Preschool and technology: preschool apps
There are a myriad of approaches to a preschool life. Some parents choose to keep their kiddos at home because they aren’t ready to head out into the real world. Others would love to do preschool but it isn’t in the budget. There are some whose kids have been in child care since 6 weeks old and there are others who started a mother-toddler Waldorf program or the beginning of the three-year Montessori Kindergarten. Of course no approach is right for every family and what’s right for one kid won’t be right for another. Preschool technology is a topic which often comes up. Television? How much? Phone Apps? Which ones? Is there anything other than Angry Birds for your tablet that is good in regard to preschool and screen time? This is not a sponsored post of any kind – but links may contain affiliate codes which help keep this blog going I found some online and printable Montessori apps to be wonderful – but even just regular games can be fun as well.
Here is a round up of a few good paid and free preschool apps
Montessori ABC Game for Kids HD – This has a free version as well, but I upgraded within a few days due to the added functionality. While I do not claim to be an expert in Waldorf letters, the use of imagery is beneficial to help children remember letter sounds. Of course Waldorf and technology doesn’t go together, but this app may be a “we won’t tell the teacher” app for Waldorf families. Montessori families will love it and any preschooler will love the ease of use of this app that helps to teach the letter sounds (phonics). Cost: $2.99
Mobile Montessori has some great printables that align with a Montessori philosophy and a great resource for those just starting a homeschool journey (kindergarten or first grade even would benefit from the flags of the world). Cost: Free
BT Handwriting is an app that uses a single finger (versus two fingers used in Montessori) to trace letters into correct shapes. Good for early writers. For print only – not cursive. Cost $.99
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: The Magic School Bus Oceans – Since have a leapster (and had a LeapPad that was left on an airplane _ we enjoy some time on the Leapster. The kids love this game. It asks questions like “find sea creatures with fins” and the like. Regularly $20 (leapster not included). Currently on sale for under $16.
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Do you use technology with your preschoolers to supplement learning?