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This site is easy enough for even the youngest computer users to play games and do activities that will help them begin the journey into reading and other kindergarten skills. Free to all public schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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An audio-heavy pay site for the youngest grades that creates animated curriculum-based content aligned to state education standards. Includes video, game, quiz, and activity sections for science, health, writing, reading, social studies, and math.

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Games cover prereading skills, early math skills, fine motor skills, and STEM-oriented thinking. The graphics are gorgeous and feature lots of fascinating, realistic-looking bugs.

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Using problem-solving skills and spatial reasoning, little kids manipulate shapes and solve puzzles. Though there's no arithmetic in the app, this process helps with early math skills.

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A hand- and finger-exercise app for very young kids or for kids with special needs. The three modes -- Write It, Tap It, and Pinch It -- are exercises, not games. Mostly for therapy and practice.

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Read with your child every day. Ask your child to explain his or her favorite parts of a story, and share your own. For a list of great books, check out the Essential Books list.
  • Ask your child questions that require comparing numbers, such as, "Who has more cookies, you or your brother?"
  • Model the kinds of social interactions you want your child to learn: Be polite (for example, say "please" and "thank you"), introduce yourself and your child when you enter a new place (such as a daycare or school), and talk about what it means to be a good friend.