Halloween Fun for Elementary Students (Free Printable!)

clock October 22, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have scary stories, pumpkins, and spider webs overtaken your classroom yet? The opportunity to dress up and be creative with designs and decorations makes Halloween a popular holiday for both students and teachers. Here are a two spooktastic activities you can do with your students to celebrate Halloween in the classroom! [More]

Preschool Pumpkin Crafts and Activities

clock October 20, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Pumpkins galore! Pumpkins are staples of the Halloween holiday and fall season, and they can provide a variety of fantastic learning opportunities for preschoolers. With Halloween fast approaching, we thought we would share some of our favorite pumpkin crafts and activities from The Giant Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities to help you celebrate Halloween with your preschoolers. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Are You Having “The Talk” with Your Students?

clock October 15, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Relax—I don’t mean the birds and the bees talk. I mean the other talk: the talk in which you emphasize the importance of students being safe and responsible when they’re online or using apps. Common Sense Education is encouraging parents and educators to #HaveTheTalk with children as a part of Digital Citizenship Week (October 18–24, 2015). [More]

Webinar Recap: How You Can Help Boys Shine in the Classroom!

clock October 13, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are some of the boys in your class struggling? During her webinar for Kaplan’s Classroom Management for Early Learning community on edWeb, Ruth Hanford Morhard discussed why boys are falling behind and explained that understanding how boys and girls learn differently and fostering equal opportunity in the classroom is essential to helping boys succeed in school. Here are just a few of the boy-friendly strategies Ruth shared in her webinar to help you create a positive environment in which boys, girls, teachers, and parents can all benefit: [More]

Ways to Increase Student Participation

clock October 8, 2015 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Sometimes getting students to participate in class feels like an impossible challenge, and it’s easy to get frustrated or disheartened when students are reluctant to answer questions and participate in the learning environment. If you’re looking for ways to increase student participation in your classroom, here’s a list of helpful tips and tools you can use to encourage students to participate in class. [More]

Five Unique Ways to Display Children’s Work

clock October 6, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children want to know the work they do is valued, so a place to display, share, and store children’s work is an important element to include in your classroom. It also gives you an opportunity to share students’ work with parents and other visitors to the classroom. After scouring Pinterest for some design ideas, here’s our list of five unique ways you can display children’s work in your classroom: [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Three)

clock October 1, 2015 07:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Trying to incorporate aspects of fall into your lesson plans? The fall season is the perfect time to engage students with fun activities that enrich learning. Whether it's planting a fall garden or writing a fall Haiku, your elementary students will enjoy participating in the fall activities listed below. [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part Two)

clock September 30, 2015 07:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for activities to do with your students during the fall season? Whether it's making their own tree rubbing, making apple prints, or going on a nature walk together as a class, your preschoolers will love the 11 fall activities we've featured below! [More]

31 Fall Activities (Part One)

clock September 29, 2015 07:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Fall is in the air! Are you excited to introduce the children in your care to the wonders of fall? From feeling leaves crackle in their hands to tasting pumpkin for the first time, infants and toddlers will love exploring the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of fall! [More]

10 Senses for Teachers to Nourish

clock September 24, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Nurturing the five senses—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—from a young age helps children make observations and learn about the world around them. However, these five senses aren’t the only senses teachers should be focusing on helping children develop. [More]

Fall Design Ideas for the Classroom

clock September 22, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How are you planning on incorporating the fall season into your classroom space? If you need some fall design inspiration, we’ve come up with tips on choosing a fall theme and a great list of decoration ideas and bulletin board designs for you to consider! [More]

10 New Puzzles and Building Sets

clock September 17, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for a fun new puzzle or engaging building set for your classroom? Check out this list of new puzzles and building sets we’ve recently added to our selection! [More]

Five Ways to Support Gifted Students in Your Classroom

clock September 15, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you struggle to support the needs of gifted children in your classroom? Teachers often find it difficult to understand the specific needs of gifted students, which means they often don't get the support they need in the classroom. [More]

Check Out These Award Winners!

clock September 11, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have great news to share about two of our elementary products! Both mathshapes: go figure! (Grades 1–5) and TAG You’re It! have won the Learning® Magazine 2016 Teachers’ Choice℠ Award for the Family! Products are evaluated on quality, instructional value, innovation, and ease of use by a team of teachers in the classroom and must meet their stringent standards to win the award. [More]

How We Got Here

clock September 10, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Our story began in 1951 when Leon and Renee Kaplan opened a toy store in downtown Greensboro, NC, to provide unique toys and gifts that encouraged learning through play. The store, Tiny Town, was very popular in the community and eventually grew into multiples locations with stores in Atlanta, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Washington, D.C.; and Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, NC. [More]