Sunday, May 18, 2008

What to do with myself...

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon. Rhett is asleep on the couch, and the boys are playing downstairs. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is on both TV's - I think we've seen them three times this weekend. Usually this is the time when I pull out my Preschool binder and get ready for the week... But there's no preschool tomorrow!! Last Wednesday was our last day, and as much as I enjoyed teaching my five kids and having fun with them, it marks the beginning of the few events that signal school is out and summer vacation is beginning. Many of you have asked where I get all my ideas; this are a few of my favorite website:

http://www.preschoolbystormie.com/ : This is the best and most organized website I've found. Stormie has all her ideas organized and laid out in a monthly curiculum by theme. I base a lot of my themes and monthly planning off her ideas. It makes planning really easy!

http://www.childfun.com/ : This site is organized by theme and has a bunch of great ideas as well.

http://www.everythingpreschool.com/ : This is one of my other favorite websites as well. They have their site broken down by themes as well, and has their ideas under each theme further broken down by music, science, etc. They have coloring pages and even have some already developed lesson plans.

http://www.preschoolrock.com/ : I haven't looked at this website very deep, but the few ideas I've seen on it are great.

Books:
Read, Sing, and Play Along: Children's Lullaby Songs. I orginally bought this book for the lullaby cd's, but it has a bunch of activity worksheets and has every story (Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, Etc.) and lots of fingerplays, as well as other theme extending ideas to go with each. I plan on using this a lot more next year.

The Toddler's Busy Book: This particular book is designed for 1 1/2 -3 year olds, but I found a few ideas in there for some fun reinforcement activities. There is also a Preschooler's Busy Book by the same author and others that she has put out. (I may have to extend my collection!)

And I have a whole slew of other books and things that I pull ideas from. I hope that helps. If you know of any other great websites, books or cd's, please share! Also, I'm looking for a good CD with all the favorite songs on it: Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, etc., so if you know if one, please let me know! Enjoy!

4 comments:

Darrell and Alissa said...

Why don't you come here and start a preschool- you would have all kinds of buisness! I still am shocked at how much energy you have to do everything!

Katie said...

thanks steph!! I'd put Anthony in your preschool anyday! I'll be putting several of those websites to use!

Janelle said...

Thanks for sharing your websites Stephanie! I'm always looking for good preschool sites, and I haven't used any of these yet, so I'll have to try them out! I did have some CD recommendations for you. My mom gave us a set of four or five CD's (I think you actually buy them seperately, but they all work together well) that we have really liked. They are from Little Tikes. There is a CD that has preschool dance songs, one with preschool action songs, one with ABC and 123 songs, and one with nursery rhymes. I know the dance CD has the Chicken Dance Song, and the action songs CD has hokey pokey, monkey's jumping on the bed, etc. Anyway, our kids love them, so I would recommend them!

Ryan and Debra said...

Thanks for the great Websites Steph. I have done preschool with a group of moms for the past couple of years and it's a lot of work. Thanks for the new ideas. You are amazing Steph!