From the Heart: Classroom Activities for Valentine’s Day

clock February 10, 2014 01:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children love to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their friends and classmates, and they often look forward to participating in the Valentine’s Day parties and activities that teachers and caretakers plan for February 14. Valentine’s Day celebrations and activities provide wonderful teaching opportunities, so we’ve come up with a great selection of classroom activities you can use to help the kids in your care learn about and celebrate Valentine’s Day.   Five Cla... [More]

Education through Healthy Competition

clock February 3, 2014 11:40 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are varying perspectives on whether or not competition has a place in the education system, especially in early education. If it’s agreed that it does belong, there’s always the question of how much, and when does using competition switch from being a motivator to lowering a child’s self-esteem when they aren’t picked or come in last place. We all know competition will be introduced sooner or later, especially when children transition into the adult world and have t... [More]

Promoting Science and Engineering in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms

clock January 27, 2014 04:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Science and engineering are core components of STEM, which has gained increased attention and support over the past few years. Political officials and business leaders continuously stress that the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the classroom is the key to America’s future. Studies and job projections also support the importance of STEM education. A recent study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projected that the number ... [More]

Cooking in the Nature Kitchen

clock January 21, 2014 12:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Sensory needs are essential in the educational lives of preschoolers. Whether it's getting involved in color activities or play dough with Pinterest ideas, it allows your students to not only process what they are seeing, but to understand it, which is an important part of early development. [More]

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Classroom

clock January 16, 2014 03:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Every year the third Monday in January is reserved for the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work as a prominent leader of the civil rights movement. King’s efforts to make the dream he envisioned a reality resulted in the world we live in today, which is why we take time to honor King and his legacy. Here are a few activities for preschoolers and elementary students you can incorporate into your lesson plans to help children learn about King’s legacy, the civil rights movement, and the principles exemplified in each. [More]