Share My Lesson, the fast-growing online community for educators who want to share teaching resources, has unveiled an extended early-childhood education catalog. Since the Web site was launched in 2012, it has grown to 635,000 members who share nearly 300,000 K-12 resources. Share My Lesson now includes resources that address our youngest learners. Teachers, parents, community leaders, and school support staff can access these new instructional materials—at no cost—on the Share My Lesson site.
Studies show that students who do not receive pre-K instruction are behind on their first day of kindergarten and go on to struggle academically. High-quality resources and instruction tailored for early learners prepare kids for success in school. Early-childhood educators are a growing population of teachers in the U.S., numbering more than 2.1 million. “Share My Lesson wants to make sure that all teachers, including those who work with our youngest students, have access to high-quality free materials,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten. “We need to give our children the best possible advantage for success.”
Among Share My Lesson’s more than 200 content partners, organizations like Sesame Street, the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network Early Learning Collaborative, Colorín Colorado, Storyline Online, WonderGrove Learn, and the Professor Garfield Foundation have materials suitable for children in pre-K through early elementary that provide fun and academically sound opportunities to learn.