on his books is here: Books & Boys
Audible: he listens to books on audible and follows along with the book on kindle
Magic School Bus: Oceans and Dinosaurs
Misty Island Rescue
Cat in the Hat
Sushi monster (- math)
First grade words
Go, Diego Go
My Play Home
Transformer Ruckus Reader
The big debate now is around MINECRAFT. Do you know about this? This app basically consumes your kid and I can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not. Is it?
I’m on the fence about TRANSFORMERS too. Ugh. I wish he could be obsessed about something really easy to approve of, like…. oh, intellectually stimulating things from Sesame Street?!
I think my top 5 for Micah – based on what I see him going for and what his personality is like are:
That’s the full list. I’d love to hear your own recommendations – what apps do your kids (with and without an intellectual disability) love? What apps do you as a parent love for your kids? Any good books you are reading these days? Please tell!