10 Soft and Cozy Favorites for Infants and Toddlers

clock May 25, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
From pillows and mats to climbers and bouncers, adding a variety of soft materials to your infant and toddler classroom helps ensure young children’s safety as they explore their environment and learn to crawl and walk. Here are 10 soft and cozy favorites that you can add to your early learning environment. [More]

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Must-Have Tools for Teaching Children About Insects

clock May 18, 2016 12:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Even if you’re not a big fan of creepy crawlies, teaching children about insects is an important part of their science education. Many children love to learn about bugs and other parts of life science, which is why providing them with memorable learning experiences is even more essential. [More]

Smart Strategies for Reading with Infants and Toddlers

clock May 12, 2016 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Even though they may not understand what you’re saying, reading is an important part of young children’s brain development. When you read to infants and toddlers, it helps them learn about speech patterns and beginning language skills while also giving them the foundation they need to enjoy reading throughout their lives. [More]

The 2016 National Head Start Conference Is Almost Here!

clock May 9, 2016 11:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo will be held in beautiful Nashville, TN, from May 16–20. With Head Start beginning a new phase in its history, this year's conference theme is "The Next Generation of Opportunity". [More]

It’s Time to Get Caught Reading!

clock May 5, 2016 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Get Caught Reading is a national campaign that uses images of celebrities and other public figures caught reading. Get Caught Reading Month is an exciting opportunity for you to promote a culture of reading in your classroom and introduce children to new books. [More]

Teachers, We Think You Rock!

clock May 3, 2016 07:49 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Thank you for being education rock stars! It takes a special person with a big heart to be a teacher, but so many of you overcome all of the challenges teaching brings to touch children’s lives and change the world one child at a time. [More]

Teaching Strategies for Using Dominoes in the Classroom

clock April 28, 2016 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We asked, and got some great answers on Facebook as part of our mathSHAPES Domino Contest. With dominoes being such a versatile teaching tool in the classroom, there are a variety of ways you can use them to teach counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, and much more. [More]

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]
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