Connor is 3, going on 4 this August. I've been looking into our local preschool options and they breakdown into two categories: obscenely expensive, or far too religious. As two former Catholic, current "seeking direction" parents, we don't want to put our kids in a religious school unless we both 100% support that church. Since we don't have anything like that, I've been looking for alternate options.
For the last year or so, Connor has been enjoying KidloLand's preschooler app. It's helped him learn his letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and a ton of songs. It's also jam packed with interactive story games, sort of a "choose your own adventure" for smaller minds. His favorite is the munching monsters and their picnic adventure. He loves designing new and weird looking cars out of random food. I love it because it's introducing him to reading, writing, and math in a simple but effective way. Everyone is winning here! I did an initial review of this app when we first got it, if you're looking for more information, head over here.
Another great app that we love is ABCMouse.com. I decided to try it after months of seeing those damn commercials all over Disney Jr and Nick Jr. Turns out, they have a free 7 day trail and we love it! There are so many different games, puzzles, books, and songs! Connor loves going through his learning path and figuring out all the games. Plus he gets to decorate his room, play with his hamsters, take care of his own kitty, and he's saving his tickets up to adopt a dragon. A dragon?! What the what?!
I'm really excited to watch him grow and learn with this app. He insists on "reading" to himself at nap and bedtime every day now. I love it!
We also spend a few hours a week (max of an hour a day) with paper school work. We've purchased a few preschool books from the grocery store (Aldi had a really cool one that we've been working through lately) and I tend to print off several activity pages every week. Sometimes, we're just coloring, and that may seem like it's not teaching him anything, but it's improving his dexterity and his ability to hold and use writing utensils (aka: crayons, markers, pencils, and the occasional pen.)
I recently discovered Education.com. They have a ton of free worksheets to teach letters, writing, basic math, matching, color by number, and so much more! You can create an account for free and print right away! They also have a couple different paid membership options, which gives you even more access for as little as $5 a month! Make learning a splash with this fun Kayak themed maze. For more engaging preschool activities, go to Education.com!
Download your maze and answer key here!
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