Early Education Homeschool / After School/ Car-Schooling /Pre-School Resources:
If you want your kids to succeed, then educational supplements are essential and can give your child the edge they need in life! So here are some of the resources that I have found extremely helpful. Whether you are homeschooling, car-schooling, after-schooling or just want to make your home an awesome learning environment these resources will help you get started.
I will be adding to this list, so make sure to check back often. Also, if you have found an educational resource that you love, please share your wealth by leaving a comment. Thank You in Advance!!
Exceptional Reading Programs:
Funnix is a phenomenal computer reading program for kids age 4 and up. It takes non-readers all the way up to a solid 3rd grade reading level. My 5 year old is reading, writing, and spelling because of this wonderful program. This program is awesome for homeschool and after-schooling andI highly recommend parents check out this program.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a classic reading program that was designed by the same authors as Funnix. Although Funnix is a superior reading program, Teach Your Child To Read is excellent! It takes a non-reader all the way to a solid 2nd grade level and incorporates learning to write the alphabet.
I actually started this program with my daughter Jayda when she was 3 1/2 and now I am using it with Anaya who is 3. She is so excited to do her “school work” and gets really upset with me if we miss a day!
Before I started Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons, I used the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K Deluxe Edition
The games and music are great tools for laying down a good foundation of pre-reading skills. Your child will learn letter recognition, letter sounds and rhyming.
Ready-for-School-Packet This is a great packet for parents who want to know how to prepare their child for kindergarten. If you get the videos I suggest, your child will be more than ready! They actually will be ahead of the game!
Must-Have Educational Videos
LeapFrog – Letter Factory (2009) The Leapfrog Letter Factory video is a must in any parent’s video collection. It’s one of the best ways to teach letter sounds. Again, I am a firm believer in teaching kids before they enter public education because they can learn so much sooner! Get this video and your relatives are going to think you are a super mom!!
I absolutely love LeapFrog and my children adore the characters and storylines in these videos. They learn soooo much from these videos!
Leap Frog Bundle of 6 DVDs plus 26 Flash Cards: Learning Set (2009): Letter Factory, Talking Words Factory, Let’s Go to School & 26 Flash Cards. Plus Talking Words 2 (Code Word Caper), Learn to Read At the Storybook Factory and Math Circus (Leapfrog)
LeapFrog Fridge DJ Magnetic Learning Radio My boys love to rock to this!
LeapFrog: Word Whammer Fridge Phonics Great reinforcement!
My kids absolutely love Preschool Prep Pack – 4 DVDs (Meet the Letters, Meet the Numbers, Meet the Shapes, Meet the Colors)! My twin boys who are 2 years old are able to identify all the letters in the alphabet, count and recognize numbers 0-10, can identify their shapes (including octagon, diamond, oval, etc) and they know the basic colors.
These videos kept their attention and most importantly gave them foundational knowledge that I have been able to build upon. Don’t wait until they go to pre-school—Please get these videos for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews!
If you can get the entire set—you will not be disappointed!
More Great Videos for Early Education!!
Here are some other resources that I have used or currently am using for homeschool:
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition
I loved teaching my children sign language with these Signing Time videos. My kids were communicating with me–long before they had their verbal skills!