Even if your kids don’t have a Grandma who likes to shop, you can still give your kids a great head-start on learning an stay on budget. If you have paper, markers, tape, and a library card, you can put some of my favorite ideas into action and start teaching your little ones how to read. I start teaching my kids at about 18 months using the fun, interactive methods I share on my Where to Start page. Most of these ideas don’t take any money to implement; just creativity and love.
If you have paper and markers:
If you have paper, markers, tape, and some random things from your house:
- Homemade books (I usually use pictures from our computer, buy you could use magazine clippings too.)
- Sound boxes
- Do you have old shoe boxes? Organize your home library like a Kindergarten teacher.
- Dou you have some glue? Try bean activities.
If you have a library card:
- Check out my favorite phonics videos
- Check out Bob Books (but be careful!) You need to order them systematically, in order.
If you have a limited amount of money to spend buy:
- A Word Whammer. There is just no recreating this.
- Leap Frog Letter Factory. This video is my favorite!
- Bob Books Set 1. These are likely to be the hardest to check out from the library, since they are the most popular in the series.
P.S. I aso have ideas for Cheap Math.