The features are astounding. You can assign worksheets, obtain daily reports, and have a weekly report delivered to your email. We use this math app on a daily basis in our homeschooling; it is a family favorite. Splash Math is available from first- through fourth-grade levels, and the developers are in the process of creating apps for fifth grade and sixth grade.

Operation Math by SpinLight Studio—iPhone/iPad
Age range: Elementary to Adult
Price: $0.99

This uber cool app will have your child begging to work on math drills each day! As “Agent Prime,” they can take on missions in math to stop the work of the evil Dr. Odd, who is on a quest to vanquish the world of numbers. Your student will work on basic math skills of increasing difficulty in the areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division while canvassing the world on a grand adventure.

The incentives earned include cool gear such as watches and uniforms. As your student completes each level, he will carry out 105 fascinating missions. Our daughter loves this app and uses it each day after her core studies.

Here are a few additional educational app picks for March:

Fine Arts

Shakespeare in Bits: Romeo & Juliet by Mindconnex Learning Ltd.—iPad
Price: Free version; $14.99 full app
Age range: Middle School to Adult

Prepare to experience the world of the Bard like never before! The free version of this app will allow you to experience the first few scenes of the classic tale. The full app is an unabridged multimedia journey that includes dynamic audio, video animation, literature text, and study notes. If you have a student studying Shakespeare and/or Romeo and Juliet, this app is one of the most beneficial tools you can find. Students will literally become immersed in the world of Romeo and Juliet and be provided with comprehensive study tools, character guides, relationship maps, and topical analysis to assist their study. Note: When using this app with younger students, parents should consider the mature themes contained in Shakespearean literature.

High School—College Prep

iTunes U by Apple—iPhone/iPad/iPod 
Price: Free
Age range: Elementary to Adult

This app is a must-have for homeschooling families! You can have the world’s largest digital content of class courses right at your fingertips. Students of all ages can access assorted digital media (literally astronomy to zoology and everything in between) from top colleges and universities in the United States and across the globe. Some classes include a broad range of course materials.

Geography

Stack the Countries by Dan Russell-Pinson—iPhone/iPad/iPod 
Price: $1.99
Age range: Elementary to Adult

This highly addictive geography app includes flashcards, games, interactive maps, and more that covers 193 countries of the world. Study countries, capitals, flags, continents, landmarks, and more as you enjoy entertaining games. If your child utilizes this app long enough, you just may find her exclaiming “Look! It’s Belize!” as she eats tortilla chips.

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 blog.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com or read it on the go and download the free apps at www.TOSApps.com to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Publication date: March 20, 2013