In February, I joined the ranks of moms with teens. Teens! It's scary and uncharted and I'm still trying to figure out whose voice is coming out of my baby's body, but I can also see the awesome-sauce in this stage as well. Read: babysitter, big helper, and way more in-depth conversations.
Jarrod and I are really careful with what big gifts we give our kids for their birthdays. We've learned that once you open a can of worms, there's not much success wrangling those worms back into the can, so we choose with care about what we buy our kids. But 13 seemed like such a great, big deal we decided to bless our little guy with his very own iPad. He had been asking about one and saving for one, but I think when he open the box, he was totally surprised, which is always fun to do as a parent.
With all technology in our house, we have some rules; time spent on is limited, we have the password to iTunes, and one that I thought was pretty smart on my part: for every game downloaded, he has to download an educational app. Brilliant, right??
The only thing is, for us, it's hard to find apps that are actually educational AND fun.
The Beautiful Intersect of FUN and MATH: DragonBox AppsThis is where I tell you how excited I was to review DragonBox's products. Seriously fun GAMES disguised as math is just what my kids needed. After downloading Clash of the Clans or some darn thing, Noah promptly downloaded DragonBox Algebra onto his device. He was able to choose his own avatar and get going.
The programs hit on a number of topics, like:
Why Algebra Apps Are a Mama's FriendIt's been very busy here lately. I had a little "moment" on Instagram yesterday about how the chaos of moving has really put a cramp in my style at school and how I was feeling bad about being an UNfun homeschool mom right now. My OCD tendencies won't let me just carry on with the messes--I have to settle things first. So lately, I've been giving my kids assignments they can do on their own while I work. This is why apps like Dragonbox are our friend. Here's a list of why's for good measure:
- DragonBox is something my kids can do on their own, allowing me more time to get this house organized after a big move and still teach my kids some math! Yay!
- Technology is super fun for kids, but learning while they're playing is SUCH a huge bonus to having quiet, occupied children.
- Algebra apps, like DragonBox fill in holes that their math books may have left out. I know we homeschool mamas are always thinking about the possible holes in our kids' education.
- Time in the car or waiting at the doctor's office can be well-spent with algebra apps.
DragonBox Algebra 5+
DragonBox Algebra 12+
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