Ways to Increase Student Participation

clock October 8, 2015 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Sometimes getting students to participate in class feels like an impossible challenge, and it’s easy to get frustrated or disheartened when students are reluctant to answer questions and participate in the learning environment. If you’re looking for ways to increase student participation in your classroom, here’s a list of helpful tips and tools you can use to encourage students to participate in class. [More]

Five Unique Ways to Display Children’s Work

clock October 6, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children want to know the work they do is valued, so a place to display, share, and store children’s work is an important element to include in your classroom. It also gives you an opportunity to share students’ work with parents and other visitors to the classroom. After scouring Pinterest for some design ideas, here’s our list of five unique ways you can display children’s work in your classroom: [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Three)

clock October 1, 2015 07:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Trying to incorporate aspects of fall into your lesson plans? The fall season is the perfect time to engage students with fun activities that enrich learning. Whether it's planting a fall garden or writing a fall Haiku, your elementary students will enjoy participating in the fall activities listed below. [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Two)

clock September 30, 2015 07:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for activities to do with your students during the fall season? Whether it's making their own tree rubbing, making apple prints, or going on a nature walk together as a class, your preschoolers will love the 11 fall activities we've featured below! [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part One)

clock September 29, 2015 07:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Fall is in the air! Are you excited to introduce the children in your care to the wonders of fall? From feeling leaves crackle in their hands to tasting pumpkin for the first time, infants and toddlers will love exploring the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of fall! [More]

10 Senses for Teachers to Nourish

clock September 24, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Nurturing the five senses—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—from a young age helps children make observations and learn about the world around them. However, these five senses aren’t the only senses teachers should be focusing on helping children develop. [More]

Fall Design Ideas for the Classroom

clock September 22, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How are you planning on incorporating the fall season into your classroom space? If you need some fall design inspiration, we’ve come up with tips on choosing a fall theme and a great list of decoration ideas and bulletin board designs for you to consider! [More]

10 New Puzzles and Building Sets

clock September 17, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for a fun new puzzle or engaging building set for your classroom? Check out this list of new puzzles and building sets we’ve recently added to our selection! [More]

Five Ways to Support Gifted Students in Your Classroom

clock September 15, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you struggle to support the needs of gifted children in your classroom? Teachers often find it difficult to understand the specific needs of gifted students, which means they often don't get the support they need in the classroom. [More]

Check Out These Award Winners!

clock September 11, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have great news to share about two of our elementary products! Both mathshapes: go figure! (Grades 1–5) and TAG You’re It! have won the Learning® Magazine 2016 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Family! Products are evaluated on quality, instructional value, innovation, and ease of use by a team of teachers in the classroom and must meet their stringent standards to win the award. [More]

How We Got Here

clock September 10, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Our story began in 1951 when Leon and Renee Kaplan opened a toy store in downtown Greensboro, NC, to provide unique toys and gifts that encouraged learning through play. The store, Tiny Town, was very popular in the community and eventually grew into multiples locations with stores in Atlanta, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Washington, D.C.; and Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, NC. [More]

It’s International Literacy Day!

clock September 8, 2015 07:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Need a reason to continue celebrating after the long weekend? Today is International Literacy Day! Celebrate International Literacy Day with your students to emphasize the importance of literacy and highlight literacy needs around the world. [More]

Help Your Students Win the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

clock September 3, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! It’s the perfect time for you to come up with a plan to help students learn about nutrition and physical activity this month and throughout the school year. [More]

Celebrate Labor Day by Exploring Careers with Preschoolers!

clock September 1, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday in September. The holiday recognizes the contributions U.S. workers have made to the national economy and overall well-being of our country. According to the Department of Labor, people in New York City celebrated the first Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. The holiday wouldn’t move to the first Monday in September until 1884. Labor Day gives you the opportunity to explore a variety of careers with your students. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Therapy Dogs Really Help Children Develop Reading Skills?

clock August 28, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Reading to therapy dogs isn’t likely one of the first answers you think of when you’re looking for ways to help children develop better reading skills. However, several studies have shown that reading to therapy dogs has a positive effect on children’s reading skills, especially for reluctant readers, children with disabilities, and children learning English. Even gifted students relish the time they spend reading to therapy dogs. So, why is reading to therapy dogs so helpful for children? [More]