I have six kids and I am here to tell you I cannot teach all six kids, all at once, all the time. There are times when I need the little kids to be quiet and be learning while I teach the big kids how to write or multiply or something. And there are times when I want my daughter to practice multiplication in a way that does not involve my direct input. And I also have two kids who need some automated SAT Prep. So there you go. Homeschooling online is my friend.
We practice homeschooling online in a few different ways. Most recently, we’ve been using Reading Horizons to help all four of my youngest with reading and spelling. But that’s on the computer, and we don’t have a computer for everyone. So even then, we need something to keep the others working while they wait a turn. And they all have Kindle Fires with Free Time Unlimited.
So that’s where finding the best Kindle apps for homeschooling online was a big help. And because these Kindle Fires have been a HUGE benefit in my homeschool, I am super excited to tell you that you will find a giveaway for these SIX Kindle Fires (six winners) at the end of this post. But first, here are our
Ten Best Kindle Apps for Homeschooling Online
Kindle App One: Moby Max. We haven’t actually played Moby Max in a while because I didn’t realize it worked on a Kindle Fire. This app teaches Math and Reading for K-8 and is perfect for homeschooling online. Games are offered as a reward for learning. It also works on Android devices with Google Play, which is how we had it in the past. Plus, it looks like they’ve made a ton of improvements since we last played.
Kindle App Two: Hooked On Phonics. This app is based on the regular Hooked On Phonics program millions have used to learn to read. Very cool for homeschooling online. I’ve got several kids who need extra reading practice!
Kindle App Three: Brain Training. A free app to boost your brain performance by increasing your short-term memory, visual memory, and concentration.
Kindle App Four: SAT Practice Test. This app has practice SAT-style questions for reading, sentence completion, reading comprehension, math problem-solving, identifying sentence errors, sentence correction (improving sentences), and editing in context (improving paragraphs) plus flash cards.
Kindle App Five: Virtual SAT Tutor for Full Vocabulary. Unlike the other SAT app, this one focuses solely on vocabulary and is very thorough in that regard.
Kindle App Six: Math Blaster Hyperblast 2HD. Multiplication practice here we come! Plus the other three operations for elementary as well.
Kindle App Seven: Spelling City. Okay. I have to admit I didn’t know this was an app until today. But we’ve used the website and I’ll be adding this to a certain someone’s Kindle. Kinda excited about that.
Kindle App Eight: Logic Problems – Classic! Puzzles to solve and help learning strategies when you get stuck.
Kindle App Nine: Thinking Skills. This includes using your judgment; collecting, using, and analyzing information; working with others to solve problems; making decisions on behalf of others; contributing to ideas to innovate and change; and being creative about how your job can function better.
Kindle App Ten: Scrabble. I have to admit that I have always loved Scrabble. The interesting thing about Scrabble as an app is when your ten-year-old figures out the strategy of blocking you from posting long and lucrative words by posting dozens of tiny words, effectively shutting off the board. Just don’t tell them they can do that, and see how long it takes them to figure it out.
BONUS – a fun Kindle App my kids LOVE: School of Dragons – How to Train Your Dragons
Christine Wipson says
Definitely allowing the girls to play more learning games. I tend to lean toward “school should be reading and writing and serious learning” when they could use more learning fun!
I would love to use one of these to homeschool my Special Needs children who hate to read but will do it on a screen! We are using All About Reading and I have the Phonics on my cell phone which isn’t the best place to have it! They like any learning tool that has a game-like quality.
I will download some of the free classics and start reading them to the kids!
Janell Garwood says
Yay! So fun!
I’d love to have more options for on-the-go schooling with my kiddos! Leave the paper behind and travel light 🙂
Elizabeth Bates says
Learning opportunities for my kids. Reading, and educational programs would be a great start…
I’ll use it for classic book (many are free on Amazon) for my kids to take with them, without the worry they are busy playing games instead. 🙂
Miracle Quelle says
I would use it for letting my kids do math and reading apps and read our long list of kindle books 🙂
sarah r. says
Thanks for all the freebies!
Dorothy Campbell says
I would put tons of apps for my kids to keep them occupied while I focus on other things.
Cindy Johnson says
SAT studies more book on Kindle would be great
We’ve been looking for ways to incorporate technology into our boys’ education, so definitely getting some applications loaded that would spark an educational interest!
