Head Start Resources

Kaplan Early Learning Company understands and supports the goals and needs of Head Start programs. Head Start has been a primary focus of our company for decades, so we have the resources and products needed to be your one-stop shop for Head Start and Early Head Start. Our products are great tools to use in helping 3 to 5 year olds develop skills in the areas outlined in the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework.

We have provided information about the five essential domains of the Framework in the tabs below based on ECLKC resources. Browse our product lists for each element or contact your local Kaplan representative for expert assistance in choosing products for your Head Start program.

Domains


Head Start Framework

Logic & Reasoning

The Logic & Reasoning domain focuses on children developing the ability to think, reason, and use information to make good decisions and understand their surroundings. Children need to develop skills in logic and reasoning to ensure that they can seek solutions to problems and that they are not taken advantage of by other people or companies when they are older. As you choose curricula and assessments for your program, keep in mind the two domain elements of Logic & Reasoning and the accompanying examples of skills 3 to 5 year olds should be developing in this area:

  1. Reasoning & Problem Solving
    • Children should recognize and understand cause and effect relationships.
    • Using past knowledge to classify, compare, and contrast events, objects, and experiences is also an important skill for children to develop.
    • Seeking multiple solutions to a problem or task is another sign that children are growing in this area of the Framework.
  2. Symbolic Representation
    • Children should participate and act out roles in dramatic play.
    • An ability to recognize the difference between pretend situations and reality is another skill children need to develop.
    • It is also important for children to begin to understand that symbols or objects can represent something else at this stage in their development.

For more in-depth information about this domain or additional resources, visit the Cognition & General Knowledge page on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center's (ECLKC) website.

Kaplan offers a variety of interactive games, books, activity guides, and dramatic play items to help promote logic and reasoning skills in children.

  • Dramatic Play Costumes (Set of 5)
    Dramatic Play Costumes (Set of 5)
    $179.95
    • Item Number: 32402
    • In Stock
    3 - 5 years. Inspire children to explore a variety of careers with these five career costumes. Features hook-and-loop closures for easy dress up. Accessories and hats are included for all costumes with the exception of the astronaut costume. 100% polyester. Soft, machine washable fabric. Includes: Mechanic, Construction Worker, Mail Carrier, Astronaut, and Chef.
  • LEGO® DUPLO® Early Simple Machines Set (9656)
    LEGO® DUPLO® Early Simple Machines Set (9656)
    $159.95
    • Item Number: 89883
    • In Stock
    5 years & up. This set features a brick assortment and eight double-sided, full-color building instructions. The set includes gears, levers, pulleys, and wheels and axles, as well as a plastic punch-out sheet with eyes, sails, scales and wings. Use this set with the accompanying curriculum pack to conduct full lessons, extension activities, and problem-solving tasks. The support materials provided in this curriculum pack include teacher guidance and student worksheets. 102 pieces.
  • Transparent Marble Run
    Transparent Marble Run
    $37.95
    • Item Number: 84211
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Roll your way into a good time with this marbulous-marble run! The durable, transparent pieces allow children to visually track the entire course of their marble as it makes it's journey through several fun twists and turns. 48 transparent pieces, plus 16 marbles.
  • Gears! Gears! Gears!® - 95 Pieces
    Gears! Gears! Gears!® - 95 Pieces
    $32.95
    • Item Number: 30994
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Challenge patterning and problem solving skills with this exciting set of gears, cranks, connectors, pillars, and interlocking plates! Includes 95 pieces in one size for hundreds of 3 dimensional possibilities.

Mathematics Knowledge & Skills

This domain refers to children understanding the concepts of numbers, shapes, and patterns among other math subjects. Young children need to develop early math skills to help them connect ideas and to question and analyze the world around them. The mathematic skills 3 to 5 year olds develop will be the foundation of how they solve more complex mathematical concepts and equations later in life. Remember the following elements and examples of mathematical skills 3 to 5 year olds should be developing as you create lesson plans based on suggested guidelines from the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework:

  1. Number Concepts & Quantities
    • Children should understand that numbers represent quantities and that they go in a certain order.
    • Associating numbers and quantities with written numerals is another skill they should be developing at this stage.
    • Children should also learn how to determine quantity by using one-to-one counting or by identifying the number of items without counting.
  2. Number Relationships & Operations
    • Using a range of strategies to compare the quantity of two objects is one example of the skills children should be developing in this domain element.
    • Children should also be able to recognize that numbers can be used to make another number.
    • Identifying a new number when others are combined or separated is another skill 3 to 5 year olds need to develop.
  3. Geometry & Spatial Sense
    • Children should be able to understand shapes, their attributes, and how they are related to one another.
    • Comparing an object based on size and shape is another important skill for children to learn.
    • Directions and the position of objects are other important concepts children need to develop in this area.
  4. Patterns
    • Children should recognize patterns and how they are sequenced.
    • Duplicating and extending simple patterns are other skills children need to acquire in this stage of development.
    • Creating their own patterns is a great indicator of how children's skills are growing in this domain element.
  5. Measurement & Comparison
    • Comparing objects by their length, weight, and size are necessary skills 3 to 5 year olds should learn.
    • Using size or length to organize objects into a certain order is another example of what skills children should be developing in this area of the Framework.
    • Using tools and techniques to measure and compare objects also demonstrates the knowledge and skills children are acquiring at this stage in their development.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Mathematics Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan offers a variety of math materials that give children the opportunity to explore various mathematical concepts. Children can learn about measurements, quantity, shape, patterns, and more with our educational math games, number blocks, books, charts, and other math items.

