Working with young children, and being responsible for their safety and education, is an enormous job. It certainly isn’t for everyone. Even those who love working with young children and provide quality care and education do not do it completely on their own. They know to seek out tools and resources to help make their job easier.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD (NAEYC)
The National Association of Education for the Young Child (NAEYC) promotes high quality early education through policy and research. It is the go-to professional resource for anyone working in the early childhood education field. Through NAEYC you can find professional development opportunities and research-based articles written with the teacher in mind. NAEYC also has the only national accreditation for early childhood programs.
Childhood 101 is an online magazine known for their preschool content, especially their engaging activities. Another great feature is their book lists. They break it down by picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. From there you can find picture books for your preschool classroom organized by theme.
TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS
If you are looking for classroom resources made by teachers, then Teachers Pay Teachers is the place to go. There you will find any number of resources for enhancing your classroom environment, curriculum planning, thematic lessons, assessing your preschoolers, and even parent communication.
Teach Preschool is a blog by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. There you will find countless blog posts educating parents and educators on how preschoolers operate and what they are truly capable of. If you need guidance on how to set up your preschool classroom or need fresh new activity ideas, Teach Preschool is a great resource.
What preschool teacher doesn’t love free resources? At PreKinders you have access to free hands-on lessons, activities, and printables! That’s not all though, you can also find teaching tips and advice, assessment forms, and guidance on how to create portfolios for your preschoolers using authentic assessments.
Care Courses are the most convenient way to make your professional development requirements each year. At Care Courses they have streamlined the process of registering for and completing trainings. They have an extensive variety of trainings to choose from, and they can all be done online from the convenience and comfort of home, or anywhere.
If you are a preschool teacher, you have probably heard of Teacher Tom. He is a preschool teacher and author, who is very reflective. He is known for sharing parts of his preschool days and reflecting on why his preschoolers may have behaved a certain way. He shares how he responds in these situations, too! Teacher Tom also has some very valuable e-courses available.
There is no need to go it alone as a teacher. You have so many resources, many of them that are free, to utilize. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even the most experienced teachers need help sometimes, so make good use of the resources that you have. It will make you an even better teacher than you already are.