SAM Animation: An innovative – yet simple – way to engage, inspire, and “teach” in the K12 classroom

clock May 9, 2013 14:26 by author Kaplan Early Learning
by Melissa Pickering of iCreate to Educate In the world of education technology, it’s rare that a learning tool can be effective from Kindergarten all the way through high school… in subjects ranging from biology to foreign language to math.  However, SAM Animation, a simple stop-motion software owned by iCreate and now an exclusively distributed product here at Kaplan, does indeed fit the bill for the breadth and depth we all look for in technology because why wouldn’t w... [More]

Three Superstar Activities for Space Day

clock May 1, 2013 17:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first Friday of May is International Space Day! This holiday of sorts began as a way to get young children interested in astronomy, as well as math and science, and it has spread to include almost everything related to outer space and our universe. We've come up with a few fun activities that you can do with your classes as a way to celebrate! And don't worry--there are no rocket ships or TARDISes needed for these activities. (Unless you want to include them, of course!)   Star Gazing f... [More]

Get Kids Moving!

clock April 25, 2013 10:04 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Get the kids in your classroom up and moving--and promote nutrition at the same time--with this fun activity from Deborah Kayton Michals' new book, Up, Down, Move Around--Nutrition and Motor Skills: Active Learning for Preschoolers. And the best part is that you don't need any materials for this activity! Pasta Wiggle   Good nutrition gives us energy, and the shapes are fun to make! How to Do It Ask the children to form a big circle. Ask them to raise their hands if they have ever eaten pa... [More]

Earth Day Outdoor Play

clock April 16, 2013 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Next Monday, April 22, is Earth Day! There are so many ways to celebrate the earth--recycling, planting new flowers, trees, and vegetables, going outside to play--and more! Here is one way that you can celebrate the earth with your children. A Bunny Rabbit's Garden   In this activity, your child will learn to develop imaginative thinking and descriptive language, to increase small and large motor skills, and to learn about the cycle of plant growth. Materials 9" x 12" craft foam sheets any... [More]

Communicating with Children on the Autism Spectrum

clock April 9, 2013 12:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How do children with Autism communicate differently than typically developing preschool children? Language disorders are often widely accepted as typical of children with autism. In fact, it may be the most noticed characteristic. A language disorder is defined as a deficit in using words or vocabulary. It can also involve how a child understands language and uses it in social settings. For children with autism, a pragmatic language delay is often seen. Pragmatic language involves using languag... [More]