What a great giveaway! I hope I win 🙂
Kelly Silva says
I would downloads kids apps on it, so my daughter can play games on it while at the same time the app teaches you new things. She always enjoys learning new material and working in her homeschooling workbooks. So, this would be perfect for her to learn and play at the same time.
Ariane L says
Reading books for me and the kids , and also educational apps ! My kids are definitely visual learners and they would be so excited for something new !
Educational games and reading are what I would use ours for.
Homeschool Mom says
A book is still a book even if it’s not on paper. I know this is an old comment but seriously- this person obviously has no idea what a kindle is or what dynamic learning can do not just for an average learner but also for those with special needs. Ive watched my son go from a below average reader to above average reader. Not only that but with thousands of free books at his fingertips he is reading for enjoyment for the first time in his life.
Stephanie R says
I would let my kids play some of these cool learning games. They will be so excited.
We restrict electronic use but I love educational games!
Andrea G. says
Looking forward to using the tablet to encourage my middle child to read more.
Ashleigh J says
Reading! I have tons of Kindle books, but my old (original) Kindle doesn’t work anymore and it’s hard to read for long periods of time on my phone.
Connie Cribbs says
My kids all enjoy educational games. Can’t wait to try some of the ones listed!
Kindle books! I’m always behind on my reading. Always.
Elizabeth M says
I would replace my daughter’s NOOK!
We would use the learning apps and games to supplement our home school.
ashley wheeler says
If I were to win one I would first download some educational games for my kids. We were planning on buying these tablets for our three kids for Christmas, but other things have come up so this would be AMAZING
Sarah Muro says
I would love to be able to have more than one of my learners using online resources at a time. It would revolutionize our little homeschool and be such a help to me!
Jody Sears says
I have a struggling reader (age 8), who finds school very discouraging and as a result getting anything done is always a fight. I used to use her tablet as a motivator but it was poor quality and lasted less than 4 months, and Walmart did not honor the warranty. So I am hopeful that if I win, we can return to that reward system, as well as use apps for reading that will encourage her to keep stretching herself. I also have another 8 year old who loves school and would enjoy some of the apps mentioned above, and a just turned 5 year old preschooler who isn’t ready for regular bookwork yet but needs educational busy work while I teach his sisters. I can see a lot of potential uses for the tablet in our homeschool!
The Kindle would be great for reading and downloading audio books. My kids are booksworms and anyway to get them new material is great!
I’m really looking forward to discovering great books, old and new, with my children. I love the opportunities to discover books that might not be affordable otherwise.
Layne Baird says
I love the idea of using the Fire with homeschool. My four boys would LOVE this idea too. But they better leave time for me on it!
Educational games, of course, but my grandson also loves music…so I think I would try to find some musical instrument apps!
Susan V. says
My granddaughters could learn so much with these Kendal Fire’s. I think it would be great to get these apps for them and teach them the most I can! They deserve the best education I can give them. Because they are so loved, I only wAnt the best for them! And this, is the best educational tool i’ve seen yet!
Susan V. says
Oh and if I were to win,I would be giving some to other children. I love giving . Especially something great like this!
I would give it to my son loaded with new books and apps for Christmas.
My girls would use this sooooo much! They love art and graphic design, so apps are a great way to enhance learning!
Tia Y says
If I should be a lucky winner, I am looking forward to downloading lots of books for my daughters.
Glenda B. says
Lots of books to read & a few educational games.
C Pentzirn says
I’d love to use it for learning enrichment with my three kiddos. They work hard; it would be nice to reward them with some education in the guise of fun.
Thanks for the app ideas!
Nikki Kratzer says
I will give it to my daughter. She has wanted one for soo long. She will read and do school stuff on it.
My sons and I love to read. A Kindle Fire will make it so much easier to take our books with us! The free educational apps look great, too.
I would love to use it to play worship videos for our family to sing along to each morning! Also, I would love to use it with science and social studies!
What a great giveaway. We have used one kindle fire for school time now for a while a a second would be so helpful. We read novels and textbooks on it as well as watch videos and play some great game apps.
My husband just accepted a job offer that’s 4 1/2 hours away from our home. We will be staying in our small camper for at least 3 months, so space is a huge obstacle to overcome. I believe electronics and CC’s *stick.in the sand* methods will help to make this.transition easier.
We have seven home schooled kids. Having another device would ease up some tension during electronics time.
