Come See Us at the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo!

Create Date November 11, 2015 07:45 by author april
From November 18–21, thousands of early childhood educators will be in beautiful Orlando, Florida, for the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo. If you’re one of the lucky attendees, be sure to visit Booth 704 to meet and talk with some of our Kaplan team members, explore our innovative new products and resources, learn about our new furniture line (available in January), and spin the digital prize wheel. We hope to see you there! [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Standardized Tests Equal Exam Overload for Students?

Create Date November 10, 2015 02:45 by author april
Standardized testing is once again in the national spotlight after the Council of the Great City Schools’ comprehensive study of over 60 big-city school districts found that students in those school districts took almost 112 mandatory standardized exams from PreK–12th grade. [More]

Ways to Use Bells in the Classroom

Create Date November 5, 2015 03:15 by author april
Children love listening to the sound of bells, and finding ways to use bells in the classroom can create lots of active learning opportunities for children. Many of the instruments young children use are made of wood or plastic, so make sure you talk about bells being made of metal and how they sound different from other instruments. Abigail Flesch Connors, MEd, suggests that you remind children to play with bells gently and demonstrate how to lightly shake the bells before you hand the instruments out. [More]

Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers

Create Date November 3, 2015 03:00 by author april
As a teacher, you know that the holidays can cause chaos in the classroom. Children seem to have even more energy (while yours is quickly dwindling) and getting them calm enough to focus and participate in holiday-related activities and regular lesson plans can feel like it requires a Herculean effort. To help you make it through the holidays, we’ve come up with a holiday survival guide that provides a variety of tips on how you can make sure you’re taking care of yourself during these last few busy months of the year. [More]

A Quick Start Guide to Our New and Improved MyKaplan FloorPlanner

Create Date November 2, 2015 04:00 by author april
What if you could enter the exact dimensions of your classroom, arrange the space the way you want it, and get a realistic 3D rendering of what your classroom will look like with the items you’ve selected? Our new MyKaplan FloorPlanner does that and much more! From ERS-supported starter classrooms to customized product lists, FloorPlanner will help you easily create the classroom of your dreams. [More]

Explaining Why Time Falls Back This Weekend

Create Date October 29, 2015 04:45 by author april
Two times a year we either spring forward or fall back. With daylight saving time ending this weekend, most people will have to set their clocks back one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night to make sure they have the correct time on Sunday morning. Helping children understand why the time changes is a great opportunity to discuss the history of daylight saving time and help young children work on their time-telling skills. [More]

Unmask Bullying in the Classroom

Create Date October 26, 2015 08:59 by author april
Whether you know it or not, there are bullies, victims, and bystanders in your classroom. National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is celebrated each October, which gives you the perfect opportunity to work on unmasking bullying in your classroom. Bullying affects students’ physical and social-emotional health, but most bullying incidents are often unreported. [More]

Halloween Fun for Elementary Students (Free Printable!)

Create Date October 22, 2015 04:30 by author april
Have scary stories, pumpkins, and spider webs overtaken your classroom yet? The opportunity to dress up and be creative with designs and decorations makes Halloween a popular holiday for both students and teachers. Here are a two spooktastic activities you can do with your students to celebrate Halloween in the classroom! [More]

Preschool Pumpkin Crafts and Activities

Create Date October 20, 2015 04:15 by author april
Pumpkins galore! Pumpkins are staples of the Halloween holiday and fall season, and they can provide a variety of fantastic learning opportunities for preschoolers. With Halloween fast approaching, we thought we would share some of our favorite pumpkin crafts and activities from The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities to help you celebrate Halloween with your preschoolers. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Are You Having “The Talk” with Your Students?

Create Date October 15, 2015 04:00 by author april
Relax—I don’t mean the birds and the bees talk. I mean the other talk: the talk in which you emphasize the importance of students being safe and responsible when they’re online or using apps. Common Sense Education is encouraging parents and educators to #HaveTheTalk with children as a part of Digital Citizenship Week (October 18–24, 2015). [More]

Webinar Recap: How You Can Help Boys Shine in the Classroom!

Create Date October 13, 2015 04:30 by author april
Are some of the boys in your class struggling? During her webinar for Kaplan’s Classroom Management for Early Learning community on edWeb, Ruth Hanford Morhard discussed why boys are falling behind and explained that understanding how boys and girls learn differently and fostering equal opportunity in the classroom is essential to helping boys succeed in school. Here are just a few of the boy-friendly strategies Ruth shared in her webinar to help you create a positive environment in which boys, girls, teachers, and parents can all benefit: [More]

Ways to Increase Student Participation

Create Date October 8, 2015 04:45 by author april
Sometimes getting students to participate in class feels like an impossible challenge, and it’s easy to get frustrated or disheartened when students are reluctant to answer questions and participate in the learning environment. If you’re looking for ways to increase student participation in your classroom, here’s a list of helpful tips and tools you can use to encourage students to participate in class. [More]

Five Unique Ways to Display Children’s Work

Create Date October 6, 2015 06:30 by author april
Children want to know the work they do is valued, so a place to display, share, and store children’s work is an important element to include in your classroom. It also gives you an opportunity to share students’ work with parents and other visitors to the classroom. After scouring Pinterest for some design ideas, here’s our list of five unique ways you can display children’s work in your classroom: [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Three)

Create Date October 1, 2015 03:00 by author april
Trying to incorporate aspects of fall into your lesson plans? The fall season is the perfect time to engage students with fun activities that enrich learning. Whether it's planting a fall garden or writing a fall Haiku, your elementary students will enjoy participating in the fall activities listed below. [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Two)

Create Date September 30, 2015 03:15 by author april
Are you looking for activities to do with your students during the fall season? Whether it's making their own tree rubbing, making apple prints, or going on a nature walk together as a class, your preschoolers will love the 11 fall activities we've featured below! [More]
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