*RESOURCES FOR FREE LEARNING ACTIVITIES / GAMES (ONLINE OR FOR DOWNLOAD/PRINTING)
Description: The website contains information for parents about child development and early learning. Parents can also sign up for a free monthly newsletter. Parents can learn more about PBS Kids and the free educational games and activities available there.
Description: Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow provides free access to home activities for toddlers and preschoolers including indoor and outdoor fun activities, holiday crafts, alphabet themes, rhyme themes, book themes and other preschool links. The “Resource Room” provides additional access to materials for a $20.00 annual membership fee (or you can join for free for first year by submitting five ideas for the website.)
Description: First-School features free fun preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, worksheets, calendar of events and other resources for children of preschool age. The preschool crafts, lesson plans and activities are appropriate and adaptable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten level (ages 2 to 6).
Description: Lil’ Fingers, is a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks and printable coloring pages. The FREE toddler stories, activities & holiday sections are designed with bright colors & big buttons for little fingers.
Description: Students have free access to interactive learning games over a variety of topics including literacy and math. History, science, and geography are also included as topics. There are some links to free printables such as flash cards and worksheets.
Description: A pediatric occupational therapist and mother blogs about fine and gross motor activities. The site gives access to numerous free activities (with pictures) and downloads. There is an online store to purchase additional items. You can follow the blogger on Facebook or give your email address to subscribe to the mailing list.
Description: Room to Grow-Making Early Childhood Count–a blog by Tonya Wright-Early Literacy Counts. This page contains literacy activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. There are also learning links to other websites, playing to learn and using technology.
Description: Access to books, reading ideas, writing ideas, projects and sign up for free newsletter to have resources sent to your email in-box. Resources are organized by age groups: babies, toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers.
Description: This site provides a wide variety of early language and literacy activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children.
Description: This site has free downloads/templates for story props for flannel boards using popular books and nursery rhymes.
Description: Forty different ideas for dramatic play / centers with activities for art, sensory play, kitchen, math and others.
Description: Check out this site for ten different dramatic play center ideas.
Description: Great ideas for dramatic play centers
Description: More ideas for dramatic play centers!
Description: This site provides ideas for fine motor skills for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children.
Description: Find fine motor activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers here.
*RESOURCES FOR FREE BOOKS (E-BOOKS ONLINE): BIRTH TO 3 YEARS
Description: Children’s Books Online–the Rosetta Project–include thousands of illustrated books and is a volunteer-driven project. It has grown slowly since 1996 from the work of a single man and a handful of books, to a vibrant volunteer-driven organization publishing new books and translations every week. The group claims to have one of the largest online libraries of antique books. This library is made possible by a grant from the John and Frances Beck Foundation. Many books are available in multiple languages.
Description: This is a collection of free animated eBooks. These online eBooks touch various subjects and promise to make your child’s learning experience richer.
*RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BOOKS: BIRTH TO 3 YEARS
Description: Book lists and recommended reading for ages 0-3. Scholastic and Parent and Child magazine provide this list.
Description: This link will take you to recommended reading for the summer of 2016. Books are organized by recommended age groups including birth to preschool, kindergarten to second grade, third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.
Description: Click on a theme to find a list of picture books related to the theme.
Description: According to the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee manual, these categories loosely represent the following:
Younger Readers – Preschool-grade 2 (age 7), including easy-to-read books