Many years ago, before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. With the birth of my first child, my career came to an abrupt halt. When I sent my youngest off to Kindergarten, I realized I missed teaching and went back to work as a substitute teacher. That’s what I do when I am not traveling. I love my job because I interact with children in our community on a regular basis (including my children’s friends), get to know the teachers in our school district, have hands-on experience with the curriculum, and never have to bring work home with me (which is truly the best part).
I am constantly searching for tools that make learning fun. As technology advances, our children want more. I realized a while ago that I was fighting a losing battle, insisting they learn everything from books and hands-on experiences. My kids want technology and if I’m going to give it to them, I want them to learn something along the way. I downloaded the following apps to my iPhone and iPad and had my kids (ages 7, 10, and 12) test them out. Here are their favorite geography apps that we plan to keep.