Donors Choose for Children

clock June 5, 2013 16:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
In the past, we have worked very closely with DonorsChoose.org for various fundraising efforts--it's great to know that the money you raise is going directly to teachers. Which is why we are fundraising for DonorsChoose once more this month! If you are a fan of Kaplan on Facebook, you may have noticed a small overhaul of our Facebook page: new cover photo, new pictures... for every new 'Like' we get on Facebook, we've resolved to donate $1 each to DonorsChoose. If you're not a fan of Kaplan on F... [More]

Flagmaking for Memorial Day

clock May 20, 2013 16:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Next Monday is Memorial Day. While schools will will be closed, you can do this fun flag riddle and flagmaking activity before next Monday and tell the children what Memorial Day is all about!   Flag Riddles Learning Objectives Learn the colors of the flag. Develop their large motor skills. Vocabulary America, blue, flag, red, symbol, white Materials American flag white construction paper markers and crayons glue pre-cut white stars What to Do Display the American flag for the children... [More]

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]