The following teacher resources have been compiled to provide ideas and advice as you work to continually improve your teaching skills.
The following Web sites offer practical activities and advice for preschool teachers.
News, activities, arts and crafts, expert advice, a reading center, a sharing board, and related links.
Early Childhood Links
Online resources for preschool teachers, day care providers, and parents.
Early childhood education themes (some with complete lesson plans) as well as songs, art, books, games, coloring pages, alphabet ideas, message boards, product reviews, recipes, bulletin boards, and a holiday calendar.
Activities for the preschool classroom presented by theme, including crafts, recipes, and printable pages.
A search engine for different preschool topics.
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Stories, songs, lyrics, and weekly themes with a home activity for each theme.
Physical Education Central
A database of health and physical education lessons and assessment ideas.
Themed topics including the alphabet, arts and crafts, computers, dramatic play, games, incentives, and snacks.
Magazines and Journals
Magazines for Teachers
The following magazines and journals provide the preschool teacher with the most up-to-date research and ideas in the field of early childhood education.
Child Care Business (6 issues, Virgo Publishing)
Provides directors and administrators of child care centers with business ideas, technology updates, and more.
Childhood Education (6 issues, Association for Childhood Education International)
Articles for the education professional as well as teaching strategies, books for children and professionals, and recent bulletins.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly (4 issues, Elsevier)
Scholarly journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Research-based articles for professionals working with children from infancy to eight years old.
Early Childhood Today (8 issues, Scholastic)
Teaching tips and strategies and research on child behavior development.
Everyday TLC Monthly Curriculum Guide (12 issues, TLC Press)
Theme-based monthly newsletter with activities for teachers and home extensions.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education (4 issues, Association for Childhood Education International)
Research ideas, reports, case studies, participant observational studies, and data collection from naturalistic settings.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education (4 issues, Pro-Ed)
Covers important issues related to personnel preparation, physical and occupational therapy, children in jeopardy, and other areas of interest for special needs children.
Young Children (6 issues, National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Magazines for Children
Chirp (10 issues, Owl Kids)
Read-aloud stories, interactive puzzles, games, and crafts for children ages three to six.
Ladybug (9 issues, Carus Publishing)
Characters, activities, songs, poems, and stories for kids ages two to six.
Preschool Playroom (6 issues, Redan Inc.)
Drawing, matching, counting, coloring, and reading activities.
Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids (6 issues, Children's Better Health Institute)
Entertaining stories, poems, hidden pictures, mazes, easy recipes, nutrition facts, and health information.
Wild Animal Baby (10 issues, National Wildlife Federation)
Animal photos, short picture stories, and fun activities about nature for children ages one to four and their parents.
Your Big Backyard (12 issues, National Wildlife Federation)
Wild animal activities and stories, seasonal crafts, recipes, and games for children ages three to seven.
Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6 by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2005)
Children as Illustrators: Making Meaning through Art and Language by Susan Conklin Thompson (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2005)
Classroom Management Strategies: Gaining and Maintaining Students' Cooperation (Sixth Edition) by James S. Cangelosi (Wiley/Jossey-Bass Education, 2007)
Constructive Guidance and Discipline: Preschool and Primary Education (Fourth Edition) by Marjorie V. Fields and Cindy Boesser (Prentice Hall, 2005)
Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom (Fifth Edition) by Judy Herr and Yvonne R. Libby-Larson (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2007).
A book of themes, activities, and resources for the preschool teacher.
Designing Preschool Movement Programs by Stephen W. Sanders (Human Kinetics Publishers, 1992)
A variety of activities to teach basic movement skills.
Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective (Fourth Edition) by Jeffrey Trawick-Smith (Prentice Hall, 2005)
Early Education Curriculum: A Child's Connection to the World (Fourth Edition) by Hilda Jackman (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2008)
Math Play! by Diane McGowan and Mark Schrooten (Williamson Publishing Company, 1997)
Activities for counting and learning math concepts.
Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product by MaryAnn Kohl (Gryphon House, 1994)
Open-ended experiences to explore, discover, and create.
Preschool Education Programs for Children with Autism (Third Edition) by Jan S. Handleman and Sandra L. Harris, editors (Pro-Ed, 2007)
Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers by Peggy Ashbrook (Gryphon House, 2003)
Indoor and outdoor investigations to encourage children to think like scientists.
Science Play!: Beginning Discoveries for 2- to 6-Year Olds by Jill Frankel Hauser (Williamson Publishing Company, 1998)
Activities to guide children to make science-based discoveries.
Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children by MaryAnn F. Kohl (Bright Ring Publishing, 1994)
Open-ended art experiences that promote creativity and individuality.
Teach Me Mommy by Jill Dunford (Gloucester Cresent, 2000)
A learning and planning guide for parents, teachers, and child care providers.
The Little Hands Nature Book by Nancy Castaldo (Williamson Publishing Company, 1997)
Activities that lead to discoveries about the natural world.
DVDs and Videos
Baby Einstein (The Baby Einstein Company)
Music, language, science, animals, shapes, numbers, poetry, seasons, and more for toddlers to young children.
Disney's Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure (Walt Disney Video)
Adventures with music, art, geography, and vocabulary.
Far Ago and Long Away: Innovative Storytelling (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Provides tips for better storytelling and its benefits to early literacy. Also available in Spanish.
Sesame Street: Elmo's World (Sony World)
Concepts about the big, wide world for young children.
If you visit http://www.amazon.com, you can hear sound bites from the songs for most music CDs that are offered.
Catch the Moon by Lisa Loeb, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Erin Courtney from Artemis Records
For the Kids and For the Kids Too! by Various Artists from Nettwerk Records
Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants from Disney
House Party by Dan Zanes and Friends from Festival Five Records
Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake by Various Artists from Verve
No! by They Might Be Giants from Rounder
Not for Kids Only by David Grisman and Jerry Garcia from Acoustic Disc
You Are My Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchell from Little Bird Records
Whaddya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner from Two Tomatoes
I Spy Preschool Game (Briarpatch)
Beginners can play a matching game by finding pairs of pictures. As children grow and learn, they can play several word and cooperation games.
Lucky Ducks (Hasbro)
A sound and motion game for color recognition and matching.
My First Brain Quest Matching (University Games)
A game using animal picture cards to help develop memory and matching skills.
Ready Set Learn! Jump and Dance Music Mat (Ready Set Learn)
Hop, skip, dance, and jump on this colorful music mat.
Small World Express Preschool Laptop (Small World Toys)
Simulated computer play combined with numbers and shapes in a matching game.