These are highly recommended resources on early childhood learning, learning environments, and parent-child relationships.
The Whole-Brain Child. by Daniel J. Seigel and Tina Payne Bryson
Free to Learn, by Peter Gray
Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne and Davina Muse
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame, by Janet Lansbury
ARTICLES & BLOGS
Aha! Parenting, by Dr. Laura Markham
Elevating Childcare, by Janet Lansbury (RIE)
Teacher Tom’s Blog, by Tom (Play-Based Learning)
How We Montessori, by Kylie D’Alton
Montessori 101, by Aubrey Hargis
Bring on the Learning Revolution! Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk
What do Babies Think, Alison Gopnik’s TED talk
3 Rules to Spark Learning, Ramsey Musallam’s TED talk
MATERIALS (ON A BUDGET)
For bigger things (furniture, learning tower, pre-made toys) watching Craigslist or visiting Garage Sales are great options.
For trays, baskets, scoops, pitchers, and small containers, Thrift Stores and Garage Sales are the way to go!
For kitchen items, and seasonal items, try Big Lots or a dollar store.
For art supplies, I scavenge garage sales or look for sales and coupons to places like JoAnn’s and Michael’s Craft Stores.