Happy 110th Birthday to Dr. Seuss! There are so many life lessons that can be learned from delving into the world of Dr. Seuss. From magical worlds, to charismatic characters to lessons that will stick with young children for years to come, Seuss books are a great read for all ages. Here are a couple of our favorite Seuss quotes to share and celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with the children in your care! [More]
President's Day is a great time for reflection on the history of our great nation. There were many men and women whose accomplishments made a lot of things possible today that could not have been done without them. Teaching your students about our nation's history plays a important role in their education as they can learn so much from the past. What's more, they may just find a president who inspires them. [More]
There are varying perspectives on whether or not competition has a place in the education system, especially in early education. If it’s agreed that it does belong, there’s always the question of how much, and when does using competition switch from being a motivator to lowering a child’s self-esteem when they aren’t picked or come in last place. We all know competition will be introduced sooner or later, especially when children transition into the adult world and have t... [More]
Sensory needs are essential in the educational lives of preschoolers. Whether it's getting involved in color activities or play dough with Pinterest ideas, it allows your students to not only process what they are seeing, but to understand it, which is an important part of early development. [More]
It's easy for students to feel restless when they can't go outside because it's too cold. With all of your students' pent up energy, we figured you might appreciate some activities to engage your children while they learn. There are several indoor activities that will keep your children moving physically as they follow along with what you are teaching. Some of these lessons are based off of books that require children to be up and moving around the classroom while others are games that require students to work with each other to win. Here are our suggestions on keeping your students engaged during the winter months, [More]
It's a new year! Along with it, Kaplan is bringing you even more early education products for your children. Check out this list of some of our favorite products for 2014:
1. YogaKids DVD Set (Set of 3)
YogaKids® DVD Set provides children with a fun, safe, and healthy activity that they will enjoy! Children will learn simple Yoga exercises that will strengthen their bodies, improve coordination, and help them gain a feeling of accomplishment. With this 3 DVD set, children will be able to ... [More]
Are you surrounded by wintry weather? Does everyone have cabin fever? We have an activity you can do with your children that will keep them both active and learning!
Learning Objectives: To identify colors; to develop large motor skills and creativity
Age group: 3 years old and up
Empty spray bottles (one for each child)
Plastic sand buckets, sand molds and shovels
On a snowy day, give each child an empty spray... [More]
This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the never-ending list of things to do; beyond the classroom chaos, the personal shopping, wrapping, baking, and decorating seem to fill the margins. We are often reminded to give thanks for the true gifts in life – not the things, but the people who make this world a better place. We’d like to take a moment to do just that, because teachers do make a difference.
You give our students not only the skills and the knowled... [More]
We have a special treat for you! Not only do we want to showcase one of Gryphon House's recent titles, Time to Create by Christie Burnett, but we also want to show you how adaptable the activities can be to whatever your creative needs are at the time. All it takes is a little imagination! In honor of the holiday season, we thought we would show you how to apply a printmaking activity to make wrapping paper. Allow your kids to express their creative side while making someone's holiday extra spec... [More]
Did you know doing crafts with your children could teach them literacy and language skills? From reading instructions, to following directions, to using step-by-step methods to complete a task, taking time with your children to complete something from start to finish can be the perfect way to learn together!
Since the holiday season is upon us, we thought a fun way to spend time with your children would be learning how to make gingerbread men and women! There is a delightful recipe on the Food C... [More]
It's that time of year again! Are your kids already making their Santa lists, coming home with runny noses, and consuming entirely too much sugar? Yes, it seems Christmas is almost upon us. With all of the gifts to buy and recipes to try, it's hard to have time for everything. One thing you can't miss is the opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones and try out some wintry holiday fun!
We have three hands-on activities for you to try with your children that will leave everyone... [More]
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]
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]
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]
Children are full of wonder as the world changes around them in the fall. Fall colors and seasonal changes grab children’s attention and imagination. It is important for teachers and caregivers to use fall and its seasonal changes as an educational opportunity. The five senses, colors, science, math, and more subjects can all be incorporated into fall lesson plans:
Create lesson plans that promote discussion about seasonal changes and explain that autumn is another name for fall. Fall col... [More]