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Jump in with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

Create Date September 2, 2014 07:43 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“One in every three children in the United States is overweight or obese.” That statistic and the rise in long-term health problems in children has led the Obama Administration to proclaim September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Though the health issues are staggering, recent data has shown improvements including a 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages two to five years old. Let’s ensure progress continues by not only adapting as educators, but by also spreading awareness to parents at home and students in the classroom. Here are a few ways you can get involved: [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

Create Date September 2, 2014 04:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Meet Karen S., our second Kaplan Classroom Heroes winner! Karen is a 5th grade math teacher at Heronville Elementary school in Oklahoma City, OK. Take a minute to get to know Karen and why she means so much to so many! [More]

5 Active Play Materials for the New School Year

Create Date August 29, 2014 04:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We all know it’s important to children’s health, both physically and mentally, to include movement in a student’s school day, but how do you do so while also reinforcing key learning concepts? There are several great options for active learning that you can incorporate into children’s playtime through physical education. Here are five new materials you can use this school year to keep preschoolers healthy as they learn: [More]

10 Pinterest-Inspired Classroom Hacks

Create Date August 27, 2014 04:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Ever wish you had the perfect organization strategy for your classroom but wary of the costs it would entail? Never fear! You CAN have that perfect classroom setup and accomplish it through DIY (Do It Yourself) projects that are both cost-effective and rewarding to your students. Here are 10 creative ways to organize your classroom: [More]

Keep Families Engaged with Labor Day Learning!

Create Date August 22, 2014 10:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have your floaties strapped on? Is the grill ready to light? Labor Day weekend is a great time for a little R&R, or for teachers, one extra day to prepare your lesson plans! While you work tirelessly to give your students the best back-to-school welcome, you can also ensure they are doing all they can (with a little help from parents!) to get involved. Here are three ways to not only keep students learning over the holiday weekend but also better get to know their parents: [More]

Quick Hits for Preschool and Elementary Teachers

Create Date August 21, 2014 04:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The school year is here! As you get to know your students, prepare for Open House Night, and establish classroom standards, you’re going to want to know where to turn for helpful advice, trusted resources, and inspiration for daily lesson plans. These resource lists will not only make the year ahead easier, but also save you time for doing other important tasks—like making labels! Here are few resources we hope you will find helpful during the busy school year ahead: [More]

Cutting Down on Challenging Behaviors

Create Date August 20, 2014 05:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Every school year brings a new set of challenges—sometimes, those challenges come in the form of behaviors. Whether it’s hitting, biting, or bullying, trying to curb wayward behavior before it becomes a consistent problem is key to effectively managing your classroom. To minimize the time spent in parent conferences and the bruises (both physical and emotional) left on preschoolers, here are five strategies for cutting down on challenging behaviors: [More]

Communication Strategies that Keep Parents Engaged

Create Date August 20, 2014 04:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Parental engagement is one of the most important factors in the academic success of our students. Yet, teachers consistently cite it as one of their biggest challenges. Here are a few simple strategies to make it easy for you to communicate with parents throughout the year and build a relationship with them that will pay off for students in the long run. [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

Create Date August 19, 2014 05:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
You chose your heroes... now it's time to meet them! Today we're featuring Susan P., a Starfish Family Services Early Learning Resource Coordinator from Inkster, MI! Learn a little more about her and why she's a hero to so many below! [More]

4 Teacher Tips for Sprucing up Your Classroom Library

Create Date August 19, 2014 05:24 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for starting fresh, cleaning things up, and recharging for a year of fun. Sprucing up the classroom library may require you to do a little heavy lifting, but what better motivation than knowing your efforts will have a direct impact on promoting engaged, proficient, joyful readers? The research is clear—reading more is directly linked to reading (and writing) better. So, let’s get started! [More]

5 Pacing Tips & Advice for Early Finishers

Create Date August 15, 2014 05:10 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Keeping the whole classroom engaged can be hard! Since students learn at different rates, many educators struggle with finding ways to keep early finishers learning while other students are still working. But there are a few planning tips you can implement to make sure every student is continually engaged. Here are five pacing tips to keep everyone challenged in the classroom: [More]

How to Use Photography in Early Childhood Classrooms

Create Date August 15, 2014 04:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know World Photography Day is tomorrow? Photographs provide a great opportunity for visual learning in the classroom and can bring excitement to any content area! Here are a few ways to not only provide supplemental learning material, but also allow kids to take a more personal approach to lessons. [More]

4 Ways to Get to Know Your Students

Create Date August 13, 2014 04:33 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first few days of a new school year can be a mixed bag of emotions – from excitement to anxiety. Set the stage for a healthy classroom community by making sure your students know from day one that everyone is a special part of your class. Here are four ice-breakers to put your classroom at ease: [More]

10 Things Every Elementary Teacher Should Know

Create Date August 13, 2014 04:05 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The school year’s here! Along with new supplies, students, and classrooms, comes the consideration of making adjustments to your teaching approach. There are a handful of simple lessons you’ll want to keep in mind as you prepare for facing a room full of elementary students! To help you out, we’ve compiled 10 lessons every elementary teacher should know before taking on the school year: [More]

Revitalize Your Afterschool Program with New Materials

Create Date August 11, 2014 03:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With the beginning of school comes many considerations. School supplies, classroom layouts, schedules, and transportation options all have to be arranged for everyday operations to run smoothly. The same is true for afterschool programs! Every year, afterschool program directors should strive to make continual progress and implement new strategies to see students continue to be challenged and excel. While you’re pondering which strategies your afterschool program could use this year, we have a few options for you. [More]
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