Here’s the truth about summer vacations as a family: Exploring a new place can be fun and exciting, but getting there? Well, that’s an entirely different story.
Driving (or flying!) cross-country for hours on end with bored children is not for the faint of heart. You may find yourself doing whatever it takes to keep the entire family entertained, quiet, and content. That just might mean you set aside normal screen time limits for the sake of your sanity.
And that’s okay!
In fact, screen time on the road can even be a good thing, especially if you can find some apps that keep kids entertained while teaching them something in the process. They get to stay academically engaged, and you get to enjoy the peace and quiet completely guilt-free. Win-win!
Before your next family vacation, make sure you download these three apps that make summer learning FUN (and long road trips just a bit more bearable!)
Available for free in both the App Store and Google Play, DuoLingo makes it fun to learn a new language. (And the app has over 30 languages to choose from!) Kids enjoy the bite-sized lessons, fun games, and progress tracker, and parents love that their child’s screen time is actually productive. Once you reach your destination, put away the screens and see how many new foods, animals, and objects your child can name in their new language!
#2 Prodigy Math Game
Move over, boring old flashcards. Today’s kids are loving Prodigy Math Game, the free fantasy game where players go on quests and duel characters. It looks and feels like today’s popular video games, but players must solve skill-building math questions to progress and win. This app is available in the App Store and Google Play and on web browsers. An added bonus we love: Parents can sign up for a free account to monitor their child’s progress, set goals, and give rewards to encourage more play!
#3 SkyView Lite
Once you arrive for vacation, let the learning and fun continue with the SkyView Lite app, free in the App Store. Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to the sky, and the app will help you identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more! This is a great app to revisit as a family every time you travel for an all-new stargazing experience in each place.
Learning apps are a great way to keep kids academically engaged (and quiet!) during long road trips. Once you’re back home, book some review + preview tutoring sessions to give your child the confidence they need to conquer a new grade. Request a tutor now for a stress-free start to a successful school year!