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Get-to-Know-Me Caterpillar: A Cute Back-to-School Craft

Create Date August 24, 2017 10:45 by author april
Looking for a new back-to-school craft to do with your students? Check out the Get-to-Know-Me Caterpillar craft! It’s a great way for students to work on their fine motor skills. [More]

Back-to-School Inspiration for Teachers

Create Date August 18, 2017 08:00 by author april
Need some encouragement for the start of the new school year? Check out these inspiring tips and quotes for teachers heading back to the classroom! [More]

How Teachers Can Help Kids with the Back-to-School Blues

Create Date August 8, 2017 15:48 by author Tanner Nelson
Summer is over and the first day of the new school year is quickly approaching. How can teachers help kids with their back-to-school blues? [More]

From Trash to Treasure: Finding Inexpensive Materials for Your Classroom

Create Date July 31, 2017 09:18 by author april
Looking for a good deal on classroom materials? Read our blog post for ideas on how to find inexpensive materials and play props for your classroom. [More]

Egg Carton Craft: Classroom Garden

Create Date August 25, 2016 08:48 by author april
Looking for a fun craft that you can have the whole class help make? Our Classroom Garden Craft is a great hands-on art project you can do with your students the first few weeks of class. [More]

Preschool Supply Checklist: Must-Haves for the Classroom

Create Date August 24, 2016 08:00 by author april
Have you stocked up on all of your preschool teaching supplies? Be sure to add these must-haves for the classroom to your preschool supply list! [More]

Back-to-School Investigation: Kaplan Edition (Daily Prizes!)

Create Date August 14, 2016 04:00 by author april
Join us in celebrating the launch of our redesigned website by putting on your detective hat and participating in a back-to-school investigation of our website! The contest runs from Monday, August 15, 2016 through Friday, August, 19, 2016. [More]

Gear Up for Back to School with Six End-of-Summer Learning Activities

Create Date August 4, 2016 06:48 by author april
The arrival of August means that the start of another school year is fast approaching. Whether you’re a caretaker, teacher, or parent, you can help prepare children for back to school with these fun and educational end-of-summer learning games and activities. [More]

Back-to-School Activity: Puzzle People Craft

Create Date July 26, 2016 04:00 by author april
Are you looking for a fun back-to-school activity to do with your students? Based on an activity included in Art with Anything, our Puzzle People Craft is perfect for the first few days of school! Making puzzle piece replicas of themselves can help children get to know one another. The activity also helps you repurpose any old or displaced puzzle pieces you have in your classroom. [More]

Infographic: Bringing the Beach Back to School

Create Date July 22, 2016 05:18 by author april
As the school year starts up again, you don’t have to leave all the fun parts of summer behind. Bring the beach back to the classroom by incorporating STEM-related elements of the beach into lessons for your students. Children will learn about the beach while having fun and developing positive attitudes towards STEM. [More]

Conveying the Right Message to Students and Their Families Through Classroom Design

Create Date August 13, 2015 04:00 by author april
Does your classroom layout create a welcoming environment for students and their families? The placement of students’ desks, learning centers/areas, etc. plays a huge role in the learning environment and the message you send to students and families. As Johnna Darragh Ernst, PhD, explains in her book The Welcoming Classroom, you want your classroom to have a warm, inviting environment that helps you communicate that your classroom is a place where every child and family belongs. [More]

Gearing Up for the New School Year

Create Date July 21, 2015 06:30 by author april
As we head into the latter part of July and the beginning of August, many of you will be rearranging your classroom, finalizing lesson plans, and attending a variety of school and district meetings. It’s often easy to get stressed out during the hustle and bustle of the few weeks leading up to the first day of school, so here are a few tips and resources you can utilize as you gear up for the start of the new school year: [More]

10 Pinterest-Inspired Classroom Hacks

Create Date August 27, 2014 04:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Ever wish you had the perfect organization strategy for your classroom but wary of the costs it would entail? Never fear! You CAN have that perfect classroom setup and accomplish it through DIY (Do It Yourself) projects that are both cost-effective and rewarding to your students. Here are 10 creative ways to organize your classroom: [More]

Quick Hits for Preschool and Elementary Teachers

Create Date August 21, 2014 04:18 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

Create Date August 20, 2014 05:25 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]
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