Parent Resources for Preschoolers and Kids

Below are a few of the resources I have come to know and love over the past years. Included are a few new ones (including fave blogs for gathering tips and ideas for learning through play).

This company has been around for generations and you don't have to wait until your kids are in school to access all that this company has to offer, including Reading ideas for every age group and book lists to help you get started!

The Mailbox Magazine (and companion website)
I just subscribed to this incredible resource! It is an amazing monthly magazine design for teachers (but perfect for parents too!). It's full of wonderful ideas to help you teach your children in a fun and creative way. The website is a compnaion to the magazine subscription that is free when you subscribe!

Great for both seasoned homeschoolers and first timers. This website breaks down the alphabet into daily and weekly activities and there is even a booklist to go along with each week! They cover vocabulary, shapes, colors, and much more!

I've talked a lot about this company, but it's because I truly believe in the quality of their products. They are a great resource for parents (and teachers of course) for ages infant to sixth grade. They also have a bunch of free resources including free clip art and craft ideas!

Low on price, but not low on quality. They carry everything from teacher resources, arts and crafts, room equipment to so much more! Check them out today and request a free copy of their most recent catalog. Like Lakeshore, they also have a free resource to parents and educators called My Community.

and now for some of my fave blogs:

No Time For Flashcards: This former preschool teacher share her wealth of knowledge with us as she homeschools her toddler son! She is a wonderful resource for me and makes every craft seem fun and doable! Did I mention she is on her second rotation of alphabet activities?

Teaching Tiny Tots at Mommy School: I can't remember where or when I first started reading Teaching Tiny Tots...but she never fails to deliver awesome ideas for homeschooling and learning through play! And check out her sidebar for some awesome resource ideas as well!

Just For Fun: Sandy has some awesome ideas for you and your little one! She is a caregiver (and has children of her own) who truly cares and truly gives of her time and talents!

Crafty Crow: This Children's Craft Collective rocks my socks off! Go here for amazing arts and crafts ideas for childen ages 0-99!!

Funny Days with Mommy and Maddie: She's just starting out, but already I am hooked. She makes teaching her little one seem so effortless and fun! And I love finding out just what she will come up with next.

Adventures of a Flake: She another "newbie"... And don't let that name fool you! This SHAM teaches her little ones a letter each week and makes it fun for everyone! (including mamma). And that's what it's all about right? Go here for the why's and how's of her "method".

That's it for now, there are a lot of big name and little known blogs and websites I did not include (and that's on purpose!). Check these out and let me know what you think!

Are there any favorite sites for learning and play that you "heart"? Leave a comment and share it with us!!


  1. Thanks for the wonderful comments! I really appreciate it!

  2. Mailbox magazine is great! I used that a lot when I worked in preschool.

    Thanks for the linky love:0)

  3. awww... thanks for including me in your post!

  4. I just recently came across a blog called the Ramblings of a Crazy Woman and she has some GREAT kid crafts and ideas. She also hosts a Saturday Showcase where you can share a craft/activity you did with your kids in the week. Just wanted to share her site...jennwa.blogspot.com/

  5. Thanks for the comments. My husband said that we have to make those cookies for every holiday now. He said we'll go get some green sprinkles for St. Patty's day. He's pretty fired up over those Oreos! I was going to make some sugar cookies, and he said he just wanted the Oreos. I can't complain, they are super easy and fun to make!

  6. Michelle, I can't remember if I have told you that I gave you an award on my blog!

  7. thanks for the sites. i have still been exploring so don't have a super fav. yet!!

  8. Ooo, I gotta check these sites out, thanks for sharing Michelle. Got an award or many, hehe...for ya, come pick em' up when ya can.

    Jamie :-)

  9. Anonymous9:25 AM

    That's an really interesting list. I'll be back to click on some of those links for sure!

    I found you on The Secret Is In The Sauce.

  10. Those are great, thanks for sharing them!

  11. Thank you...I found this post through SITS!

  12. Me again...I just had to add one more blog that will be a great resource. A new blogging buddy of mine just recently launched a blog with another friend, and it looks like it is going to be good (her own personal blog is great, so it has to be!) Here is the site address: abcand123learning.blogspot.com/

  13. If you haven't been there already, try Chasing Cheerios. She does a lot of cute Montessori themed things with her daughter. You could also check out My Montessori Journey, or Muses of Megret.