It’s back to school time and you’re having summer-slide worries. Did your kids forget everything they learned three months ago? Here are three new apps to get your elementary-school age reluctant readers more fully engaged with the written word.
JELLYBEAN SCOOP: There are lots of news sites geared for kids, but Jellybean Scoop offers a cool twist on the expected: The recently launched website/app offers leveled non-fiction stories and news for kids, but unlike other sites which scale the same story for different reading levels, Jellybean Scoop offers completely different stories for its four reading levels (which go from beginning to fluent reading levels).
WEIRD BUT TRUE: This app hits the absolute sweet spot of little-known, sometimes outrageous facts that are perfectly attuned to inquisitive minds. Kids swipe from page to page as they read about more than 300 wacky factoids from National Geographic Kids. Users can rate the level of “weirdness” for each and share favorites with friends via e-mail.
MAD LIBS: The old-school word game doesn’t lose its power to entertain kids in its app form. Like the original, kids create silly stories by filling in the blanks, and while the app doesn’t correct misspellings or prevent potty talk, it’s still a great way to get kids reading, spelling and familiar with the parts of speech.