Common Core: The Shift to Informational Text

clock June 13, 2014 05:54 by author Kaplan Early Learning
One of the biggest challenges for teachers shifting their instruction to meet Common Core Standards is engaging students with more nonfiction text. Primary teachers may be the most uncomfortable with this change since the vast majority of instructional text has largely been fiction. This shift comes from the fact that about 90% of what we read as adults is nonfiction. Preparing students for college and career means giving them the skills to read a variety of informational texts and apply what they read in meaningful ways. [More]

5 Ways to Help Students Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend

clock June 13, 2014 05:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Is it just us, or did Father’s Day come faster this year? Although the weekend is quickly approaching, there are still plenty of fun, fast crafts and activities you can do with your students to give them priceless treasures to take home to dad! Hone art skills, work on cooperative play, and let imaginations soar with these cute gift ideas: [More]

Flags From Around the World

clock June 9, 2014 08:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
With so many different cultures around the world, it’s no wonder we celebrate Flag Day. Teaching elementary students that life approaches vary according to country is an important part of shaping their education. It opens them up to trying new things and appreciating differences in people and each other. That’s why we thought we would share a few fun facts and lessons you can give the children in your care on flags around the world and the people behind them! [More]

The Maker-Inspired Elementary Classroom

clock June 5, 2014 10:28 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the Maker Movement? It’s a new approach to the classroom calling for student creativity through hands-on projects. Encouraging a constant “tinkering” mentality, the Maker Movement allows students a reprieve from standardized testing as they create, invent and learn together. New technology, such as 3D printers, robotics, wearable computing, and “smart” materials is allowing every teacher to incorporate Maker-inspired spaces into the classroom! Here are a few ways you can integrate technology to create the ideal classroom “makerspace.” [More]

Garden Exercise: Keeping Kids Active in the Garden

clock June 4, 2014 09:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard of garden exercising? Join “Aerobic Gardeners” across America as they celebrate National Gardening Exercise Day on June 6th by getting in their workout while gardening. Brought about to encourage exercise, sound nutrition, stress relief, social interaction, and further discovery in environment, science and nature, garden exercising is a great way to keep children active and learning. [More]