iPad Educational Apps

It’s here! It’s finally here! Today we received an iPad2 and everyone is excited! So just to show how necessary this purchase was, I wanted to share some great educational iPad Apps with you today! Although I think it’s a fun thing to have around in general, the truth is I am really excited to use it as a tool in our homeschool!



There are so many iPad and iPhone apps out there, it’s hard to tell which one’s are worth the money! I’m excited to share a new site with you today as well called Apps For Homeschooling. The site allows you to search by grade/age, subject, cost, and device. It also gives you a thorough review of the app along with costs and devices it is available on.

I also wrote a post with my favorite iPhone apps awhile back that you also check out.

Math Blaster – HyperBlast  by Knowledge Adventure

Since then, here are some of our favorites! We, and by we, I mean both the kids and me, love the Knowledge Adventure Math Blaster –HyperBlast . It’s a fun fast paced math game that my kids absolutely beg to play! And don’t worry, if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can play online at MathBlaster! You can choose your skill level and activity as well which makes this game great for multiple age levels!



JumpStart JetPack

Another favorite of ours is the JumpStart JetPack! This is another great game that includes reading skills, math skills, and critical thinking challenges. It’s a little harder to steer the ship, so Strawberry Shortcake does better than Turbo at this one.



Here’s a screenshot from JumpStart JetPack. The goal is to fly yourself through the correct words, in this example she is flying through all of the nouns.




I found this fun piano app called Virtuoso, this one is Free although they also offer a paid HD version as well. It’s been wonderful for motivationg Strawberry Shortcake to practice her piano. Now, I’ll admit it’s a little harder to play than her keyboard, but it is fun, and anything that motivates her to work on this is okay by me!




This is another favorite, it is Hangman Classic by VirtueSoft. I picked this one because it has a lot of customizable features.



Sight Word Bingo

This game is super fun to play! It’s called Sight Word Bingo by and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It is based on the Dolch Word List and is suggested for children ages 5 and older depending on reading level. There is also some gaming skills required to play as well. This app also includes spelling practice, and a few other word game choices as well.

We also have Math Bingo by the same company and love it as well!



Now on to apps for younger kids, for example the Teeny Tot! This, by the way, is a GREAT tool for keeping your toddler busy while doing school with the older kiddos!  Read on to see the Teeny Tot’s Picks for this week!

Shape Builder

One of her absolute favorites is Shape Builder By Darren Murtha Design! We liked this one so much, we bought the paid version for $0.99 , though they do have ShapeBuilder Lite which is free! Basically it’s  a puzzle app that provides several different shape, letter, and number puzzles for your toddler to build. Once they’ve completed the puzzle, the real image is revealed to them.




First Words

Another game she always goes for is the FirstWords App by Learning Touch.  This is another one we liked so much we purchased the paid version!  It’s wonderful for practicing phonics as well as letter recognition. You can customize the settings as well, below she is  using the setting that allows for letter hints. So at this stage, she’s matching the letters. Later on you can take the hints away so they put the letters in order on their own.




Nemo: Puzzle Book

I’ve downloaded several books for the Teeny Tot, but the Nemo: Puzzle Book by Disney Publishing remains her favorite for now. As the story goes along, she picks up treasures to place in a puzzle at the end. Then periodically there is a puzzle for her to play as well. She loves these puzzles and is really starting to get good at them!





Here are some more of my favorite iPhone Apps if you need more ideas!


iphone apps

Math Bingo, Montessori Crosswords, Words With Friends, Move It, Fish School, Rocket Math, Solitaire City, Stack the States, Starfall ABC’s, Preschool Connect the Dots, iJewels, Jewel Bling Free, Sudoku, Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Shape Builder, Hangman Classic, SkyView, SpinArt, Tic-Tac-Toe, Word Wagon, Bob Books, Cookie Doodle, Living Earth, Sky Burgerabc Pocket Phonics


Now, onto this great new site called Apps For Homeschooling! They’ve offered to do a giveaway for one of my readers of $25 iTunes Gift Card (US Store Only) to get you started off using your iPhone or iPad as an educational tool in your homeschool!


Visit Apps For Homeschooling:


Ready to Win!!?

