South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative

Online Resource Guide

Creative Arts
Journal Article

Developing Young Children’s Creativity: What Can We Learn from Research?

Sharp, C. (2004). Developing young children’s creativity: What can we learn from research? TOPIC, 32, 5-12.

This article considers evidence from research and theory as it applies to developing children's creativity. The author defines creativity and identifies the implications for staff working in early childhood settings.

Creative Arts
Instructional Material

Online and Print Resources for Exploring the Creative Arts with Young Children

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2004). Online and print resources for exploring the creative arts with young children. Beyond the Journal: Young Children on the Web, July 2004. Retrieved from

This guide includes several online, book, and other resources to promote creativity

Creative Arts
Journal Article

Aesthetic Experience in a Dynamic Cycle: Implications for Early Childhood Teachers and Teacher Educators

Booyeun, L. (2005). Aesthetic experience in a dynamic cycle: Implications for early childhood teachers and teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 25(4), 367-373, doi: 10.1080/1090102050250411

This study examines preschool teachers' concepts of aesthetic experiences for young children.

Environmental Arrangement
Instructional Material

The Early Childhood Learning Environment

Oklahoma State Department of Education. (n.d.). The early childhood learning environment. Retrieved from

This guides provides best practices for arranging the different areas of an early childhood classroom, including centers that promote open-ended creative expression

Creative Arts
Fact Sheet

Child Development: Creativity in Young Children

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. (n.d.). Child development: Creativity in young children. Retrieved from

This handout provides an overview of the developmental stages of art, as well as barriers to creativity

Instructional Strategies
Journal Article

Meaningful Technology Integration in Early Learning Environments

Wang, X., Jaruszewicz, C., Rosen, D., Berson, I., Bailey, M., Hartle, L., Griebling, S. . . . Robinson, L. (2008). Meaningful technology integration in early learning environments. Beyond the Journal:?Young Children on the Web, September 2008. Retrieved from

This article contains tips for using technology in meaningful ways with young children

Creative Arts

Art Activities for Preschool: A Primer for Teachers

Bright Hub Education. (2012). Art activities preschool: A primer for teachers. Retrieved from

This website contains ideas for creating two- and three-dimensional art projects with preschool age children

Creative Arts
Instructional Material

Creative Art Activities

Teach Preschool. (n.d.). Creative art on teach preschool. Retrieved from

This website contains many art activities to use with preschoolers.

Creative Arts
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet About the Benefits of Arts Education for Children

Americans for the Arts. (2002). Fact sheet about the benefits of arts education for children. Retrieved from

The fact sheet describes the benefits of arts education across the developmental domains


Tips on Temperament

Zero to Three. (2012). Tips on temperament. Retrieved from

This web content was written for parents explaining temperament differences in infants and toddlers

Creative Arts
Journal Article

The Arts and Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being

National Endowment for the Arts & U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2011). The arts and development: Framing a national research agenda for the arts, lifelong learning, and individual well-being. Retrieved from:

This document provides an overview of the importance of the arts to life-long learning and development.

Creative Arts

Unlocking Children's Creativity through Movement and Music

Early Childhood News. (2008). Unlocking children's creativity through movement and music. Retrieved from

This article provides ways to promote creativity through music and movement activities

Creative Arts
Journal Article

Designing Movement Activities to Develop Children's Creativity in Early Childhood Education

Cheung, R.H.P. (2010). Designing movement activities to develop children's creativity in early childhood education. Early Child Development and Care, 180(3), 377-385, doi: 10.1080/03004430801931196

This article describes the introduction of creative movement activity in three Hong Kong kindergarten classes to promote children's creativity.

Creative Arts
Journal Article

Creating Centers for Musical Play and Exploration

Kemple, K., Batey, J., & Hartle, L. (2004). Music play: Creating centers for musical play and exploration. Young Children, July 2004, 30-37. Retrieved from

This article provides ways to promote music through learning centers in the early childhood classroom

Early Science
Journal Article

Science is in the Air

Bosse, S., Jacobs, G., & Anderson, T. (2009). Science is in the air. Young Children, November 2009, 10-15. Retrieved from

This article describes how young children interact with science, different areas of study in the sciences, and ways to incorporate science into the daily classroom routine.

Early Math

Math Counts! Fun and Creative Ways to Present Math Concepts to Young Children

Early Childhood News. (2008). Math counts! fun & creative ways to present math concepts to young children. Retrieved from

This article describes creative ways to explore math concepts with young children

Instructional Material

Creative Nutrition Experiences for Children

Creative Nutrition Experiences for Children. (2011). Classroom nutrition experiences for young children. Retrieved from

This document provides creative ways to teach children about nutrition throughout the year with themes for each month

Instructional Strategies
Journal Article

Reggio Emilia as Cultural Activity Theory in Practice

New, R.S. (2007). Reggio Emilia as Cultural Activity Theory in practice. Theory into Practice, 46(1), 5-13. Retrieved from

This article explains the Reggio Emilia curriculum, which promotes children's use of symbolic representation and the arts throughout the learning process

Journal Article

Whiteboards and Websites: Digital Tools for the Early Childhood Curriculum

Lisenbee, P. (2009). Whiteboards and websites: Digital tools for the early childhood curriculum. Young Children, November 2009, 92-95. Retrieved from

This article shares the author's experiences as a prekindergarten teacher who embraced technology in her classroom and found that the children were more engaged and enjoyed the learning process.

Communicating with Families
Journal Article

Fostering Family-Centered Practices through a Family-Created Portfolio

Gregg, K., Rugg, M., Souto-Manning, M. (2011). Fostering family-centered practices through a family-created portfolio. The School Community Journal, 21(1), 53-70. Retrieved from

Page 53 details one family’s experience in using a portfolio system to communicate the needs of their child to educators. A family portfolio is an excellent way for educators to merge classroom and family activities