Get Kids Moving: Encouraging Physical Activity in Toddlers

Create Date March 17, 2016 06:00 by author april
Toddlers are always on the move, but there are still plenty of opportunities to model new movements and work with toddlers on developing their physical skills. As they begin to master basic physical skills, such as running, jumping, and balancing, toddlers will become more confident in their ability to be physically active while also becoming more comfortable with their bodies. [More]

The Power of Blocks: Q&A with Keith Pentz

Create Date March 14, 2016 08:59 by author april
Children love to play and build things with blocks, but blocks are often an underappreciated and underused learning tool in the classroom. Keith Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company, has worked in the education field for more than 35 years and strongly believes that block play can have a much bigger role in the classroom learning environment. [More]

Get Kids Moving: Encouraging Physical Activity in Infants

Create Date March 10, 2016 07:59 by author april
Children are never too young to move and learn about what their bodies are capable of doing. In order to run, jump, throw, and dance when they’re older, infants have to start developing and mastering balance, coordination, good posture, and other physical skills that will serve as the foundation for the more advanced physical skills they develop later in life. [More]

How to Incorporate Active Play into Math and Literacy

Create Date March 8, 2016 03:50 by author april
Practicing learned content in the context of play allows students to internalize new ideas and skills and incorporate those skills into their daily lives. Active play also triggers students’ interests and enthusiasm for learning while helping them further develop the physical skills they need to stay healthy and fit. [More]

Shamrock Shenanigans: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Classroom

Create Date March 4, 2016 07:59 by author april
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching! How are you celebrating with your students? If you need fun and festive ideas for ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the classroom, check out these five St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids. [More]

Five Seusstastic Ideas for Celebrating Dr. Seuss Day!

Create Date February 26, 2016 07:59 by author april
Known as Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day, March 2nd marks the celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday. It’s a great opportunity to motivate the children in your class to read while also celebrating the wonderful work of Dr. Seuss. If you’re looking for ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss Day or Read Across America Day with your students, we’ve come up with a list of five Seusstastic ideas! [More]

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Students on Leap Day

Create Date February 25, 2016 03:35 by author april
With 2016 being a leap year, it’s important that you take advantage of all the learning opportunities Leap Day presents and mark the occasion with your students on February 29. If you’re looking for ideas on how you can celebrate in the classroom, we’ve come up with a great list of 10 fun things to do with your students on Leap Day. [More]

How to Spruce Up Your Dramatic Play Center

Create Date February 23, 2016 05:00 by author april
Looking for ways to add excitement to your dramatic play center? Adding sets of pretend food, colorful puppets, new furniture, and a variety of accessories can help your dramatic play center feel new and exciting to students. [More]

10 Reasons to Attend an ECE Conference

Create Date February 18, 2016 04:15 by author april
School workshops and online training courses are all great professional development options, but attending an ECE conference in person provides a variety of great learning opportunities that you usually don’t get to experience at smaller trainings. [More]

New and Exciting Technology for the Classroom

Create Date February 16, 2016 07:15 by author april
Choosing technology for the classroom can be both exciting and overwhelming, but if you’re looking for educational technology that encourages exploration and helps kids learn through experience, we’ve added some great devices and programs to our lineup this year! [More]

10 Phrases That Can Help Build Children’s Self-Esteem

Create Date February 11, 2016 03:30 by author april
What phrases do you use to help build children’s self-esteem? It’s important that you be specific in your praise by focusing on a specific act. For example, “Great job!” is a popular phrase that many educators use, but it doesn’t necessarily tell students what they did a great job on. [More]

Stop Ignoring the Obvious: Moving Beyond Color Blindness in the Classroom

Create Date February 9, 2016 03:00 by author april
Racial color blindness is the idea that ignoring racial and ethnic differences is the best way to encourage racial harmony. Saying seemingly open-minded words and statements, such as “When I look at my students, I don’t see color,” brings racial color blindness into schools and can cause you to ignore the different cultures and diversity in your classroom. [More]

Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Classroom

Create Date February 4, 2016 03:30 by author april
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and friendship, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to help children develop their social and emotional skills. Teaching children the importance of sharing their feelings and being kind to others at a young age will have a positive impact on their social and emotional health as they grow up. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve got some sweet Valentine’s Day ideas you can utilize in your classroom. [More]

Wondrous Window Art Ideas for Kids

Create Date February 1, 2016 07:55 by author april
If you’re looking for a fun and creative activity to do with students when you’re stuck inside due to the weather, try making window art! Window art is a great way to foster creativity while allowing students to help you decorate your classroom. You can even turn it into a class tradition by doing window art to celebrate holidays or certain themes. [More]

Three Ways to Supercharge Your Classroom Discussions

Create Date January 28, 2016 07:05 by author april
Do some of your classroom discussions fall flat with students? From asking the right questions to finding ways to involve everyone, facilitating classroom discussions can be difficult. If you’re looking for ways to make your classroom discussions more engaging, check out these three ways you can supercharge your classroom discussions and get students talking about what they’re learning. [More]
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