From mental well-being and a good night’s sleep to what’s for lunch and study planners, we’ve got you and your cubs covered. Explore these mobile apps that will help your child make a smooth transition from summer break to school life.
An education entails more than just school. Bright Kid offers a wide range of short, fun courses on life skills. From the basics of money to cryptocurrency and public speaking to climate consciousness, this app offers it all. Some of their upcoming courses include graphic design, coding, dance, abacus for mind development and more. Children even get a certificate after they complete a session. An interactive app, its courses are facilitated by certified teachers who are said to be some of the world’s best.
The positive effects of meditation are well-known. As a child, life can be quite stressful especially with school and other challenges that come with it. Children’s Meditations offers timed meditation modules for children of different age groups. There is a range of components that help children fall asleep, find their inner calm, be mindful and more. In addition to the free options, there are those you can purchase in-app as well.
If kids (or parents) find themselves taking too many breaks or, even, perhaps don’t know when to take a breather, Clockwork Tomato is the answer. It helps users stay productive based on the Pomodoro Technique, a time management system where you divide your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. However, you can set timers (and sounds) to fit the type of work being done. You can also keep a log of achieved and unfinished intervals. Further, you can personalise the app for days and times so it knows when to start keeping track.
Getting back to a routine after a holiday can be tough. Not to mention the stress that classes and exams bring. Drive Thru helps recognise and understand emotions by asking users how they’re feeling and what is making then feel that way (triggers); there are options you can select, making it that much easier. Further, you can practise breathing exercises and journalling. There’s also a library of helpful reading and listening material, as well as writing exercises including modules specially made for students. Qualified therapists offer courses that you can take, depending on the problem you’re facing. While a lot of the material is free, there are components available to purchase in-app.
Time and plan study easily! All users have to do is enter their subjects and specify how many they want to learn each day of the week. Easy Study will draw up a plan for you, which you will need to confirm. The plans are designed to ensure that you review all the subjects at regular intervals, never leaving any accumulated content. Some of the features include customising subjects by name and study time, notifications about subjects that you have to study and a summary of each day, as well as a history of the number of hours studied each day, month, week, etc. Easy Study Plus with an expanded set of features is available.
An easy-to-use memory tool to help children learn new vocabulary, prepare for exams and memorise words. You can easily create as many cards as you want. The app facilitates spaced repetition, ensuring consistent review and hence, recall. You can also share your card sets with friends and import or export them as CSV files. In addition to flashcard review, there are other study modes that you can choose such as writing review, multiple answers and audio. The app also works offline.
Have a fussy eater at home? LaLa Lunchbox has you covered. You can work together with your kids to plan healthy lunches and snacks that even picky eaters will devour. Children with food allergies or sensitivities will benefit from special nut-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or kosher meal suggestions, each one of which is curated by a registered dietician.
An app to train users to speed-read, develop memory and build attention and concentration abilities. There is a range of exercises including Schulte tables, which have already proven to be effective. Schulte tables are a grid of randomly distributed numbers and letters used for the development of speed reading, peripheral vision, attention and visual perception. Get regular reminders to practise and track progress with each exercise.
Let’s face it, getting enough sleep when you’re in school is hard! Between late-night study sessions and early morning classes, it can be impossible to get the amount of sleep you should. Sleep Cycle has an intelligent sleep tracker, which monitors users’ sleeping patterns and wakes you up only when you’re in the light sleep stage. This ensures you always feel well-rested when you wake up, even if you’re short of sleep hours. The app also offers premium features such as a library of sleep stories, relaxation guides and calm sleep sounds.
While TinyTap helps elementary and middle-school students work on academic skills such as reading and math, what drew us to the app is that it also helps them navigate and learn social skills. There are modules teaching how to recognise gestures, understand your feelings and those of others, all in different life contexts such as losing a game or feeling upset when someone is mad at you. You can get a free trial with selected modules. A Parent Dashboard helps keep track of your child’s activity on the app.