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Communication Strategies that Keep Parents Engaged

Create Date August 20, 2014 04:08 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]

4 Teacher Tips for Sprucing up Your Classroom Library

Create Date August 19, 2014 05:24 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]

10 Things Every Elementary Teacher Should Know

Create Date August 13, 2014 04:05 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

Create Date August 11, 2014 03:50 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

Create Date August 8, 2014 06:14 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

Create Date August 6, 2014 05:27 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

Create Date August 3, 2014 23:53 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

Create Date August 1, 2014 11:02 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]

5 Ways to Help Students Foster New Friendships

Create Date July 30, 2014 10:34 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first day of school can always be a little daunting for small children. Whether they are coming in with old friends or hoping to make new ones, social interactions go a long way in determining how the school year will play out. That’s why – as educators – we all have to do our best to encourage cooperative play and provide opportunities for friendships to blossom. It is not only an essential part of a child’s social and emotional development, but it will also make your classroom operate more smoothly during the school months to come! Without further ado, here are five ways to help students foster new friendships: [More]

Summer Relaxation and Reboot for Educators

Create Date July 13, 2014 21:27 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The beginning of the school year is quickly approaching! Want to enjoy those last few summer months of sanity while also ensuring you are prepared for the year to come? To put your mind at ease during those well-deserved hours of relaxation, we have a few suggestions for turning that time into experiences that also count toward the classroom. Who said you can’t be a multi-tasker while relaxing? [More]
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