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See Who Was Named a 2016 Kaplan Classroom Hero

Create Date June 22, 2016 04:00 by author april
We had so many great nominees for our 2016 Kaplan Classroom Heroes campaign! Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving educator. [More]

Encourage Summer Fun by Building Marble Runs!

Create Date June 21, 2016 04:00 by author april
Looking for a fun way to encourage summer learning? Building marble runs is a fun and educational activity for children to work on during the summer months. It also requires children to develop and use a variety of building and engineering skills, especially if they build their own marble run. [More]

How to Coach Parents to Become Reading Partners at Home

Create Date June 15, 2016 05:00 by author april
You can build parents’ confidence in being their child’s reading partner at home by teaching them how to read aloud expressively and ask their child open-ended and child-friendly questions. It’s best to never assume that families already know how to help children read at home. [More]

How to Encourage Parents to Read to Their Children

Create Date June 13, 2016 08:58 by author april
You can only teach young children so much during the school day, which is why partnering with parents to ensure concepts and skills are reinforced at home is so essential to children's learning. This is especially true for early reading and literacy skills. [More]

Celebrate Flag Day with Festive Craft Stick Flags!

Create Date June 7, 2016 04:15 by author april
Are your students ready to celebrate the birthday of the American flag? Flag Day is June 14th, and making our Craft Stick Flags is a great Flag Day activity for kids. [More]

Webinar Recap: Why Cuddling with Young Children Is So Important

Create Date June 6, 2016 08:00 by author april
How much do children’s experiences inside the womb and in their first few years of life affect their development and learning? During his webinar for Kaplan’s Classroom Management for Early Learning community on edWeb, Keith Pentz discussed cuddling, consciousness, and cognition and the significance of emotional engagement on development and learning. [More]

Playgrounds by Kaplan: What You Need to Know

Create Date May 27, 2016 05:00 by author april
Playgrounds and outdoor spaces are an integral part of early childhood and education settings, which is why our Playground by Kaplan team makes it their mission to provide fantastic customer service and help you with your project from beginning to end. We recently talked with Mark Zimmerman, Kaplan’s Playground Sales Manager, and asked him a few questions about what current and potential customers should know about Playgrounds by Kaplan. [More]

10 Soft and Cozy Favorites for Infants and Toddlers

Create Date May 25, 2016 08:59 by author april
From pillows and mats to climbers and bouncers, adding a variety of soft materials to your infant and toddler classroom helps ensure young children’s safety as they explore their environment and learn to crawl and walk. Here are 10 soft and cozy favorites that you can add to your early learning environment. [More]

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Must-Have Tools for Teaching Children About Insects

Create Date May 18, 2016 08:15 by author april
Even if you’re not a big fan of creepy crawlies, teaching children about insects is an important part of their science education. Many children love to learn about bugs and other parts of life science, which is why providing them with memorable learning experiences is even more essential. [More]

Smart Strategies for Reading with Infants and Toddlers

Create Date May 12, 2016 08:45 by author april
Even though they may not understand what you’re saying, reading is an important part of young children’s brain development. When you read to infants and toddlers, it helps them learn about speech patterns and beginning language skills while also giving them the foundation they need to enjoy reading throughout their lives. [More]

The 2016 National Head Start Conference Is Almost Here!

Create Date May 9, 2016 07:45 by author april
The 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo will be held in beautiful Nashville, TN, from May 16–20. With Head Start beginning a new phase in its history, this year's conference theme is "The Next Generation of Opportunity". [More]

It’s Time to Get Caught Reading!

Create Date May 5, 2016 04:00 by author april
Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Get Caught Reading is a national campaign that uses images of celebrities and other public figures caught reading. Get Caught Reading Month is an exciting opportunity for you to promote a culture of reading in your classroom and introduce children to new books. [More]

Teachers, We Think You Rock!

Create Date May 3, 2016 03:49 by author april
Thank you for being education rock stars! It takes a special person with a big heart to be a teacher, but so many of you overcome all of the challenges teaching brings to touch children’s lives and change the world one child at a time. [More]

Teaching Strategies for Using Dominoes in the Classroom

Create Date April 28, 2016 04:15 by author april
We asked, and got some great answers on Facebook as part of our mathSHAPES Domino Contest. With dominoes being such a versatile teaching tool in the classroom, there are a variety of ways you can use them to teach counting, addition, subtraction, fractions, and much more. [More]

Four Ways to Help Elementary Students Conquer Test Anxiety

Create Date April 27, 2016 03:45 by author april
Even if they’ve studied the material and are well prepared, many children still experience the anxiety that comes with taking a test. They may feel nauseous, have trouble focusing, or experience one of the many other symptoms of test anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), there are three main factors that cause children to experience test anxiety. [More]
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