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Friday, November 02, 2007


I just finished creating some experiences and activities to populate a new teacher website resource. We already have resources for Head Start, Preschool and Environmental activities, but next week we are adding information for the infant and toddler caregivers. You might want to checkout this resource at: It can be a very valuable resource for early childhood educators and caregivers. Hopefully, by the first part of 2008, we will also have information for kindergarten teachers.
Creating these infant and toddler experiences have forced me to analyze the developmental milestones that children achieve during the first 3 years of life. There are so many! It is a wonder that some children survive without any type of support system for these stages. Hopefully, we in early childhood can help more families be aware of these very important changes as the infant grows.


At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this website and I am anxiously awaiting the kindergarten activities!!!Thanks for all the fun ideas. Hopefully more teachers will discover this resource and drop the dittos.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that knowing more about how kids learn in their first three years of life will really help teach kids when they get to school. I think the more we know about how kids learn, the more we know how to teach children more information. I think this stuff is very important and I can't wait to read about all of the information about kindergarden activities!!

Hanna K 2330

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right- there are so many things that we can do to begin educating children at a very young age. The possibilities are endless. Educating children in the infant to pre-school years can be as simple as calling attention to how and why things work, giving access to books, and answering their many questions. It is so interesting to watch children enter Kindergarten at so many different levels. Just being involved in your child's life and doing simple activities with them can put them so much further along right from the start.

Debbie R TL 6220

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a daycare teacher, the teachersource website is going to be extremely helpful to me. i work primarily with infants, and i was glad to see that we already encorporate much of what is listed on the site. the family recognition activity is one of my favorites. we have family collages posted either on cribs or on the wall at eye level for the infants and it's great to see how babies recognize and respond to familiar faces.

Valerie C.
TL 2330

At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be great if sometimes you could knock some people over the head and say, "hey you idiot!" There are so many educators out there that don't have a clue to what is developmentally appropriate for their students to be learning. This website will be a great resource. Hopefully the word gets out about it. You do a great job!!

Lindsay R. TL 5131

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My eyes have definately been opened because of John Funk. The fact that a critical stage for children to learn is at the age of 3 amazes me. I never knew. There are so many individuals in the world that underestimate what children can actually do and accomplish. Luckily Mr. Funk is getting this information out to so many people to help benefit the children of our future.

Becky J. TL 2330

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the teachersource website. I have used a lot of the preschool activities for Kindergarten and have loved them all. It's nice to have a good resource like that. I can't wait to see the Kindergarten resources!

Amy Burge

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy that you told us about the teacher resource website. It has already helped me in some of my lesson plans while student teaching as well as tutoring. I am sure I will take great advantage of it in the years to come. I am extremely excited to use the Pocet on my nephew next year. I already tried a few of the activities but he is still too young. Thanks for the great ideas.

Sasha B. TL6220

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggested the teacherquicksource website to a friend because she was nervous about her sons physical development. She browsed toddler quicksource and said it was way helpful. This website is useful for educators and parents.

Shelen D.


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