Boom Learning wins Academics’ Choice Award for Mind-Building Excellence

Kirkland, WA November 26, 2017


Boom Learning Inc. is pleased to announce that Boom Cards has been honored with the Academic’s Choice Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide the potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.

The Academics’ Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory. The full list of winners is posted online at

cropped-boom2001.pngAcademics’ Choice Awards Reviewers had a lot to say about Boom Cards.

This is a fantastic resource that I hope homeschooling parents and teachers will take advantage of! Boom Cards is the “Teachers Pay Teachers” of learning apps!

Reviewers were taken by the variety, interactivity, game-play and ease of use:

I love that learning is presented in a FUN and interactive way. Kids learn so well through game-play. The site was easy to use, and I appreciated being able to search both by subject AND grade level – allowing me to narrow down the decks available to those that were age-appropriate for my kids. I appreciate that there are both free and “for profit” games available, allowing for a wider range of consumers to use and enjoy the product. While I didn’t create any decks, I love the option to do so, and plan on utilizing that feature in the future.

The hundreds of submitted products that are not chosen by the Academics’ Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations across the globe. About Academics’ Choice™: Academics’ Choice™ helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics’ Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award™.

Boom Learning is the brainchild of Senator Eric Oemig and Mary Heuett Oemig. Its modern form resulted when a good friend introduced them to the extraordinary Rachel Lynette. Boom Learning puts the power of the digital revolution in the hands of teachers, data they need, tools they need, and freedom to innovate. Teachers personalize learning while saving time and money.

Meet the Author: Line upon Line Learning

“A great piece of literature does not try to coerce you. … A great piece of literature simply is.” Madeleine L’Engle

Rebecca Reid is one of the early adopters of Boom Cards. Given her background, it is not a surprise that she has been an invaluable source of feedback as we’ve built Boom Learning.

Rebecca has a B.A. in English with a focus on editing. She loves finding and fixing errors. She also loves writing and language arts. She blogs at Hands-On Homeschooling and Line upon Line Learning. She loves to read and review books. Her favorites are Victorian literature. Now with three kids and less leisure time, she also watches period dramas, like Downton Abbey.

Like Mrs. Shipley, Rebecca came accidentally to teaching. She taught and worked as a writing tutor throughout her college years. When her oldest was ready to enter kindergarten, homeschooling seemed the best option for him. He is now in fourth grade and she has a second child entering kindergarten next year.


Rebecca’s stores on Boom Learning and Teachers Pay Teachers have evolved with her children’s needs. On Teachers Pay Teachers she has worksheets and games. Her son still loves to play one of the first games she made, about Marco Polo.

With her oldest now in fourth grade, Rebecca finds that technology is playing a greater role in homeschooling. She’s been adapting her worksheets and learning materials for Boom Learning, which lets them take learning on the go. She loves how Boom Learning “lets me put my kids in the driver’s seat.”

She created her CVC Reading Practice to correlate with the hands-on practice in her CVC bundle available at Teachers Pay Teachers. With the bundle, students practice forming the words using letter tiles, as well as other hands-on activities. Her Boom Cards allow them to take those same words and practice reading them and finding the pictures that match.

With homeschooling, each year is a completely new grade level. Add in asynchronous learners working at multiple grade levels, and it can feel overwhelming. Rebecca advises: “Just remember that your students don’t learn everything in one day, one week, or even one year. It is a long process and you just take it one step at a time too!”

Rebecca is from and and now lives in Chicago. She has lived in Australia for a year and in each of Bolivia and Jerusalem for two months.