Sprout – This website has games, recipes, craft ideas and more. Sprout Online works in conjunction with the PBS television station in the U.S. and features contests. The website can be personalized for its members and accessed by friends and family in faraway places through “My Refrigerator” a private webpage that allows posts. You can upload photos and make posts. It is the website for preschoolers and their families to share together!
Enchanted Learning – This is a nice site for homeschoolers, preschool teachers, and parents that would like to supplement their child’s learning. We love the holiday projects they offer and have printed out several of their booklets. One that was especially nice was done for daddy as a gift for father’s day. This is a great website to start with because you can pick activities and print them out. Your child need not be at the computer to do this.
Kiddyhouse – This website is a resource for teachers, parents, and kids. It has free clipart, thematic units, lesson plans and teaching ideas. There is a ‘how to’ section for parent interested in activities they can do to promote reading readiness. They also have a list of themed units, our favorite is All About the Farm. The units include songs and stories, games, printables, etc….
Dance Mat Typing – It is never too early to begin teaching keyboarding, especially when you can use such a cute game as this BBC gem. The best part is, it is free! The kids love it. Who cares if they can’t do much more than home row?
Starfall – This is a favorite among early elementary teachers and parents alike. If you have an early reader, this is a fantastic resource. They have online books (free, of course), that will highlight each word as a narrator reads aloud to your child. There is also an animated ABC section that is completely appropriate for two-year-olds.
Apples 4 the Teacher – This website offers crafts, coloring pages, seasonal/holiday activities, games and puzzles for kids. It also has a nice resource section for parents that includes research-based articles about educational issues.