Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Where the Ideas Come From

A friend of mine once commented on a preschool post that I was "so creative." Heh. If only he knew... I just creatively use others' ideas!

Since this is "Greatest Hits" week at Works for Me Wednesday, I thought I'd tell you about those great resources that I depend on to make my happy little preschool work.

Here is a quick list of the free resources I use to plan our preschool time.


  1. Books More of a background resource than as a specific planning tool, I have borrowed a number of art, activity, and theory books from the library. Currently the most influential:
    • Blogs Sometimes it is best to see how someone else manages to make preschool work in the real world. In a blog you can see how a Montessori theory applies in the home, or you can get a new angle on an old problem. You may see some of "my" ideas displayed on these blogs in particular:
    • Groups The best ideas come from those in the trenches. I have been a member of the Homepreschool Yahoo group for three years, and although the message volume has ebbed and flowed over time, the advice is always invaluable.

    • The Google - When in doubt, search the web for answers. A recent search for phonics activities netted two treasures -- Fun Fonix and the Clifford Make-a-Word game , both of which have proved very helpful to Agent 004.

    How about you? Any resources to suggest to the rest of us?

    5 comments:

    Shannon said...

    Thanks! Love your ideas too!

    Jenny said...

    I love linky posts! I'm excited about Fun Fonix- thanks for sharing. :o)

    Kate in NJ said...

    Have to go follow all the links now, but I can't believe I missed this post!! I am really behind in my blogging.lol

    PisecoMom said...

    Thank you, thank you! ::bows::

    But of course... I feel the same way! I have one or two ideas of my own but I am mostly taking what others have done & making it work for my kids! All the blogs I read - including YOURS - are great sources of inspiration. Thanks!

    Bright Ring said...

    Thanks for recommending my art books ... I would like to invite your readers to visit my website and enjoy many many free art ideas from all of my books. Go to http://www.brightring.com/Fun%20Activities.html
    and also http://www.brightring.com/previous.html
    to see all of the activities. Especially look at my new book, "Great American Artists for Kids" because it is in full color, a huge accomplishment for me. (I'm really excited about it.) thanks again for caring about kids and their creative lives,
    MaryAnn Kohl
    www.brightring.com