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Explore Early Childhood Education in the Blogosphere: 10 Top Early Childhood Education Blogs
Jan 26, 2011
Parents, preschool teachers and even expectant mothers can all benefit from the wealth of information in the blogosphere about early childhood education. These 10 useful blogs teach classroom (and life) learning tips, explore the philosophy of early childhood education (ECE) and even consider how you can start educating your child before birth.
John Funk, former Utah Teacher of the Year, offers in-depth analysis of trends, techniques and philosophies in ECE.
This kindergarten teacher from New Zealand takes an in-depth look at how information and communication technology (ICT) can help and hinder early childhood education. In addition to her own analysis, the blogger includes links to TED talks and other video lectures that are highly educational for adults.
Art projects are a great way to engage young children in active learning, and this blog is bursting with ideas, demonstrations and lesson plans for color mixing, painting and much more.
4. NSTA Blog
Science projects offer another great way to tap into kids' creativity. The blog from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers tips, tricks and classroom resources for science teachers in prekindergarten through second grade.
Need some reading ideas for your young students or children? This author and teacher offers weekly reviews of new children's literature aimed at the ECE crowd.
6. Reality 101
Updated by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Reality 101 offers experiences and insightful lessons learned from new teachers in the world of special education for young children. This is a great blog for ECE instructors who are entering the world of special education and need some guidance - and commiseration - from their fellow professionals.
Get a glimpse into the remarkable world of preschool with this classroom blog by the director of (and teacher in) a nonprofit preschool. Her words summarize the blog beautifully: 'I remain inspired and humbled by the energy that young children bring.'
If Preschool Daze inspires you to get into the pre-K classroom, then you'll definitely need to head over to Teach Preschool. This dedicated instructor seeks to 'promote excellence in early childhood education' by providing everything from lesson plans for craft projects to advice for setting up a child-centered classroom.
9. Little Gems
Most people think of preschool and kindergarten when they hear 'early childhood education,' but children actually start learning before they're even born. Little Gems offers insight on the very earliest of education: Prenatal and infant.
10. Language Castle
All preschoolers are engaged in intensive language learning, but that process is more difficult for children who speak a foreign language at home. The Language Castle is written by a teacher who completed graduate studies in language acquisition and has over 25 years of classroom experience. She offers insights, resources, teaching strategies and more to help children - particularly English language learners - develop strong language skills in the classroom.