Are you a teacher, parent, or caregiver of a 2 or 3 year old?
If there are toddlers and preschoolers in your life, you’ve come to the right place!
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds is packed with tips, activities, and free printables that engage young children in playful learning. Our readers consist of teachers who are looking for ways to have an easier school year, as well as parents who are looking for activities to do at home. These teachers and parents are from all over the world!
My Teaching Journey
My name is Sheryl Cooper and my teaching journey began in January 1999, when the small private preschool was looking for an interim teacher to help while the lead teacher went on maternity leave. A few weeks after going on her maternity leave, she decided she wanted to stay home with her baby. (You can read more about me here.)
I was so excited to embrace this journey, but also very scared. Back then there weren’t near the resources that are available today. I read whatever I could get my hands on, but I craved finding a support group. Someone with experience who could answer questions as they came up (and I had a lot of questions!).
I somehow stumbled upon an online teachers’ chat board. It saved me. Truly, I don’t know where I would be today had it not been for all of their help as I pushed my way through my first year.
How Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Was Created
I decided I wanted to pay it forward and be there to help other new teachers on their journey. In 2008 I started a blog, Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, and used it as a way to document our days in the classroom. It was the most exciting thing to realize people were actually reading what I wrote, and then commenting! Year after year the blog grew in leaps and bounds, eventually reaching hundreds of thousands of people every month. The blog now has hundreds of posts with resources for toddler and preschool teachers and parents from all over the world!
Happy 20th first day of preschool to me!
What Do You Need Help With?
Most new readers come to Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds to find solutions for a more successful school year. Some are teachers of 2 year olds, and some teach 3 year olds, and many teach both age groups! There are also those who are parents of toddlers and preschoolers who are looking for tips and activities to do at home.
As a result, we’ve organized the website so that you can find what best suits your needs. These are:
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You can also find all our activities by subject on this page.
Also popular on Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds is our Toddler and Preschool Resources Page which contains all of our recommended tools and toys for home and the classroom.
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What others are saying about Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds:
“I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love all if your ideas. I have been teaching preschool over 25 years and find so much value in your pages!” – Debra H.
“Your website is always the first one I end up going to for ideas. Thank you for that. It’s a massive help and gives me inspiration to do more with my class.” – Bethani R.
“THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING that you do, Sheryl! I found you online and was ABSOLUTELY delighted that you started a YouTube channel. You are so encouraging and teaching is clearly your gift. I’m into my second year teaching two and three-year-olds (with a background in business and marketing actually, but long story!) and YOU have been more helpful than words can describe!!! Please know that you are so inspirational to sooooo many!” – Laura R.
“I just love all your wonderful ideas! I am a grandma of an almost 3 year old and appreciate you sharing these fun activities throughout the school year.” – Lynn T.