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  1. #11


    Good question about the goal! Farrar put it down exactly the way I see it - "to give her things that feel engaging and educational and independent" that will push her forward as far as she can go (whatever it might be - I do not believe she will be heading for college, but I do not believe that she can't go past 2nd grade either).

    MapleHillAcademy - you nailed it - all of the engaging, fun entertaining learning apps stop at the 2nd grade level, and that is where she is stuck right now. I can't find much on-line or tablet-based that would push her beyond while still being appealing and manageable.

    I will check Super Duper.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Overdrive is the libraries app for ebooks, that would at least get you a format and size she could cope with. (Overdrive then download books to kindle app for better font size control.) If you have friends in major cities, you can coax them into lending you their library card number so you can borrow. (Los angeles and san francisco each have something like over 94k titles - each!)
    At least then you would get more variety!
    I can relate to the verbal diarhea thing - my older was enjoying having chapter books read to him at the age my younger is.... but the younger just cant take it if its too many words, not enough pictures. My older devoured non-fictions, and my baby cant pay attention long enough to get through the captions, even. Grrrr language processing disorders! / Sorry I dont have any helpful advice about overcoming this hurdle.

    Good luck finding those middle and upper elementary gameschooling apps.
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    I do think the Dragonbox Big Numbers app would be a good one. That stuff moves so quickly... there are others - there's plenty of math stuff to practice things. We had several for fractions concepts, for example. Games like Where's My Water and so forth are actually really good for logical thinking. I do think there's plenty out there for the upper elementary set. Or the mid-elementary set. Oh, what about that app for the human body that's so good... by tinybop (I had to look it up). Or all those apps for chemistry... we had a really cool one for the elements from NOVA. I think my specific knowledge of these is just a little out of date though. But there is stuff.

    I think the issue is that these are meant to be things you play around with. There's no testing of knowledge at the end and no assignments or anything. It's games, basically.

    I think Brainpop, which has an app now too, is probably a good one for her.

    All the What Is and Who Is books are probably right at the right level for her. I think it's hard to recommend a general sense of "books" though. Do you have a particular subject you'd like her to study next year?
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    Mathseeds goes up through “age 9”. My younger enjoys it on his ipad (at the K level, which was free!)
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    Yeh, we did BrainPop Jr. for a year, and then I got tired of the robot and did not renew.

    Are Who is? What is? books on the tablet. I can't find anything past Dr.Seuss that is being read to you from a tablet.

    There seems to be a pretty fair number of math practice apps, but not too many for LA, and nothing that teaches.

    I even looked at the demos for T4L 3-5th grade - nope, no way, they are so trashy (they probably attempt to appeal to kids by being 'cool'), and so insipid.

    Well, I will keep looking for options... the best thing might be finding a tutor for her (or at least a high-school student) who can sit down and work through curricula (picked by me) with her, because I feel that 1-2 hours a day that I realistically can dedicate to 1-on-1 with her is not enough, but if I could only find enough decent screen options... not spending money on a tutor (on top of all of the therapies) would be nice.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Math Whizz teaches. It is meant to be an online tutor, and has a practice/revision area that is separate from the tutor/teaching section. I know you said you would check it out, but just thought I would make that clear. Not sure if it would be enough to be complete though (or if the style would suit your daughter), but if it did a good portion of teaching, and then you have the reports from it to show you where to work one-on-one, it might be worth it.
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    Did you try the regular BrainPop for the 3rd grade+?

    Critical Thinking Co. has some of their workbooks as apps. They cover a variety of subjects.

    Check out Epic! for reading. Their read-to-me section is rather large. It highlights the word as it reads. It was worth it for a few months while we were working out DS' reading skills.
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    I'd try the older kids Brainpop. It still has the robot, but sometimes life gives you annoying robots. The content is pretty solid.

    So, she can't read independently at all? Because you can get anything on a tablet with a Kindle app or the iBooks app. Like, here's a link to a Kindle edition of one of those books:

    It also can be bought as an audiobook.

    Maybe you're looking at the wrong resources. You don't want to look for individual apps. You want to look at ebooks and audiobooks. Kids can get both and read along. I think that's an expensive proposition... but not if you use your library. Most libraries do audiobooks and ebooks on Overdrive.
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  10. #19


    Thank you all!

    I am getting good new things to do with her:
    - I liked the look of Math Whizz a lot - will try it in September
    - older BrainPop
    - I love the look of Epic - thanks, Mariam
    - I did not notice that Critical Thinking Co has apps. I like their products for DD

    And the idea of playing an audiobook and having her follow it on kindle with enlarged text is great - I will save it for when she is a bit older and will be done with epic. Considering her extremely slow processing speed, the cost will not be an issue - it might take her a month to get through one book.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

  11. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    ...So, she can't read independently at all? ...
    Farrar, the answer is yes and no. She can read 1-2 pages of large print text on 3rd-4th grade level from a screen or from a book that someone holds for her, and then her eye-brain connection expires, and she has to stop because her eyes cannot focus anymore and her brain cannot process anymore. The last book she read to me was Helen Keller's Teacher by M. Davidson (rated grades 4-7 on scholastic). It was easy for her to read, but it took us a month to finish it, because she had to stop for the day every 2 pages. So, just giving her a kindle with tons of books on it woun't do much. To stretch her processing for a bit longer, the books have to be read, with large text that she can follow, and the best is to break the flow of text with some pictures. And just plain audiobooks, especially if read fast, will have her processing shut in a minute. The only audiobooks that held her attention were the ones made by RadioTheater. They have characters voicing their parts, and not much narration.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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