School Tools for Success
School Tools for Success
Back to school means new clothes to address that summer growth spurt, changing seasons, and a fresh start. It also means easing into a new routine, academics and yes, that dreaded word: homework. For students with special needs, transitioning back into a school routine can be challenging.
To help you and your child have a successful school year, we have put together a list of school tool apps that we hope will make this year the best yet!
App suggestions include having fun planning school lunches (yes, picky eaters we mean YOU), working confidently in a no pressure, self-paced math curriculum, and supporting struggling readers.
by Rodrigo Neri
myHomework Student Planner is a tool for helping students organize their classes, homework and daily routine. This app is great for students with dyslexia, auditory processing problems, ADD and dyscalculia. Customizing the app is easy. Users simply enter their class details into the calendar. Adding homework descriptions is quick and simple with the tap of a button. Users set the due dates, time and identify high, medium or low priority. They can also set up reminders. When you sign up for a myHomework account it syncs your data across all devices making it easy to login from anywhere and access assignments.
LaLa Lunchbox-Fun lunch planning for parents and kids
by LaLa Lunchbox, LLC
LaLa Lunchbox LLC is a fun meal-planning app that can be helpful for families, especially those with picky eaters…sound familiar? LaLa Lunchbox is ideal for children ages preschool and up, has multi-user functionality, and allows each family member to create his or her own account and “monster” avatar. Each lunchbox contains multiple food options that can be selected by accessing one of four lunchboxes: fruits, vegetables, proteins and snacks. All selected foods are then compiled into a grocery list, which can be synced with any mobile device to make grocery shopping quick and easy. Children who are picky eaters will especially enjoy being involved in the meal-planning process and are more likely to eat foods that they have selected themselves. Parents can easily manage food lists in each category by deleting foods or adding foods that are not in the default list by taking pictures of household favorites. This ability to customize a food list is particularly useful for families with food allergies or special dietary needs. All foods in this app are represented pictorially, which is helpful for early-readers and non-readers. Additionally, LaLa Lunchbox can help those families with nonverbal members who may have difficulty communicating their meal preferences.
by AMZN Mobile LLC
The Kindle app provides many learning opportunities for students with special needs including visual formatting, text-to-speech, organization and a dictionary feature. The Kindle iOS app has recently been enhanced for the blind and visually impaired. Users can now hear many books read aloud and use features like Zoom and AssistiveTouch to more easily see and navigate text. Kindle’s text-to-speech audio function can help address the challenges of ELL students as well as those who struggle with reading fluency. A helpful suggestion for these students is to allow them to choose a font size and color to meet their needs. For students who have difficulty flipping pages or holding open books, the Kindle provides a convenient alternative of pushing a button to flip through pages and chapters.
Todo Math – Complete Curriculum for Kindergarten and Beyond
by Locomotive Labs
Todo Math offers 18 multi-level engaging games and curriculum-based activities to help your child practice and master foundational math skills. It is designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade and engages different types of learners with multi-sensory options for learning math concepts. It also has settings for left-handed kids and those with dyslexia and has amazing data tracking built in to help parents monitor where kids are struggling and doing well.
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