APPS OF THE WEEK For release 12/30/13

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APPS OF THE WEEK For release 12/30/13

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Best educational mobile apps of 2013



Over the past year appoLearning experts sorted through hundreds of apps to bring you the best ones for your children. 'Tis the season for end-of-year lists! The 10 best educational iOS apps of 2013 definitely stand out from the crowd. With high quality graphics, deep content and unique concepts, these educational apps will engage kids of all ages.

Endless Reader (iOS, Free)

Sight words come to life with this colorful cartoon app! From the makers of Endless Alphabet, this app lets children scroll through the alphabet and spell out different words. The new words are instantly animated to help your youngsters understand the meaning behind the letter combination. There are sentence puzzles that accompany each word to promote reading comprehension. With beautiful graphics and engaging cartoon characters, early learners will love Endless Reader.

The Human Body by Tinybop (iOS, $2.99)

This comprehensive app is a must-have for curious elementary and middle school students. The Human Body by Tinybop is a powerful tool for children to explore the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. Your kids can check out how the brain responds to different musical instruments and how the human body digests different foods. This is a fantastic app to help students learn about the human body and helps parents explain these biological systems to their children.

Learn With Homer (iOS, Free)

An amazing early childhood app, Learn With Homer is the perfect tool to help kids learn how to read. The activities are designed for children building their foundational skills and will definitely support youngsters getting ready for the Common Core State Standards. Children will learn letter sounds, become stronger spellers and build their reading fluency. This app exposes kids to high quality texts and is definitely worth adding to your app toolkit.

Hopscotch (iOS, Free)

There are apps for the iPad that support students as they prepare for success in the growing fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hopscotch is designed to help children learn basic coding skills while playing an iPad game. This engaging, colorful app lets students build and customize code to move cartoon characters around their screen. With Hopscotch, elementary school-aged children will practice the fundamentals of computer programming to help them prepare for a future filled with careers in technology.

Math Champ Challenge (iOS, Free)

For upper-elementary school students and middle schoolers, Math Champ Challenge is a great tool for preparing kids for the Common Core State Standards. When you unlock all levels, users will have access to thousands of questions that meet the standards in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. There are games and traditional questions as well as feedback for parents that can also be shared with teachers. Math Champ Challenge provides a bright and colorful platform for helping children meet the new national standards!