31 Fall Activities (Part One)

Create Date September 29, 2015 03:30 by author april
Fall is in the air! Are you excited to introduce the children in your care to the wonders of fall? From feeling leaves crackle in their hands to tasting pumpkin for the first time, infants and toddlers will love exploring the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of fall! [More]

10 Senses for Teachers to Nourish

Create Date September 24, 2015 04:30 by author april
Nurturing the five senses—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—from a young age helps children make observations and learn about the world around them. However, these five senses aren’t the only senses teachers should be focusing on helping children develop. [More]

Fall Design Ideas for the Classroom

Create Date September 22, 2015 05:30 by author april
How are you planning on incorporating the fall season into your classroom space? If you need some fall design inspiration, we’ve come up with tips on choosing a fall theme and a great list of decoration ideas and bulletin board designs for you to consider! [More]

10 New Puzzles and Building Sets

Create Date September 17, 2015 04:15 by author april
Looking for a fun new puzzle or engaging building set for your classroom? Check out this list of new puzzles and building sets we’ve recently added to our selection! [More]

Five Ways to Support Gifted Students in Your Classroom

Create Date September 15, 2015 04:00 by author april
Do you struggle to support the needs of gifted children in your classroom? Teachers often find it difficult to understand the specific needs of gifted students, which means they often don't get the support they need in the classroom. [More]

Check Out These Award Winners!

Create Date September 11, 2015 04:15 by author april
We have great news to share about two of our elementary products! Both mathshapes: go figure! (Grades 1–5) and TAG You’re It! have won the Learning® Magazine 2016 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Family! Products are evaluated on quality, instructional value, innovation, and ease of use by a team of teachers in the classroom and must meet their stringent standards to win the award. [More]

It’s International Literacy Day!

Create Date September 8, 2015 03:30 by author april
Need a reason to continue celebrating after the long weekend? Today is International Literacy Day! Celebrate International Literacy Day with your students to emphasize the importance of literacy and highlight literacy needs around the world. [More]

Help Your Students Win the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Create Date September 3, 2015 04:30 by author april
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! It’s the perfect time for you to come up with a plan to help students learn about nutrition and physical activity this month and throughout the school year. [More]

Celebrate Labor Day by Exploring Careers with Preschoolers!

Create Date September 1, 2015 04:30 by author april
Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday in September. The holiday recognizes the contributions U.S. workers have made to the national economy and overall well-being of our country. According to the Department of Labor, people in New York City celebrated the first Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. The holiday wouldn’t move to the first Monday in September until 1884. Labor Day gives you the opportunity to explore a variety of careers with your students. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Therapy Dogs Really Help Children Develop Reading Skills?

Create Date August 28, 2015 05:30 by author april
Reading to therapy dogs isn’t likely one of the first answers you think of when you’re looking for ways to help children develop better reading skills. However, several studies have shown that reading to therapy dogs has a positive effect on children’s reading skills, especially for reluctant readers, children with disabilities, and children learning English. Even gifted students relish the time they spend reading to therapy dogs. So, why is reading to therapy dogs so helpful for children? [More]

The Importance of Geography in the Classroom

Create Date August 26, 2015 04:45 by author april
With an increased focus on STEM and testing in education, geography is often one of the subjects that teachers have little, if any, time to teach. Consequently, both children and adults have little knowledge about the rest of the world. [More]

Shadow Play in the Classroom

Create Date August 20, 2015 04:45 by author april
Shadow, glow, luminosity, radiance, and silhouette are just a few of the concepts children can explore as they learn about the element of light. Shadow play in the classroom is a great way to capture children’s attention and spark their imagination and creativity. Whether you choose to utilize a light table or let children use flashlights to explore light concepts, children will have a fun time manipulating the light and shadows. [More]

Five Sculpture and Sensory Activities for Homeschooled Preschoolers

Create Date August 18, 2015 04:30 by author april
Squishing! Shredding! Shaping! From paint and shaving cream to playdough and dry beans, preschoolers love getting their hands dirty as they play with sculpting and sensory materials. As a homeschool educator, it’s important that you help the children in your care develop fine motor, math, language, social-emotional, and other essential skills. Providing them with various opportunities to participate in sculpture and sensory activities is one of the best ways to do that. [More]

Conveying the Right Message to Students and Their Families Through Classroom Design

Create Date August 13, 2015 04:00 by author april
Does your classroom layout create a welcoming environment for students and their families? The placement of students’ desks, learning centers/areas, etc. plays a huge role in the learning environment and the message you send to students and families. As Johnna Darragh Ernst, PhD, explains in her book The Welcoming Classroom, you want your classroom to have a warm, inviting environment that helps you communicate that your classroom is a place where every child and family belongs. [More]

How to Nourish Respect in Your Classroom

Create Date August 11, 2015 04:00 by author april
Mutual respect and trust between you and your students make learning possible. Children will not learn or listen to you if they do not feel comfortable with you as their teacher. If your students know you care for and believe in them, their chances of success in school and in life are much higher. Helping children build their sense of self-respect will ultimately help them learn to respect others. [More]
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