  • Kaplan Dough Counting Mats (Set of 9)
    Kaplan Dough Counting Mats (Set of 9)
    $11.95
    • Item Number: 86302
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Children can create dough eggs to put in the birds nest! Each dough mat has a numeral and corresponding counting dots so children know how many dough eggs to make and place in the nest. These mats are a wonderful and engaging way to incorporate math and fine motor skills. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 9.
  • Dinosaur Bones Match & Measuring Cards
    Dinosaur Bones Match & Measuring Cards
    $19.95
    • Item Number: 62951
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. These exciting activity cards are an ideal way to encourage children to match, count, compare, order and measure the bones they discover. Made from durable PVC, the 8" x 11" cards are ideal to use in the outdoor area as children discover the buried bones.
  • LEGO® DUPLO® Math Train (45008)
    LEGO® DUPLO® Math Train (45008)
    $104.95
    • Item Number: 89857
    • In Stock
    2 - 5 years. Discover counting, patterns and simple addition and subtraction with a fun and imaginative set that also teaches the purpose of stations and trains. Children will role play exciting transportation scenarios as they use the crane to load and unload colorful train cargo and construct stations along a delivery route that they create! 167 pieces.
  • Measurement School Readiness Math Toolbox
    Measurement School Readiness Math Toolbox
    $39.95
    • Item Number: 63191
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Children will be introduced to math concepts such as length, volume, weight, distance, and temperature with the materials and activities in this toolbox. Children will engage in hands-on math activities encouraged by eight interactive cards, road ruler, tape measure, and a set of manipulatives that incorporate all the listed math skills and more.

Science Knowledge & Skills

The Science Knowledge & Skills domain concerns the emerging ability of children to gather information about their surroundings and then organize that information into theories and knowledge. Children are very curious during the early childhood years and encouraging children to explore and learn about the world around them will help them develop an interest in the environment and other science subjects. As you design your Head Start program to meet school readiness goals, consider these elements and examples of the Science Knowledge & Skills domain:

  1. Scientific Skills & Method
    • Children should use their senses and other tools to observe and collect information and then use that information to ask questions and investigate science processes and relationships.
    • Children need to be able to observe and discuss similarities, differences, and comparisons among objects at this stage in their development.
    • Another indicator of development in this area is whether children can use past experiences and what they are currently learning to make predictions and discuss explanations and generalizations in the science world.
  2. Conceptual Knowledge of the Natural & Physical World
    • Observing, discussing, and describing living things and natural processes are a few skills 3 to 5 year olds need to develop in this area.
    • Children should also be able to make observations, describe, and discuss material properties and how substances transform.
    • Acquiring knowledge of the concepts and facts of science and then using that knowledge to understand relationships in nature and the environment is another skill children need to learn at this stage in their development.

Visit the Science Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.

Be sure to check out Kaplan's science book sets, aquariums, magnets, microscopes, scales, bug and animal sets, and our educational light table. Our science materials and supplies make great additions to the classroom and can help your Head Start program meet requirements and guidelines.

  • Shadow Match Game
    Shadow Match Game
    $32.95
    • Item Number: 70834
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Match each object to its shadow to build awareness and cognitive skills. 3 - 4 players. Includes 2 double-sided boards and 36 tiles.
  • Science Habitat Center - Chocolate
    Science Habitat Center - Chocolate
    $322.95
    • Item Number: 29367-CH
    • Ships From Manufacturer
    This one of a kind center allows you to create a garden, a butterfly house, ladybug habitat, or whatever science project you wish. A spacious learning environment for your entire classroom. A 5" diameter screw-on cap provides easy access. Comes in blue frame only, with a Mega-Tray, vent plug, and super plug. Remove the dome and turn the center into a Sand & Water Center. Easy to move on (4) 3" locking casters. 2 snap-on caddies are included. Some assembly required. 33"H x 21"W x 21"D.
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Specimen Set
    Butterfly Life Cycle Specimen Set
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 63320
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Observe the butterfly life cycle with this durable set. Preserved and encased in clear resin material and can be observed from every side to see the details. Includes four specimens.
  • Kaplan Classroom Science Set
    Kaplan Classroom Science Set
    $199.95
    • Item Number: 62837
    • Temporarily Out of Stock
    3 years & up. As children study and practice science, provide them with opportunities to approach problems in different ways. The open-ended, hands-on materials in this kit help make the crucial repetition of concepts engaging, promote inquiry and investigation, and invite students to explore everything from color mixing to the properties of magnetism. Aligns with State Standards.

