Books/Blogs

LearningRx Reviews Tynker Coding Website

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Tynker is a learn-to-code website that was named the No. 1 coding platform for kids. The site uses visual code blocks that represent real programming concepts (like “walk” and “jump” and “start”). Brain Benefits: attention, visual processing, sound manipulation, memory, logic & reasoning, auditory processing, math skills What I… read more

LearningRx Reviews Wonder

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: This book by R.J. Palacio was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s about Auggie Pullman, a boy with a facial deformity, and how he copes with making friends in fifth grade. There are other spin-off books, including “Auggie & Me” and “We’re All Wonders.” Brain Benefits:… read more

LearningRx Reviews The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: One of a series of seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is such a staple for readers of all ages that many schools make it required reading. The C.S. Lewis book follows four siblings as they venture into the land… read more

LearningRx Reviews Magnetic Tangrams Book

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: This book of tangram puzzles comes with seven colorful magnetic pieces that can be used to create 360 different objects, like animals, boats, people and geometric figures. Brain Benefits: visual processing, logic & reasoning, attention What I love: If you do a lot of road trips, commuting or just… read more

LearningRx Reviews the do2Learn website

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: This site is dedicated to children with special needs, their parents and teachers. It was started in 1996 thanks to an NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant and gets more than 11 million views each month! There are printable picture cards designed to foster communication in children with autism,… read more

LearningRx Reviews Storyline Online

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books (alongside illustrations). Sometimes, kids read the books. Other times, famous celebrities—such as Eva Longoria, James Earl Jones, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Viola Davis, Annette Bening, Betty White and Kevin Costner—narrate. Brain Benefits: Visual processing, auditory processing, attention,… read more

LearningRx Reviews AARP Games

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Who new AARP – the American Association of Retired Persons has a section of games on its website? If you like fun brain-building games like Mahjongg, Solitaire, Backgammon, crosswords and sudoku, this site is a goldmine! Brain Benefits: memory, auditory and visual processing, logic & reasoning, attention, processing speed What… read more

LearningRx Reviews FarFaria.com Reading App

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: FarFaria.com is an app that helps create a love of reading. The app offers professional narration and unlimited access to more than 1,000 books. The site/app has won numerous awards, including the Family Choice Award (2012 and 2014), the Mom’s Choice Award (2014) and the BMA Summer Silver Award… read more

One More Story

LearningRx Reviews One More Story Website Reviewed by Wendy What it is: One More Story is a subscription-based online library of the best children’s illustrated books set to music and read aloud to children. (There’s also an “I Can Read It” mode for kids who want to read to themselves.) The site launched in 2005 and has… read more

Brain Den

LearningRx Reviews the Brain Den Website Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Have you noticed how all the fun brain game websites and apps tend to include an older cartoon professor in a lab coat on their sites? Well, this is another one of those, but it’s forgivable because the site has some fun brain… read more