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A Homeschool Curriculum for Pre-school and Kindergarten, by Lillian Jones
Preschool Homeschooling, by Bev Krueger
Teaching our Children to Read, Write and Spell, by Susan Johnson, M.D.
And They Played All Day, by Naomi Aldort PhD
Big "A" and Little "a", by Vivian Gussin Paley
Much Too Early, by David Elkind, PhD.
Story and Play: The Original Learning Tools, by Vivian Gussin Paley
Is five too soon to start school? - a BBC article
New! Crisis in the Kindergarten: A new report on the disappearance of play. Alliance for Childhood Education
New! The "Myth of the First Three Years" - a PBS interview with John Bruer
New!The "First Years" Fallacy: Mozart, Mobiles, and the Myth of Critical Windows, by Sarah Spinks
Early Year's Child's Learning Assets, by Linda Dobson
Raising Readers at Home, by Paula Harper-Christensen.
Do You Need to Teach Kindergarten?, by Karen M. Gibson
See, Hear, Touch! - The Basics of Learning Readiness, by Mari Blaustein
The Worksheet Dilemma: Benefits of Play-Based Curricula, by Sue Grossman, Ph.D.
Another Look at What Young Children Should Be Learning, by Lillian B. Katz
How Our Children Really Learn And Why They Need To Play More And Memorize Less, by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PH.D., And Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PH.D.
Bringing Lessons Home, by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., with Diane Eyer, Ph.D.
"Einstein Never Used Flashcards, and Thoughts on the Mozart Effect" - An interview in with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D.
Understanding Literacy Development in Young Children
Brain Play: Why preschoolers need to pretend, by Jan Faull
More play, less "work" for early years - BBC News Article
The Magical World of Make-Believe, by Lisa Scheer
The Push for Early Childhood Literacy: A Risk Factor in Child Psychopathology, by Sharna Olfman, Ph.D.
What About Play?, by Sharma Olfman, Ph.D.
Seeing is Believing: Visible Thought in Dramatic Play, by Beth Hatcher and Karen Petty, PhD
Criis in the Kindergarten, by The Alliance for Childhood
Technology and Preschool, by Jane Healy
Play: The Profession of Chidren, by Judy Rolke
Moving up the Grades: Relationship between Preschool Model and Later School Success, by Rebecca A. Marconi
Play Is Under Seige, by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff
Google Generation Needs Fun Toys, by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Use TV to Your Child's Advantage, by Dorothy G. Singer, Ed.D., Jerome L. Singer, Ph.D, and Diana M. Zuckerman, Ph.D.
Universal Preschool: A Weapon of Mass Instruction in The War On Toddlers, by Diane Flynn Keith
What Rob Reiner's Not Telling Us About Universal Preschool, by Lance T. Izumi
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
A pictured list of picture books recommended by the New York Public Library.
Activity Guide - from Mr. Rogers
Lots and lots of low cost, imaginative, and educational activities!
Activities for Preschoolers
Arts & crafts, outdoor activities, indoor activities, cooking, learning responsibilities, games for 3Rs practice, activities, recipes for kids' children's play items, music, dancing & and drama,and more.
Artists Helping Children - Toys, Games, & Crafts You Can Make With Your Child
An absolutely amazing array of projects to make - from very simple to more elaborate - largely using things you already have around the house.
Artist and children's book author Jan Brett's site
Lots of beautiful pictures to print out, and fun projects to make!
Playdough, goop, colored macaroni, silly putty, and lots more!
Arts & Crafts from the Early Childhood Website
Lots of good ideas!
A to Z Kids' Stuff
Lots of fun educational activities, as well as some letter/number recognition activities for children interested in learning more.
Article - Board Games, Preschool Style, by Holly Bennett
A thoughtful article about providing a relaxed and open-ended approach to board games to fit young children's unique needs.
Boxes Arts and Crafts
Project ideas from boxes of all kinds - for containers, puppet theater, costumes, fire truck, house, fort, log cabin, pirate chest, and many more.
Soup bubble fun and magic.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
Reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in learning activities, and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
Children's Picture Books - many for older children as well!