Mandatory Entry:

  • Simply leave a comment below letting me know why you’d like to win a $25 iTunes Gift Card (US Store Only)


Additional Optional Entries: (not required to win, leave a separate comment on this post for each additional entry)

@ericahomeschool is giving away an @AppsHomeschool $25 iTunes Gift Card! Enter thru 10/15/11

Nitty Gritty Giveaway Details:

  • The give away will be open until midnight EST Saturday October 15, 2011. Winner will be announced by Monday October 17, 2011.
  • Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, winner will be chosen at random!
  • This giveaway is offered to US residents only!
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • NOTE: In order to enter the contest you must leave a comment on THIS post. To leave a comment scroll to the bottom of the post and fill in the form titled “Speak Your Mind” (If you are reading this via RSS, you will need to visit my actual blog to post a comment.)
  • Disclosure: Apps for Homeschooling is providing a $25 gift certificate for giveaway on my blog. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


  1. Now to get MY husband to cave on buying one!

    Thank you!

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  6. We also are wanting an iPad for our home too. Currently we are using an iPod but there are so many apps that we miss out on. The reason I would love to win the $25 gift card is because my iTunes account is getting down there and I would love to add to it to add more apps to our iPod. Thanks for the great review of apps and for the apps for homeschooling site. Yay, got to go check it out.

    • iPracticeath provides some interesting facts about math. iPracticeMath Explains how to add, subtract, and multiply fractions. we provides understandable explanations on a variety of math topics at the nursery and school level.kid can learn maths through stories and may more interesting facts like fun maths for kids

    • Gillian B says:

      My kids love the iPad! Their new obsession is News-O-Matic. The best part is that they also provide a FREE teacher guide with each issue! My kids are learning so much! To recieve the PDF email!

  7. I subscribe via email to COAH.

  8. We have and iPad and an iPhone and are always finding educational apps that we are adding to our wish list. Our favorite one we now have is BrainPop.

  9. I subscribe via email to Confessions of a Homeschooler

  10. I would love to have the $25 iTunes gift card because we really would gobble it up especially with all the amazing apps I just learned of…we get such great use from our iPhones and iPad!!! woohoo!

  11. Follower on Twitter @majkholly

  12. Follow Apps For Homeschooling on Twitter @majkholly

  13. I use our iPad for homeschooling all the time. Would love to win the gift card!

  14. We have an ipad too! I use it for school and on the go. I would O so get some new apps for those winter days to pass by.. :-)

  15. U follow u on twitter

  16. I subscribe to COH via email.

  17. I tweeted your giveaway as well! YEA! 😀

  18. Kelly Hallam says:

    Wow, love all the app suggestions! Thanks:)

  19. Kelly Hallam says:

    I follow this blog via e-mail.

  20. I love the apps you suggested for Tiny Tot! I would love to get them for our youngest. I’m hoping to get an iPad2 this weekend. :)

  21. Would love to win this, my kids are always asking to play games on my iPad and I won’t let them as I don’t want games on my iPad. What a great way to say yes you can play on my iPad. I wouldn’t mind at all having educational games on my iPad. I just haven’t done it as I don’t know which ones are good. Thanks for sharing the ones you shared.

  22. I get the RSS feed for your blog in my Google Reader.

  23. Megan Vesel says:

    We love, love, love our iPad. With three kids (4-10) I’m always looking for new educational, but fun, apps!

  24. I love my ipad but have a hard time finding educational games that I like. Thanks for introducing me to apps for homeschooling. I’d love the $25 to get me started.

  25. Constance says:

    We recently purchased the iPhone 4 and are looking to purchase the iPad 2 soon. My children love to play with apps on our phones and I would love to purchase more educational apps for them.

    Thanks for sharing the info about the apps for homeschooling — can’t wait to check it out!

  26. Constance says:

    I subscribe to your blog and LOVE your ideas!!

  27. wendi aiello says:

    Thanks for this post. We just got an ipad2 and I had no idea how many apps were out there for homeschooling! My own teeny tot will enjoy these too!

  28. I would love to win this. We use an ippd for my children’s autism treatments as well as for homeschooling.

  29. Typo–that was “ipod” in my last post…not “ippd”.

    I subscribe via google feed reader.

