Get tips for teaching citizenship to elementary students and incorporating citizenship activities into your lesson plans with our latest Kaplan blog post. [More]
Teaching children about feelings—specifically how to identify and manage their emotions—is an important part of early childhood education. Social and emotional learning helps children learn how to make friends, manage stress, face difficult situations, and much more. [More]
Are some of your preschoolers going to kindergarten at the start of the new school year? Make sure children are getting the support they need at home and answer any questions parents may have with these tips on helping parents prepare their children (and themselves) for kindergarten. [More]
Have you heard about Worry Eaters? They’re the new must-have tool for social and emotional learning in the classroom. The plush toys comfort children by giving them the opportunity to share their worries. [More]
What phrases do you use to help build children’s self-esteem? It’s important that you be specific in your praise by focusing on a specific act. For example, “Great job!” is a popular phrase that many educators use, but it doesn’t necessarily tell students what they did a great job on. [More]
Celebrated each year on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors King’s life and work as a civil rights leader. Even though he faced numerous challenges and struggles, Dr. King never hesitated to dream big and dedicated much of his life to turning his dreams into realities. Whether the children in your care dream of being a scientist or of world peace, encouraging them to dream big can help them achieve their goals and give them something to work towards. [More]
Whether you know it or not, there are bullies, victims, and bystanders in your classroom. National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is celebrated each October, which gives you the perfect opportunity to work on unmasking bullying in your classroom. Bullying affects students’ physical and social-emotional health, but most bullying incidents are often unreported. [More]
Nurturing the five senses—sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch—from a young age helps children make observations and learn about the world around them. However, these five senses aren’t the only senses teachers should be focusing on helping children develop. [More]
Do you bounce back when life knocks you down? Teaching children about resilience is a primary focus in children’s social and emotional health, but it’s also important that you and other teachers know how to be resilient as adults. [More]
“Uh-oh. Someone said a bad word!”
If you work with children or have children of your own, you’ve probably heard (and said) this or similar statements many times. Children use inappropriate words for a variety of reasons—they may hear someone else say the word and say it on accident, they may be upset and use bad language to hurt someone else, or they may say a curse word to get attention from adults and other children. Inappropriate language is often a challenging behavior that teachers have to address to ensure that no one is offended or gets their feelings hurt and to help children develop good manners and social skills.
Children may or may not be allowed to use bad language at home, but you need to make sure they understand that cursing and name calling are not allowed in the classroom or anywhere at school. Establish clear rules and consequences for when a child curses or uses inappropriate language. Another way you can curb bad language in the classroom is by talking with children about appropriate words they can use to express their thoughts and feelings, such as the words included in the image below.
Featured in Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education, a book from award-winning publisher Gryphon House, this list of 10 “F” Words That Children Are Allowed To Use is the perfect way to remind children to use appropriate words.
Helpful Tip: Print out the above image and post it on a bulletin board in your classroom. When children say a bad word, tell them to go find the image on the board and pick out a word that they can use to make a positive or nice sentence.
Be sure to read our Insights and Inspirations article Addressing Challenging Behaviors for additional tips and information on how you can address other challenging behaviors in the classroom.
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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]
With September 11th tomorrow, conversations of remembrance are sure to be circulating around the classroom this week. Though the devastation that the United States felt 13 years ago is far from being forgotten and the sadness it caused families of lost loved ones will never diminish, there are some positive lessons you can draw from what happened to develop students’ social and emotional development. [More]