Back to School: Exciting Apps for Busy Parents

Back to School Apps

Thanks to our friends at Epic! Books for Kids for this great guest post!

The first weeks back to school can be filled with jitters, tears, relief and excitement . . . and we’re not just talking about the kids! Between Back to School events, fundraisers, teacher luncheons, fall sports kickoff, you name it – the season can be an especially wild ride for parents. Check out 5 apps that will help set you and your kids up for a great school year!

1. Epic!: Called the “Netflix for children’s books,” Epic! sets your kids up for success this school year with unlimited access to resources and books that will help them complete nightly reading and research with ease. Epic! offers a vast online library of 15,000 high-quality books for kids 12 and under, including bestsellers, award-winners, thousands of non-fiction books, read-to-me books, even Spanish and bilingual books - Big Nate, Ramona, Goodnight Moon, National Geographic - you name it, they got it.

What’s in it for parents? Epic! keeps a reading log so you can see what your kids are reading and submit it to their teacher. As well, Epic! is a go-to reference source for school projects and reports:

“My daughter had a report due on Seahorses. Had already pulled 3 books from the library, and still needed 4 more sources. Looked up "sea horses" on Epic! and found 8 books and a video from Britannica - all about Sea Horses. She finished her report that night!”  

 - Emily’s Mom, Happy Epic! Customer

Trying to motivate your child to read more? Epic!’s integrated rewards feature lets kids earn badges as rewards for reading. Plus, kids can discover new books with personalized recommendations based on their interests and reading level. With Epic!, parents sign up once and kids can read as much as they want for less than $5 / month. Epic! works on iOS & Android devices, desktops and laptops. You can try it out and Read Free for 30 days. Go to www.getepic.com to start your free trial.  Special offer for Signup.com readers: Get 2 months FREE with promo code LEARN by 8/31. Click here >

2. SignUp.com: Excited about pitching in at school this year? Save time and do more GOOD with SignUp.com! 
Free, online SignUps and coordination solutions from SignUp.com make it easy to organize all your Back to School needs like school volunteer calendars, teacher luncheons, Back to School night and fundraisers. Once invited to sign up for an activity, parents can choose a spot – anytime, anywhere, from any device (no passwords needed!). Rely on eCalendar sync and automated reminders to keep everyone on track. Learn more >

3. Cozi Family Calendar: Make this the school year to get organized with Cozi! Cozi’s app lets you set up, manage and share your family calendar, create to-do and shopping lists, keep notes, set reminders and alerts, and more. Available free (with in-app upgrades) for iPhone and iPad, Cozi saves you time, stress and helps keep your family on track. There are add-ons to for storing recipes, planning out meal schedules too!

4. TeamSnap: If your kid is not just a student but also an athlete, then the 
TeamSnap app is a go-to timesaver you will love this season. Quickly organize team schedules for games and practices, manage team rosters, share photos, communicate weather updates (and more!) to fellow team parents. Available for iOS and Android. 

5. DirectorySpot: Lose the paper school directories that always seem to be lost right at the moment you need them! Go virtual this school year with DirectorySpot’s mobile school directory app. Access student, parent and teacher information, privately and securely, and customize with your school’s very own colors and logo. Don’t forget about easy integration of class lists and school calendars too! Available for iOS and Android. 

Bonus: Epic! Is free for teachers! Used in over 70% of elementary schools in the U.S. (Epic! give free access to elementary school teachers and librarians in the U.S. and Canada), Epic! is loved by teachers so much, that in a recent survey of 1,000 teachers, 98% of teachers would recommend Epic! to a colleague, and 94% said students enjoyed reading more because of Epic!  Learn more >