5 Simple Ways to Find Great Preschool Content Online
Teachers and parents have access to an ever increasing amount of early education information online. But online searches often take us in many different directions. Here are a few tips to help optimize your time on a daily basis.
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This is an exciting time for early childhood educators as well as parents. You have access to an amazing amount of online information related to everything from child development, parenting, and curricula, to art activities, menus, and outdoor play.
Teachers and parents can easily spend a portion of their day online: researching a new curriculum; scheduling the week's activities; looking for gluten or nut free options for snack time.
Early learning teachers can access information to help plan and implement an early learning program, as well as opportunities for both personal and professional development.
Parents can find homeschooling articles, healthy menu options, and crafts and activities for kids of all ages.
Sifting through websites, Pinterest boards and Facebook pages can be challenging and time consuming.
Here are a few things to consider for optimizing your online time.
- Narrow your search.
Are you looking for a butterfly craft for a nature theme; an indoor game for a rainy day; a simple catapult for a science activity?
- Set a time limit.
Schedule content searches as part of your daily routine and stick to it with the help of a timer if necessary.
- Visit the 'about' section of a website.
Review information about the author and the site's niche to determine whether the site is applicable to your program or the content you are looking for.
- Compile a list of recommended sites.
Build your online resource by engaging with other parents, teachers and ECEs; attending workshops and seminars; reading newsletters. Review and update this list from time to time.
- Bookmark a few of your favorite sites or bloggers.
Once you have a substantial resource in place, earmark a few for reliable, last-minute searches. Review and update this list from time to time.
- Bonus tip: share with others!
Share content you love or is relevant with others in your niche. An online community can build a library of great content with input from its active members.
Searching online can sometimes seem like a daunting task. As you browse through the articles and websites, stay on track by asking yourself if the information on the page is relevant or useful. It can also be helpful to maintain a planner in the classroom or home to schedule content, list options to extend a program, or note specific details such as project materials.
Don't despair if you do get a little side-tracked now and then! If you find something interesting, read and enjoy the article for its own content. If it wasn't what you set out to find, it may have links you can use, or reference a website that interests you so you can come back later to learn more about it.
You may already know and use many of these tips. Do you have any other suggestions you can share?
By establishing time frames and searching with specific questions you can make your online experience fun and worthwhile.
Make this an exciting time for you!
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