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News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids
Daily high-interest news stories for elementary school students with interactive features
Publisher: PRESS4KIDS INC

Why we love this app

News-O-Matic is a fantastic app for getting elementary school children excited about current events. It has high-interest stories on a variety of topics that are up-to-date and kid-friendly. Not only is content aligned to the Grade 3 and Grade 4 Common Core Learning Standards, but News-O-Matic includes photographs, maps and video that will grab your child’s attention too. With five new articles each day, there will be plenty of content for children to explore.

What it teaches and how it works

News-O-Matic can be downloaded for free and includes a three issue trial. Each day the app updates with five new stories that range in topic. For each article children can watch a video, explore where the story happened on an interactive map, and view a gallery of photos. Other features include information on the author, extra facts on the topic, and ways to get involved. A year’s worth of daily news stories is $19.99 (or only $9.99 if you sign-up within two days of downloading the app.)

Why your kid won't be able to put it down

More than just a newspaper, News-O-Matic is an engaging app that makes current events interactive. Children will like that they can write to the editor-in-chief, draw a picture about what they’ve read and rate every story. Whether they are interested in basketball or jellyfish, each daily edition is sure to have an article that piques your child’s interest.

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