3 Winter Activities

clock December 5, 2013 08:17 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's that time of year again! Are your kids already making their Santa lists, coming home with runny noses, and consuming entirely too much sugar? Yes, it seems Christmas is almost upon us. With all of the gifts to buy and recipes to try, it's hard to have time for everything. One thing you can't miss is the opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones and try out some wintry holiday fun! We have three hands-on activities for you to try with your children that will leave everyone... [More]

Popular Classroom Items for Infants & Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Elementary-Age Students

clock November 27, 2013 08:40 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have compiled a list of our most popular classroom items to help make the holiday season a little easier for you. Any of the following items would make a great classroom gift or be a wonderful addition to the classroom in 2014! Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-3): 1. Boppy® Pillow - Help babies build muscle control and learn to stabilize themselves with these comfy and functional pillows. These will also help you feed, support, and hold infants. You can also purchase slipcovers to persona... [More]

Four Ways to Help Students Give Back and Help Others

clock November 26, 2013 11:53 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children may learn about charity at home, but it should also be taught and encouraged in the classroom. Charity projects can help students and teachers build connections while also fostering a positive, rewarding environment in the classroom. Being charitable helps children feel more confident and helps increase their social skills as they learn about the world around them. Learning to be charitable at a young age can also make children better community members and help foster positive benefits ... [More]

5 Classroom Management Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

clock November 22, 2013 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As we approach the holidays, our children seem to have endless energy while teachers work harder than ever to keep everyone on task, in line, and maintain an environment that is conducive to learning. With all of the sugar and sweets, the anticipation of gifts and relatives and family activities, and countless interruptions to the daily schedule, some students reach the point of emotional overload and behavior problems often follow. Here are five tips to reduce behavior problems and keep student... [More]

Why Schools Should Promote Gratitude in the Classroom

clock November 21, 2013 08:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Pilgrims, turkeys, and Thanksgiving-themed activities have undoubtedly started to appear in your lesson plans and classroom, but one popular Thanksgiving topic should be a permanent focus in the classroom throughout the year. Gratitude is mainly discussed at school in November and December, which does little to reinforce what children learned and gives children few opportunities to practice being grateful. Some people may think that teaching gratitude falls to a child’s parents, but there ... [More]

Thanksgiving Facts and Fun!

clock November 18, 2013 12:42 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Want some fun facts to share with the children in your care this Thanksgiving? We've compiled a list of facts so that you can show off your holiday knowledge with friends and family! Did you Know? The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days! Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turk... [More]

The Importance of Self-Regulation in the Classroom

clock November 5, 2013 03:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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Let Students Bring the Traditional Halloween Story to Life

clock October 18, 2013 09:01 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It was a dark and spooky night….  Many teachers across the country are trying to tap into the excitement of the Halloween season as a springboard for creative writing assignments.  Spooky stories with talking scarecrows, glimmering pumpkins, and haunted houses have all the makings for reinforcing figurative language, adjectives, adverbs, story elements… the list goes on.  But just as we ask students to look at these kinds of assignments through a creative lens, maybe... [More]

Pump Up Your Fall Decorations!

clock October 11, 2013 09:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Pumpkins are a great decoration for fall, especially in the classroom. Often harvested in the early fall, pumpkins serve as a food and decorative staple throughout the colder months. Other great additions to your fall display include gourds, multi-colored corn, haystacks, and mums. There are many ways you can decorate pumpkins for your fall-themed classroom displays. One of the easiest ways to decorate your pumpkin is to paint it! The paint will help the pumpkin last longer, and painting is much... [More]

Teaching Children about the Fall Harvest

clock October 2, 2013 16:19 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children are full of wonder as the world changes around them in the fall. Fall colors and seasonal changes grab children’s attention and imagination. It is important for teachers and caregivers to use fall and its seasonal changes as an educational opportunity. The five senses, colors, science, math, and more subjects can all be incorporated into fall lesson plans: Create lesson plans that promote discussion about seasonal changes and explain that autumn is another name for fall. Fall col... [More]

Find the Funding you Need for your Great Classroom Project

clock September 23, 2013 14:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you have a great idea for a classroom project or school program but lack the funds to make it happen?  Don’t let your ambition fall by the wayside.  There are many resources to help teachers put great ideas into action.  Consider applying for a grant.  Thousands of dollars are available for teachers with projects both large and small.  Here are a few resources to get you started:  Kids In Need Foundation Kids in Need Teacher Grants are designed to provide K... [More]

Inclusive Literacy Lesson: Shake a Letter!

clock September 17, 2013 11:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Letter knowledge and recognition is one of the most important steps in developing literacy skills for young children. It is "the ability to recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet in both uppercase and lowercase forms and to understand that letters are the foundation of words." Do you remember growing up and singing the ABCs over and over again? How about when you mastered the ability to say the ABCs backwards? Or when your children, or the children in your classroom, mastered these skills? The... [More]

5 Ways to Kick Off the New School Year on the Right Foot!

clock August 22, 2013 11:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
    The start of school is filled with a range of emotions. From nervous excitement to apprehension and uncertainty, students will arrive at your door with hopeful optimism that your classroom will be safe, fun, and a place where they will want to be. Starting off on the right foot can make all the difference. Here are five simple things you can do to set the stage for a great school year. Make a good first impression. The old adage that you never get a second chance to make a first im... [More]

Fly Away for Aviation Day

clock August 16, 2013 14:06 by author Kaplan Early Learning
August 19th--next Monday--is National Aviation Day. First designated in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Aviation Day is the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday. An interesting fact about this: Orville Wright was still alive when Roosevelt issued this proclamation--and lived for nine years following! So whether you're a believer of Ohio, North Carolina, OR Connecticut being first in flight, you can celebrate Aviation Day for providing us with a safe way to travel that gives us a com... [More]

Classroom Makeovers on a Budget

clock July 18, 2013 10:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Back to School season is quickly approaching! Around here, all of the superstores and office supply stores already have their displays and sections put together to assist shoppers with their back to school needs: pencils, paper, backpacks, rulers, folders, and so on. But while the kids are getting ready to go back to school, what are you, as a teacher, doing to prepare? Are you looking for ways to makeover your classroom, but working with limited funds? [More]