It’s back to school time, which also means, back to school shopping time. That’s why we launched the first installment of our annual Cool Mom Picks Back to School guide, full of the coolest space accessories for kids. Yay geeks! From school supplies to cool shoes, even a must-have-go-right-now-and-look Neil DeGrasse Tyson pin, we’ve got a bunch space-tastic goodies for kids that will hopefully make them soar to new heights this back-to-school season. Oh how I love space puns. Whether your kids are already back, or you’ve still got a month to go (like us), head over to Cool Mom...Read More
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14 of the best organizational apps for parents to help keep you sane | Cool Mom Tech Back to School Tech Guide 2016
We love finding the best organizational apps for parents each year because honestly? We need them ourselves! If you’re anything like me, all household organization seems to disappear over the summer as we fully embrace our laid-back, casual schedule while we can. But now that school is in session, I’m all about getting focused. I our new routine again, and these apps have been a lifesaver for me. From calendars to homework helpers, team communication apps to smart ways to organize all that artwork that’s going to come home with my kindergartener, these are what I think are some of the...Read More
Our Back to School tech guide continues with a bevy of the best math apps for kids of all ages. There are so many fantastic options these days — almost too many to count (ha) — so we’ve done the digging for you to uncover lots of the best math apps including a few old favorites from these pages, and plenty of new additions. It’s by no means comprehensive, so be sure to see our post on the best math apps of 2015 for even more ideas. One thing you’ll notice about this list — the belief that math can and should be fun, especially when you’re first learning. Hopefully, with...Read More
Our back to school 2016 guide continues with our picks for some of the best reading apps for kids. From preschoolers learning ABC basics and sight words, to older kids needing a synonym for obsequious (or uh, maybe that is the synonym?), we have you covered. Because like you, we really want to raise children who genuinely love to read, and when apps can help make it fun, all the better. Related: 10 of the best reading apps just for preschoolers and younger kids Best Reading Apps for Younger Kids Sight Words app When my first born was in kindergarten, all I heard about was sight words,...Read More
We parents know that science is everywhere and why it’s so important. So we always love tracking down some of the best science apps for kids each year, to show kids how fun science can be, and how it’s a part of pretty much everything they already do and see. The focus on STEM in the past few years has given rise to incredible products and apps for kids to explore science from a very young age. But it’s likely that our pick’s for this year’s best science apps for kids will answer many of them, and provoke many more, too. We’re betting a lot of parents...Read More
I’m all for getting a jump on back to school shopping even though my kids don’t start back for another month or so. And with one kid entering middle school (eep!), I’m thinking a laptop backpack might be the way to go. We’re big fans of Speck smart phone cases, so I was excited to see their new line of laptop backpacks, with 4 different options depending on your price range, laptop size, and amount of binders, and amount of tween and teen stuff that needs to be carried. Plus, a 3-year warranty, which we parents greatly appreciate. Related:...Read More
Rounding out our 2015 back to school tech guide: The best math apps. All year long we’re on the lookout for the very best of the best math apps for kids of all ages, that we know that parents will appreciate too. (Especially since we’re the ones paying for them, right?) We always want our kids to get excited about learning new things, whether it’s early math basics or advanced concepts like multiplying decimals, or plotting coordinates along an XY axis. That’s why we’re so grateful to the wonderful developers who put out smart math apps like these, that can be a...Read More
It may sound a tad hokey, but reading really is fundamental to school and life in general, which is why we’ve worked hard to put together 8 of the very best reading apps for older kids as part of our Back to School Tech Guide 2015. Whether you have an older grade-schooler who’s more likely to pick up a tablet to read a book that’s not required for class or a teen who is deep into dystopia and the race to save the most fictional of worlds, we hope that one of these smart, entertaining, and educational apps has your own...Read More
Next up in our Back to School Tech Guide 2015, we’re happy to share 10 of the best reading apps for little kids. Because as plenty of us parents know, getting kids hyped about reading isn’t always an easy road. So when they’re first starting out, we always welcome any tools or technology that will help get our kids excited about reading and eventually developing a healthy love for it. Good thing there’s an app — or really, a full list of apps — for that. Related: 13 of the best educational Android apps for kids For kids leaning to write letters Writing Wizard...Read More
Let’s hear it for organizational apps this time of year! What would we ever do without them? After all, back to school also means getting back to routines, which can highlight some of our old systems for staying organized and keeping the family running like a well-oiled machine may need some serious updating — or, in some cases, a total overhaul. So we’re thrilled to launch our 2015 Back to School Tech Guide with some fantastic, tried-and-true apps to help you get the family’s routine in gear. Here are 16 of what we think are the best organizational apps for parents to help you...Read More
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