Lists and descriptions of great picture books, some of which can beautifully introduce concepts in math, science, and other subjects.
An informative online catalog of books and inspiration, specializing in "items to support families in raising their children in love, reverence, and joy to be reverent, loving caretakers of each other and of the earth."
Cooking With Children: Kids in the Kitchen
Children love to help prepare food and cook because they can use all their senses; simple activities are divided by age group in this article.
Cooking with Young Children
Favorite kids' foods, craft recipes, snacks, holiday foods, international, and more.
Crafts for Kids - from Kids' Cubby site
Lots of good articles, ideas, and projects.
Crafts for Kids - from FisherPrice site!
Nice Seasonal Creations, Nature Arts & Crafts, Educational Arts & Crafts, Edible Arts & Crafts, Coloring and Drawing
Crafts to Make With Boxes
Box cars, easel, blocks, wall phone, feelie box, and more.
Creative Fun and Projects - Nancy Blakey's site
Wonderful creative project ideas, articles, and all sorts of fun for children - by the author of the popular Mudpies books!
Dramatic Play Activities
Lots of fun and creative ideas for pretend play activities that preschool teachers have found to be successful with young children.
Dramatic Play Themes
Ideas from preschool teachers for dramatic play. Make a fort from fabric, bungee cord, clothespins, and cup hooks. Make a great space ship from a cardboard box, foil, and tape. Set up a pretend library complete with books and library cards, a pretend beauty salon, grocery store, retail store, covered wagon, bakery, the "Three Bears" house - and more!
Embracing the Child - Literature for Learning and Shared Reading
This is a link to the preschool section of one of the most beautiful and extensive resources online.
Enchanted Learning's Box Crafts
Fire truck, castle, treasure chest, puppet theater, and more!
Enchanted Learning's Crafts
A huge assortment of delightful but simple crafts for kids to make!
Everything Preschool Favorite Themes
Each themed set of activities has suggestions for songs, art projects, books, games, science, and more.
Fine Motor Activities for Young Children
Play activities that develop coordination, body stability, fine motor skills, dexterity, vision skills, and more.
Fingerplays and Action Rhymes
Ten fingerplay and action rhymes.
Fingerplay- Fun for kids
Twelve fingerplays games for young children.
Directions for cute finger puppet you can knit.
Free Stuff to Entertain Kids
Free or inexpensive toys and imagination engaging activities from items you already have around the house.
Fun Activities for a pre-reader
Nineteen ways to make reading fun for a young pre-reading child - for physical, auditory, and visual learners.
Article - Fun With Nature: Exploring the Great Outdoors
Suggests a number of enjoyable activities for closely observing nature with a young child.
Games, Songs, and Lullabies for Babies and Toddlers
This is a delightful downloadable and printable booklet of ideas for fun activities to do with babies and toddlers - from the Children?s Department of Perry Public Library
Games and Toys to Make
A maze, travel game, bowling game, castle, spring worm, memory game, dominoes, mancala game, paper toys, and many more ideas!
Games from things around the house
Games using clothespins, beans, leaves, etc.
Article - Good Times With Music and Rhythm
Lots of creative ideas, including games and resource ideas, for ways to bring music into children's lives.
Grandma's House Patterns
Inexpensive patterns you can buy for making playhouses out of fabric and PVC pipes.
How To Teach Your Tots At Home - Activities for Learning
Wonderful articles about activities for little ones - one of many useful resources in the Universal Preschool website.
Indoor Playhouse for Children
Another plan for making a playhouse from a cardboard box.
Inexpensive Christmas Crafts
Fun gift crafts that little ones can do or participate in.
Kids Crafts Corner
Playdough, goop, colored macaroni, silly putty, and lots more!
Plans for an inexpensively constructed play kitchen.
Ideas for the many ways children can interact with plants and the outdoors.
Kiddie Records Weekly - Classics From the Golden Age
Fabulous forgotten treasures - children's records from the early 40s and 50s, including many classic stories, some of which were extravagant Hollywood productions. Downloadable to listen to FREE.
Article - Let's pretend with preschoolers, by Alison Levitch, M.A., and Sara Gable, Ph.D
The role of play in learning, and creative ways parents can provide a setting and tools for encouraging children to pretend.
