Rory’s Story Cubes—iPhone/Android ($1.99)

Age range: Elementary to adult

This popular game is now available as an app. It is a perfect game to play as a family and with friends. You can also use this to develop creative writing or storytelling skills in your homeschool. The game is a simple premise of building a story using nine cubes with fifty-four pictorial images, and the combinations are almost unlimited. You simply shake your phone and the cubes will roll; then you spontaneously create a story from the combination rolled.


Khan Academy—iPhone /iPad/Android (free)

Age range: Upper Elementary to adult

This is an unofficial app for the Khan Academy, which is a nonprofit company that provides 2,600 educational videos for self-paced learning. Topics covered include Basic Math to Advanced Math and Science, with videos organized by topic. Our family has enjoyed using the free videos to supplement our standard Algebra curriculum.

WolframAlpha—iPhone/iPad/Android ($2.99)

Age range: Elementary to adult

This app is an intelligent computational search engine that provides a broad range of information and data. It is useful for all academic subjects. This app is our go-to resource for research, which we use every week in our homeschooling. If you are unfamiliar with the Wolfram Alpha search engine, you can check it out in your web browser at The app provides a handy reference tool for busy homeschooling families who are on the go.


Star Walk—iPhone/iPad/Android ($2.99)

Age range: Elementary to adult

Star Walk is a gorgeous app that provides real-time exploration of the sky and space. This educational app is a must-have for homeschooling families. It includes details about the planets and constellations in our solar system, a database of thousands of stars, and information about deep space objects. The images are visually stunning and engaging. This is one of our family favorites!

Special Needs 

See. Touch. Learn.—iPhone/iPad (free)

Age range: Elementary to adult

This app is a picture card learning system for autistic and other exceptional learners. The basic app includes sixty exercises, and you can add picture cards for an additional fee. This app provides the benefits of picture cards at a fraction of the cost for the physical cards. It provides a handy portable system for busy families.

I hope you enjoy checking out some of the app recommendations this month! In future issues of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, we will provide information and reviews of top-rated apps for education. 

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at  or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Sharra Badgley, along with her husband and two daughters, resides in central Indiana. Sharra writes about their family’s homeschooling journey, product reviews, and information on using apps in home education at The Homeschool Marm and on her blog.

Publication date: November 28, 2012