Summer is a time to enjoy your time in the sun and refresh before another school year begins. No matter how old your children are, though, it can be tough to get back into the swing of things after two to three months of rest. Now that the start of the year is fast approaching, it’s helpful to transition by implementing some learning before you get back to the books. 

With the right app, your young learner can get a good head start on the upcoming school year while still having fun. The following apps gamify learning to keep kids engaged while also helping them learn a few things.

IXL Math

Those state tests put a lot of pressure on students. IXL Math tests math skills with an endless supply of questions in an array of colors to keep things interesting. Problems are interactive to make the app feel more like a game, including drag-and-drop questions and graphing tools. Reporting tools help students follow their progress each time they play. Price: Free, but there are in-app purchases.

TED Conferences

If your young learner is interested in learning from experts, TED Talks are the perfect outlet. You can get the app for iPhone or Android and browse thousands of videos from some of the top minds in the world. No topic is left uncovered, including technology, science, psychology, and business. There are even TED Talks related to improving your ability to learn. Price: Free.


Learning a new language can take time, but there are apps that can help. Duolingo teaches students a second, third, or fourth language using scientifically-proven methods. Available for both iPhone and Android operating systems, as well as online, you can choose from more than 30 different languages. This can be a great way to supplement the schoolwork students are doing during the school year, or simply a way to learn an additional language. Cost: Free, but there are in-app purchases.

Sora OverDrive

Reading can not only boost your child’s brain, but it’s also a great way to reduce stress. The Sora OverDrive app lets you borrow e-books and audiobooks for free using your library card. You can download it to an iOS, Android, or Windows device or a Kindle. It’s a great way to blast through that summer reading list or simply read some books for fun, which has its own benefits. Cost: Free.

Presidents vs. Aliens®

Can you name all the U.S. Presidents? Whether you can or not, Presidents vs. Aliens® seeks to ensure young students can. Available for iPhone and Android, your child will use facts, quotes, and historical events to help various Presidents battle aliens. Players earn Presidents with each successful battle, with the goal of collecting all 45. The game includes a flash card for each President to help students bone up on their facts before playing. Cost: $1.99.

School breaks are always a great time to take a rest from learning. But if students can also use that time to improve learning skills and study a little, they’ll have a great start on the upcoming school term. Apps can make that process fun, with education as a great byproduct.