Tips for Keeping Children Healthy in the Fall and Winter Months

clock December 2, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are the children in your care starting to sniffle, sneeze, and cough? The fall and winter months bring more than a change in temperature and some of our favorite holidays—this time of the year is also the start of the cold and flu season. What often begins with one child sniffling and sneezing can lead to several children getting sick, especially in schools and child care centers. Although you can’t control the cold and flu viruses, there are a variety of factors you can address to h... [More]

Top 10 Toys for the Holidays

clock November 26, 2014 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s that time of the year again! There are a variety of things to look forward to during the holidays (time with family and friends, generosity and kindness, good food, Christmas music, etc.), but one of the most complicated, frustrating things about the holidays is trying to figure out what gifts to get everyone. To make your holiday shopping a little easier, we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 toys for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a gift to give your whole cl... [More]

Why We’re Grateful for Educators

clock November 24, 2014 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we want to take a moment to recognize educators for the positive impact they have on the world. Most of us can name at least one educator who made a difference in our lives, but we remember those educators not for the material they taught us but for how they influenced us as individuals. This is because educators do much more than teach—they encourage us to better ourselves, they see potential in who we can be, and they give us the tools we need to get t... [More]

The Importance of Providing a Safe Environment for Children

clock November 20, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As an educator, you know that you can’t protect the children in your care from everything. Children’s lives outside of school are often filled with chaos and things you can’t control, especially when it comes to maltreatment. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that 1 in 8 children in the United States will experience confirmed maltreatment (abuse or neglect that has been substantiated by Child Protective Services) by the time they reach 18 years of age. For many childre... [More]

Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom (with 2 Free Printables!)

clock November 18, 2014 09:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you ready? We’re sure you’re looking forward to spending time with family and enjoying all of the delicious, mouthwatering foods that embody the holiday, but there are still a few days of class left to get through before everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving. To help you make it through these last few days, we’ve scoured Pinterest for some creative Thanksgiving activities and created two engaging printables of our own that you can use to celebrate Tha... [More]

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

clock November 13, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Native Americans have played a significant role in the history of the United States. As President Obama states in his 2014 National Native American Heritage Month Proclamation, Native Americans were “[t]he first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our Nation, and models of government to our Founding Fathers -- American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America.” Taking time to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in your c... [More]

It's National Young Readers Week!

clock November 11, 2014 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Celebrate the young readers in your classroom by throwing a reading party or giving them opportunities to read something of their choice. Taking time to celebrate young readers is a great way to show children that reading matters, especially when many students dislike reading or struggle to read at grade level. Children’s literacy is at a critical point in the United States—research shows that children who are not reading proficiently by the time they are in third grade are four time... [More]

Shake It Off! 10 Stress Busters for Teachers

clock November 5, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Even though April is National Stress Awareness Month, we just started the most stressful time of the year for many adults, especially parents and teachers. Whether it’s planning holiday parties for your students and/or your own kids or rushing around trying to figure out what gifts to get everyone, the holiday season screams stress. To help you beat the effects of stress in your life, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can shake it off (just like Taylor Swift!) and actually enjoy ... [More]

Writing Invitations

clock November 4, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“It is terribly important for kids to read and write for the reasons that people the world over read and write, which is to communicate, to delight, and to laugh.”- Lucy Calkins Authentic Invitations: It is important to offer children authentic invitations to write. Research is clear…teachers who provide students with daily opportunities to write about topics they choose and offer them a plethora of options to share their writing (beyond the classroom teacher and classmates) ... [More]

Five Ways You Can Teach Children About the Importance of Voting

clock October 30, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
While this isn’t a presidential election year, there are still a number of important political races occurring around the United States. Teaching children about the importance of voting and the importance of voting in all elections (not just the presidential election) can have a lasting impact on future voters. Civics is usually not emphasized or adequately taught in many classrooms, which is one reason why young adults are often apathetic towards the voting and election process. According... [More]

Engaging Fall Activities for Infants and Toddlers

clock October 28, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s finally starting to feel like fall! The cool, crisp mornings and the changing leaves make fall one of the most enjoyable times of the year (the pumpkin spice lattes certainly don’t hurt either!). While you may have a long list of your favorite things about fall, it’s important to remember that infants and toddlers are just discovering what makes fall special and different from the rest of the year. They look at changing leaves and falling acorns with a sense of wonder and ... [More]

Curbing Bad Language in the Classroom

clock October 24, 2014 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Uh-oh. Someone said a bad word!” If you work with children or have children of your own, you’ve probably heard (and said) this or similar statements many times. Children use inappropriate words for a variety of reasons—they may hear someone else say the word and say it on accident, they may be upset and use bad language to hurt someone else, or they may say a curse word to get attention from adults and other children. Inappropriate language is often a challenging behavio... [More]

Using Pizza to Teach Math

clock October 23, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
If you like eating pizza, you have another reason to enjoy a slice this month—October is National Pizza Month! Pizza is one of those foods that almost everyone can appreciate, so think outside of the pizza box and celebrate the gooey, cheesy goodness with your students by using pizza as a tool to teach counting, shapes, sorting, addition, subtraction, fractions, and other math concepts. Whether you choose to use real pizzas or pizza-related materials (such as the Pizza Fraction™ Fun ... [More]

Preschool Halloween Hacks and Activities

clock October 21, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Halloween is less than two weeks away—are you ready? If you haven’t started planning a class Halloween party or if you have no idea about the types of activities you want to include in your lesson plans, we can help you save time and energy! Here’s a list of quick and easy preschool Halloween hacks and activities that your preschoolers (and their parents) will love: 1. Pumpkin Pie Playdough Candy is a popular treat for students on Halloween, but pumpkin pie playdough is a grea... [More]

Halloween Equals Writing Prompts Galore!

clock October 17, 2014 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We've recently talked about utilizing writing notebooks and creating successful writing workshops on the Kaplan Blog, but one thing we haven't talked about is writing prompts. Writing prompts give children purpose in their writing and can spark their creativity and imagination. Whether children are just learning to write or have more advanced writing skills, you can pick writing prompts that are developmentally appropriate while also being fun for children to brainstorm and come up with creative... [More]