Social Studies Knowledge & Skills

The Social Studies Knowledge & Skills domain refers to children understanding how people relate to one another and the world around them. The social studies skills children develop this stage in their development will help them learn about themselves, their family, community, nation, and the world. Keep in mind the following domain elements and skill examples when you are choosing assessments and curricula for your Head Start program:

  1. Self, Family, & Community
    • Children should be able to identify their personal and family structure and understand and respect the similarities and differences among people.
    • Being able to recognize the work associated with a variety of jobs is another skill children should be developing at this stage.
    • Understanding why there are rules at home and in the classroom and laws in the community is also an important concept 3 to 5 year olds need to develop.
  2. People & the Environment
    • Children should be able to recognize different aspects of the environment, such as land formations, roads, buildings, trees, and bodies of water.
    • They should also recognize that the environment is shared by people, plants, and animals.
    • Understanding that activities, such as recycling or turning off the water when they brush their teeth, can help take care of the environment is another important concept children need to learn at this stage in their development.
  3. History & Events
    • Children should be able to differentiate between the past, present, and future.
    • The ability to recognize what events happened in the past is an important skill for 3 to 5 year olds to develop.
    • Understanding how people live and that what they do changes over time will help children be successful now and in the future.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Social Studies Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan offers a wide variety of globes, multi-cultural items and activities, character education book sets, maps, activity books, and much more. Our social studies products will help children learn about diversity, traditions, history, and other cultures.

  • Recycling Zone
    Recycling Zone
    $32.95
    • Item Number: 70482
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Encourage children to protect the earth by increasing environmental awareness. One large board and 20 tiles. Match the recyclable item with the correct recycling bin. Activity guide included.
  • Community Helpers Exploration Toolbox
    Community Helpers Exploration Toolbox
    $49.95
    • Item Number: 63174
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Children will become familiar with community helpers such as construction workers, doctors, and firefighters while developing their literacy and math skills. This toolbox includes a set of language cards that introduce new vocabulary, multiple sorting boards for math activities, a set of community helper figurines for engaging dramatic play, and 24 tiles with pictures and beginning letter sounds to encourage language and literacy at all levels. Add the accompanying book set (item… More »
  • Career Puzzle Set - Set of 8
    Career Puzzle Set - Set of 8
    $79.95
    • Item Number: 63749
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Introduce children to eight different careers that inspire them to dream about what they want to be when they grow up. The careers include a teacher, police officer, technician, doctor, construction worker, delivery worker, firefighter, and chef. Puzzles have a color inlay of the image to assist with placement and a letter on the back to identify puzzle. Puzzles measure 9" x 12".
  • Friends At Work and Play Paperback Book and Poster Set
    Friends At Work and Play Paperback Book and Poster Set
    $37.95
    • Item Number: 47871
    • In Stock
    1 - 5 years. The message is simple. Everyone's contribution counts. Each one of us has an important role to play in helping to make our communities better places to live, regardless of our background or ability. The 11" x 17" posters show how young children and community helpers from different backgrounds and diverse abilities work and learn together. Set includes "Friends at Work and Play" book, twelve posters, and a teacher's guide. Posters are printed on heavy stock with a… More »

Physical Development

This domain of the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework focuses on children's physical well-being, which refers to nutrition, exercise, personal hygiene, safety practices, and development of gross and fine motor skills. Learning good health habits early in life will help build a strong foundation for lifelong healthy living. Consider these four main elements and examples for Physical Development and Health when you are planning your Head Start program's curricula and assessments:

  1. Physical Health Status
    • Children should have good health overall.
    • Children need to get a sufficient amount of rest and exercise for their age.
    • Maintaining physical growth within the appropriate ranges of weight, height, and age is also important in determining how a child develops mentally, physically, and emotionally during this stage of their life.
  2. Health Knowledge & Practice
    • Children should understand and practice healthy and safe habits.
    • Completing personal care tasks independently is another indicator of how children are growing in this area of the Framework.
    • Children cooperating during doctor or dental visits and recognizing the importance of those visits shows a major step they have taken in the developmental process.
  3. Gross Motor Skills
    • Understanding how the body moves and how to control their own body is an indicator of growth in this area of the Framework.
    • Balanced movements and coordination for a range of activities are also skills 3 to 5 year olds should be developing.
  4. Fine Motor Skills
    • Children should be developing increased hand strength, dexterity, and eye-hand coordination.
    • Manipulating a range or objects, such as blocks or art supplies, is another indicator of the skills children need to acquire at this stage in their development.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Physical Development & Health page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan's selection of playground, nutrition, and active play items would make great additions to your Head Start program's lesson plans and curricula.

