Blueglass Homeschool Magazine #homeschool

Sometimes we just need a little time for Mom, a little ‘mother culture’. For a mental retreat and some thought nourishment you might want to check out Blueglass Homeschool Magazine.

It’s described as “a fresh, new iPad magazine designed to inspire and encourage Christian homeschooling parents. As a gathering place for creative non-fiction writers, artists, poets, painters, illustrators, crafters and home-educators, Blueglass celebrates the art and craft of homeschooling and homemaking. Published quarterly, each issue is full of thoughtful essays and stories, beautiful art and photography, homemade recipes and projects, all thematically woven together by a growing community of contributors, including New York Times bestselling author, Ann Voskamp.”

The first issue, Linger, includes over 100 ad-free pages filled with uplifting ideas about how to linger in your moments. 

Check it out on the iTunes store. Also available on Android at Google Play and for Kindle Fire at Amazon.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/blueglass-homeschool-magazine/id839591067?mt=8

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model app – sure beats styrofoam balls!

Now that it’s back to school time, it’s time to start thinking ahead to all those cool projects where you’ll be dreaming of whipping out your paste and glitter. Well hold on there a minute, hotshot! This year you can keep your styrofoam balls and broken wire hangers for someting else because you won’t be using it for a solar system. Not after seeing this app.

Check out Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model. It’s an unbelievable and fascinating walk through our universe. You’ll learn about the planets, their history, points of interest and more.

This highly rated app has been featured by Apple as Best Apps of 201o and 2011.

My favorite part is the price – it’s currently $0.99 – that’s 70% for back to school time.

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Thinking about creating games and sims with Codea for the iPad

I’ve not tried this app yet (I think my kids are still a bit too young to give this one a whirl) but it looks like it could be fun for older kids.

Codea is a code editor that’s based on dragging, dropping and tapping. Nice. Check out the video below to watch it in action and if you like there’s a link to their website.

It’s priced at $9.99

Codea – iPad.

Learn to read with apps – Bob Books #1 for the iPad

If you’ve ever taught or tried to teach a child to read then you’re probably familiar with BOB books – those little nuggets of learning-to-read deliciousness that every kid loves. Now they’ve taken the books to the iPad and created an app. It also includes a simple drag-and-drop game for learning reinforcement.

It’s available for $1.99 or the HD version for $3.99

From the app store:

“★ Winner 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, Children’s Technology Review

★ 15 Great Apps for Kids, Babble.com

Millions of kids have learned to read with Bob Books. Now Bob Books is coming to the iPad with Bob Books Reading Magic!

Start your child reading with this phonics-based interactive game. The simple drag-and-drop interface can be used by the youngest children. Your favorite Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

Bob Books Reading Magic continues Bob Books’ commitment to bringing children a satisfying, successful first reading experience, with easy first steps, wholesome values, authentic hand-drawn illustrations, and beautiful full-color animations.

Bob Books Reading Magic will show your child how to:

-Make the connection between letters and sounds.

-Sound out simple words.

-Spell the words they’ve read.

The game includes twelve scenes for a total of 32 words. Four game levels provide increasing challenges to children as they play.

Bob Books Reading Magic follows the same method and principles as the #1 bestselling Bob Books series. Bob Books were created to lead to the ah-ha moment when letters first turn into words. By slowly introducing new letter sounds, using consistency, repetition and stories that fit short attention spans, your child will quickly find his or her own ah-ha moment. This is the reading magic of Bob Books. Soon your child will join over 3 million children who can proudly say, “I read the whole book!”

via App Store – Bob Books #1 – Reading Magic HD.”

Monster List of Apps for People with Autism #homeschool #edtech

At Apps In Education they have a fabulously huge list of apps, nicely sorted, for people with autism. It includes a brief summary and where it might help develop certain skills. The price is also listed for convenience.

That being said this is a great list of educational apps for children without autism too. Especially if there’s a specific skill you’d like to work on.

Check it out:

Apps in Education: Monster List of Apps for People with Autism.

Play with the world and learn – Geo Walk HD – 3D World Fact Book #homeschool

I was browsing the app store on my iPad and saw this highly rated app.

From the description, you rotate and click on a revolving Earth. Facts, photos, and information about the places, people, animals and other interesting bits are revealed. At $2.99 it seems to be a reasonable price for an interactive and entertaining encyclopedia.

Check out this application on the App Store:

Cover Art

Geo Walk HD – 3D World Fact Book

Vito Technology Inc.

Category: Education

Updated: Sep 07, 2011

 

10 Terrific Apps to Help Out High School Students: msnbc #homeschool

MSNBC has an article out recommending a number of apps for high schoolers.

Check it out here.

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