Many Little Blessings is hosting a linkup of top 10 homeschooling websites. I'm really enjoying reading what resources different families use--and I'm bookmarking a few for future use.
Over the last couple of months, I've found a few websites that have been useful for preschool. I've also found a LOT of websites that are either insipid, inappropriate, or just designed for older kids. One of the many problems with the public education is that it holds children back, meaning that material that teaches subjects my son is ready for discusses the subject matter in a way that is over his head (Does that even make sense?).
Here are the websites that I love:
- Starfall--I found this site through a link at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling. It has really helped connect sounds to letters for the Bat. Better yet, he loves it.
- Google Image Search--Doing image searches (with safe search ON and VERY specific search parameters) has been the perfect way to teach colors and shapes. We also look for pictures of animals.
- Netflix--We pay the $8/mo for a streaming-only subscription. My son mostly watches "Dinosaur Train," but he also enjoys "Thomas and Friends." I also make a point of watching documentaries while he plays, especially ones that talk about geologic phenomena (volcanoes, etc.), dinosaurs, modern animals, nature, and machinery. He might not understand what's being said, but the exposure often awakens his curiosity.
- Fishy Count--This is a counting game available both online and as a phone app. Do you know how hard it is to find a counting game designed for a 3yo?!
- ABC Preschool--I love the links available for free, printable coloring pages!
- Buttons, Buttons, Buttons--This is actually a blogpost on games to play with a button collection, but the ideas are GOLD (including in the comments).
- Amazon--I get books for free from gift cards acquired through Swagbucks. I also download free Kindle books to the free Kindle reading app. If it's a classic, chances are it's available on Kindle for free. As I've posted before, Kindle helps us have reading material when we travel.
- Project Gutenburg--Another source for free, high quality, classic ebooks.
- Wikipedia--It might not be peer-reviewed, but Wikipedia is generally more than accurate enough for my purposes. If I'm concerned about accuracy, I can double check by examining the citations. With my preschooler, I use Wikipedia to look up nursery rhymes and to find pictures of shapes, colors, and animals.
- Mechon-Mamre--Perhaps the most important, this is my preferred online Bible (I say "perhaps" only because it's not where I do my daily reading, but I visit this cite on an almost-daily basis). It's not as diverse or user-friendly as Bible Gateway (another go-to resource, especially when I want to compare translations or read in Italian), but it provides the Old Testament in English, French, or Aramaic, with side-by-side Hebrew. I only use the Hebrew/English at the moment, though =D