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]

The Importance of Geography in the Classroom

clock August 26, 2015 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With an increased focus on STEM and testing in education, geography is often one of the subjects that teachers have little, if any, time to teach. Consequently, both children and adults have little knowledge about the rest of the world. [More]

Shadow Play in the Classroom

clock August 20, 2015 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Shadow, glow, luminosity, radiance, and silhouette are just a few of the concepts children can explore as they learn about the element of light. Shadow play in the classroom is a great way to capture children’s attention and spark their imagination and creativity. Whether you choose to utilize a light table or let children use flashlights to explore light concepts, children will have a fun time manipulating the light and shadows. [More]

Five Sculpture and Sensory Activities for Homeschooled Preschoolers

clock August 18, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Squishing! Shredding! Shaping! From paint and shaving cream to playdough and dry beans, preschoolers love getting their hands dirty as they play with sculpting and sensory materials. As a homeschool educator, it’s important that you help the children in your care develop fine motor, math, language, social-emotional, and other essential skills. Providing them with various opportunities to participate in sculpture and sensory activities is one of the best ways to do that. [More]

Conveying the Right Message to Students and Their Families Through Classroom Design

clock August 13, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Does your classroom layout create a welcoming environment for students and their families? The placement of students’ desks, learning centers/areas, etc. plays a huge role in the learning environment and the message you send to students and families. As Johnna Darragh Ernst, PhD, explains in her book The Welcoming Classroom, you want your classroom to have a warm, inviting environment that helps you communicate that your classroom is a place where every child and family belongs. [More]

How to Nourish Respect in Your Classroom

clock August 11, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Mutual respect and trust between you and your students make learning possible. Children will not learn or listen to you if they do not feel comfortable with you as their teacher. If your students know you care for and believe in them, their chances of success in school and in life are much higher. Helping children build their sense of self-respect will ultimately help them learn to respect others. [More]

The Zoo Crew Is in the House!

clock August 6, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Alive Studios | After a lot of behind-the-scenes hard work, we’re thrilled to be an official member of the Kaplan Early Learning Company family! Our official announcement at this year’s ILA Show in St. Louis couldn’t have gone any better. It’s always a hoot for us to see how people react to our Zoo Crew! Our cast of 26 animated animal characters were trumpeting from the Kaplan Booth, which drew its normal fan club of early childhood education teachers. This success, coupled with some fun with the Kaplan team, launched what we anticipate to be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. [More]

Eight Things I Learned as an Intern at Kaplan Early Learning Company

clock August 4, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Blog Post by Corie Watson | 1. Do not be afraid to ask questions. I had to give my best! I was welcomed with open arms and never felt uncomfortable asking a question if I was confused. I wanted to make sure I did my work correctly, so it could be put to use, and the only way to learn the answer to something you don’t know is to ask. [More]

Five Fantastic Family Engagement Options for Your Classroom

clock July 31, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for ways to engage students’ families this school year? Planning family engagement events, connecting with families, and trying to find activities students and their parents can do at home is often a struggle for teachers. These five fantastic family engagement options can help you do all of that and more! [More]

Parental Incarceration: The Overlooked Issue Impacting U.S. Children

clock July 29, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With about 2.3 million prisoners, the United States has the largest prison population in the world. However, many people don’t consider the fact that the large number of prisoners in the United States means one in every twenty-eight children has a parent behind bars. Having an incarcerated parent can be devastating for children and their future, but it’s an overlooked consequence and issue that many people continue to ignore. [More]

Raise Phonemic Awareness with WhisperPhone® Products!

clock July 24, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
For students in kindergarten and up, the WhisperPhone® line of products features the perfect teaching tools for helping children develop their language skills. WhisperPhone® allows children to hear themselves 10 times more clearly as they read aloud and learn to process phonemes. WhisperPhone® products can help all children learn, but it can be especially helpful for children with special needs or children learning a new language. Discover features of the WhisperPhone®, how it helps children learn, and what educators are saying about it below. You’ll also find information about a special WhisperPhone® discount! [More]

Eight Must-Have Pinterest Boards for the New School Year

clock July 23, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you use Pinterest to gather and organize ideas for your classroom and students? From organization tips and design ideas to crafts and educational activities, there are a plethora of ideas available on Pinterest that you can utilize in your teaching. However, it can be hard to keep all of those pins and ideas organized, which is why we’ve listed eight Pinterest boards you need to create on your Pinterest page to help you prepare for the new school year: [More]

Gearing Up for the New School Year

clock July 21, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As we head into the latter part of July and the beginning of August, many of you will be rearranging your classroom, finalizing lesson plans, and attending a variety of school and district meetings. It’s often easy to get stressed out during the hustle and bustle of the few weeks leading up to the first day of school, so here are a few tips and resources you can utilize as you gear up for the start of the new school year: [More]

Stop by the Kaplan Elementary Booth (#1033) at ILA 2015!

clock July 16, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The International Reading Association is now the International Literacy Association, and ILA 2015 is almost here! This year’s conference is located in beautiful St. Louis, Missouri, and runs from July 18-20. With hundreds of exhibitors and Shaquille O’Neal, Octavia Spencer, Shiza Shahid, and Stephen Peters serving as the general session speakers, ILA 2015 is sure to be a blast for everyone involved. You can learn more about the conference and exhibitors by downloading ILA’s digital conference program. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from the Kaplan Elementary booth: [More]

Teachers, Build Your Bounce!

clock July 14, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you bounce back when life knocks you down? Teaching children about resilience is a primary focus in children’s social and emotional health, but it’s also important that you and other teachers know how to be resilient as adults. [More]