  • Balance Bike - Yellow (Single)
    Balance Bike - Yellow (Single)
    $149.95
    • Item Number: 63393-YL
    • In Stock
    3 - 5 years. The Balance Bike uses two solid wheels to encourage a sense of balance and blooming motor skills. Children gain a feeling of safety and security as they learn to balance and glide astride their very own vehicle. Measures 29"L x 19"W x 23"H.
  • Health and Your Body Books - Set of 4
    Health and Your Body Books - Set of 4
    $27.95
    • Item Number: 62422
    • In Stock
    4 years & up. Inspire good habits with these easy to read introductions to healthy living. Whether learning about proper nutrition or understanding how our bodies work, kids will get the facts they need to help keep them in good health.
  • Body Poetry: Yoga Cards
    Body Poetry: Yoga Cards
    $25.95
    • Item Number: 86020
    • In Stock
    4 years & up. Stretch, strut, waddle, prance and stroll! Use this set of 16 cards to lead children in safe, fun, and healthy exercises. Cards are divided into three categories, easy, intermediate, and challenging.
  • Step-A-Forest
    Step-A-Forest
    $239.95
    • Item Number: 62491
    • Temporarily Out of Stock
    18 months & up. Made of durable plastic with soft, non-slip surface lines and rings, this unique set allows children to safely experience balance and gain confidence as they explore a path through nature. The pieces can be arranged in endless combinations to develop and enhance gross motor skills. Straight logs are 19"L and tallest stumps are 5 1/2"H.

Social / Emotional

The Social & Emotional Development domain concerns the social and emotional skills that help children have and maintain healthy relationships, develop a healthy personal identity, regulate behavior and emotions, and foster secure attachment to adults. The emotional and social well-being of children will indicate the type of relationships they have as adults and how they will adjust to new environments in the future. As you consider how to promote continuous quality improvement in your Head Start program, remember the following elements and examples of the Social & Emotional Development domain:

  1. Social Relationships
    • Children should interact and have healthy relationships with adults and their peers.
    • Communicating with others and accepting or requesting guidance also indicates that 3 to 5 year olds are developing good social skills.
    • Recognizing and labeling the emotions of others and using socially appropriate behavior with adults and peers are other examples of how children should be developing emotionally and socially.
  2. Self-Concept & Self-Efficacy
    • Children need to identify their own personal characteristics, preferences, thoughts, and feelings.
    • Showing confidence in accomplishing tasks, meeting goals, and making decisions indicates that 3 to 5 year olds are developing increasing skills in this area of the Framework.
    • Demonstrating age-appropriate independence in a range of activities and in decision making should also be skills children are developing.
  3. Self-Regulations
    • Children recognizing and regulating their own emotions and behaviors is a sign that they are developing at the right pace for this age group.
    • Following rules, routines, and directions with minimal input from adults also indicates that children are growing in this area of the Framework.
    • Children should also be learning to handle impulses or distractions independently from adults.
  4. Emotional & Behavioral Health
    • Expressing a healthy range of emotions and being open to learning positive alternatives to negative behaviors shows that children are developing good emotional and behavioral habits.
    • Adapting to new environments with age-appropriate emotions and behaviors also indicates that children are growing in this area of the Framework.

Visit the Social & Emotional Development page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.

Kaplan's selection of social and emotional books, CDs, assessments, and other products and resources are valuable tools you can use to create a Head Start program that can help children meet school readiness goals.

  • Manimo® Weighted Dolphin (2 lbs.)
    Manimo® Weighted Dolphin (2 lbs.)
    $45.95
    • Item Number: 63777
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Wear the weighted dolphin around the neck or on the thighs for a warming, calming effect. Recommended use is 15 -20 minutes.
  • My Feelings Carpet - 4' x 6'
    My Feelings Carpet - 4' x 6'
    $159.95
    • Item Number: 62919
    • In Stock
    Encourage children to identify their feelings and understand the relationship between their actions and other's responses with the My Feelings Carpet. Children will be able to relate to each of the ten emotions (happy, embarrassed, surprised, worried, angry, proud, shy, confused, scared, and sad). Measures 4' x 6'.
  • Social and Emotional Foundation Kit (40+ Pieces)
    Social and Emotional Foundation Kit (40+ Pieces)
    $499.95
    • Item Number: 63776
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Invite children into a safe place to sort, share, and work through their emotions. This area provides a comfortable place to use a variety of engaging social and emotional materials and self-discovery tools that encourage children to identify what they are feeling and find appropriate ways to handle their emotions. While sitting in the Comfort Zone, children can choose from the included Worry Eater, 10 books, 12-piece poster set, 8 puzzles, 6 self-reflective mirrors, 3 huggers,… More »
  • Identifying Feelings
    Identifying Feelings
    $39.95
    • Item Number: 63783
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Give the children in your classroom an opportunity to identify their personal feelings with 50 common life scenarios. Children may not always feel the same way as their peers in specific situations and life events. This set gives them the self-discovery tools needed to evaluate how they feel and to understand that others may not feel the same way. This set includes a set of emotions tiles for 10 children (depicting 6 emotions each), instruction cards, and 50 scenario cards.

