In each of my posts, I include links to resources specific to that topic. There are some resources I use again and again because they’re full of great information, and other resources that are just excellent collections of a specific activity. I’ll be adding those to this page over time.
In each of my blog posts, I include recommended books related to that theme. The books here are my favorite overall resources.
Growing Up Wild Activity Book: Exploring Nature with Young Children. Read my whole review of it here.
Preschool STEM Curricula from Massachusetts. Great detailed lesson plans on topics from gardening to birds, weather, and simple machines.
Club Tinkerlab is a large group of parents, educators, and librarians who post questions about topics related to teaching STEM to kids, and always get great advice in response.
Videos / TV shows
Sid the Science Kid is absolutely fabulous for teaching STEM concepts to preschoolers!! It’s set in Sid’s home and preschool with lots of relatable characters, a predictable structure to each episode and a definite talent for simplifying concepts for this age group.
Bill Nye the Science Guy. Just search YouTube for his “full episodes.” This is more aimed at 8 – 12 year olds, I think, but my 5 year old loves it and learns from it.
Songs for Teaching: this website has a huge collection of science themed songs from multiple artists. They include the full lyrics for each song, a sample of the tune, and options for purchasing MP3’s of the song. Many of them would be better for the upper elementary to middle school age than the little ones I usually work with. http://www.songsforteaching.com/sciencesongsforyoungchildren.htm
In my blog posts, I sometimes include songs that we sing rhat are tied to specific STEM themes. Many of these I found online, simply by searching the web for “preschool songs [theme]” or searching YouTube for “kids songs [theme]”
The King County Library has produced videos of librarians singing LOTS (hundreds!) of classic children’s rhymes: http://kcls.org/content/