Twitter, the microblogging site that allows anyone and everyone to share their opinion on issues large and small, has been in the news quite a bit the past few years. From Kanye West’s clothing choices to news of revolution in the Middle East, Twitter can be many things to different people. As a librarian, I tend to use Twitter differently than my friends who are doctors or engineers. For example, I really enjoy following one of my favorite children’s book authors, Mo Willems (@The_Pigeon), who tweets hilariously as a character from his award-winning book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! So too parents and caregivers of young children have formed something of a category of their own on Twitter. From craft ideas to tips for learning to read to general parenting advice, there is something for every kind of parent. Here are just a few of the organizations that I think are really helpful (and sometimes super funny) on Twitter:
www.education.com's Twitter account focuses preschool. They tweet a “preschool activity of the day” involving a cheap or no- cost craft just for preschoolers.
From the editors of www.parenthacks.com - smart parents share forehead-smackingly clever tips, shortcuts, and product recommendations.
Teaching kids to read, especially those who struggle. Research, classroom strategies, parent tips, books and authors, and much more, for educators and families. http://www.readingrockets.org
Tips and links to articles by the editors of Parents Magazine and www.parents.com
From the editors of www.dailyparenttip.com - daily updates with helpful advice on a variety of topics
Don’t worry if you don’t want to sign up for Twitter. All of these Twitter feeds are attached to websites where you can go for the information. However, sometimes it’s nice when the information comes to you instead of you having to seek it out! This is just a short list—there are many more parent and pre-kindergarten focused Twitter feeds out there. Do you have a favorite that we missed? Share it in the comments!