Square Panda

Phonics learning materials that hook up to an iPad. Includes some game apps and a set of "smart letters" toys that help young children (age 2+) develop reading readiness skills. The site says they're working on development of an Andriod version, too.

Learning A-Z

Reading, writing and vocabulary software for elementary level. Includes several different programs and packages, interactive lessons and printable readers, plus some science literacy and test prep materials. Yearly subscription prices are fairly reasonable. Discounts available through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

Red Apple Reading

Online phonics and reading curriculum for pre-K through third grade. Includes video lessons, games, interactive stories, printable workbooks and flashcards, and mobile apps. Very reasonably priced subscriptions for 3, 6, or 12 months.


This is a series of learning apps for IPad that incorporate hands-on learning. You purchase a stand and special attachment that works with the camera. Some apps have pieces to use with them (tangrams, letter and number tiles) and others use found objects and drawings. The games develop reading, math and spatial reasoning skills.


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