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]

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

clock March 4, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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!

clock February 26, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock February 25, 2016 08:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock February 23, 2016 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock February 18, 2016 09:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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

clock February 16, 2016 12:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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]