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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Making the Most of Preschool Educational Tools on a Budget

Children need to be positively stimulated from a very early age if they are every going to be able to achieve their full potential. One way of doing this is to invest in expensive learning tools and educational toys, however such budget breaking measures are not entirely necessary. It is possible to find a wide variety of activities, quizzes and worksheets online to help prepare even the most inquisitive preschooler for the educational journey that lays ahead of them.

Games and Quiz Tools
One of the best places for finding online quizzes with an educational theme is online testing service called ProProfs, a community driven site which provides tools to set up a wide variety of online games and quizzes.

Using ProProfs parents can set up tests for their children, using pictures,video and sound to help make them as stimulating as possible. Quizzes can be set up to provide the right answer in situations when the child has gotten something wrong, as well as providing an automated grading system based on parameters chosen by the quiz creator.

Online quizzes can be a great way to get your child to become familiar with computer technology from an early age. If your child is too young to effectively use a computer, the option always exists to download quizzes that other people have already created, using them offline to better help shape your child's learning experience.

Printable Worksheets
Worksheets come in all kinds of different types, from those that reflect traditional teaching mechanisms such as reading and writing, to ones which make use of more visually orientated learning methods such as connect the dots or drawing.

Many educational institutions provide worksheets for free, making them available in PDF format to download and use as you want. To find free worksheets all you need to do is a normal Google search for terms such as “preschool worksheets”, “printable worksheets” or “<subject name> worksheets” and you should be presented with many places you can download freely available material from.

If you find yourself needing worksheets that cover additional subject matters you can always buy premium educational worksheets and workbooks, either online or from your local bookstore.
A good tip for saving money on printing out (or worse buying) new worksheets every time you want your child to retry a subject is to protect the sheets in hard plastic covers (the kind used for storing photographs in is the best).  By covering the worksheet and getting the kids to use an erasable marker, all you have to do is wipe it off once they are done and the sheet is good to use again. Printing, scanning or photocopying worksheets whenever you need to use them may not seem like a big deal, but the costs really add up, especially in cases where sheets are being used multiple times.

These are just a couple of the ways active parents can help prepare their children for school, whilst not being forced to go outside their budget in order to get the job done. Education is one of the most important aspects of a persons life, if you have any other ways to help prepare a child for school without having to break the bank I would love to hear from you.

This is a guest post by Ann who loves saving money by clipping coupon codes and promo codes.


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