  30. I am just looking into getting an iPad and planning to purchase one very soon! I was excited to see this post from you! I would love to win the $25 to purchase some aps.!

  31. I am already subscribed to your emails.

  32. I follow you on Twitter.

  33. I am now following Apps for Homeschooling on Twitter.

  34. I tweeted about this giveaway.

  35. Bethany Johnson says:

    We absolutely love using our iPad for our homeschool. There are so many educational apps out there that are fantastic. Thank you for some new suggestions and reviews!

  36. Thank you. We are always looking for more educational apps to use on our iPad. We love Math Splash as well. Sends emailed reports on how the kids are doing in the various content areas!

  37. I follow via gfc and email =)

  38. I follow you on twitter =)

  39. Now following apps for homeschooling on twitter

  40. I would love to win the iTunes card! We just got an iPad2 from a VERY generous person. It has been so great for all kinds of educational things for all five of my children!

  41. I am a subscriber!

    • On a side note I suggest you look into some type of cover/protector for the iPad. Check out Otterbox or Gumdrop for iPad2. They’re pricey but they will help protect your investment.

  42. I tweeted about the giveaway =)

  43. We use the ipod and ipad for educational uses. It would be nice to be able to purchase a few of the more expensive apps we have been looking into. Thanks for the giveaway =)

  44. Would love an iPad, but for now the kids love playing/learning on my iPhone. Would love to buy some more apps!!

  45. I am an email subscriber too! :)

  46. We already love our iPad. It would be great to win the $25 to purchase some of the full versions of things we love.

  47. I follow Confessions on twitter

  48. I am an e-mail subscriber of Confessions.

  49. I tweeted about this giveaway

  50. I follow apps for homeschooling on twitter

  51. Yay! We would love a gift card to purchase homeschooling apps for our iPad!!
    Thanks for sharing the ones you use, too!!

  52. What do apps like these usually cost?

  53. We love using the iPad for school. My kids favorites are “Stack the States” and “Math Bingo” but there are lots more!

  54. I follow you on Twitter.

  55. I tweeted about the giveaway

  56. I subsrcibe to C of a H

  57. I follow C of a H

  58. I ‘d like to win the $25 itunes card because I’m hoping to get my DD a Touch for Christmas and this would be a great way to sneak in schooling!

  59. Oh we love ITunes and apps. The math blaster would be fun.

  60. Melanie M. says:

    I would love to win! Homeschooling doesn’t leave us alot of room to buy extra things, so the would be great. Thank you.

  61. Twenty five dollars can go a long way for educational apps. We have an iPad one and love all the things we can do with it!

  62. I would love to win, paid applications really add up after a while!

  63. I subscribe by email

  64. My girls have been begging me to get them a gift card for iTunes because they have so many games they want to buy. They would love this!

  65. September West says:

    We don’t have an iPad (yet!), but we enjoy several apps on our iPhones and iPod touches.

  66. I subscribe to the RSS feed in Google. :)

  67. We just got an iPad also, thank you for the guidance on the apps., truly appreciate you and all you do to guide us through your journeys.
    I would love the free card to load up my new iPad!
    I also follow you on facebook

  68. Daily Woman says:

    I would love to win this so I could get some of these great educational apps. My youngest has ASD and there are some great apps to use with him also.

  69. Daily Woman says:

    Subscribe via email and RSS.

  70. Daily Woman says:

    Follow you on Twitter @ASDsupportNC

  71. We love iphone educational apps and are thinking of an Ipad for Christmas. I would love to win the gift card though;) thanks!

  72. Daily Woman says:

    Follow Apps for Homeschool on Twitter @ASDsupportNC

  73. Daily Woman says:
  74. I would use the giftcard to buy apps for my own kids to use to learn as well as the kids I tutor. I think apps are a great educational learning tool.

