Keep Families Engaged with Labor Day Learning!

clock August 22, 2014 14:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have your floaties strapped on? Is the grill ready to light? Labor Day weekend is a great time for a little R&R, or for teachers, one extra day to prepare your lesson plans! While you work tirelessly to give your students the best back-to-school welcome, you can also ensure they are doing all they can (with a little help from parents!) to get involved. Here are three ways to not only keep students learning over the holiday weekend but also better get to know their parents: [More]

Quick Hits for Preschool and Elementary Teachers

clock August 21, 2014 08:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The school year is here! As you get to know your students, prepare for Open House Night, and establish classroom standards, you’re going to want to know where to turn for helpful advice, trusted resources, and inspiration for daily lesson plans. These resource lists will not only make the year ahead easier, but also save you time for doing other important tasks—like making labels! Here are few resources we hope you will find helpful during the busy school year ahead: [More]

Cutting Down on Challenging Behaviors

clock August 20, 2014 09:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Every school year brings a new set of challenges—sometimes, those challenges come in the form of behaviors. Whether it’s hitting, biting, or bullying, trying to curb wayward behavior before it becomes a consistent problem is key to effectively managing your classroom. To minimize the time spent in parent conferences and the bruises (both physical and emotional) left on preschoolers, here are five strategies for cutting down on challenging behaviors: [More]

Communication Strategies that Keep Parents Engaged

clock August 20, 2014 08:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Parental engagement is one of the most important factors in the academic success of our students. Yet, teachers consistently cite it as one of their biggest challenges. Here are a few simple strategies to make it easy for you to communicate with parents throughout the year and build a relationship with them that will pay off for students in the long run. [More]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes: Winner Spotlight

clock August 19, 2014 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
You chose your heroes... now it's time to meet them! Today we're featuring Susan P., a Starfish Family Services Early Learning Resource Coordinator from Inkster, MI! Learn a little more about her and why she's a hero to so many below! [More]

4 Teacher Tips for Sprucing up Your Classroom Library

clock August 19, 2014 09:24 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for starting fresh, cleaning things up, and recharging for a year of fun. Sprucing up the classroom library may require you to do a little heavy lifting, but what better motivation than knowing your efforts will have a direct impact on promoting engaged, proficient, joyful readers? The research is clear—reading more is directly linked to reading (and writing) better. So, let’s get started! [More]

5 Pacing Tips & Advice for Early Finishers

clock August 15, 2014 09:10 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Keeping the whole classroom engaged can be hard! Since students learn at different rates, many educators struggle with finding ways to keep early finishers learning while other students are still working. But there are a few planning tips you can implement to make sure every student is continually engaged. Here are five pacing tips to keep everyone challenged in the classroom: [More]

How to Use Photography in Early Childhood Classrooms

clock August 15, 2014 08:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know World Photography Day is tomorrow? Photographs provide a great opportunity for visual learning in the classroom and can bring excitement to any content area! Here are a few ways to not only provide supplemental learning material, but also allow kids to take a more personal approach to lessons. [More]

4 Ways to Get to Know Your Students

clock August 13, 2014 08:33 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first few days of a new school year can be a mixed bag of emotions – from excitement to anxiety. Set the stage for a healthy classroom community by making sure your students know from day one that everyone is a special part of your class. Here are four ice-breakers to put your classroom at ease: [More]

10 Things Every Elementary Teacher Should Know

clock August 13, 2014 08:05 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The school year’s here! Along with new supplies, students, and classrooms, comes the consideration of making adjustments to your teaching approach. There are a handful of simple lessons you’ll want to keep in mind as you prepare for facing a room full of elementary students! To help you out, we’ve compiled 10 lessons every elementary teacher should know before taking on the school year: [More]

Revitalize Your Afterschool Program with New Materials

clock August 11, 2014 07:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With the beginning of school comes many considerations. School supplies, classroom layouts, schedules, and transportation options all have to be arranged for everyday operations to run smoothly. The same is true for afterschool programs! Every year, afterschool program directors should strive to make continual progress and implement new strategies to see students continue to be challenged and excel. While you’re pondering which strategies your afterschool program could use this year, we have a few options for you. [More]

Taming First-Day Jitters for Students… and Their Parents

clock August 8, 2014 10:14 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first day of school can be a little terrifying—for children AND their parents! As an educator, you can make this transition as smooth as possible by keeping a few things in mind. By easing stress students may have about so many changes happening at one time and ensuring parents you’ve provided a safe environment for students, everyone will find the first day of school a lot less scary that originally imagined. Here are a few classroom approaches you can take to calm those first-day jitters and get everyone’s school year off to a great start! [More]

Classroom Hacks: 6 Ways to Rock Your Open House

clock August 6, 2014 09:27 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Open House Night is just as important for parents as it is for students and teachers. Family engagement and open communication are essential to every child’s education – no matter their age or grade. To ensure you start off with your best foot forward, we have a few tips and tricks to make your Open House run as smoothly as possible. [More]

5 Classroom Setup Tips for the Beginning of School

clock August 4, 2014 03:53 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking around your classroom and wondering how to best set it up? Classroom presentation and the environment it creates is a huge indicator in students’ approach to the new school year. Whether it’s incorporating learning centers or choosing appropriate furniture, your classroom layout needs to be one that creates a positive environment for students. We have five suggestions as you go forward planning the perfect classroom! [More]

10 Things Every Kindergarten Teacher Should Know

clock August 1, 2014 15:02 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s almost here—the beginning of a new school year! With only a few more weeks of summer left, a few brave souls will take on teaching kindergarten (some for the first time!) With such an exciting year ahead of you, we want to help make your transition to teaching as smooth as possible. We’ve already laid out what kindergartners need to know , now it’s time for 10 things YOU need to know as a kindergarten teacher: [More]