I believe we have now gotten into the swing of things with homeschooling. My daughter is now 4 and learning so much this year. My 2 year old son is following along and learning as well. I thought I would share some tools that I have been using. Of course we have the usual paper, construction paper, kid safe scissors, finger paints, crayons, etc… that we use every day. However, I have found some other tools to bring in that are convenient, fun for the kids and just add something different every so often.
My favorite tool that I use all of the time is Education.com . When you create a free account, you have access to loads of worksheets and other materials. As I find a sheet that I want to use, I save it on my computer so that I can print as many times as I want and keep everything organized.
If you are interested in incorporating sign language into your program, I highly recommend Signing Time . We actually got the videos when Samantha was around 6 months old and she loved watching them and began signing on her own at around 10 or 11 months. Now she is 4 and still watches them and signs with our son Nickolas.
Dry erase booklets are great for practicing writing the alphabet and numbers. Just write and wipe to reuse over and over again. Crayola has some nice booklets among other materials.
Another tool that I like is the Tag Junior and Tag readerfrom Leap Frog. We bought the Tag junior for Samantha when she was around 2 and now Nickolas is using that one. It is easier to grasp with smaller hands and teaches ABCs, Numbers, Shapes, Social skills and other various skills. Recently we got the Tag reader for Samantha. It is smaller and more pen/pencil like. There are all kinds of subjects for this one. The one we have now is the beginning reading series. The kids love it and it’s also something fairly portable if you would like to bring it while you are out and about.
If you have a favorite tool/tools that you use, would love for you to share. I’m sure that our lists will keep growing and changing as we go.