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Five Seusstastic Ideas for Celebrating Dr. Seuss Day!

Create Date February 26, 2016 07:59 by author april
Known as Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day, March 2nd marks the celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. It’s a great opportunity to motivate the children in your class to read while also celebrating the wonderful work of Dr. Seuss. If you’re looking for ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day with your students, we’ve come up with a list of five Seusstastic ideas! [More]

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Students on Leap Day

Create Date February 25, 2016 03:35 by author april
With 2016 being a leap year, it’s important that you take advantage of all the learning opportunities Leap Day presents and mark the occasion with your students on February 29. If you’re looking for ideas on how you can celebrate in the classroom, we’ve come up with a great list of 10 fun things to do with your students on Leap Day. [More]

How to Spruce Up Your Dramatic Play Center

Create Date February 23, 2016 05:00 by author april
Looking for ways to add excitement to your dramatic play center? Adding sets of pretend food, colorful puppets, new furniture, and a variety of accessories can help your dramatic play center feel new and exciting to students. [More]

10 Reasons to Attend an ECE Conference

Create Date February 18, 2016 04:15 by author april
School workshops and online training courses are all great professional development options, but attending an ECE conference in person provides a variety of great learning opportunities that you usually don’t get to experience at smaller trainings. [More]

New and Exciting Technology for the Classroom

Create Date February 16, 2016 07:15 by author april
Choosing technology for the classroom can be both exciting and overwhelming, but if you’re looking for educational technology that encourages exploration and helps kids learn through experience, we’ve added some great devices and programs to our lineup this year! [More]

10 Phrases That Can Help Build Children’s Self-Esteem

Create Date February 11, 2016 03:30 by author april
What phrases do you use to help build children’s self-esteem? It’s important that you be specific in your praise by focusing on a specific act. For example, “Great job!” is a popular phrase that many educators use, but it doesn’t necessarily tell students what they did a great job on. [More]

Stop Ignoring the Obvious: Moving Beyond Color Blindness in the Classroom

Create Date February 9, 2016 03:00 by author april
Racial color blindness is the idea that ignoring racial and ethnic differences is the best way to encourage racial harmony. Saying seemingly open-minded words and statements, such as “When I look at my students, I don’t see color,” brings racial color blindness into schools and can cause you to ignore the different cultures and diversity in your classroom. [More]

Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Classroom

Create Date February 4, 2016 03:30 by author april
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and friendship, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to help children develop their social and emotional skills. Teaching children the importance of sharing their feelings and being kind to others at a young age will have a positive impact on their social and emotional health as they grow up. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve got some sweet Valentine’s Day ideas you can utilize in your classroom. [More]

Wondrous Window Art Ideas for Kids

Create Date February 1, 2016 07:55 by author april
If you’re looking for a fun and creative activity to do with students when you’re stuck inside due to the weather, try making window art! Window art is a great way to foster creativity while allowing students to help you decorate your classroom. You can even turn it into a class tradition by doing window art to celebrate holidays or certain themes. [More]

Three Ways to Supercharge Your Classroom Discussions

Create Date January 28, 2016 07:05 by author april
Do some of your classroom discussions fall flat with students? From asking the right questions to finding ways to involve everyone, facilitating classroom discussions can be difficult. If you’re looking for ways to make your classroom discussions more engaging, check out these three ways you can supercharge your classroom discussions and get students talking about what they’re learning. [More]

Four Ways to Help Infants and Toddlers Increase Their Vocabulary

Create Date January 26, 2016 06:59 by author april
How important are the early literacy skills young children develop? According to a recent study, two-year-olds with a larger oral vocabulary enter kindergarten with greater academic and behavioral functioning than their peers. They have higher levels of math and literacy achievement but are also good at self-regulating. Helping infants and toddlers increase their vocabulary skills in their first few years of life is a crucial part of ensuring their success in kindergarten and beyond. [More]

What's New at Kaplan Elementary: National Title I Conference and the 2016 Catalog

Create Date January 20, 2016 07:59 by author april
Between preparing for our trip to Houston for the National Title I Conference (January 28–31) and the 2016 edition of our catalog coming out, January has been an exciting and busy month for Kaplan Elementary! As your source for the best supplemental materials, we’ve added some great new products to our lineup this year. [More]

The 2016 Early Childhood Catalog Is Here!

Create Date January 19, 2016 04:00 by author april
With over 500 new items, the 2016 ECE catalog has all of the educational materials and tools you need to care for and teach the prekindergarten, kindergarten, or special needs students in your care. All of our products are geared toward creating engaging environments with high-quality early learning materials that will inspire all young learners to explore and succeed. This year’s catalog has an eye-catching cover with a space/astronaut theme. [More]

10 Powerful “Instead of” Statements for Educators

Create Date January 14, 2016 07:59 by author april
Are you feeling grumpy or experiencing the winter blues? Do you feel frustrated at work? If you need some motivation to get through the rest of the school year, want to revamp your instructional strategies, or want to work on changing your mindset for the better, check out these 10 “instead of” statements featured in Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education. [More]

Celebrate the Legacy of MLK Jr. by Encouraging Kids to Dream Big!

Create Date January 12, 2016 04:00 by author april
Celebrated each year on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors King’s life and work as a civil rights leader. Even though he faced numerous challenges and struggles, Dr. King never hesitated to dream big and dedicated much of his life to turning his dreams into realities. Whether the children in your care dream of being a scientist or of world peace, encouraging them to dream big can help them achieve their goals and give them something to work towards. [More]
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