Clean flashcard-like activities introduce each upper and lowercase letter. There is no cost, and the screens are free from ads.
One of the first stops on your quest to enrich your knowledge of literacy theory. Did you know that there are over 40 special interest groups that you can join?
Looking for a particular children's book? This free site features abstracts of 5000 children's picture books, searchable by keywords.
This useful site is jam-packed with lesson plans and project ideas. Especially nice is the series of activities on Vincent Van Gogh and sunflowers.
The craft pages on this site serve up hundreds of project ideas. Themes include nature, seasons, animals, space, dinosaurs, and the circus.
Early Education Research Resources
ERIC Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a gold mine when it comes to learning more about child development. One such nugget comes from "Pretend Play and Young Children's Development" by Doris Bergen. "...recent emphasis on accountability in education seems to have led to a decline in the general understanding of the contribution that high-quality play can make to children's cognitive development in the early years."
The American Psychological Association's website offers valuable information. We discovered a great article by Beth Azar called "The Power of Pretending"