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]

Creative Gift Ideas for the Children in Your Life

clock December 3, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Now that December has arrived, you’re likely scrambling around and trying to figure out what gifts you’re going to give everyone this year. If you’re looking for unique and creative gift ideas for the children in your life, look no further! [More]

Celebrate Read a New Book Month with Your Students!

clock December 1, 2015 08:10 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know that December is Read a New Book Month? With all the craziness of the holiday season, taking a moment to enjoy a new book with your students can add a little calm to the chaos. [More]

Top 10 Toys for the 2015 Holiday Season

clock November 25, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Whether you’re looking for new items for your classroom or gifts for your own children, this list of top 10 toys for the 2015 holiday season is sure to help you find fun and educational toys that the children in your care will enjoy! [More]

A Note of Gratitude

clock November 24, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The success of a company is dependent on a variety of factors, which is why we want to recognize all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations that help us grow and succeed. Whether you’re a customer, vendor, partner, employee, or connected to Kaplan in some other way, we want to thank you for everything you do for Kaplan. [More]

Four Festive Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

clock November 19, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Thanksgiving is almost here! How are you celebrating with your preschoolers? We’ve provided four festive crafts and activities you can do to teach gratitude and celebrate Thanksgiving with the preschoolers in your care. [More]

Teaching Children About Gratitude Through Service Learning

clock November 17, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The end of the year is the perfect time to teach children about the importance of being thankful for the things and people they have in their life. One of the best ways you can teach children about gratitude is by incorporating service-learning projects into your classroom. [More]

Come See Us at the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo!

clock November 11, 2015 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
From November 18–21, thousands of early childhood educators will be in beautiful Orlando, Florida, for the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo. If you’re one of the lucky attendees, be sure to visit Booth 704 to meet and talk with some of our Kaplan team members, explore our innovative new products and resources, learn about our new furniture line (available in January), and spin the digital prize wheel. We hope to see you there! [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Standardized Tests Equal Exam Overload for Students?

clock November 10, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Standardized testing is once again in the national spotlight after the Council of the Great City Schools’ comprehensive study of over 60 big-city school districts found that students in those school districts took almost 112 mandatory standardized exams from PreK–12th grade. [More]

Ways to Use Bells in the Classroom

clock November 5, 2015 08:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children love listening to the sound of bells, and finding ways to use bells in the classroom can create lots of active learning opportunities for children. Many of the instruments young children use are made of wood or plastic, so make sure you talk about bells being made of metal and how they sound different from other instruments. Abigail Flesch Connors, MEd, suggests that you remind children to play with bells gently and demonstrate how to lightly shake the bells before you hand the instruments out. [More]
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