Tag: homeschooling tools

Calling all STEM lovers: Here’s how to get free storytelling lessons for kids from Khan Academy and Pixar.

Well this is cool, parents! Khan Academy is partnering with Disney and Pixar to offer free online classes in storytelling for kids of all ages to show them how STEM helps make movies. The initiative is called Pixar in a Box, and we’re pretty sure it’s going to get kids thinking outside the box. Or Inside Out of the box? Heh. The videos walk you through the Pixar studios while actual Pixar employees talk about how ideas become art become movies. We meet the real people behind our favorite stories and learn where Pixar had challenges–which is great for my kids to see, because...

Read More

12 of the best reading apps for kids of all ages: Back-to-School tech guide

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

Brain Pop Featured Movie: Our cool free app of the week

In this week’s Spawned podcast, our editor Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week is Brain Pop, a website I have turned to for years with my homeschooled kids to find smart, kid-friendly videos about topics as diverse as William Shakespeare, the Civil War, and DNA.  And while much of their massive content is accessible only with a subscription, the free Brain Pop mobile app brings a new 2-3 minute movie to my kids every day that is fun to watch and interesting to ponder. Think of it as a yummy daily vitamin for your kids’ brains.     The videos star the friendly...

Read More

The best apps for parents of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2015

Next up in our Editors’ Best of 2015, we’re sharing our picks for the best apps for parents. All of these apps made their debut in 2015 and really do help make our lives as parents a lot easier. Though, the truth is, plenty of these apps are terrific for non-parents too! We hope they help you as much as they’ve helped us. Because hey, we need all the help we can get. -Kristen + Liz     This post is part of of our annual series featuring our Editors’ Best Tech of 2015. No pay-for-play, no contests to enter, no...

Read More

The cool site that makes your kids realize they have it pretty good. Or, maybe they don’t.

Lately I’ve gotten sucked into a new website called If It Were My Home, which compares countries around the world to your own hometown, or any other location you designate in their search engine. You’ll get a quick snapshot of all kinds of comparable stats like country size, average income, life expectancy, health care spent, and free time. Let’s just say Americans work way, way too much. I’m trying to raise my kids to understand and appreciate that lots of people live differently than we do, but it’s hard when kids — at least those as young as mine are —...

Read More

Schoolhouse Rock’s Where the Money Goes: The perfect video to share with your kids on tax day

When I have to explain a concept to my kids, there are so many awesome educational videos out there on all kinds of subjects, but I admit, I often still turn to the Schoolhouse Rock videos I grew up with as a kid. Today we’re watching Where the Money Goes, in which the awesome Jack Sheldon as the dad, explains to his tuba-playing son why he doesn’t have enough money to send him on a band trip by describing a family’s monthly expenses. Related: The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube In time though, he realizes wait, maybe we do have the money...

Read More

It’s a bunny! It’s a bear! It’s a super cute computer desk for kids.

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to get my kids their own homework spaces so that I’m not asking them to clean their notebooks and backpacks off the kitchen table while I’m in the final stages of dinner prep each night. In my search for desks, I came across the new mobile, height-adjustable computer desks for kids from ACE Baby Furniture which offers peace, quiet and plenty of space to work. Despite the manufacturer’s name, this is a smart, tech-ready computer desk and workstation for kids who are old enough to have homework and use a laptop, but young enough that they’re not rolling their eyes at the simple, modern, animal...

Read More

The best apps for kids: Editors’ Best Tech of 2014

With our own staff’s kids ranging from wee ones to zomg how did they get so big? we’re always looking for a great range of the best apps for kids of all ages. This year brought us some real winners, from stunning storybook apps to educational games that our kids can’t put down. None of which have anything to do with flinging birds at other animals.  It’s evident our picks lean towards iOS apps–Android still has some catching up to do, especially when it comes to the youngest kids. But we’re happy to see more developers make the effort to...

Read More

The best apps for parents of the year: Editors’ Best Tech of 2014

Each year, we scour literally hundreds of apps, trying to find the most useful for parents like us. Whether you’re looking to manage your inbox, your social media accounts, your zillions of photographs, your calendar and beyond, here are 11 of the best apps for parents that we discovered in 2014. As always, we look for both iOS and Android apps, but the most stellar apps for parents definitely still lean iOS, considering that parents are more likely to own an iOS device in general. Still, we’re happy to see more and more developers working to do a great...

Read More

STEM education: 3 of the best online engineering resources for kids

I was once a struggling engineering student, so I have a special appreciation for the courage and creativity of kids who really want to know how stuff works and aren’t afraid to jump in and figure it out. Now that one of my own kids is convinced she wants to be an engineer when she grows up, I’ve been digging for resources to help her explore her interests. Because honestly, gears, circuits, and programming still kind of scare me. Here, three awesome online engineering resources for kids to help girls and boys start putting their curious minds to work solving the problems...

Read More

Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

Pin It on Pinterest