Exploring Elementary STEM with NASA

clock July 28, 2014 10:26 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Love space and exploration? Then you will be excited to know that tomorrow marks NASA’s 56th Anniversary! Established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, the National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed to encourage peaceful space science exploration. NASA has since gone on to spearhead the Apollo moon landing, the Skylab space station, the creation of the space shuttle, and is currently aiding in the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA also has an abundance of content on their website to look to for lesson plans when you need a little STEM inspiration. Here are a few, fun STEM applications you can use when teaching your elementary students about space: [More]

Choosing the Right Blocks for Your Classroom

clock July 22, 2014 10:01 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are so many different types of block play! Wooden blocks, soft blocks, LEGO® blocks, magnetic blocks—it’s hard to know which set will be most beneficial to the children in your care. No worries! We’re going to break down a few of our most popular block play items for you: [More]

4 Innovative Ways to Create an Outdoor Classroom

clock July 18, 2014 08:51 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Want to take learning outside but not sure how? A plethora of pins (http://www.pinterest.com/kaplanco/outdoor-learning/) await discovery for making outdoor time beneficial to students. Athletic activities develop gross motor skills, sand boxes encourage sensory play, and sidewalk chalk allows students’ imaginations to soar. Everyone knows that the great outdoors presents a variety of learning opportunities for students, but what we want to do is show you how to take the classroom environment and bring it outside. Prepare for four ways to create outdoor learning spaces! [More]

4 Cost-Effective Ways to Reward Students

clock July 17, 2014 08:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you finding it hard to keep your students motivated? We have a few creative solutions for rewarding students based on good behavior that will stop even the most challenging of behaviors! Keep reward systems cost-effective while encouraging progress in problem areas with the introduction of these four fun ideas: [More]

How to Engage the Boys in Your Classroom

clock July 16, 2014 10:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Constant fidgeting, pushing, running around—does this describe the boys in your classroom? If you’ve found yourself scratching your head and wondering why it seems the girls in your class are “better behaved,” know you’re not alone! After years of believing girls’ and boys’ brains were the same, new research has led scientists to realize that not only are brains “wired” differently between the two genders, but that it affects learning approaches as well! Here are some distinct differences between how boys approach learning as opposed to girls and how you can effectively cater to those differences resulting in a balanced classroom. [More]