Rules for a Friendly Preschool Classroom

clock October 14, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There’s a lot going on in October–Fire Prevention Week, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, Halloween–but did you know that October is also National Bullying Prevention Month? People often think of bullying as something that occurs in elementary school and in the upper grade levels, but bullying can also occur in preschool and other ECE environments. According to, “Children as young as 12 months can be aggressive when relatin... [More]

Questioning Strategies: If You Want Good Answers, Ask Good Questions!

clock October 9, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Ellen Mulligan How many questions do you ask in the course of one math class? The answer would probably astound you. We ask many questions. However, are they deep, thought-provoking questions? Tape your class some day and really analyze the types of questions you ask. I would venture to say that the vast majority of them require only “one word” or “one number” answers. It is a by-product of the fast food economy. We drive up to a window, order the #5, and re... [More]

Tips for a Successful Writing Workshop

clock October 7, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children want to write… Choice About Topics Best writing is that which comes from a writer’s thoughts, experiences, and dreams. A prompt of the day or a scripted writing curriculum will not provide the level of authenticity, inspiration, and motivation that comes from allowing children to write about what matters most to them. Support children in understanding that they have everything they need to be great writers: powerful ideas and a desire to share them with others. It is critic... [More]

Take Part in Our Pumpkin Picasso Contest!

clock October 6, 2014 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
What do you think of when you hear the word "fall"? We think of PUMPKINS! October is the perfect time to get in the fall spirit and explore creative crafts with children. Whether it’s bringing in baked pumpkin goods for snack time, using items around the house for DIY pumpkins, or breaking out the paint for kid-safe jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins provide the perfect canvas for you and the children in your care to let imaginations soar! We recently launched our Pumpkin Picasso Contest to give si... [More]

Making Halloween Educational for Kids

clock October 2, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How do you plan to celebrate Halloween in your classroom? Will you have a costume parade, throw a Halloween party, decorate pumpkins, or pass out lots of candy? These and other similar activities will only add to children’s excitement about the holiday, but Halloween-related activities aren’t usually the most educational of activities you can plan for students. In fact, some people may say that these types of activities are a waste of time and resources. While you can argue that Hall... [More]

Tips for Teching Out Your Classroom!

clock September 29, 2014 11:33 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for new technology to “tech out” your classroom? You’re in luck! From tablet charging stations to interactive software, we’ve released several new educational technology items that we think will be a big hit in the classroom and make for a more effective teaching strategy. Here are five forms of #edtech to encourage digital learning in your students: [More]

Valuing Community: Teaching Students to be Good Neighbors

clock September 26, 2014 08:53 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Teaching students to value service and community from a young age is an important part of early education; however, it can sometimes be hard to find opportunities for little hands to get involved. In honor of Good Neighbor’s Day on Sunday (September 28th), we thought we would share five easy ways for students to practice being good neighbors: [More]

Comic Book Day | Giving Children Heroes

clock September 24, 2014 14:12 by author Kaplan Early Learning
All students look up to someone, regardless of whether those chosen for the pedestal are instilling good habits. As educators, we have the opportunity to provide appropriate role models for children struggling to find someone to follow who will not lead them astray. Comic Book Day is a great opportunity to provide students with heroes, to point out the successful people around them, and to show them how they can accomplish whatever they set their mind to do. Here are a few ways you can teach your students about role models and provide them with the heroes they deserve: [More]

Setting Pace in the Classroom

clock September 24, 2014 09:37 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It must have been Jim Croce’s short stint as a junior high school teacher in South Philadelphia that inspired him to write Time in a Bottle. The need for more time is always at the top of every teacher’s wish list. How do we compensate? Never fear, there are many ways to trick time and establish the perfect pace for your classroom: [More]

4 Fun Activities for the First Day of Fall!

clock September 22, 2014 08:16 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Fall officially starts today! We thought we would give you a few fun ways to celebrate as your students learn about the change of seasons. With the changing leaves and abundance of fruit come even more opportunities for outdoor play, color recognition, and yummy, homemade recipes! From leaf collecting to planting seeds for spring surprises, here are four fun activities you can use to get students excited about fall: [More]

Preventing Procrastination in You and Your Students!

clock September 19, 2014 09:26 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We all have those thoughts sometimes. You know, the “Oh, I’ll do it later.” thoughts? Never fear, there are ways you can stave off procrastination not only in yourself, but also in your students! After all, they are watching you to establish work habits. Here are five suggestions we have for doing it now instead of later: [More]

Partnering With Parents to Tackle Math Concepts

clock September 19, 2014 08:39 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Involving parents is a vital component in children’s math education. There are many ways that teachers can suggest and invite parents to participate without adding undue stress and without demanding a lot of extra time. One of the easiest ways is to share strategies that parents can conduct at home without making the activity seem like a math lesson. Here are a few strategies to suggest to parents so that family engagement can increase outside of the classroom to provide support within it! [More]

How Festivals & Field Trips Can Relate to the Classroom

clock September 18, 2014 08:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Whether it’s whisking students to the nearest science center or gallivanting through a renaissance festival, field trips have a wide appeal. Not only do these off-site activities cater to all different types of learning styles, they also provide students with a welcome break from routine. Best of all, they allow children to understand the importance of classroom lessons through real-world experiences. To better take advantage of the educational benefits of out-of-class experiences (and hopefully provide you with winning arguments when pitching your next field trip!), here are a few ways field trips can apply to the classroom: [More]

Fun Fall Foods for Snack Time!

clock September 17, 2014 09:58 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Fall is fast approaching! To prepare you and the toddlers in your classroom, we have some fun, healthy foods you can get little hands involved in making while they learn about nutrition! Here are fall fruits, recipes, and activities you can share with kids that they are sure to love: [More]

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]