The Current Debate: STEM vs. STEAM

clock April 14, 2014 08:49 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the STEAM vs STEM debate? It’s quite the rage amongst teachers now and with good reason. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) presents a viewpoint of early education that incorporates precedence on arts integration with math and science learning, whereas STEM is the original viewpoint of concentrating solely on pushing science, technology, engineering and math. To better understand the ramifications of both viewpoints and because it is important to discuss in relation to our early education system, we thought we would give you information on both approaches to bring awareness to such a prevalent educational issue. [More]

Financial Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

clock April 8, 2014 15:34 by author Kaplan Early Learning
April is Financial Education Month, and more and more schools are looking for creative ways to teach elementary students about personal finance. Many students struggle with conceptualizing basic money skills, let alone the financial tools that are essential to our everyday lives. But, financial literacy is a necessity if we are to make sure that students are college and career ready. [More]

Sand & Water Table Ideas for the Classroom!

clock April 7, 2014 08:16 by author Kaplan Early Learning
This week, we are running a special giveaway for Kaplan fans! If you enter our Sand & Water Table Sweepstakes, you will have a chance to win our Neptune Sand & Water Table and a mat to go underneath. The second place winner will also get one of our absorbent mats, perfect for creative aftermath! But to get you even more pumped, here are a few creative ways sand and water tables can be used for everyday learning in the children in your care. [More]

Common Misconceptions about the Common Core

clock April 1, 2014 11:11 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy April Fool’s Day! Instead of pulling tricks or giving misinformation, we thought we would use the holiday as an opportunity to separate myths from facts when it comes to Common Core standards. With Common Core being such a large and multi-faceted initiative, it is no wonder there are so many questions concerning the standards. We came up with a list of reasonable worries floating around and answers straight from the source. Check out what we found below: [More]

Join Us in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

clock March 24, 2014 02:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Do you think early care and education providers have a responsibility to help prevent childhood obesity? According to the CDC, 18% of children (6-11 years old) and 21% of adolescents (12-19 years old) were considered obese in 2012. The CDC also reported that more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese during that year. The high number of overweight and obese children indicates that more must be done to address the causes of obesity, especially in early care a... [More]