Creative Arts Expression

The Creative Arts Expression domain refers to children participating in a range of activities for creative and imaginative expression. Creative arts, such as music, art, and drama, help engage children's minds, bodies, and senses and help them develop positive forms of self-expression. The following domain elements and examples for Creative Arts Expression are important to remember as you make decisions for your Head Start center:

  1. Music
    • Children should be participating in music activities or experimenting with musical instruments.
    • Creative Movement & Dance
    • Using their body to dance to different beats in music or to express their ideas or feelings is one example of how 3 to 5 year olds should be developing at this stage of their life.
  2. Art
    • Children should use a range of materials and techniques to make art.
    • Discussing their own projects and other people's art projects indicates growth and development in this area of the Framework.
    • Children should also reflect their thoughts and feelings in their art.
  3. Drama
    • Children should portray events, characters, or stories through dialogue, actions, or objects.
    • Using their imagination and creativity to assume roles in dramatic play is a great of example of how children should be growing in the Creative Arts Expression domain.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Creative Arts Expression page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan's offers a wide variety of arts and crafts, dramatic play items, and music and dance materials. Any of these creative expression items would make great additions to your Head Start program.

  • Boomwhackers Activity Kit
    Boomwhackers Activity Kit
    $41.95
    • Item Number: 48088
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Whack almost anything to produce tones - thigh, hand, table chair, floor, etc. Different surfaces produce different sounds. Boomwhackers CD has seven activities that may be played independently or as a group. Set includes CD and 8 note boomwhackers.
  • 15-Player Rhythm Band Kit
    15-Player Rhythm Band Kit
    $79.95
    • Item Number: 30397
    • In Stock
    Includes: 3- 8" rhythm sticks, 1 pair of maracas,1 crow sounder, 1 pair of sand blocks, 1 pair of tap-tap blocks, 1 frame drum, 1 cymbal, 1 triangle, 2 wrist bells, 3 jingle sticks and instructional DVD.Please note: If an instrument becomes unavailable, a suitable substitute may be found as a replacement to complete the set.
  • Art Start Kit
    Art Start Kit
    $32.95
    • Item Number: 46060
    • In Stock
    4 years & up. Perfect for all types of collage or 3-D art projects, these bright and colorful materials provide hours of endless fun. Store leftover products in the neat storage box for easy re-use. Activity guide included. Made in the USA.
  • Tabletop Puppet Theater
    Tabletop Puppet Theater
    $59.95
    • Item Number: 62623
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Compact theater sets up in minutes! With chalkboard marquee and closeable curtain. Folds flat for easy storage. Some assembly required.

Approaches to Learning

The Approaches to Learning domain refers to certain behaviors you can observe that indicate the ways in which children become engaged in learning experiences and social interactions. Observing these behaviors will help you develop programs that accommodate children's approaches to learning, which will then contribute to their learning in other domains and in their success in school and life. Remember the domain elements and examples of this domain as you work to put together a Head Start program that meets requirements and helps children with school readiness goals:

  1. Initiative & Curiosity
    • Children should be asking questions and seeking new independence at this stage in their development. They should also show an interest in a variety of topics and activities and have a desire to learn and be creative.
    • Children who demonstrate flexibility, inventiveness, and imagination in their approach to tasks and activities are also showing their growth in this domain of the Framework.
    • An eagerness to learn and discuss a variety of ideas and topics an excellent example of how children need to develop in this area.
  2. Persistence & Attentiveness
    • Children's attention spans should be growing during this stage in their development. They should be able to begin and maintain projects and activities with interest and persistence.
    • Setting goals, developing, and following through on plans for projects and activities is another indicator of how children are gaining skills in this domain of the Framework.
    • Children need to learn to resist distractions, maintain attention, and continue with the task or activity they are working on even if they find it to be frustrating or challenging.
  3. Cooperation
    • Planning, initiating, and completing learning activities with peers are great indicators of children's interest in group experiences.
    • Cooperative play with others and inviting peers to play are other examples of how children should be developing in this domain of the Framework.
    • Children should also be willing to help, share, and cooperate in a group at this stage in their development.

Visit the Approaches to Learning page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.

Kaplan's selection of differentiated instruction and inclusion products will help your program teach children effectively. We offer a variety of lesson plans, study cards, reading strips, books, classroom labels, and more for you to incorporate into your Head Start program.