A Magical Childhood
An unusually lovely site with very inspiring articles, as well as activity and craft suggestions, for making ordinary days and nights special for our children.
Mother Goose Rhymes and Children's Songs
Grouped by theme.
Make Stuff: Cardboard Castles
Nice models of castles, using boxes, wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, and other things around the house.
Margaret Wise Brown Website
A pictorial list of Margaret Wise Brown's wonderful books for young children. You can click on the book titles next to the cover pictures for a brief description or click on an icon to see an excerpt from inside the book.
Make Your Own TV Show
Mr. Rogers' creative play idea using a cardboard box.
PBS' list of delightful children's books introducing math within the context of stories.
Mother Goose Rhymes and Children's Songs
A collection of rhymes, songs, and activities.
A place hosted by a cartoon mouse where you can find the lyrics to your favorite kids' songs, send out a request for a long lost song, or maybe help somebody else find the one they're looking for.
From the Early Childhood site above.
A wealth of inspiring ideas and information from a hands-on workshop presenter on activities and play environments. It also includes a list of favorite children's books, and suggested readings for parents.
Old Fashioned Family Living Ideas at "The Treehouse" site
Wonderful and extensive sets of old fashioned children's crafts & projects, "Kids in the Ktchen" & party fun, and family games, activites, & learning.
Paper Mache Recipes
Paper mache recipes - make puppet heads, holiday ornaments, piņatas, boxes, sculptures, and more - and paint, decoupage, or decorate however you please.
Inexpensive patterns for making lovely wooden play stands that can be draped with fabric to make props for pretend play, theater, playstore, and so forth.
Portable Fabric Playhouse Pattern
This site has a $3 pattern for a fabric playhouse that slips over any standard card table - the pattern has instructions for 8 different styles.
Free plans for a lightweight freestanding playhouse that can be folded together for easy storage in a closet or under a bed.
Ideas for chalk rubbings, cotton ball snowman, fruity cereal necklace, junk mail, lacing cards, make a fort, and package wrap.
Preschool Outdoor Play
Ideas and suggestions for fun outdoor activities using gross motor and observation skills.
Eleven cute and traditional children's songs we've grown up with!
Preschool Express Themes
Many fun and educational activities divided by theme and/or season - including art, projects, songs, and more.
Printable Crafts for Kids
A variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more.
PUPPETS! From A to A Home's Cool site
An extensive set of articles - how to make beginning and advanced puppets, puppet lore and puppet show scripts, shadow puppets, tips & tricks, and more!
Rainy Day Fun
Ideas for simple and fun activities that don't take much preparation.
Recycled Big Blocks
Boxes become blocks as children design and paint their homemade creations.
Sand Castles and Fairy Tales from a Kindergarten
This article shows how to use containers and implements for making magical castles, incorporating animals, people, flags, and labels, water-filled moats with alligators.
Sand Play Ideas
A lenthy article describing what toddlers and preschoolers learn and how you can help them gain the most from sand play.
Seven Drawer Pick-up
Miscellaneous Tips From Moms web page - a fun way to keep the house picked up. You have to scroll down the page to find it.
Simple hands-on experiments young children can enjoy.
Simple Science-ing for Young Children
Simple little fun activities that require only curiosity, a little planning, some interesting "stuff," and pleasure in watching young scientists develop.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page in this site and you'll find a $7.20 pattern for making a teepee large enough for an adult and one child.
Things to Make and Do
Fun little crafts that are simple to make - although a few things would require help from an adult or older child.
Toddlers at Home, Too
A to Z Home's Cool's annotated set of articles on homeschooling with toddlers.
Turn trash into toys
Twenty Toys You Don't Have to Buy
Many educational opportunities are woven throughout these fun activities.
Games, rhymes, and ideas for helping children learn how to tie their shoes.
An extensive site with wonderful articles having to do with age appropriate ideas - with links to great resource suggestions and an active email group.
Water Chimes - making music with glasses of water
Kids can make their own music with water chimes for this activity. These music chimes sound great and the children can use the leftovers to water the plants when the concert is over.
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