How to Get Better at What YOU Do: Teach!

clock September 11, 2014 08:14 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There is always room for improvement, right? As an educator, it may seem like your hours are swamped with stacks of papers to grade, lesson plans to make, and teacher-parent conferences to schedule! But somewhere within your busy day, it’s important to slow down enough to make time for YOU. Putting time and resources into getting better at what you do is sure to trickle down and become apparent in your students, and at the end of the day, knowing how to teach children better is never a bad thing! Without further ado, here are four ways you can teach more effectively to increase student engagement: [More]

9/11 Remembrance: Teaching Students Resilience

clock September 10, 2014 08:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With September 11th tomorrow, conversations of remembrance are sure to be circulating around the classroom this week. Though the devastation that the United States felt 13 years ago is far from being forgotten and the sadness it caused families of lost loved ones will never diminish, there are some positive lessons you can draw from what happened to develop students’ social and emotional development. [More]

Notebooks in the Writing Workshop

clock September 8, 2014 13:48 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Notebooks provide a safe space for students to document their thoughts, dreams, and growing knowledge of the world around them without the anxiety of producing a perfect piece of work. [More]

5 Ways to Jump into Literacy Learning in the Classroom!

clock September 5, 2014 11:52 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Today is International Literacy Day! There are so many ways you can jump into literacy learning with your students, but we have a few creative ideas to make things extra special, so that students can appreciate how fun reading and writing can really be! Here are five games to play with your students to celebrate the learning holiday: [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

clock September 4, 2014 08:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's time to introduce our LAST Kaplan Classroom Hero! Meet Anthony J., a Lead Teacher at Rainbow Station Preschool Three Chopt in Richmond, VA. Besides spending every day with a room full of 3 year olds, find out what qualities Anthony displays daily as a real life hero in the classroom! [More]

Takin’ Care of Business: Social-Emotional Growth Through Real World Classroom Experiences

clock September 3, 2014 09:02 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Professionalism encourages both children and adults to work harder. And daily classroom routines can easily be transformed into real world, professional classroom activities without adding an extra workload for teachers who already lack the time needed to truly reach their students. These strategies are simply a change in the way we do things, not extras requiring more time. One powerful strategy is adding entrepreneurship opportunities within daily classroom activities. [More]

Jump in with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

clock September 2, 2014 11:43 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“One in every three children in the United States is overweight or obese.” That statistic and the rise in long-term health problems in children has led the Obama Administration to proclaim September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Though the health issues are staggering, recent data has shown improvements including a 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages two to five years old. Let’s ensure progress continues by not only adapting as educators, but by also spreading awareness to parents at home and students in the classroom. Here are a few ways you can get involved: [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

clock September 2, 2014 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Meet Karen S., our second Kaplan Classroom Heroes winner! Karen is a 5th grade math teacher at Heronville Elementary school in Oklahoma City, OK. Take a minute to get to know Karen and why she means so much to so many! [More]

5 Active Play Materials for the New School Year

clock August 29, 2014 08:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We all know it’s important to children’s health, both physically and mentally, to include movement in a student’s school day, but how do you do so while also reinforcing key learning concepts? There are several great options for active learning that you can incorporate into children’s playtime through physical education. Here are five new materials you can use this school year to keep preschoolers healthy as they learn: [More]

10 Pinterest-Inspired Classroom Hacks

clock August 27, 2014 08:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Ever wish you had the perfect organization strategy for your classroom but wary of the costs it would entail? Never fear! You CAN have that perfect classroom setup and accomplish it through DIY (Do It Yourself) projects that are both cost-effective and rewarding to your students. Here are 10 creative ways to organize your classroom: [More]

Keep Families Engaged with Labor Day Learning!

clock August 22, 2014 14:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have your floaties strapped on? Is the grill ready to light? Labor Day weekend is a great time for a little R&R, or for teachers, one extra day to prepare your lesson plans! While you work tirelessly to give your students the best back-to-school welcome, you can also ensure they are doing all they can (with a little help from parents!) to get involved. Here are three ways to not only keep students learning over the holiday weekend but also better get to know their parents: [More]

Quick Hits for Preschool and Elementary Teachers

clock August 21, 2014 08:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The school year is here! As you get to know your students, prepare for Open House Night, and establish classroom standards, you’re going to want to know where to turn for helpful advice, trusted resources, and inspiration for daily lesson plans. These resource lists will not only make the year ahead easier, but also save you time for doing other important tasks—like making labels! Here are few resources we hope you will find helpful during the busy school year ahead: [More]

Cutting Down on Challenging Behaviors

clock August 20, 2014 09:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Every school year brings a new set of challenges—sometimes, those challenges come in the form of behaviors. Whether it’s hitting, biting, or bullying, trying to curb wayward behavior before it becomes a consistent problem is key to effectively managing your classroom. To minimize the time spent in parent conferences and the bruises (both physical and emotional) left on preschoolers, here are five strategies for cutting down on challenging behaviors: [More]

Communication Strategies that Keep Parents Engaged

clock August 20, 2014 08:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Parental engagement is one of the most important factors in the academic success of our students. Yet, teachers consistently cite it as one of their biggest challenges. Here are a few simple strategies to make it easy for you to communicate with parents throughout the year and build a relationship with them that will pay off for students in the long run. [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

clock August 19, 2014 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
You chose your heroes... now it's time to meet them! Today we're featuring Susan P., a Starfish Family Services Early Learning Resource Coordinator from Inkster, MI! Learn a little more about her and why she's a hero to so many below! [More]