Resources for Early Learning Educators
Timberland Regional Library
Institutional Library Card:
TRL provides institutional library card accounts to public and private schools and government offices within the TRL service area, excluding non-annexed, non-contracting cities.
– Any institution with a Tax-ID number can qualify.
-The application must be filled out and signed by the owner, director, administrator, manager, principal or other person who is financially responsible for the institution.
-Allows educational staff access to library materials without having to use their personal library accounts.
– Initial checkout period of 5-weeks, with one additional 5-week renewal allowed if there are no holds.
-No daily overdue fees, although materials are expected to be returned/renewed by the due date.
-For more details and to fill out an application, go here: TRL Institutional Library Card Application and FAQ
Youth Connect Boxes:
Youth Connect Boxes are tubs filled with 55-70 books which are available for loan to community centers, health care agencies, before and after school programs, Head Start locations, preschools, daycare centers, day camps, and anyone who works directly with youth groups.
No Fines. No Fees. It’s completely free.
Request a Youth Connect Box today!
Online Resources for Curriculum Planning and Fun Activities
Childhood 101 Run by a former early educator who is now a parent and blogger. Tons of great resources for both educators and parents alike, including booklists, STEM, and free printables.
Happy Hooligans Great resource created by a home daycare provider with 20 years’ experience that includes various themed activities, crafts, homemade toy ideas, and much more!
Jbrary Two children’s librarians blogging about storytime and youth services. We share songs, rhymes, and program ideas for babies, toddlers, and beyond. Includes links to extensive YouTube playlists if you want to see what the rhymes and fingerplays are really like when performed.
PreKinders This blog has tons of teaching advice for the pre-k crowd. Whether you need general information on preschoolers, or a quick last minute activity, you can find it on this site.
Preschool Inspirations If you’re looking for hands on learning activities to do with your class, Preschool Inspirations is the place to be. Steeped in the philosophy of play based learning, this site has countless ideas for hands on crafts and activities.
Resources for Early Learning Provides exciting, engaging media-rich learning opportunities for educators, parents, and caregivers of children. From detailed lesson plans to simple, everyday activities, you will find everything you need to help your children succeed.
Storytime Katie Librarian and blogger Katie has tons of tips for read-alouds, songs, and flannelboards. Excellent resource for anyone who does circle/story time.
Teach Preschool Created by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed., who has 30+ years’ experience working with preschoolers, and focuses mainly on learning through play. You can find tips on how to run your classroom or early learning center, activities to promote, art, literacy, STEM, sensory play, motor skills, and more!
Online Resources for Early Learning Administration and Research
Head Start Resources for assessment, planning, and curriculum.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Offers information on early childhood education and development, accreditation, public policy, research, professional development, and more.
U.S. Department of Education A variety of resources on early learning topics, from creating and administering assessments, to supporting literacy development, as well as some of the latest research on working with early learners.
Zero to Three Find resources for your work with parents of infants/toddlers, infant/toddler development, and public policy designed to improve the lives of our nation’s youngest children.
Ideas for Local Field Trips and More
Courtesy of a former preschool teacher who lives and works in Grays Harbor. Have your own favorites? Let us know!
Community Helpers Your local fire department, police station, and post office are usually happy to provide tours.
Harbor Kids Dental does an amazing field trip to the dentist. We watched a short video clip, they gave every kid a mask and they put one of the hygienists into the chair and let the kids help clean her teeth (the kids just run the suction part). Then we got a tour of the place and they gave every kid a goody bag.
Polson Museum welcomes groups with open arms and doesn’t charge for school groups. Some kids just want to watch the model trains all day.
Shaffner Farms is not only good for the pumpkin patch, but if your program runs through summer you can bring kids to pick various berries and beans. They have something you can pick all season and they don’t mind if the kids eat as many berries as they put in the bucket. The farmer scolded me for trying to keep the kids from eating too many, he was really excited we were there and wanted them to have a good time.
Trails and Parks My favorite trails are the Sandpiper Trail at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the trail at Stewart Park. Elton Bennett Park is not for every preschool class, I didn’t mind hills or getting muddy and exhausting the kids, they loved it and napped better. Cosi Lions Club has a great park and a nice, smooth, paved trail. Sam Benn Park has the best slide hands down.
Westport Aquarium is open now, I’ve never been there because they’re relatively new, but if a class is looking for a beachy type trip it might be nice.
Westport Maritime Museum has a nice kid’s room and does tours sometimes.