Four Ways to Help Elementary Students Conquer Test Anxiety

clock April 27, 2016 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 26, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 21, 2016 09:10 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 15, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 13, 2016 12:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 11, 2016 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock April 8, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 31, 2016 07:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 29, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 24, 2016 09:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 22, 2016 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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]

Get Kids Moving: Encouraging Physical Activity in Toddlers

clock March 17, 2016 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 14, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 10, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock March 8, 2016 08:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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]
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