25 R&R Ideas to Consider for Your Summer Break

Create Date July 12, 2016 04:20 by author april
Summer break is the perfect time for educators to get a little rest and relaxation. Even if you have a hectic schedule this summer, have a full- or part-time job, or you’re busy taking care of your kids, it’s important for you to take a little bit of time for yourself. [More]

Why Information Books Play a Key Role in Creating Lifelong Readers

Create Date July 11, 2016 08:58 by author april
Young children’s brains are wired to take in a lot of information. They want to know how things work and how to do different things. Information books may not be on many people’s lists of favorite children’s books, but they do play a vital role in creating lifelong readers. [More]

Six Key Differences Between ECERS-3 and ECERS-R

Create Date July 7, 2016 04:30 by author april
ECERS-3, the long-awaited new version of the widely used Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, is designed to assess the quality of programs and classrooms serving children three through five years of age. The comprehensive, internationally recognized assessment tool evaluates environmental factors and teacher-child interactions that affect young children’s developmental needs. [More]

Why You Should Explore Fairy Tales in Multiple Formats

Create Date June 30, 2016 08:58 by author april
Have you ever wondered what a fairy tale would look like as a graphic novel or wanted to discover another country’s version of a fairy tale? With easily relatable and universal themes, fairy tales are the perfect stories to explore in multiple formats with children. [More]

A Quick Guide to Making Independence Day Sparkle Collages

Create Date June 27, 2016 08:59 by author april
Searching for a fun, open-ended activity to help encourage children’s creativity and celebrate Independence Day? Look no further! Children can use a variety of art supplies to create their very own sparkle collages for Independence Day. [More]

See Who Was Named a 2016 Kaplan Classroom Hero

Create Date June 22, 2016 04:00 by author april
We had so many great nominees for our 2016 Kaplan Classroom Heroes campaign! Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving educator. [More]

Encourage Summer Fun by Building Marble Runs!

Create Date June 21, 2016 04:00 by author april
Looking for a fun way to encourage summer learning? Building marble runs is a fun and educational activity for children to work on during the summer months. It also requires children to develop and use a variety of building and engineering skills, especially if they build their own marble run. [More]

How to Coach Parents to Become Reading Partners at Home

Create Date June 15, 2016 05:00 by author april
You can build parents’ confidence in being their child’s reading partner at home by teaching them how to read aloud expressively and ask their child open-ended and child-friendly questions. It’s best to never assume that families already know how to help children read at home. [More]

How to Encourage Parents to Read to Their Children

Create Date June 13, 2016 08:58 by author april
You can only teach young children so much during the school day, which is why partnering with parents to ensure concepts and skills are reinforced at home is so essential to children's learning. This is especially true for early reading and literacy skills. [More]

Celebrate Flag Day with Festive Craft Stick Flags!

Create Date June 7, 2016 04:15 by author april
Are your students ready to celebrate the birthday of the American flag? Flag Day is June 14th, and making our Craft Stick Flags is a great Flag Day activity for kids. [More]

Webinar Recap: Why Cuddling with Young Children Is So Important

Create Date June 6, 2016 08:00 by author april
How much do children’s experiences inside the womb and in their first few years of life affect their development and learning? During his webinar for Kaplan’s Classroom Management for Early Learning community on edWeb, Keith Pentz discussed cuddling, consciousness, and cognition and the significance of emotional engagement on development and learning. [More]

Playgrounds by Kaplan: What You Need to Know

Create Date May 27, 2016 05:00 by author april
Playgrounds and outdoor spaces are an integral part of early childhood and education settings, which is why our Playground by Kaplan team makes it their mission to provide fantastic customer service and help you with your project from beginning to end. We recently talked with Mark Zimmerman, Kaplan’s Playground Sales Manager, and asked him a few questions about what current and potential customers should know about Playgrounds by Kaplan. [More]

10 Soft and Cozy Favorites for Infants and Toddlers

Create Date May 25, 2016 08:59 by author april
From pillows and mats to climbers and bouncers, adding a variety of soft materials to your infant and toddler classroom helps ensure young children’s safety as they explore their environment and learn to crawl and walk. Here are 10 soft and cozy favorites that you can add to your early learning environment. [More]

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Must-Have Tools for Teaching Children About Insects

Create Date May 18, 2016 08:15 by author april
Even if you’re not a big fan of creepy crawlies, teaching children about insects is an important part of their science education. Many children love to learn about bugs and other parts of life science, which is why providing them with memorable learning experiences is even more essential. [More]

Smart Strategies for Reading with Infants and Toddlers

Create Date May 12, 2016 08:45 by author april
Even though they may not understand what you’re saying, reading is an important part of young children’s brain development. When you read to infants and toddlers, it helps them learn about speech patterns and beginning language skills while also giving them the foundation they need to enjoy reading throughout their lives. [More]
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