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]