  • See-Through Composter
    See-Through Composter
    $39.95
    • Item Number: 89312
    • In Stock
    PreK & up. Children can explore decomposition, composting, life cycles, and environmental educational with ease. Three separate, aerated compartments enable children to view the entire decomposition process clearly and make side-by-side comparisons between different materials. Teacher guide included.
  • Investigations Kit for Preschool
    Investigations Kit for Preschool
    $289.95
    • Item Number: 63054
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. The hands-on exploratory nature of studies in the classroom taps into children's natural curiosity, resulting in a learning environment that is both fun and intentional. This Investigations Kit offers a wide range of tools and materials to support and encourage these in-depth investigations. Kit includes: 20 Child-sized clipboards, Tripod Magnifier, 6 Magnifying Glasses, 6 Binoculars, 6 Magnetic Wands, 10 Measuring Tapes, 6 Sorting Hoops, "Comparing Materials" book set… More »
  • I Can Do That Game
    I Can Do That Game
    $22.95
    • Item Number: 85814
    • In Stock
    4 - 8 years. Hopping, crawling, twirling, and balancing are a few of the feats you will encounter while playing this game. You will flip over three cards to create a new challenge each time. There are hundreds of possibilities in every game. 2-4 players.
  • Math and Science Investigations Book Set (Set of 23)
    Math and Science Investigations Book Set (Set of 23)
    $217.95
    • Item Number: 51986
    • In Stock
    3 - 5 years. Children's books and hands-on investigations bring math and science concepts to life! Support young children's natural curiosity and encourage them to explore what happens around them. Each investigation includes the following: a list of materials needed, standard addressed by the activity, step-by-step instructions, open-ended questions and comments to stimulate children's language and thinking skills, observation guidance to use during each investigation, how to deepen and extend… More »

Language Development

The Language Development domain focuses on children developing abilities in receptive and expressive language and often includes understanding and using at least one or more languages. Language skills are important for children to develop because they dictate how children will communicate now and in the future. Keep in mind the following elements and examples of the Language Development domain as you decide what curricula best serve the needs of the children your Head Start program serves:

  1. Receptive Language
    • Children should be able to comprehend different forms of language, different rules for using language, and increasingly complex vocabulary during this stage of their development.
    • Paying attention to language in learning experiences, such conversations, stories, and songs, also indicates how children are growing in this area of the Framework.
  2. Expressive Language
    • Children should be able to use different forms of language to express ideas and needs, use different grammar rules for various purposes, and use a more complex and varied vocabulary.
    • Engaging in communication and storytelling with peers and adults is another indicator that children are able to use language efficiently.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the Language Development page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan offers a variety of language and literacy materials to help children increase their vocabulary and learn about the writing process.

  • LEGO® DUPLO® Build Me "Emotions" (45018)
    LEGO® DUPLO® Build Me "Emotions" (45018)
    $78.95
    • Item Number: 89850
    • In Stock
    3 - 5 years. Build Me "Emotions" invites preschoolers to explore emotions and physical characteristics in a fun and engaging way. As children collaborate on a range of character building experiences, they recognize feelings and identify similarities and differences. Building cards provide support and inspiration so children can continue to build and rebuild characters again and again! 188 pieces.
  • LEGO® DUPLO® StoryTales (45005)
    LEGO® DUPLO® StoryTales (45005)
    $132.95
    • Item Number: 89859
    • In Stock
    3 - 6 years. Promote creativity, imaginative storytelling and language development with this unique and engaging storytelling set. Children will naturally collaborate and develop speaking and listening skills as they build their stories and role-play. Anyone can tell a story with StoryTales! Storage box included. 109 pieces.
  • Occupation Puppets (Set of 8)
    Occupation Puppets (Set of 8)
    $119.95
    • Item Number: 46167
    • In Stock
    12 months & up. Excellent for creative role-play, career, and cultural awareness activities. These 8 puppets have appropriate outfits which illustrate different occupations. Set includes: postman, policeman, doctor, vet, fireman, chef, farmer, and construction worker.
  • Listening Lotto: Alphabet Names & Sounds
    Listening Lotto: Alphabet Names & Sounds
    $15.99
    • Item Number: 86518
    • In Stock
    Match letter names to letters or match words with beginning letter sounds to letters. Includes (12) 5.5 x 8.5 game cards with 12 letters per card; 180 game tokens; an audio CD; and directions in English. Supports NCTE and NAEYC standards.
  • Oral Language Builders
    Oral Language Builders
    $15.95
    • Item Number: 61305
    • In Stock
    A picture can paint a thousand words, and using these photos in a variety of activities can help stimulate the development of both oral and written language skills. Each set has 68 photos. 6" x 8" cards.

