Website of the Week – Preschoool Sites – GreatSchools.net

Each week, I’ll present a different resource that will help you in your endeavors to teach your preschooler at home as cheaply as possible, or even better – FREE!  Or, I’ll introduce you to another great website to assist you in living an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget.  So, without further ado, here’s this week’s fine pick! 

What Your Child Should Know

Here’s a great FREE online resource that I think is very handy for homeschoolers (even though it’s geared for (public/private-schoolers”).  It’s What Your Child Should Know in Kindergarten, by Miriam Myers at GreatSchools.net.  This is the most concise list I can find anywhere, and I’m checking it to make sure Laynie is prepared for Kindergarten (homeschool).  I’m feeling pretty good right now – she can already do all but 8 things on the list, and she’s only 3!

If you’re unfamiliar with this website, it is a place where you can find lots of interesting information about public schools.  When I used to work in public schools, I used this site to research the schools I was applying to work at.  Click around – is your local elementary school listed?  The school where my child would attend is, along with some interesting parent reviews.  It really is a handy website, all around.

Got older kids?  There are lists for the following grades, also published at GreatSchools.net.
            first grade
            second grade
            third grade
            fourth grade
            fifth grade

Do you have a great suggestion for a preschool resource or a frugal-living website?  Please email me and let me know!

Website of the Week – Preschool Sites – ColoringPages24.com

Each week, I’ll present a different resource that will help you in your endeavors to teach your preschooler at home as cheaply as possible, or even better – FREE! Or, I’ll introduce you to another great website to assist you in living an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s fine pick!

ColoringPages24

Here is a fabulous resource for kids and parents! ColoringPages24.com is an online coloring book for children. It’s awesome, and Laynie loves it. There are some great pages that can be used to learn some new words or the alphabet and have fun at the same time. There are holiday pages, great for this Christmas season. There are also hundreds of religious images too.
Go look through the 280 different categories and you’re sure to find something for your latest unit of study with your kiddos! Jimmy, the site’s owner and creator, has done a wonderful job with this site!
Do you have a great suggestion for a preschool resource or a frugal-living website? Please email me and let me know!

Website of the Week – Frugal Sites – PaperbackSwap.com

Each week, I’ll present a different resource that will help you in your endeavors to teach your preschooler at home as cheaply as possible, or even better – FREE! Or, I’ll introduce you to another great website to assist you in living an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s fine pick!


Paperback Swap

This week’s resource can belong under the category of “frugal sites” AND “preschool sites.”  
You’ll always see a link on the right sidebar for PaperbackSwap.com because I love it! And I’m not just saying that because I get a free book referral credit just for referring you (yes, I know, that is a nice perk). Really, it’s a great website. I decided to feature it this week because I think more people should be aware of what this site has to offer.
Basically, you list 10 books that you have that you want to get rid of. They can be paperback, hardback, large print, or even books on tape/CD. Then, you get an instant 2 book credits – in other words, you’ll immediately be able to use the website to request 2 books from other members – you usually receive the books within a couple of weeks (depending on how quick the other member is in getting it into the mail). When someone requests a book from you, all you do is print out the postage directly from your computer (usually costs around $2.50), wrap your book with plastic wrap and then the printed postage, and mail it directly from your home mailbox. You’ll instantly get another book credit once you’ve mailed the book! The only cost to you is the postage for mailing your own books that you’re sending out. You don’t have to pay anything when you request one.
I’ve been a member for almost a year, and I love getting books, reading them, then reposting them to the site so I can get a new one! I just recently ordered “Angels and Demons” for my husband, and “Elliot Bakes a Cake” for Laynie. I’ve never had any problems with the site, although one time a book seemed to take forever to get to me, but I did eventually receive it. The books I’ve ever gotten have all been previously read, but still in good condition. It’s great for me, because I can never finish a book from the library before it’s due back! Here, there’s no deadline to return it because the book is yours to keep if you want to.
Are you a member? Be my “buddy” (dhipwell)! What do you think about it?
Do you have a great suggestion for a preschool resource or a frugal-living website? Please email me and let me know!