We are officially homeschooling this year! While I'm definitely excited at the flexibility this new journey will bring to our lives, it's a bit stressful too. Fortunately my husband is doing most of the schooling, but it's still a juggle for us.
We'll be using a mixture of Montessori and Waldorf philosophies with a bit of our own personal flair thrown in. One thing we believe is very important for kids today to learn is technology.
As parents, we can try to avoid screen time as much as we want, but technology is an integral part of modern life. The better equipped our children are to use technology, the more successful they can be in the modern world.
However, we try our best to use technology to educate our children. The girls both love playing on tablets and phones, and we try to steer them towards educational games as much as possible.
It seems like a lot of educational games are geared at pre-schoolers rather than elementary aged children, so it takes a bit of sifting to find the right games. I recently learned about Amazon Underground and was pleased with how many educational games they offer for free.
If you haven't heard about Amazon Underground yet, it's a free app with more than 300 premium Education apps (and over 3,000 apps total). I love that all of these apps and games are 100% free when you download them from Amazon Underground on your Amazon Fire tablet or Android smartphone. So I don't have to worry about my 6-year old incurring a bunch of charges by downloading games that aren't free.
You'd have to pay for many of these apps if you were to download them from other app stores, but they're totally free with Amazon Underground – no strings attached. Even the “In App Purchases” on these games and apps are free! So you won't be downloading a “free” app only to discover your child is frustrated because they can't access the full game functionality without paying for upgrades.
Pretty cool, right? I started browsing around the Amazon Underground app to make a list of apps that will be good for us to explore with our girls (who are in 1st and 3rd grade this year). That way if both my husband and I need to be doing something other than giving the girls our full attention, we have something educational we can hand them to do on their own.
It's funny how you hand them a phone or tablet and they are great on their own. But hand them a paper and they have lots of questions 🙂
If you're a homeschooling family with elementary aged kids, here's the list of 20 free educational apps for homeschoolers I put together. You can download all of these apps free with Amazon Underground:
- Math Run
- Phonics and Reading with McGuffey I
- Reading Trainer
- GeoFlight USA
- Flashcard Machine
- Visual Anatomy
- Drawing Cartoons FULL
- 1st 2nd Grade Quest
- 1st Grade Learning Games
- 3rd 4th Grade Quest
- Third Grade Learning Games
- Concentration – The Attention Trainer
- World Country Quiz
- Monkey Word School Adventure
- Kids Learn to Read
- Maths War
- Charting Art
- Kids Reading Sight Words
- Animals for Kids
We've been having a lot of fun with the games. Kaylee is really enjoying the 1st Grade Learning Games.
Don't worry. Amazon Underground isn't just for kids either. There are tons of helpful apps for Mom and Dad too. There's even a whole section of Productivity & Lifestyle apps!
Click here to learn more about the Amazon Appstore, the Amazon Underground catalog of 100% free apps & games or to get access on your Android smartphone.
Which Actually Free app will you download first on Amazon Underground?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.