I would definitely use the apps to compliment our homeschooling program!
Cheryl Camillo says
Would love to have my daughter read books, and play educational games on same device.
Lauren Wright says
I would love to have a kindle to use with my struggling reader, using the feature of the audio combination and enabling him to be able to click on words to hear the pronunciation.
The Kindle would be for my daughter. My daughter who LOVES reading and is begging for a Kindle for Christmas. 🙂
Thank you for blogging about these apps and helping to make this giveaway possible. We would use a Kindle Fire for literature and probably some Math and for other helpful educational apps. Thanks!
Looking forward to ramping up reading time for my girls by disguising it as screen time! 😉
Pam Sargent says
I would give it to my daughter to use for school for research as well as reading. She loves to read.
This would be a great tool to add to our homeschool. We do a lot of reading. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sherry Walters says
I would love to try the Spelling City app. Spelling is not our strong point here! Thanks!
Valerie Reeder says
Great source for reading and educational learning!
How fun to be able to put games on it for the kids to play? I see all the fun and educational games my family members have on tablets for their kids and think how great that would be ?
Nancy Somero says
It would be a good thing to have another kindle for educational apps, research, books or videos for our homeschool. We really could use another tablet with 6 in school and 3 littlest that aren’t. 🙂
Would read more and get my kids reading more!!!
I would love to use the Educational apps and download books to read.
I would love to listen to audio books and read from Baldwin’s website.
Susan Marie P says
I would use it for books and homeschooling!
We love Reading Rainbow on our Android tablet, it would be fun to explore what the Kindle has to offer in the vein.
Thank you so much for such a great list of apps!
I am currently attending college and find it hard to take my laptop with me, a kindle fire would help greatly besides im an avid reader so LOVE to read all the time! I would love to have a reader I can actually see rather than having to use reading glasses!
Jen S says
More practice that is fun!
I need a kindle to have on hand for myself since my 9 kids (or most of them anyway) seem to be on the computer when I need a recipe!!
Reading, reading, reading!
I would love to have this for our homeschool to load learning apps and books.
Am finally realizing how helpful it would be to have a kindle dedicated to the kids, and these apps look amazing!!!
D Webb says
What a great giveaway. Hope you are doing well.
Alannah Linton says
Reading. I and my family enjoying reading books with the kindle app having a kindle would be so much nicer.
Dorothy Boucher says
Downloading educational tools, downloading books
Sharon Haughee says
Our granddaughter loves using computer learning games, they seem to hold her attention very well.
Gail Browning says
I plan to use the kindle in my multilevel classroom for reward for those who work diligently and finish assignments early!Also for those who may need some remedial work in phonics or math! It would also be a great tool to use for literature assignments too! I teach 10 students ; K-5 to 4th grade in His strength and for His glory! I have no greater joy than to hear that my children (my students ) walk in truth!lllJohn 4
Reading mostly, but I am open to educational games and such.
Joy Slater says
Thank you for the opportunity to win a Kindle. I would really love to try the educational apps for it, but also just enjoy having a mobile library!
I would like to be able to listen to encouraging and inspiring podcasts.
Would love to try these apps you mentioned to help keep my kids learning and busy when I need one on one teaching time.
I’m looking forward to using it fir educational apps for my daughter. We are on the move a lot with dance and gymnastics and it would be good for her while traveling (any day really).
Would be such a great gift for this Christmas for my girls…we are so overwhelmed with books in our house and just haven’t been able to make the change over to this technology. Thanks for the chance!
It will be great giving the kids more educational games they can play.
I plan to use the Kindle Fire in homeschooling my grandniece that I acquired early in the year. Family issues required her to come to our family. She was originally in public school and already using lots of techy devices. The Kindle will allow me to add some of the books for her to read as we are traveling to other activities as well. Thank you for this opportunity.
Stacey Risner says
If I were to win a Kindle Fire, I would be ecstatic!! I’ve always wanted one. There’s been so many games and ebooks that I have passed up for both my daughter (schooling & fun) and myself. I download lots of ebooks onto my computer but it would be amazing to be able to read those things while on the run to my daughter’s many activities. And it would be so much fun to infuse our homeschool day with learning on the kindle – games, Kids Discover, all the apps that were mentioned in the post. I haven’t ever looked into any of those apps because we didn’t have the ability to use them. I didn’t want to frustrate myself!
