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Finding fun educational resources for kids is a thing in our family. In fact, some may call us Google assassins when it comes to finding educational resources that are fun, never boring. Because, I don’t know about you. But, boring is NOT acceptable in our house. Especially when it comes to my over exuberant 6-year-old daughter. She’s all about fun, dirt, and grime.
Needless to say, any educational resource has to catch her attention. It really has to pull her in. This year our search began in preparation for first grade. I can’t even believe she’s in first grade. Anyways, as always, she joined in on the search. Because, well, without her input my search would be pure waste.
The search for fun educational resources begins.
Our search always begins on social media. We post a quick status asking other ‘rents about the educational resources they use. Thankfully, my social media family understands the struggle. They always provide an answer with open arms. Those my people, ya’ll!
Now, don’t take this the wrong way. We believe in our friends and family. But, we have to do our own research outside of recommendations. It’s just in our blood. Total researchers here. After we hit up social media, we turn to our #1 bae when it comes to research. (Yes, I used the word bae and I’m 30+ years old.) That’s our trusty friend Google.
First we plug in search terms like: “fun educational resources”, “educational resources”, “educational resources for first grade”. Search terms like those. That’s where the results are. After we scan through approximately 7.5 million websites (exaggeration, although it feels like it sometimes), we plug in our social media recommendations. We want to see how others feel about what our social media fam filled us in on.
Narrowing down the fun educational resources choices.
I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it. Now we have to narrow down all the choices we were provided with for fun educational resources. We’re a budget family, ya’ll. So, free and trial choices usually top the list. Those choices are followed by what’s in our budget for that school year. Well, the budget we try to keep.
We usually try to focus on 2-4 choices in the beginning. Then we have our “side pieces”.You know, the options we’ll pick if she gets bored with the others. Honestly, we usually end up losing those choices. Then our search resumes in the middle of the school year, sometimes sooner. We put in hours and hours of research. We never stop researching. No-sleep ‘til research.
This years top picks for fun educational resources for first grade.
My daughter started school at the beginning of August. So, she’s already almost a month in. But, we just finalized what resources we’re going to use for first grade. Mainly because we wanted to see what they would really focus on this year.
Here are her top 3 picks for fun educational resources she will use this year.
We’ve used ABC Mouse since my daughter was two years old. So, well before she began school. I’ll admit, the commercials hooked us. Plus, the offer for a 30-day free trial sealed the deal. (Which you can still get by clicking here.)
At first, I had my reservations about the program. Mainly because of the mixed reviews available online. But, everyone has their own opinion. Since there was a free trial and I’d heard great reviews as well, I figured we’d give it a try. Let me tell you, she’s loved it since day one.
You and her may not share her own opinion. But, if you haven’t tried ABCMouse out yet, I’d at least give the free trial a spin. It’s free, what do you have to lose?
We were introduced to ABCYa.com my daughter’s kindergarten year. We’re thankful they are also using the program this year. It’s especially great because we can go over what she’s doing in school at home. Exactly to the “T”, because we have the same program available at home.
This is a great fun educational resources with plenty of games. Games that are educational and never get boring. The perfect package.
The Hot Dots system is right in line with ABC Mouse. We’ve had both for years prior to her starting school. It’s a little more on the pricey side for our budget. A complete system runs about $19.99 and above. But, this educational resource is so much fun — and needed — that we use it every year.
You see, our daughter is far from a literary star at the moment. She shies away from the whole concept of words, letters, and reading. The Hot Dots system has really helped her wipe those fears away. It builds her confidence in reading and writing.
What fun educational resources does your family use?
I’m sure, by mid-school year, we’ll be looking for new fun educational resources to dig into. Do you have any that you recommend? We’d love to hear from you!