Literacy Knowledge & Skills

The Literacy Knowledge & Skills domain refers to the basic concepts and skills that help create a strong foundation for reading and writing. Knowing how to read and write will help children gain knowledge in other areas and encourage them to succeed in school. Remember the following domain elements and examples as you make decisions for your Head Start program:

  1. Book Appreciation & Knowledge
    • Children should recognize how books are read and the common basic characteristics of books at this stage in their development.
    • Showing interest in shared reading experiences, looking at books independently, asking and answering questions about materials, and being interested in different genres of books are all great examples of how children gain book appreciation and knowledge.
    • Children retelling stories from books through conversation and creative outlets is another indicator of the skills 3 to 5 year olds are developing.
  2. Phonological Awareness
    • Children identifying and discriminating between words in language, separate syllables in words, and sounds and phonemes in language are great indicators of the skills they have gained in this domain element.
  3. Alphabet Knowledge
    • Children should learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet and recognize that each letter has a distinct sound(s) associated with it.
    • Learning to identify alphabet letters and associate the correct sounds with those letters should also be a skill children learn during this stage in their development.
  4. Print Concepts & Conventions
    • Children should be able to recognize print in everyday life and understand that print conveys meaning, which they must then work to understand.
    • Understanding the conventions of print and recognizing the relationship between spoken and written words are also important concepts children need to learn.
  5. Early Writing
    • Children need to recognize that writing is a way of communicating and start experimenting with writing tools and materials.
    • Copying, tracing, or independently writing letters or words shows that children are beginning to learn how to write.

Visit the Literacy Knowledge & Skills page on ECLKC's website for more in-depth information and resources about this domain.

Kaplan's selection of language and literacy materials can help children learn the alphabet, phonics, and more.

  • A-Z Magnatab Uppercase
    A-Z Magnatab Uppercase
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 62326
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Learning to write the curves and lines of the alphabet just got easier with this sensory-driven activity. Follow the directional arrows and trace each letter with the magnetic stylus to pull the beads up into the holes. Lightly trace over the letters again with the tip of a finger and the metal balls drop back into the base. 11 1/2"L x 9 1/4"W x 1/2"H.
  • Kaplan Dough Literacy Mats - Set of 26
    Kaplan Dough Literacy Mats - Set of 26
    $21.95
    • Item Number: 86301
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Children can create dough objects to put on the dough mats! Each mat has a letter and corresponding object for children to make and place on the mat. These mats are a wonderful and engaging way to incorporate literacy and fine motor skills. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 26.
  • Writing Readiness: Prewriting Skills Book (16 Dry-Erase, Double-Sided Pages)
    Writing Readiness: Prewriting Skills Book (16 Dry-Erase, Double-Sided Pages)
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 63728
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Support fine motor skills as you introduce beginning writers to eight basic writing skills in a fun and engaging way. Real images encourage children to establish familiarity with the strokes necessary for early letter formation. The 16 double-sided thick and sturdy dry-erase pages are bound at the top to allow for easy flipping and accommodates both right- and left-handed writers. Eraser and dry-erase pen are sold separately.
  • Library Starter Books - Set of 13
    Library Starter Books - Set of 13
    $144.95
    • Item Number: 46687
    • In Stock
    3 - 6 years. Leap into learning through reading and build a fantastic library collection! We have blended traditional and newer titles for a variety of themes, illustrative techniques, and writing styles. Paperback-hardback combination. Set of 13 books.
  • Alphabet Acorns Activity Set
    Alphabet Acorns Activity Set
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 63754
    • In Stock
    3 years & up. Learn letters and vocabulary with acorns! Match uppercase and lowercase letters and match color-coded figures to their appropriate beginning letter. Includes 26 two-piece acorns and 26 color-coded figures—1 for each letter! Acorns measure 2"L x 2 1/2"H.

English Language Development

The English Language Development domain only applies to children who are dual language learners (DLLs). The development of English language skills for children who speak a different first language is important because the ability to understand and speak at least some English will help them in their studies and in everyday life. Be sure to remember these domain elements and examples when you are choosing curricula and assessments for your Head Start program:

  1. Receptive English Language Skills
    • Nonverbally responding or acknowledging common words or phrases and participating with movement or gestures while others dance and sing in English are good indicators that DLLs have developed the ability to understand English.
    • Following directions in English with minimal assistance or nonverbally responding to questions are also examples of behaviors DLLs may show as they are learning English.
  2. Expressive English Language Skills
    • Repeating words or phrases or requesting simple items in English shows that DLLs have started to develop an ability to speak English.
    • Children who use an increasingly complex English vocabulary or construct simple sentences are also showing that they have learned skills in how to use English to communicate.
  3. Engagement in English Literacy Activities
    • Eagerness to participate in songs or stories in English and repeating part of a poem or song are examples of behaviors that show DLLs understand and can respond to items presented in English.
    • Talking with others about a story read in English or telling a story in English indicates that DLLs have grown in their engagement with the English language.

For more in-depth information about this domain, visit the English Language Development page on ECLKC's website.

Kaplan's offers a variety of bilingual and English language learner materials to help children learn and become fluent in the English language. These items would be great additions to your Head Start program, especially if you have DLLs enrolled in your program.

