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Three Ways to Supercharge Your Classroom Discussions

clock January 28, 2016 12:05 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do some of your classroom discussions fall flat with students? From asking the right questions to finding ways to involve everyone, facilitating classroom discussions can be difficult. If you’re looking for ways to make your classroom discussions more engaging, check out these three ways you can supercharge your classroom discussions and get students talking about what they’re learning. [More]

Four Ways to Help Infants and Toddlers Increase Their Vocabulary

clock January 26, 2016 11:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How important are the early literacy skills young children develop? According to a recent study, two-year-olds with a larger oral vocabulary enter kindergarten with greater academic and behavioral functioning than their peers. They have higher levels of math and literacy achievement but are also good at self-regulating. Helping infants and toddlers increase their vocabulary skills in their first few years of life is a crucial part of ensuring their success in kindergarten and beyond. [More]

What's New at Kaplan Elementary: National Title I Conference and the 2016 Catalog

clock January 20, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Between preparing for our trip to Houston for the National Title I Conference (January 28–31) and the 2016 edition of our catalog coming out, January has been an exciting and busy month for Kaplan Elementary! As your source for the best supplemental materials, we’ve added some great new products to our lineup this year. [More]

The 2016 Early Childhood Catalog Is Here!

clock January 19, 2016 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With over 500 new items, the 2016 ECE catalog has all of the educational materials and tools you need to care for and teach the prekindergarten, kindergarten, or special needs students in your care. All of our products are geared toward creating engaging environments with high-quality early learning materials that will inspire all young learners to explore and succeed. This year’s catalog has an eye-catching cover with a space/astronaut theme. [More]

10 Powerful “Instead of” Statements for Educators

clock January 14, 2016 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you feeling grumpy or experiencing the winter blues? Do you feel frustrated at work? If you need some motivation to get through the rest of the school year, want to revamp your instructional strategies, or want to work on changing your mindset for the better, check out these 10 “instead of” statements featured in Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education. [More]

Celebrate the Legacy of MLK Jr. by Encouraging Kids to Dream Big!

clock January 12, 2016 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Celebrated each year on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors King’s life and work as a civil rights leader. Even though he faced numerous challenges and struggles, Dr. King never hesitated to dream big and dedicated much of his life to turning his dreams into realities. Whether the children in your care dream of being a scientist or of world peace, encouraging them to dream big can help them achieve their goals and give them something to work towards. [More]

What’s HOT and NEW in 2016!

clock January 7, 2016 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for new classroom furniture, educational technology, or educational materials for your classroom or center? Check out this list of the hottest and newest products we’re offering in 2016! [More]

Five Brilliant Organization Hacks for Educators

clock January 5, 2016 08:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
If one of your goals for this year is to keep your classroom more organized, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get started! From organizing your classroom library to keeping your art supplies neat and tidy, these five classroom organization hacks can help you create a well-organized learning environment for your students. [More]

New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

clock December 30, 2015 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
A new year is about to begin! What will your New Year’s resolution(s) be for 2016? If you’re still deciding or want to make both a personal and professional resolution, this list of New Year’s resolutions for teachers is the perfect place to start. From sharing ideas to adding to your teaching portfolio, you’ll find a variety of resolutions that can help you branch out from your comfort zone and improve as a teacher. [More]

Throwing a Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids!

clock December 29, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Help children take part in the New Year festivities by throwing a kid-friendly noon year’s eve party! Many young children lose their struggle to stay awake and have to go to bed well before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. A noon year’s eve party allows you to celebrate the start of a new year with your students or your own children while helping them keep their regular sleep schedule. [More]

Six Rest and Relaxation Tips for Educators

clock December 18, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Winter break has finally arrived! Whether you have a few days or two weeks off from work, it’s important that you find ways to rest and relax during your time off to ensure that you’re ready for everything coming up in the new year. [More]

Five Wonderful Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Winter

clock December 17, 2015 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you ready? Winter is almost here! Tuesday, December 22 marks the official start of the 2015–2016 winter season. Be sure to use at least one of the five fun activities below to celebrate the arrival of winter with the children in your care! [More]

Webinar Recap: Recognizing and Responding to Young Children with Sensory Issues

clock December 15, 2015 11:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do any of the children in your care have sensory issues? During her webinar for Kaplan’s Classroom Management for Early Learning community on edWeb, Christy Isbell, PhD, talked about sensory processing disorder (SPD) and how it can affect children’s learning and the overall classroom environment. She also detailed the characteristics of two sensory processing disorders and explained what teachers can do to help students with SPD. [More]

11 Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes in the Classroom

clock December 9, 2015 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
During this time of the year, you likely have a number of boxes in various sizes lying around your house or classroom. Instead of throwing them away, come up with creative ways they can be reused in the classroom. For example, children can easily turn a simple box into a spaceship, tunnel, boat, stove, or other item they can play with or use. [More]

Five Easy Classroom Management Strategies for Giving Early Finishers Options

clock December 8, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
If your students finish an assignment or quiz early, do they know what activities they’re allowed to do until everyone else is finished? Instead of having early finishers come up and ask you what they need to do, it’s important that you have a system in place that allows them to choose from a list of approved activities and prevents them from disturbing other students. [More]
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