Six Ways to Improve Your Classroom’s Feng Shui

clock July 28, 2016 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Does your classroom design promote harmony or chaos? Does it encourage creativity and learning, or does it dampen students’ spirits and their enthusiasm for learning? Incorporating elements of feng shui (pronounced “fuhng shwey”) into your classroom can help you create a harmonious environment that promotes creativity and learning. [More]

Back-to-School Activity: Puzzle People Craft

clock July 26, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for a fun back-to-school activity to do with your students? Based on an activity included in Art with Anything, our Puzzle People Craft is perfect for the first few days of school! Making puzzle piece replicas of themselves can help children get to know one another. The activity also helps you repurpose any old or displaced puzzle pieces you have in your classroom. [More]

Infographic: Bringing the Beach Back to School

clock July 22, 2016 09:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As the school year starts up again, you don’t have to leave all the fun parts of summer behind. Bring the beach back to the classroom by incorporating STEM-related elements of the beach into lessons for your students. Children will learn about the beach while having fun and developing positive attitudes towards STEM. [More]

Ultimate Guide: Creating Extraordinary Art Centers for Young Artists

clock July 18, 2016 12:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Art centers play a vital role in encouraging creativity and helping young children express themselves, which is why creating an art center that inspires children to draw, paint, and color is so important. From selecting the perfect paint and paint brushes for your center to finding awesome storage solutions for art supplies, we have all the materials you need for kids’ art projects. [More]

25 R&R Ideas to Consider for Your Summer Break

clock July 12, 2016 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock July 11, 2016 12:58 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock July 7, 2016 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 30, 2016 12:58 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 27, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 22, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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!

clock June 21, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 15, 2016 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 13, 2016 12:58 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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!

clock June 7, 2016 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock June 6, 2016 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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]