5 Teacher-Approved Apps to Boost Kindergarten Skills


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If your child is entering kindergarten this upcoming year, you may be wondering (or worrying) about school readiness. Many parents of kindergartners-to-be spend the weeks and months leading up to the first day of school practicing academic basics like counting and pre-reading. And while those are certainly important, most kindergarten teachers will tell you that soft skills like cooperation, empathy, self-awareness, and focused attention are just as essential for a successful transition to school.

Fortunately, several high-quality apps are available to help kindergartners start the year off right. Best of all, each has the approval of the teacher community on our site for educators, Common Sense Graphite. Here’s a solid “app kit” for kindergartners that includes both academic skill builders and soft-skills strengtheners.

Moose Math by Duck Duck Moose

Teaches: Number sense, skip counting, shapes, addition, and subtraction.

Five math mini-games come together in a little town that kids help build by choosing building facades and accessories to place in it. For example, kids enter Moose Juice, the smoothie shop, to practice counting, addition, and subtraction.

Kindergarten teacher August D. says Moose Math is a “perennial favorite” in his classroom. He adds, “the target skills are well suited to early primary and are an engaging way to reinforce math skills.”

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