As the school year quickly approaches, you may be wondering how you can cover STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in a fun way while homeschooling.

Mathematics is one of those subjects a lot of homeschoolers don’t feel equipped to teach, especially once their children start highschool. Most parents feel comfortable with teaching elementary mathematics but once letters start appearing in the equations some parents break out in a cold sweat. Have no fear! There’s an app for that! While these apps won’t necessarily teach certain math topics, they will help reinforce what your child is learning.

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Did you miss all of the other lists? Check out all the other subjects: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. Now on to MATHEMATICS! Take me to the apps!

As tablet hardware gets more affordable, we’re starting to see an increase in the number of kid-friendly tablets on the market.

OLPC was originally founded to provide laptops to children in developing countries but soon found that people in wanted to buy their product. Eventually, they started a one-for-one deal that allowed donors to receive a laptop for every one they donated. This is OLPC’s first fully-commercial product and is available in stores like Walmart and Target.

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The OLPC XO Tablet runs Android 4.2 on OEM hardware. Image credit: Engadget

Engadget notes in their review that, “OLPC has created a unique approach to helping broaden kids’ knowledge and encourage curiosity,” but “the price feels steep for a children’s toy.

For $149 you get a tablet with fairly modest features: 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch, 1,024 x 600 display, 1.2- and 2-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras, wi-fi, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot for added storage, and your typical ports for headphones, USB, and HDMI.

The most desirable feature is the Android OS which allows parents to setup multiple user accounts and parental controls for each (a feature missing from the iPad). OLPC has skinned the “Dreams OS” to be kid-friendly but underneath all the bright colors is Android’s fully-featured OS.

Read Engadget’s entire review, OLPC XO Tablet review, for more details.

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You backup your computer, right? What about your smartphone? Backing up your smartphone is something a lot of people don’t think about doing. If you’re a busy homeschooling mom or dad you’ve probably got your contacts, homeschooling events, and more stored on your smartphone. Losing all of that data would set you back for days because you’d have to recreate it all.

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It’s pretty easy to backup your smartphone and with these simple steps you can make sure you never lose your data even if your phone is lost or destroyed. The methods vary from device to device so here’s a rundown of the 3 major phone providers and how to back up your stuff so you don’t miss a beat when you replace your old one of if your current phone gets lost or stolen.  Show me now before it’s too late!

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As the school year quickly approaches, you may be wondering how you can cover STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in a fun way while homeschooling.

Homeschoolers don’t have big budgets so really elaborate science experiments are usually out of the question. Fortunately, there are some great apps that you can use to teach your kids STEM topics. They think they’re having fun and you can feel better knowing that the games being played are educational.

Teaching Engineering with Apps for Homeschooling

Take me to the apps!