We’ll Be at the National Title I Conference!

clock January 30, 2015 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Located in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, this year’s National Title I Conference (February 5-8) is sure to be a hit with the thousands of Title I educators attending professional development sessions and presentations. The 2015 National Title I Conference theme is Leading With Wonder, which was inspired by comments from President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Several activities at this year’s National Title I Conference will... [More]

SAM Animation Is Now HUE Animation!

clock January 28, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you use stop-motion animation in your classroom? SAM Animation, one of our most popular technology products, recently changed its name to HUE Animation. A stop-motion software program that is specially designed to increase student engagement and content understanding, HUE Animation is great for both beginning and experienced student animators. This simple, easy-to-use technology was created by teachers and is perfect for classroom use. Hue Animation Studio Once you install HUE Animation Stud... [More]

Helping Kids Learn Fundamental Math Skills: Counting & Sorting

clock January 23, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Before children can add and subtract and learn more advanced math skills, they have to learn how to count and sort. Being able to count and sort will ultimately influence their success in kindergarten and throughout their school career. You can help children practice their counting and sorting skills with the following tips, reminders, and learning materials: Be sure to place books about counting in the learning environment. Books that help children learn to count, such as Anno’s Counting... [More]

Five Fantastic Classroom Storage Solutions – Lockers & Cubbies

clock January 20, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Need a great way to stay organized in the classroom this year? Lockers and cubbies are great furniture options for the classroom—they’re the perfect place to store book bags, coats, and other student belongings. Check out these five fantastic lockers and cubbies to see if one is the perfect fit for your classroom storage needs!  1. Ash File-Cubbie-Tote Locker A fully assembled, all-in-one unit that can double as a portfolio center and combo coat locker. Double coat hooks are fe... [More]

Tips for Helping Kids Start the Transition to Kindergarten

clock January 16, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are the children in your care starting kindergarten next school year? If so, you’re likely looking for ways to help children and their families make the transition to kindergarten. Here are a few tips and resources to help you get started: 1. Send Activity Sheets and Transition Kits Home with Children Activity sheets and transition kits can help children learn the math skills, reading skills, and other academic skills they need for kindergarten and school success while also helping you bri... [More]

Using Primary Sources to Teach Children about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

clock January 14, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday draws closer, many classrooms will be filled with writing activities, creative art projects, and powerful service-learning opportunities designed to honor the vision of service Martin Luther King Jr. represents. All of these activities and projects are fun, effective ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but what about understanding the man and times behind this important holiday? Teaching the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. through the use of prim... [More]

5 Wonderful Winter Activities for Preschoolers

clock January 9, 2015 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As we settle in to the first full month of winter, it’s important that you plan some winter-related activities for the children in your care. Preschool children are at the age where they can begin to understand why snow falls in winter and why water turns to ice at a certain temperature. To help you teach children about the wonders of winter, here are five of our favorite winter activities for preschoolers: 1. Explore Science with Peppermint Peppermint Water Science Sensory Play is the pe... [More]

Providing Children with Authentic Texts in the New Year

clock January 6, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Children’s literature should be the reading program we organize for our students.”-Yetta Goodman The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to reflect on many things as an educator, not the least of which is the very foundation of the reading program….the texts that children have access to throughout the school day. Teachers and students look forward to the highly coveted daily read aloud – a time where quality, authentic titles across many genres, topics, an... [More]

10 Healthy Habits for Happy Teachers

clock January 2, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We’ve made it to 2015! What was your New Year’s resolution? If you haven’t made one yet or want to add another one, we’ve come up with a great list of habits that can help you succeed as a teacher. Featured in Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education, this list of 10 healthy habits for happy teachers can give you a boost in energy, provide you with some motivation, and help you develop a more positive mindset. Get a good ni... [More]

A Sneak Peek at 2015

clock December 30, 2014 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The start of another year is almost here, and we’ve been planning for months to ensure that we’re offering a variety of quality resources and materials to help you and your students in 2015. Check out the following information about our 2015 ECE catalog, and be sure to browse our list highlighting 15 of the new products we’ll be offering in 2015! 2015 ECE (Early Childhood Edition) Catalog Featuring over 400 new products, the 2015 ECE catalog will be coming to your mailboxes so... [More]

Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids During the Holiday Break

clock December 23, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking forward to spending some quality time with your kids during the holiday break? We’ve come up with a great list of fun activities you can do together as a family. As an added bonus, they’ll also keep kids from getting bored or too wired for you to handle! 1. Have a Snowball Fight! Whether you get to play in real snow over the holidays or use our Snowtime Anytime Snowballs, having a family snowball fight is a great way to spend time with your kids and keep them physically activ... [More]

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Vacation

clock December 22, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s holiday vacation time! A few days off (or a couple of weeks off if you’re one of the lucky ones) is just what you need to decompress and refocus for the coming year. Even though the holidays are often busy and stressful, there are a variety of ways you can ensure you’re making the most of your holiday vacation. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1. Set Aside Time to Plan and Finish Any Work We all know that vacations don’t necessarily mean all play and no w... [More]

Financial Literacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

clock December 18, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“The number one problem in today’s generation and economy is the lack of financial literacy.”–Alan Greenspan Looking for an affordable gift that you can give all of the children in your classroom? Helping children develop financial literacy is one of the best gifts you can ever give them. Investopedia defines financial literacy as “the possession of knowledge and understanding of financial matters,” but Bill Clinton gave a much simpler definition when he spoke... [More]

Child-Made Gifts Parents Will Treasure

clock December 16, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Many teachers help children make special gifts to give to their parents and family members during the holiday season. If you’re looking for child-made gift ideas you can use in your classroom, we’ve got a great list for you! Judy Fujawa features these ideas in her book (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education: A calendar with children’s art Their child’s handprint in plaster or on paper A child-decorated picture frame with their child’s ... [More]

Celebrating Bill of Rights Day in the Classroom

clock December 11, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With the rush of the holiday season upon us, other important days and celebrations are often forgotten. December 15th marks the 223rd anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Called “the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States limit the power of government and protect individual liberty. Celebrating Bill of Rights Day with your students gives you a... [More]