The 2016 National Head Start Conference Is Almost Here!

Create Date May 9, 2016 07:45 by author april
The 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo will be held in beautiful Nashville, TN, from May 16–20. With Head Start beginning a new phase in its history, this year's conference theme is "The Next Generation of Opportunity". [More]

It’s Time to Get Caught Reading!

Create Date May 5, 2016 04:00 by author april
Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Get Caught Reading is a national campaign that uses images of celebrities and other public figures caught reading. Get Caught Reading Month is an exciting opportunity for you to promote a culture of reading in your classroom and introduce children to new books. [More]

Teachers, We Think You Rock!

Create Date May 3, 2016 03:49 by author april
Thank you for being education rock stars! It takes a special person with a big heart to be a teacher, but so many of you overcome all of the challenges teaching brings to touch children’s lives and change the world one child at a time. [More]

Teaching Strategies for Using Dominoes in the Classroom

Create Date April 28, 2016 04:15 by author april
We asked, and got some great answers on Facebook as part of our mathSHAPES Domino Contest. With dominoes being such a versatile teaching tool in the classroom, there are a variety of ways you can use them to teach counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, and much more. [More]

Four Ways to Help Elementary Students Conquer Test Anxiety

Create Date April 27, 2016 03:45 by author april
Even if they’ve studied the material and are well prepared, many children still experience the anxiety that comes with taking a test. They may feel nauseous, have trouble focusing, or experience one of the many other symptoms of test anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), there are three main factors that cause children to experience test anxiety. [More]

Now Available: The 2016 Infant Toddler Catalog

Create Date April 26, 2016 04:00 by author april
The 2016 Infant Toddler Catalog offers a wide variety of age-appropriate products that are specifically designed to enhance the developing needs of infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds. You’ll find that the developmentally appropriate learning materials we offer touch on all domains and encourage a sense of wonder in young children. [More]

The Things Children Say

Create Date April 21, 2016 05:10 by author april
Children can often catch you off guard with what they say or how they describe something. Their minds work in fascinating ways, and it can be quite refreshing (and amusing) to see the world through children’s eyes. [More]

10 Earth Day Activities for the Classroom

Create Date April 15, 2016 04:00 by author april
Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and it’s a great opportunity to teach children the importance of conserving and protecting our environment. Natalie Rapp and Jill Geyer, two former early childhood educators who work for Kaplan Early Learning Company, contributed the following activity ideas for celebrating Earth Day in the classroom. [More]

Seven Asthma- and Allergy-Friendly Materials for Children

Create Date April 13, 2016 08:50 by author april
ACHOO! It’s that time of the year again—you and the children in your care are likely suffering through the effects of pollen and seasonal allergies with itchy, watery eyes; hacking coughs; and runny noses. However, it’s important to remember that allergies and asthma can affect children and adults at any time. [More]

Four Ways to Help Children with Autism Learn Self-Help Skills

Create Date April 11, 2016 04:20 by author april
Celebrate National Autism Awareness Month by learning ways you can help children with autism develop self-help skills. It’s important for all children to learn how to dress themselves, cross the street, and do other essential self-help tasks, but children with autism often have a difficult time learning these skills. [More]

10 Fun Stackers for Infants and Toddlers

Create Date April 8, 2016 08:59 by author april
Stacking toys help infants and toddlers develop cognitive skills, hand-eye coordination, and fine and gross motor skills. They also encourage children to problem solve, learn about shapes and sizes, and experiment with different sequences until they get it right. [More]

Eight Classroom Yoga Must-Haves

Create Date March 31, 2016 03:55 by author april
Do you make time for yoga in your classroom? Research has shown that yoga can help students improve their memory and focus while also giving them a healthy outlet to express their emotions. [More]

Tips for Cleaning Your Sand and Water Table

Create Date March 29, 2016 04:00 by author april
Sand and water tables are fun and entertaining and provide many sensory and educational experiences for children, but they can also be a breeding ground for germs and diseases if you don’t clean them properly. We’ve come up with a great list of tips and tricks to utilize the next time you need to clean your sand and water table! [More]

Get Kids Moving: Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers

Create Date March 24, 2016 05:15 by author april
During the preschool years, children use their bodies to play and learn while developing the various motor skills they’ll use throughout their lives to stay physically active and healthy. Your guidance will help them build a strong foundation of physical skills that will help them complete everyday activities and participate in various sports. [More]

Six Spring Cleaning Tips for the Classroom

Create Date March 22, 2016 04:15 by author april
Is one section of your classroom driving you crazy because it’s so disorganized, or do you feel like your classroom is just messy in general? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or even if you didn’t), make it your goal to get a little spring cleaning done in your classroom over the next few weeks. [More]
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