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Essential School Tools Mobile Banner Website Poster Image

This website is easy enough for even the youngest users to play games and do activities that will help them begin the journey into reading and other preschool and kindergarten skills.

AlphaTots App Poster Image

The app reinforces letters with fun, creative, and clever activities, such as assembling a building for the letter B or cutting strings for the letter C. Letters are sounded out, and the app is easy for kids to navigate.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Montessorium: Intro to Words App Poster Image

Clever, hands-on method for learning how to spell. Kids physically manipulate letters on-screen and hear the sound of each letter as they touch it and drag it into position to form words.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
BrainPOP Jr. Website Poster Image

An audio-heavy pay site 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.

Dexteria Dots 2 - Fine Motor Skills and Math Concepts App Poster Image

Unique game boosts motor skills, memory, and essential math concepts. Kids drag, tap, slice, and swipe to make sets of equal dots or to determine which set of dots has the greater value.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad


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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.