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Top Ten Learning Aids for Preschoolers

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Educating Children

It’s never too early or too late to get an education. If you are looking for creative ways to jump-start your child’s early education, take a look at our selection of the top ten products available for preschoolers today.

  1. LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet

    Winner of the Oppenheim Best Toy Award, LeapFrog’s LeapPad is like an iPad designed for kids. It is age appropriate, easy-to-use and engaging to a generation of kids that expect great graphics, games, and speed. All of it delivered, at $99.

    The games pull from LeapFrog’s library of 100+ educational games – so you can select those that are most appropriate for your child and his or her needs. You can use all Leapster Explorer games and apps you already have – also a plus.  The LeapPad also has a built in camera and video camera. All in all – a great use of technology that will entertain and engage any child.


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    LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Tablet

  2. Hooked on Phonics

    Hooked on Phonics provides award winning educational programs for children ages 2 to 10. Over two million families and thousands of schools are using Hooked on Phonics® products because of their proven learn-practice-play approach. Children learn at their own pace, mastering each new skill before they move on to the next. Practicing and reinforcing new skills is designed to be fun, and every experience ends with a celebration.

    Winner of more than 10 prestigious awards: Teachers’ Choice, iParenting Media Award, Dr. Toy Best Educational Products Award, to name a few. Hooked on Phonics offers a variety of other educational programs, such as Hooked on Math, Hooked on English, Foreign Language, etc.

    Hooked on Phonics

  3. LEGO® Education

    Learning is at the very core of the LEGO Group’s most heartfelt values and the company has invested many years of cooperation and research with educators and child development specialists to build a rich understanding of what it takes to provide effective learning experiences.

    LEGO® Education‘s versatile construction sets, inspiration cards and and activities provide fun, hands-on opportunities for children aged 1½ to 5+. LEGO® solutions tap into children’s innate desire to explore, investigate and learn, and are ideal for both free and guided play for up to six children at a time.

     

    LEGO® Education

  4. ClickN KIDS

    ClickN KIDS is a company specialized in children’s education. They offer two award winning programs to help children read and write. Both are designed by nationally recognized phonics research professor Dr. J. Ron Nelson.

    ClickN READ Phonics program is aimed at children as young as 4 years old up to 3rd grade. It teaches the phonics curriculum taught at USA public schools through 100 interactive cartoon animated online phonics lessons. Children learn english correctly in a phonics game – like environment that is great fun and easy to use. ClickN READ phonics program is also ideal for older children struggling to learn to read, learning disabled children and even adults learning English as a second language. Its superior quality is sealed with a 60 day money back guarantee.

    ClickN SPELL is a research based spelling program for preschool through 5th grade that teaches the 800 most commonly used words in the English language. The most commonly spoken 800 words are used 13 times more frequently than the next most common 800 words. ClickN SPELL therefore provides a solid foundation not just for spelling, but also for the English language in general. The unique instructional design makes spelling more fun and more effective than ever before. The program may also be used as an intervention curriculum for struggling spellers regardless of age or grade level.

    ClickN KIDS

  5. Nick Jr. Boost

    Nick Jr. Boost is an online educational service designed for preschoolers through first graders, with an extra bonus: it’s totally personalized. The program was earlier known as mynoggin.com. It covers literacy, math, science, creativity, Spanish, and computer skills.Guided by national standards in preschool education, Nick Jr. Boost makes the most of the time children spend playing online with a “connected learning” approach. The idea is to start with topics and tales that grab children’s interest, mix in favorite characters, then use these ingredients to present concepts and skills that help kids learn. This approach is very effective because combining play with learning encourages children to dig deeper and develop a richer understanding.

    The Parent Center is designed to keep Mom and Dad in the loop, providing an inside glimpse of your child’s progress. As kids complete activities or advance to the next level, Nick Jr. Boost clues you in on new achievements and skills. Just as important, if your child is struggling in a particular area, Nick Jr. Boost sends a heads-up plus tips for easy, offline do-together games and activities to help your child master that challenge.

    Nick Jr. Boost

  6. ABC Home Preschool

    ABC Home Preschool is a great resource for preschool training for 2 to 6 year olds. A variety of subjects: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Science and Social Studies are all consolidated into a 9-month curriculum, all fitted into one book. And the child cannot destroy the book, as the pages are laminated so that the pages cannot be torn!! AND when using the special marker the pages can be wiped clean and used again. ABC Home Preschool also provides Online Curriculum Downloads.

    ABC Home Preschool

  7. U-Play Mat

    As the name suggests, U-Play Mat is a large U-shaped mat designed to facilitate easy and playful interaction between the child and the parent or a tutor. The child sits inside the opening of the “U” with full visual and tactile access to the mat, without having to crawl atop. Fifteen theme-based cards are inserted into transparent pockets on the mat surface to engage the child in a variety of exercises. This great cognitive development tool was invented by Dr. Jen, pediatrician and mother of two sets of twins.

    U-Play Mat

  8. Hop, Skip & Jump

    The easy and effective way to teach your child to read just like kids who pick up reading without effort. Sound Reading’s groundbreaking reading software builds on the innate abilities of speech in learning to read. It is based on innovative reading practice. Learning to read has never been so fun, fast or easy. For 4 to 6 year olds, Hop, Skip and Jump will prevent reading difficulties before they develop.

    Hop, Skip & Jump

  9. Brite Music

    Brite is the nation’s leader in music-based education products. Music is a proven aid to learning. When music is involved in the learning process, children comprehend sooner and the effect is long lasting.

    Music is stored in our long-term memory. When we learn something through music, we remember it longer and believe it more deeply. Brite has put the inestimable power of music to work in children education. Its main focus is on social development, self-esteem and personal safety of children of all ages.

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    Brite Music

  10. The Money Mammals

    This entertaining DVD fills a gaping void in childrens’ educational videos by teaching the value of money. In today’s society where debt is an epidemic, the Money Mammal message to children to “share, save, and spend smart too” comes as an invaluable lesson. If your kids enjoy Sesame Street and the Muppets, they will be sure to fall in love with the Money Mammals. The dialogue is cute and jokey, the production values are superb — the songs feature MTV-like special effects — but most importantly of all, the educational message is right on the mark but disguised as pure entertainment for kids.

    Winner of numerous children and toy awards, The Money Mammals DVD is a great way to start young children on the path to a successful financial future. Through the use of puppets, fun and catchy music, and an engaging story, simple and easy to learn savings lessons come alive for children.

    The Money Mammals


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