As a former classroom teacher I know how important it is to provide resources for parents looking to support their children at home. When I started using iPads one-to-one in my classroom I found more and more parents and caregivers asking for app recommendations. They wanted to make sure their children were practicing the same skills we were working on in the classroom with the devices they had at home.
One of my favorite apps to suggest to parents looking to make an at home connection to learning is Sushi Monster. This app is completely free, made by Scholastic, and works on both the iPad and iPhone. With this app students can practice addition and multiplication skills. The Sushi Monster in the middle of the screen gives students a target number they must reach. If they are in the addition level users must choose two pieces of sushi that add up to the target number. If they are in the multiplication level users must choose two factor pairs that have the target number as their product.
When families have access to technology at home, teachers have a great opportunity to give advice and suggestions that support student learning. In the past parents would ask for a list of books for summer reading or suggestions of what to borrow from the local library. As families increase their use of technology in their home get ready to share a few ideas for favorite apps and websites during the school year!