  • WhisperPhone® Solo
    WhisperPhone® Solo
    $8.95
    • Item Number: 83136
    • In Stock
    Grade K & up. The WhisperPhone® Solo is a hands-free, acoustical voice-feedback headset that enables learners to focus and hear themselves ten times more clearly as they learn by processing language aloud. Provide your students with this valuable reinforcement. This unit is fund certified for Title 1 and Reading First, dishwasher safe, reversible for either ear and battery free.
  • Basic Spanish Bingo Game
    Basic Spanish Bingo Game
    $9.99
    • Item Number: 21037
    • In Stock
    4 years & up. Nurture Spanish skills with the popular Bingo game featuring 50 basic Spanish picture words with photos! Includes resource guide and directions in English and Spanish. For 3 to 36 players.
  • Bilingual Book and CD Set (Set of 10)
    Bilingual Book and CD Set (Set of 10)
    $199.95
    • Item Number: 74248
    • In Stock
    PreK - Grade 3. This Spanish and English Read-along set is perfect for students who are learning a new language. Word for word narration as they follow along. This set of 5 titles features all-time favorite books in each language.
  • Bilingual Photo Food Cards (Set of 90)
    Bilingual Photo Food Cards (Set of 90)
    $29.95
    • Item Number: 12101
    • In Stock
    New and improved with updated photos and more cards. Discuss nutrition with our unique set of 90 colorful 4.25" x 5" photo food cards. Cards provide an array of photos from all food groups and cultures. Foods are identified in both English and Spanish.

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Training

Kaplan offers online courses accessible from any computer with an internet connection through two online learning platforms. Through these courses, your staff members can complete training at any time that is convenient to their schedule. Courses offer certificates for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and approved state training hours. View our full online professional development listing here.

Head Start 2016 Training Topics

Kaplan offers on-site professional development to Head Start programs across the nation. All of our training sessions are available in a full-day session format (6 hours) or a half-day session format (3 hours). Our Head Start-applicable trainings are designed specifically to meet the needs of your Head Start teachers and programs, with a fully customizable session format to fulfill your program's specific needs.

"Planning With Purpose: Using Observation and Assessment Data to Inform Practice"

This session addresses how to analyze collected data related to specific classroom observations or assessments. This session will also help educators create lesson plans designed for promoting and optimizing each child's learning experience in the classroom.

"Purposeful Engagements: Supporting Young Learners With Meaningful Interactions and Intentionality"

This session focuses on working with children, using definite program decisions and interactions that directly relate to and impact a teacher's relationships with children. It also addresses how to meet goals and objectives set by your curriculum/program, how to work with varying schedules, and how to support innovative practices. The trainer will demonstrate how to "get it all done" in a busy day with many brain-compatible learning strategies.

"Moving Beyond Empty and Fill to Deep Investigations"

This session helps coordinators and teachers incorporate numerous developing skill sets and the project approach in a school setting to help prepare them for expectations they will face. Trainers will emphasize brain-compatible learning strategies, developmentally appropriate practices, social-emotional skills, and cognitive enhancing endeavors.

"Constructively Meeting 10 Challenges of Working with Preschoolers"

In this session, participants will look at 10 different issues that seem to occur in every program, and will learn how to address these challenges in a creative, brain-compatible, and resilience-building manner. The trainer will provide specific information related to best practices/interventions, attachment, child development, expectations, temperament, and social-emotional development.

"Playful Explorations: Building a Foundation for Learning"

Use play to facilitate learning for any content area in the early childhood classroom! Participants will learn how to use play as a strategy to enhance STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning in specific content areas in the preschool classroom. This session contains information on enhancing cognitive brain development in preschoolers, as well as encouraging and promoting the development of a "community of learners."

"Family Engagement"

Learn how to examine the interactions and relationships between families, caregivers, and others who work with young children. This session looks at how to create the concept of "mind" and/or "consciousness" through games, activities, and interactions. Participants will look at specific strategies to assist during home visits, with ideas and activities for families to use that will be beneficial to their child.

Call us for custom quotes on full-year Professional Development packages at 1-800-334-2014.

Delivery

Kaplan is pleased to provide delivery and setup to your Head Start center! Our K-Truck Delivery and Setup Team will deliver your product and set up your classroom fully to provide the most effective and inspiring learning environments for preschoolers.

During delivery and setup, our experienced installations team will unload your product, place boxes in the correct classrooms, remove the packaging, assemble any furniture or larger products in need of assembly, and provide you with status reports. Our team can also provide other services, such as classroom arrangement, product placement on shelves, and freight-which your Kaplan representative can arrange for you.

K-Truck deliveries are available for new centers, churches, public schools, classroom additions, old center renovations, and many more. For Kaplan to deliver and setup product on the premises, each center will need to provide a Certificate of Occupancy and any required permits in place per local regulations.

For optimal efficiency with our K-Truck delivery service, we recommend that you place your order at least 60 days prior to set-up. For more information about Kaplan's K-Truck Delivery and Setup Team, contact your local Kaplan representative.

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