Heidi robinson says
I would use this for homeschooling with my five kids.
We love to read !
Sheryl Long says
I would love to win a Kindle fire! We enjoy listening to you tube videos/songs, audible books, using apps for schooling and hand strengthening/coordination ( my daughter has low muscle tone).
This would be a great portable way to keep my Children connected to learning and having fun !
My daughter was given a Fire for her birhday by a generous aunt and we love it. Having another one in the family would be great to have more room for books. Those apps sure take a lot of memory.
Oksana Gerasimchuk says
I love using game apps to solidify what we’re learning!
Eva D says
having lessons and resources at my finger tips
We would use it for school.
Alycia A says
I am looking forward to having a portable computer! A Kindle would be much easier to transport than all the history books we are reading this year.
Jenny Maginel says
We don’t own a Kindle and would LOVE one! My son is learning to read and enjoys the Bible. We would be over the moon to be able to study God’s word on one of these; as well as, all the free books one can download!! It would make an outstanding adjunct to our home learning!
Thank you for the educational apps. I definitely will be adding these to our list.
Amanda Wampler says
My son already loves to build and design things, so adding fun apps into his routine will only broaden his creativity!
Teresa Bailey says
I’ve always wanted my kids to be able to do school “stuff” away from home, while we’re running errands and such. We would definitely use it for that as well as extra fun practices 🙂
I think it would be great to get books digitally and read them on the Kindle Fire! I hope I win! 🙂
Audrey Larson says
My kids will love reading books and not having to wait for the next in a series to arrive at the library!
I will be reading lots of those free classic books and listen to podcasts.
Robin Harris says
I would love to be able to read more books on the go, without having a bring a big stack with us!
I have two dyslexic boys and I am looking forward to using more audio books, ebooks, and other helps from the Kindle Fire.
What a great opportunity- Thank you.
Having one of these would be a brand new experience for me! Reading your post about it, the first thing that jumps out is the SAT prep ~ this would be perfect for my daughter.
Thanks for the chance to win one!
anastasia b says
Really looking forward to teaching cursive with an app and other educational apps for my technically inclined kids
Amy Krohn says
School games! But first I’d have to learn how to use it.
Lori Schneider says
I would love to have a Kindle fire for my kids to use (and for me, too!) We could do lots of reading, listening to music and viewing art.
I would love to get a Kindle fire. Because I am disabled the computer and if I win one a kindle would be my link to the world.
I am excited for the kids to do more learning apps on the go! We are often on the road and looking for more enriching activities to bring with us!
There are so many fun apps out there and really looking forward in letting my girls test some of them out! This is our first year homeschooling and we have loved every minute of it so far!!!
Honestly, I’m not sure. But it would find a use.
I would love to win this giveaway. My little girl’s tablet broke and this is a good way to win a new one for her. Thanks for the chance to win one!
Connie Bizzell says
Learning APPs have really helped in my homeschool. Would love to win a Kindle Fire
Alisha Whitman says
School games to use as rewards for getting work done. And reading for me. Would be awesome!
I never thought about an SAT prep app. That would be super handy for my oldest.
Alison R says
My girls to play educational games like Spelling City and ABC Mouse on our family PC. It would be great to have the portability of a Kindle Fire. Thanks
Carol Burnette says
We have the original Kindle Fire. I would love to upgrade!
This would be great with my own special needs kids as well as my special ed students.
Linda Morris says
My ten-year-old son is dyslexic and ADD. He was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. I have discovered that he learns quicker using technology. I’ve been researching ways technology can benefit children with these challenges. A Kindle would be incredibly useful to him by enabling him to use technology to enhance his strengths and empower him in the areas where he has challenges.
Deb Diem says
Read, review, read, review, repeat. Thanks for the chance!
I would give it to my son to read his school books and have his own apps.
Sandra Walters says
Tried to download Moby Max from Amazon but they said it was not compatible with my new kindle fire. Any ideas?
Amy Blevins says
You may need to search for it from within your Kindle to get the correct version. I thought I picked the right one, but must not have.
Amy Blevins says
Also – when you look at the app on the Kindle site – it will show you which of your devices it is compatible with. It shows it being compatible with the Kindle fires we have – but we don’t have one that is brand new. You might also try using the contact form on the MObyMax.com site!
I am looking for the best app to get my 4 year old twins. They are excited about learning and I would like to find the best apps to encourage their continued learning.