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Old 02-21-2011, 09:34 AM
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Thanks for this section, Michael!! Can we get a sticky of websites or blogs that people go to for curriculum ideas.


http://www.pre-kpages.com/

http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.everythingpreschool.com/


Everyone list your faves!

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Old 02-21-2011, 11:15 AM
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Most of my favorites have already been listed.

I'll add:
http://www.artistshelpingchildren.or...ideaskids.html
http://www.letteroftheweek.com/index.html

And a summary of what we do at my house:
http://mamamusingsblog.blogspot.com/...schooling.html
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If it's possible, it would be best to change the name of this "sticky" to "Curriculum Ideas"

Or else make a new thread with that title, and the same links.
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If it's possible, it would be best to change the name of this "sticky" to "Curriculum Ideas"

Or else make a new thread with that title, and the same links.
Done...
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another reggio inspired blog.....http://zellasaidpurple.blogspot.com/
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Wow so many great links! I was going to ask for something new now I think I have enouh material for the next year! Thank u everyone for sharing all the links!
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Totally Tots was awesome! I couldn't stop printing off ideas!! I had to finally stop!! Great website!
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Star-Brite Learning Program offers over 100 hands-on craft and learning activites each month designed for 3-5 year olds.
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Kids soup.com
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:53 PM
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The websites that many have cited are filled with worksheets, art projects that are not open ended and cookie cutter ideas that do not stimulate creativity and indiviuality. Each child is unique, has a style of learning that needs to be acknowleged and it is the child who needs to be heard, what are they interested in and teachers need to listen. Each child has a unique rhythm, observe, document, photograph and research. These websites contain ideas that are so developmentally inappropriate. Check out naeyc.org.
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The websites that many have cited are filled with worksheets, art projects that are not open ended and cookie cutter ideas that do not stimulate creativity and indiviuality. Each child is unique, has a style of learning that needs to be acknowleged and it is the child who needs to be heard, what are they interested in and teachers need to listen. Each child has a unique rhythm, observe, document, photograph and research. These websites contain ideas that are so developmentally inappropriate. Check out naeyc.org.
Everyone does things different... If you don't like a site that's listed, don't use it. In the OP, I asked that "Everyone list your faves". Feel free to post more sites that have developmentally appropriate activities.
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The websites that many have cited are filled with worksheets, art projects that are not open ended and cookie cutter ideas that do not stimulate creativity and indiviuality. Each child is unique, has a style of learning that needs to be acknowleged and it is the child who needs to be heard, what are they interested in and teachers need to listen. Each child has a unique rhythm, observe, document, photograph and research. These websites contain ideas that are so developmentally inappropriate. Check out naeyc.org.
I have gotten so many great ideas for my grandson from some of the above websites. They've really made a difference in him.
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The websites that many have cited are filled with worksheets, art projects that are not open ended and cookie cutter ideas that do not stimulate creativity and indiviuality. Each child is unique, has a style of learning that needs to be acknowleged and it is the child who needs to be heard, what are they interested in and teachers need to listen. Each child has a unique rhythm, observe, document, photograph and research. These websites contain ideas that are so developmentally inappropriate. Check out naeyc.org.
What you describe is exactly how I run my program. (child led and play based)

However, the OP asked for us to list websites or blogs for curriculum ideas, and that's what I gave her.

Even though I do not use worksheets, alot of these sites have other great ideas. I've even printed certain materials and cut them apart to use for playdough mats, finger puppets and flannel boards.

I personally see nothing wrong with perusing many different sites and blogs for ideas. Many times, I'm looking for dramatic play ideas, songs, poems and fingerplays, and new ideas for OPEN ENDED art. Like I always say, I take what I want, and leave the rest.
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The websites that many have cited are filled with worksheets, art projects that are not open ended and cookie cutter ideas that do not stimulate creativity and indiviuality. Each child is unique, has a style of learning that needs to be acknowleged and it is the child who needs to be heard, what are they interested in and teachers need to listen. Each child has a unique rhythm, observe, document, photograph and research. These websites contain ideas that are so developmentally inappropriate. Check out naeyc.org.
Joy,

This is a childcare forum. It is a nice mix of providers who provide care to children in their homes. Some teach, some don't. Some are fully aware of NAEYC and to some the NAEYC is no different than ABCDEFG.

Each child care provider is unique.
Each child care provider has a style of caring for their kids.
Each child care provider has a different agenda and reason for doing child care.
Each child care provider has different interests
Each child care provider runs their program the way they see fit.
Some child care providers are stay at home moms who are doing this simply to be able to raise their own children and make ends meet.
Some are college educated and follow the guidelines and methods learned in their coursework.
Some could care less what the "new" approach to ECE is and what DAP even means in today's world of education.
Some simply provide basic care for children
Some teach the children
ALL love the children they care for.

