5 Wonderful Winter Activities for Preschoolers

clock January 9, 2015 12:59 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As we settle in to the first full month of winter, it’s important that you plan some winter-related activities for the children in your care. Preschool children are at the age where they can begin to understand why snow falls in winter and why water turns to ice at a certain temperature. To help you teach children about the wonders of winter, here are five of our favorite winter activities for preschoolers: 1. Explore Science with Peppermint Peppermint Water Science Sensory Play is the pe... [More]

Providing Children with Authentic Texts in the New Year

clock January 6, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Children’s literature should be the reading program we organize for our students.”-Yetta Goodman The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to reflect on many things as an educator, not the least of which is the very foundation of the reading program….the texts that children have access to throughout the school day. Teachers and students look forward to the highly coveted daily read aloud – a time where quality, authentic titles across many genres, topics, an... [More]

10 Healthy Habits for Happy Teachers

clock January 2, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We’ve made it to 2015! What was your New Year’s resolution? If you haven’t made one yet or want to add another one, we’ve come up with a great list of habits that can help you succeed as a teacher. Featured in Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education, this list of 10 healthy habits for happy teachers can give you a boost in energy, provide you with some motivation, and help you develop a more positive mindset. Get a good ni... [More]

A Sneak Peek at 2015

clock December 30, 2014 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The start of another year is almost here, and we’ve been planning for months to ensure that we’re offering a variety of quality resources and materials to help you and your students in 2015. Check out the following information about our 2015 ECE catalog, and be sure to browse our list highlighting 15 of the new products we’ll be offering in 2015! 2015 ECE (Early Childhood Edition) Catalog Featuring over 400 new products, the 2015 ECE catalog will be coming to your mailboxes so... [More]

Fun Activities to Do With Your Kids During the Holiday Break

clock December 23, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking forward to spending some quality time with your kids during the holiday break? We’ve come up with a great list of fun activities you can do together as a family. As an added bonus, they’ll also keep kids from getting bored or too wired for you to handle! 1. Have a Snowball Fight! Whether you get to play in real snow over the holidays or use our Snowtime Anytime Snowballs, having a family snowball fight is a great way to spend time with your kids and keep them physically activ... [More]

How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Vacation

clock December 22, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s holiday vacation time! A few days off (or a couple of weeks off if you’re one of the lucky ones) is just what you need to decompress and refocus for the coming year. Even though the holidays are often busy and stressful, there are a variety of ways you can ensure you’re making the most of your holiday vacation. Here are a few tips to help you get started: 1. Set Aside Time to Plan and Finish Any Work We all know that vacations don’t necessarily mean all play and no w... [More]

Financial Literacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

clock December 18, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“The number one problem in today’s generation and economy is the lack of financial literacy.”–Alan Greenspan Looking for an affordable gift that you can give all of the children in your classroom? Helping children develop financial literacy is one of the best gifts you can ever give them. Investopedia defines financial literacy as “the possession of knowledge and understanding of financial matters,” but Bill Clinton gave a much simpler definition when he spoke... [More]

Child-Made Gifts Parents Will Treasure

clock December 16, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Many teachers help children make special gifts to give to their parents and family members during the holiday season. If you’re looking for child-made gift ideas you can use in your classroom, we’ve got a great list for you! Judy Fujawa features these ideas in her book (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education: A calendar with children’s art Their child’s handprint in plaster or on paper A child-decorated picture frame with their child’s ... [More]

Celebrating Bill of Rights Day in the Classroom

clock December 11, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With the rush of the holiday season upon us, other important days and celebrations are often forgotten. December 15th marks the 223rd anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Called “the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity” by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States limit the power of government and protect individual liberty. Celebrating Bill of Rights Day with your students gives you a... [More]

Intentional Teaching During the Holiday Season

clock December 9, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for ways to make the holiday season fun and educational for the children in your care? Intentional teaching—having a plan and purpose for everything you do in the classroom—is one of the best ways you can make the most of the holiday season. Having a specific goal in mind will help you turn simple activities into engaging and educational learning experiences for children. Many schools and centers have policies about what you can teach children about the holidays, but ... [More]

The Role of Talk in the Writing Workshop

clock December 4, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“We learn to talk from where we spend our listening life - We learn to write from where we spend our reading life.” -Katie Wood Ray Envisioning through Talk…Sharing Possibilities From the beginning of time, people have told stories...stories of grand adventures, new discoveries, daily living, heroic events, relationships, hopes, and dreams. Children, with vivid imaginations and a desire to share their lives with others, are terrific storytellers! One of the greatest gifts to g... [More]

Tips for Keeping Children Healthy in the Fall and Winter Months

clock December 2, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are the children in your care starting to sniffle, sneeze, and cough? The fall and winter months bring more than a change in temperature and some of our favorite holidays—this time of the year is also the start of the cold and flu season. What often begins with one child sniffling and sneezing can lead to several children getting sick, especially in schools and child care centers. Although you can’t control the cold and flu viruses, there are a variety of factors you can address to h... [More]

Top 10 Toys for the Holidays

clock November 26, 2014 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s that time of the year again! There are a variety of things to look forward to during the holidays (time with family and friends, generosity and kindness, good food, Christmas music, etc.), but one of the most complicated, frustrating things about the holidays is trying to figure out what gifts to get everyone. To make your holiday shopping a little easier, we’ve come up with a list of our top 10 toys for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a gift to give your whole cl... [More]

Why We’re Grateful for Educators

clock November 24, 2014 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we want to take a moment to recognize educators for the positive impact they have on the world. Most of us can name at least one educator who made a difference in our lives, but we remember those educators not for the material they taught us but for how they influenced us as individuals. This is because educators do much more than teach—they encourage us to better ourselves, they see potential in who we can be, and they give us the tools we need to get t... [More]

The Importance of Providing a Safe Environment for Children

clock November 20, 2014 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As an educator, you know that you can’t protect the children in your care from everything. Children’s lives outside of school are often filled with chaos and things you can’t control, especially when it comes to maltreatment. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that 1 in 8 children in the United States will experience confirmed maltreatment (abuse or neglect that has been substantiated by Child Protective Services) by the time they reach 18 years of age. For many childre... [More]