The kids are finally back to school, but if you need to help them foster a good study regimen, then here are the best tech tools to enable your child to shine this school year, whether they are in primary or secondary school.
Once upon a time, September meant stocking up on rulers, pencils, text books and diaries. Now, there’s an app for that. Here are the digital tools the experts (that’s parents, teachers and children) recommend for helping pupils get the most out of their school year.
Quizlet: “Developing a wide vocabulary is probably the most useful piece of advice I would give to any parent on how to help their child at home,” says Jacqueline Doherty, Primary Specialist with leading tutoring company Owl Tutors. “The best way is to have regular conversations with your child and encourage them to read widely, but children can also benefit from independent study online. This is one of my favourite websites, as it allows children to create their own flashcards, play games and test themselves on words.”
Paid and free versions available
freerice.com: If your kids need some motivation to learn, this unusual website might cajole them into learning. Freerice.com offers “free, fun and educational games from the United Nations,” says Doherty. “For every word guessed correctly, private sponsors donate the equivalent of ten grains of rice to support their World Food Programme.”
Fables World: “We’ve tried countless books, websites and apps to help the kids with their maths and this has been by far the most successful – it’s genuinely funny and playful,” says Polly, a mum of one. “Numbers are transformed into animated cartoon characters. As you practise your times tables, fractions, sums and telling the time, you earn the ability to personalise them with accessories. And you can win soft toys and even cash if you stick to regular practice.”
Subscriptions start at £15 a month
Sir Linkalot: “I used to find spelling really hard, but it’s helped me loads,” says Evie, nine, from London. “Funny videos break spellings into smaller sections and funny cartoons that are easy to remember.”
Subscription costs £49.99 a year
Charm Words: “This short, daily affirmations podcast is a great way for small children to start the day,” says Elizabeth, mum of two. “Mini breathing exercises help them start to learn mindfulness and self-care, and the affirmations give them positive tools to tackle some of the common struggles of primary school life.”
Free, wherever you get your podcasts