How to Make Strong First Impressions

clock May 27, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Adam Dovico Before you continue reading this article, and if you have not done so already, take a look at my photo to the left. Do I look trustworthy? Kind? Attractive? (Potential Answers: yes, maybe, and perhaps his wife thinks so.) Without having to think much about it, perhaps never having met me, and based solely on a small photograph, you made conclusions about me. You likely encounter dozens of unfamiliar faces on a daily basis and you are able to form first impressions &ldqu... [More]

How to Wrap Up the School Year in Style

clock May 22, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The end of the school year is almost here! We’re sure you’re ready for the last day of school to arrive, but the end of the school year is an important time for both you and your students. From completing a last few activities and turning in textbooks to signing yearbooks and saying goodbyes, the end of the school year gives you and your students the opportunity to get organized, reflect on the year, and celebrate everything that has been achieved in the classroom. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Preschool Graduations Really Matter?

clock May 21, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Imagine this scenario: You’re attending a high school graduation and waiting for the ceremony to start when you overhear a conversation about preschool graduations being pointless and over the top. This scenario happened to me while I was attending my brother’s high school graduation last year. At that point, I had been working at Kaplan for about nine months, so the topic immediately piqued my interest. [More]

Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month

clock May 14, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the Get Caught Reading campaign sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)? The purpose of the nationwide campaign is to remind people of all ages that reading can be fun. You may have seen pictures of celebrities and other well-known figures “caught reading” books and magazines as part of the campaign’s marketing strategy. While Get Caught Reading is a yearlong campaign, May is Get Caught Reading Month! [More]

10 New Items for Infants and Toddlers

clock May 13, 2015 12:31 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Our 2015 Infant Toddler Catalog was designed to nurture a sense of wonder in our youngest learners. Providing opportunities for infants to engage their senses helps them learn about the world around them, and giving toddlers opportunities to practice their emerging skills helps them gain confidence in their abilities. You can also nurture a sense of wonder for two-year-olds by providing them with a safe space for active physical play and learning experiences. [More]

#Socialmedia in Your #Classroomteaching

clock May 12, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Spring 2004: My senior year in college. A quiet whisper starts about a new website called, which could connect you with friends at other colleges and allow you to share posts and pictures about your life. The caveat—only individuals with college email addresses could join. Only a handful of select colleges, including mine at the time, would be included in the initial launch. [More]

Five Special Mother’s Day Projects for Kids

clock May 7, 2015 15:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Mother’s Day is almost here! Help your students make something special for their mother or grandmother with these fun and cute craft projects: 1. Sunshine Mother’s Day Card Children can use a yellow cupcake liner, googly eyes, and a few other art supplies to make this sunny Mother’s Day card. Source: 2. Easiest-Ever Photo Frame Moms and grandmas will love this fun, stylish gift from their child... [More]

10 Must-Have Items for the Dramatic Play Center

clock May 6, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The dramatic play center is one of the most important components of a preschool or kindergarten classroom. It’s where young children engage in creative play, learn about their community, role play various careers and situations, develop and practice life skills, and gain experience with items and tools they’ll use as adults. The items you include in the dramatic play center will have a large impact on what children learn as they play in the learning center. Any of the items featured ... [More]

Celebrating Classroom Heroes

clock May 5, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” -Helen Caldicott Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Whether it’s from students, parents, or coworkers, we hope you receive the acknowledgement and thanks you deserve this week and throughout the year! Here are just a few of the reasons why teachers should be celebrated: 10 Reasons to Celebrate Teachers Teachers are important role model... [More]

10 Things You Need to Know About the Head Start Eligibility Final Rule

clock April 30, 2015 15:39 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Kaila Weingarten, MS Ed The Final Rule on Eligibility published February 2015 is effective as of March 12, 2015. Its purpose is to ensure that the neediest children and families in the country benefit from Head Start and Early Head Start services first and to clarify Head Start’s eligibility procedures and enrollment requirements. It will be included in federal reviews, starting with the FY 2016 monitoring protocol (starting October 1, 2015). Although it’s only four pa... [More]

Teacher and Student Stress Prevention

clock April 29, 2015 17:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Spring break has passed, and testing season is getting ready to begin. You’re focused on teaching those last few lessons and getting students prepared for testing while your students are just ready for the school year to be over and for summer break to start. This time of the school year is stressful for both you and your students, so it’s important that you incorporate a variety of stress prevention and management techniques into your daily routine. Here are a few tips that can help... [More]

How to Make Poetry More Accessible for Children

clock April 23, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Poetry: the best words in the best order.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge Guest Post by Debbie Linville At the most basic level, literary works are categorized as either poetry or prose. April is National Poetry Month; therefore, it is the perfect opportunity to liberally sprinkle the curriculum with an abundance of poetry reading and poetry writing. Besides the fact that poetry crosses all genres and content area topics, making it the smart choice to bridge ELA and content area standards... [More]

Developing Critical Thinking Skills…NO PLANNING REQUIRED

clock April 22, 2015 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Jill Nolen and Laura Beaver Do the words “developing critical thinking skills” send your mind directly to a list of question stems a mile long? That’s definitely one way to develop critical thinkers. Unfortunately, the questions can be time consuming. Keep reading to discover lots of opportunities to develop critical thinking skills that pop up within a piece of literature and don’t require any preparation. Most read-aloud books read in classrooms are works ... [More]

Join Us in Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Leadership Connections!

clock April 21, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Leadership Connections is a national conference that provides exceptional professional development and networking opportunities for early childhood administrators. Since the inaugural conference in 2001, Leadership Connections has grown from 200 attendees to over 550 attendees. Kaplan Early Learning Company has been a proud supporter of Leadership Connections since the beginning and has partnered with them for the past 12 years. With the help of Donna Jonas, Kaplan became the first exhibiting ve... [More]

Five Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day with Your Students

clock April 16, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Earth Day has grown into a global celebration that focuses on educating people about environmental issues and raising awareness of what can be done to conserve the earth. Senator Gaylord Nelson originally came up with the idea of Earth Day to help push environmental issues into the national spotlight, and thanks to a fantastic grassroots effort, the first Earth Day in 1970 was a major success ( This year, April 22 marks the 45th annual celebration of Earth Day. Here are a few ways y... [More]