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Personalize Your Child’s Educational Experience


Personalize Your Child's Educational Experience

There’s an App for That

By Kelly Caudill, FCPL Early Literacy Assistant

A parent’s life is a busy life. Whether you are looking for a personalized educational experience for your child or simply need time for yourself, there’s an app for that! Below is curated a list of apps for preschool-age children to help ensure that screentime is engaging and educational:

ABC Mouse (paid; ages 2-8):

Offering an award-winning curriculum with a wide range of school subjects, this program is an engaging way to begin learning. Children are motivated by games and rewards while learning all they need to prepare for the upcoming school year!

Khan Academy Kids (free; ages 2-8):

This award-winning program offers a wide range of school subjects and includes lessons in social-emotional development. Aiming to teach each user as a unique learner, this app includes adaptive lessons that allow students to learn at their own pace while being creative and active.

Libby (free; all ages):

This app is a wonderful addition to your in-person library adventures. Sign up with your FCPL library card for access to free digital books and audiobooks. Keep kids engaged in literacy when a physical book isn’t around! Sign up now!

Bonus suggestion: Kanopy Kids!

Kanopy is an app both you and your child can enjoy. Access thousands of streaming videos during FCPL’s yearlong grant-funded pilot with Kanopy. You can enjoy Oscar-nominated, international and critically acclaimed films and documentaries, The Great Courses and more.

Kanopy Kids provides parental controls and unlimited educational options including "Sesame Street," language learning videos and more! Sign up now!

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