I gather from your posts that you are educated in the world of ECE and you have been in the field for several years. But I must say that instead of being supportive, tolerant and accepting of the differences of the myriad of child care providers and their individual styles, you seem to feel that we should all know and follow the NAEYC as if it is the one and only way.

Don't forget that in the very begining of the NAEYC"s code of ethics it states very clearly that as an educator in the ECE world, it is our duty and obligation to respect the dignity, worth and uniqueness of each child, family memeber AND colleague.

It is also our duty as part of this code of ethics to recognize the diverstiy of the children, family AND colleague.

I think you have a lot of good things to offer to everyone here and I do not mean this disrespectful but for lack of better words, a lot of your posts come off as condescending and speak as though you disapprove of what is being said. Which if you do not agree, then by all means offer up another solution but please do it in a way that show you are compassionate, caring and supportive. Not all childcare providers understand what some of these approaches and acronyms even mean.

Share. Don't just say someone is wrong or not doing things right.

The NAEYC says it best: the ideals and principals of the NAEYC state very clearly that in a caring, cooperative workplace, human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction is promoted, and positive relationships are developed and sustained. Based upon our core values, our primary responsibility to colleagues is to establish and maintain settings and relationships that support productive work and meet professional needs. The same ideals that apply to children also apply as we interact with adults in the workplace.

And most importantly it is important for us to remember that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust and respect.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:23 PM
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goodness, I think you misunderstood me. Yes, we all have a unique style. Programs vary, teachers, curriculum, there is no one model that is right for everyone. The point I attempted unsuccessfully to make was that we may want to honor our children and allow them opportunities to contribute to the activities, themes, projects and other curriculum related items. They come to us with many experiences, are not empty vessels and many websites are similar in the typical teacher directed, cookie cutter type activities rather than open ended, creative and child directed experiences.
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Just found this site, Its similar to Pamm's house

http://www.2care2teach4kids.com/
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I use little acorn learning. It's nature based. They have a 3 day/week program and 5 day/week. You can even get a free one week sample to preview.
www.littleacornlearning.com
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I use little acorn learning. It's nature based. They have a 3 day/week program and 5 day/week. You can even get a free one week sample to preview.
www.littleacornlearning.com
I have had this site bookmarked for a long time. I love the nature connection and it is not so 'cutesy' as some of the other themes/learning experiences i have seen. I will check out again.
thanks for posting!
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Well, how come this wasn't showing up on my page??? Duh! I thot we had one somewhere, but couldn't find it!
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I just found an awesome work unit on Smokey Bear HERE. It's geared to K-2, but it looks like it can easily be adapted for the pre-K set.
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I just found an awesome work unit on Smokey Bear HERE. It's geared to K-2, but it looks like it can easily be adapted for the pre-K set.
Wow, that is a great site Countrygal! Thanks for sharing that! We have had a few wild fires buring in our state and the damamge is devestating so teaching the kids about fire safety is important! Plus, I live Smokey the Bear!
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I found this site http://www.preschoolpalace.org/

It isn't the best I've ever seen, but at $11.99 for 10 months curriculum, it's pretty affordable. Right now, they have 2 cycles available with a 3rd to come.

Bonus, at the beginning of the month, it appears that they offer the previous month of both cycles as a free download. I have downloaded Sept and Oct for next year, because most of their stuff is too advanced for my 2 year old. I'm just picking and choosing ideas right now. It will be great next year though.
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Thank you for all of the sites posted in this thread. Just amazing!
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Smile Child Care Soup

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Default Music resource for daycare centres

www.largemouthfrog.net

They have a brilliant new music video - perfect for daycare!
http://youtu.be/bw2nif3jt6w
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http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/index.html

There are lots of great resources, including FREE printables and learning activities!!

Make learning time fun with, popular kids charters. There are also lot of great bible lessons and Christian based activities!!!

AWESOME
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I just wanted to share this sit http://lbbl.homestead.com. It contains bible lessons with crafts , coloring sheets and a song. I think its great for young children of course you will have to tone down for under three. Be sure to check it out.Great for Christian Daycare. Its all free!!
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This is one of my favorite sites. She believes in learning through play and allowing the child/children to figure things and make discoveries without our adult input http://playcountsdenitadinger.blogspot.com/

I have implemented several of her ideas in our daycare with great success.
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I just started using this curriculum a few months ago. I love that it covers all ages and is very inexpensive. Plus, I get a discount because I'm an NAFCC member. www.geewhizeducation.com.
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All,

This site may be useful for those interested in crafts for their daycare. It is geared for kids 2-7. It has saved me lots of time for my daycare,as I do not have the time or creativity to create crafts on my own.

From the site:
"Our craft kits provide something fun 5 days a week for children, whether in a child care, home school, camp, or family environment. Each month we feature a different theme which several of the products will be centered around. Our kits are a combination of fun and educational. Crafts are not are not repeated for several years, making this a kit you can order monthly for years. Kits are appropriate for ages 2-7."

The site is: http://nextstagechildcare.com/crafts/

They also have a Facebook page:
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