  75. I subscribe to e-mail of Confessions. I would love to win the gift card for more apps!

  76. This would be great to win!

  77. That $25 gift card would give us alot more educational apps to work with….My kids love when i say we are going to play a app. But I think they may be getting bored and need some changes. Time for more Apps

  78. I would love to get some fun math games for my kids to play!

  79. I follow via an RSS feed!

  80. I’d like to win the $25 gift card because, well, I’d like to have $25 to spend in the itunes store. :-) Thanks for the game tips. I’m going to check out the sight word bingo now.

  81. I copied your text and blogged about it……would love to win that gift card……

  82. Would love to win the giftcard. My munchkins can’t get enough of the apps!

  83. I would love to win this gift card because it can be a real struggle to get my daughter to do homeschool but she loves to play on our iPod touch. I think she would like to do some of her schooling on it a lot better. Which means less frustration for the both of us!

  84. Michelle Kennedy says:

    I just got my first ever iPhone and I’d love to fill it up with great homeschool apps using a $25 iTunes gift card.

  85. I only use Free apps right now because I’m never sure if the fee apps are worth it. Would love to try some of these out! Pick me, pick me! :-)

  86. I was happy with your recommendations as I’m always looking for fun learning stuff for my kids. But I’d sureky love to have the itunes card now too!

  87. I found your blog via Pinterest and subscribed by email about a week ago. I love how organized you are! My son just turned 2 and I can’t wait to start WOTW with him. He currently plays with my iPad and could use $25 at the app store for more games.

    Might I suggest Monkey MathSchool Sunshine and Money Preschool Lunchbox by for Teeny Tot.

  88. Denise Wilson says:

    Would love to win this! I need to update my music selection! :)

  89. Denise Wilson says:

    email subscriber :)

  90. Math apps, math apps, math apps!!!! Please!!!

  91. This would be a great Christmas present for one of my kids!

  92. I would love to spend this on some new music for my iPod!

  93. We love our iPad! I’d love to win the $25 and thanks for all the app suggestions!

  94. I’ve been chatting w/ my hubby about an ipad for the kids for Christmas. This would be amazing!

  95. I also subscribe via rss feed

  96. We just got an iPad and would love to download some apps for my kids to use for school

  97. I follow by e- mail

  98. Thanks for your great suggestions! My boys use my iPad2 more than I do–they think they’re playing games when they’re learning great things! My favorite educational apps are Word Wagon and their family of apps and Smarty Pants School. I would LOVE to have the iTunes gift card to hook up my boys with some of the homeschool apps we’ve now discovered! Blessed by your blog and the curriculum of yours we’re using!

  99. I have an iPad and would love to have more options for my children and their education:)

  100. I would love to use the gift card to enhance my children’s education at home. My daughter loves our ipod, and it is a wonderful motivator.

  101. There are so many great apps out there for the kids, but the best ones always cost something. I would love to be able to get a few more apps, like a bird guide I have seen, that would help my kids with their science class!

  102. I would love $25 iTunes GC. I’d use it for some apps for my kids–I love Math Bingo and would love Sight Word Bingo. Have you ever tried Math Girl? My kids love it.

  103. I’m always looking for fun & educational apps for my preschooler on our iPod Touch. It would be nice to upgrade a few of our current LITE versions and to find some new ones. I’m going to look into the First Words and see if it works on the iPod.

  104. I follow by email.

  105. Can I ask a nosy question? What ipad did you get – wifi or wifi + 3G and what memory size. We are thinking about purchasing one and I’m just curious if the basic wifi and 16 is adequate. The $25 gift card would be oh-so-nice to use for finally convincing my husband to let us get one!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  106. I’m following you on Twitter now. (Sko_Momma)

  107. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  108. Following AppsforHomeschooling on Twitter (Sko_Momma). P.S. I forgot to mention above … Thank you! for giving us some great suggestions. I’m downloading word bingo to my iphone right now for my Kindergartner.

  109. I would love to win!!

  110. I subscribe to your blog via RSS

  111. I want to win because we are Apple junkies. If Apple makes it, we own it. Except Apple t.v. Because I don’t get it. lol

    I must tell you that my favorite thing about the iPad is iBooks. I can open every pdf book I own on it and I love it. It comes in really handy with e-unit studies from currclick and places like that. I hate reading off of the computer but I don’t mind it off the iPad. I even use it for e-books from scholastic. I print off the pages we need to write on and read the instructions right off the iPad. We even have our LA book loaded on it. I just LOVE it!

