If you've got a little one, just a year or so away from going to school themselves, this can be a tough time of year. They're watching all of the excitement surrounding their older brother or sister and they might feel left out. This app will not only help them feel like they're going to school, but will give them a head start on next year.

With bright colors and fun sounds, Montessori preschool is an app to help prepare young children for school. Using games and animations, Montessori preschool engages even the youngest child and gets them started in nine areas, including math, literacy, music and life skills.

The animations are well done and the games are simple enough that mom and dad can set up the device and app and hand it to the child. Preschools might not even realize they're learning something.

The app is free, but with limited games just to give you an idea of how it works. Subscriptions for the entire program are $7 a month, or $60 a year.

Montessori is one of the most respected names in education and the app gets many good reviews from parents and educators. While they can use the app on smartphones, it's much easier and more fun on a bigger screen like an iPad. Teachers can sign up for a free teacher account and download a version of the app reserved for schools.