14 Preschool Teacher Blogs to Stay Ahead of the Class
By Kirsten Slyter on 06/24/2019
Blogs are everywhere these days, providing everything from recipes and advice to ways to connect and make friends with similar interests. Having a wealth of resources, creative support and imaginative talent at your fingertips is a must when teaching preschoolers, and preschool blogs are an excellent way to get your fix.
Whether you’re looking for refreshing ways to decorate your classroom, ingenious techniques to advance developmental skills, or simple tips and tricks to get your class to quiet down, preschool teacher blogs have all the answers.
The tricky part is identifying which preschool teacher blogs are worth your time. So to make your search a bit easier, we handpicked 14 of the most helpful and best blogs for preschool teachers. We went beyond just teacher blogs to explore parenting and child development blogs that will bring you a wealth of perspective and innovative ideas.
14 First-class preschool teacher blogs
Whether you’re knee-deep in toddlers with a classroom of your own or just getting a feel for what a career in early childhood education would be like, these blogs all bring something of value to the table.
Jill Riley created this blog when she found herself overwhelmed with both a three- and five-year-old at home. To help with this, she sought out learning activities to provide structure to her family’s day. Her love for educational activities led her to get started blogging as “A Mom with a Lesson Plan” in order to share some of her favorites. This time-tested blog has since changed names, but is still filled to the brim with tons of fun ideas for teaching math and reading through cooking, fun spelling activities and other learning games for preschoolers.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds is the product of Sheryl Cooper, a 20-year veteran educator of young children. This blog covers an incredible amount of activities for both toddlers and preschoolers as well as classroom themes and lesson plans. Cooper values Montessori’s practical life skills and often blends Reggio Emilia-influenced methods into her program.
From gold slime to ways to teach the alphabet, Fun-a-Day is perfect for the preschool teacher on the hunt for inspiration. This blog is great for implementing imaginative ideas while remaining practical, and offers plenty of great resources for teachers including “teacher tips,” classroom themes, activities and printable materials. Plus, there’s an entire section on slime—which is sure to be a hit with the little ones.
After having her first child, Jamie Reimer, a former marketing manager, decided she wanted to start doing more “hands-on” activities with her son. This desire transformed into a blog in which she now inspires others with her ideas. The site features sections on developing both gross and fine motor skills, parenting tips and art activities. This is an excellent stop for anyone seeking activities to keep their kids engaged.
This blog is run by Melissa Taylor, early education expert, teacher and freelance writer. She’s a self-proclaimed “children’s book geek” and a Pinterest extraordinaire, with over a million monthly viewers on the social network. Imagination Soup covers a wide variety of topics, including a STEM section that hosts articles about educational apps, video games that develop thinking skills and more. That said, her love for words and reading shines through with tons of excellent children’s book suggestions and activities designed to build literacy skills.
This UK mom, Amy, worked in childcare and education for years before having her own munchkins and starting her blog. She believes kids learn best not by sitting at a desk with a paper and pencil, but with hands-on, engaging activities. Her goal with this blog is to help get children out of their seats to explore and learn—whether that’s through sensory, seasonal or art activities. Amy also writes general parenting posts on topics like the importance of grandparents, time outdoors and self-care for parents.
Amanda Morgan believes that the way kids learn shouldn’t just be cute, it should be meaningful. A mother of four boys, this educated blogger—she’s earned a master’s degree in human development—takes a different approach than what you might see on other early childhood education blogs. During her graduate education, Morgan says she’d read plenty of interesting child development research, news and philosophy, but wondered whether the right people were ever hearing about it—parents and educators.
That’s where she comes in. In this blog, Amanda uses her education to explain research and child development news in a practical way for parents. Sample posts include topics covering the importance of play, the impact of the internet on kids and how to encourage literacy in preschool.
Looking for creativity fuel? TinkerLab is an excellent starting point. This blog was founded by professional creative Rachelle Doorley with the goal of bringing arts education to as many children as possible. The activities and ideas featured on this blog encourage children’s curiosity and creativity by pushing them to explore and discover without fear of failure—in many cases the activities are more about trying and learning than creating the perfect end result.
This long-running blog was founded by Deborah Stewart, ECE teacher, author and owner of a small private preschool. She strongly believes that educators should learn and grow along with their students. Her teaching style incorporates a variety of methods including art projects, songs, outdoor activities, science experiments, storytelling and more—all of which can be found on the blog!
You don’t have to be sitting at a desk in a classroom for a moment to be teachable, according to Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij, the dynamic duo behind this blog. Both longtime teachers, they shares resources on topics spanning from science and gardening to writing and global awareness. Plus, all of their content is divided into helpful categories, making it quick and easy to find what you need.
The Preschool Toolbox is a helpful resource for teachers, parents and ECE professionals alike. Followers can purchase preschool and kindergarten lesson plans for a small fee, or browse the “preschool resources” section to find free materials and learning tools perfect for whatever theme you’re teaching.
12. Education Week
Education Week is an independent news organization that covers—you guessed it—all things education related. Their Early Years blog houses a great number of articles focused on early childhood education policy changes, news and research. This is an excellent place to start for anyone looking to keep up with the latest happenings in early childhood education.
Every preschool teacher enjoys their share of free printable activities, and that’s exactly what this blog offers. Assets are available for infants to preschoolers and focus on a wide array of categories such as art, math, puzzles and seasonal. Viviana, the blog creator, has a background in teaching, graphic design, architecture, art—and of course, motherhood.
14. Cassie Stephens
Cassie Stephens isn’t your typical art teacher. Not only does she create her own unique clothing (check out that pizza skirt!), her colorful blog features a slew of arts-and-crafts ideas for students of varying abilities—though it should be noted that some may be a bit advanced for preschool. In this blog you’ll find a wealth of fun and aesthetically pleasing activities and ideas to get kids’ creativity flowing. You can also find art lesson videos and a weekly podcast on her blog as well.
Never stop learning
There is an incredible network of teachers and parents out there eager to share their advice and ideas when it comes to early childhood development. This collection of preschool teacher blogs will help equip you to create the best learning environment for the children you teach.
Whether you’re just getting started as a teacher or a longtime early education pro, there’s always room for a little levity. Enjoy some of the humorous facts of life as a preschool teacher in our article, “35 Telltale Signs You Teach Preschool.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in 2014. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2019.