    Also check if you can check out e-books from your library. Totally awesome!

  112. I suscribe via email

  113. I follow you on twitter

  114. I follow apps for hs on twitter

  115. I tweeted. (prncsstefy)

  116. I’d love to win the Itunes card.

  117. Tomorrow is my last day at work and starting Monday I get to teach my little one!
    My girl loves the puzzle apps for the ipad/iphone and I would love to find her some more apps to help with counting and letters.

  118. This is exciting! I will get my new ipad 2 on Friday. (I’ve been saving for quite a while for this!!) I am anxious to get it, and download neat and educational apps for my five kids. I’m hoping I can find several for my preschooler to keep her occupied while we are doing school, and also during church! She’s pretty hyper, and has a hard time setting still!! I would love to win the $25.00!!! Thanks for this AMAZING opportunity!! :-)

  119. We would love to win some ipad apps!

  120. We follow your AWESOME blog!

  121. My children love my iPad2 and love to learn. We’d love the gift card to purchase more educational apps. Thanks so much for sharing your favorites!

  122. I subscribe to your blog via email and also follow you on Facebook.

  123. Because I am addicted to buying apps for my preschooler!

  124. Julie Bloyd says:

    I would love to win a gift card because I am about to become the proud owner of an iPhone 4S (finally!). My kids love to play on their grandparents’ iphones and there are so many great educational games available.

  125. I would love to win to add some of the educational apps to my husband’s iPhone. I’ve seen lots of free apps, but they limit you on what you can do, so you have to paid for the extra features. It would be great to be able to purchase some “premium” features on some free apps that my girls like to use.

  126. RSS subscriber to Confessions

  127. Hether Skurdal says:

    We use the iPad in school as well. The gift card would be a great way to purchase more apps. Thanks.

  128. I’m following you on Twitter!

  129. I’d love the $25 iTunes gift card to get my daughter started with new games on her birthday refurbished iPad original.

  130. GirlieMouse is following Confessions on Twitter

  131. I am new to homeschooling, and the apps on here look great. I, too, have a little one that could use the preschool apps during the schooling hours!

  132. We would love to win this. My girls are always playing on the iphones and love the many apps that they can download and play.

  133. Now following AppsforHomeschooling on Twitter

  134. Tweeted this give away @!/Scrubbyswife

  135. Thanks for the great post sharing about our new site Erica! Don’t enter me! :)

    I just had to say – I bought that same pink cover to go on our iPad2 – but I bought the black-trimmed model :).

  136. Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a $25 iTunes card!! There are so many apps I would love to get for my homeschooler and toddler. We have tons of free ones that we use all the time, but there are some ones I’d like to buy to help reinforce some concepts! PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME!! 😉

  137. Carrie S. says:

    I use my iPad to keep my kids occupied so I can have some one-on-one instruction time with each one. So, I would love to win the gift card so I can purchase some more educational apps! Thanks!

  138. Hi! I’d love to win a $25 gift cert. as I just ordered my ipad this week and could use it to start my app collection for homeschooling!

  139. Carrie S. says:

    I am now subscribed to Confessions of a Homeschooler.

  140. We are homeschooling our 5 girls from ages 9 to 4 (the 3 youngest are triplets!) We are always looking for fun things that the girls can work on independently while I’m teaching the others directly, and the ipad looks to offer lots in the way of helping us do that! Thanks for the chance to win!

  141. Carrie S. says:

    Following Confessions on Twitter.

  142. Carrie S. says:

    Following Apps on Twitter.

  143. following Confessions on Twitter!

  144. following Apps for Homeschooling on Twitter!

  145. Tammy Hadley says:

    would love to be entered to win the Itunes gift card please

  146. Angela Ruotsi says:

    Love this blog and my IPad. Great to have homeschool apps for the IPad

  147. Carrie S. says:
  148. Sherri Burgan says:

    I would like to win to buy some good quality apps for my children, I have 4 total 2 of which are special needs.

  149. If iTunes music & apps were food we would very over weight! They try 2 purchase everything they see for “educational” purposes!

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