The Reggio Emilia Approach: What It Is and How You Can Implement It in the Classroom

clock February 24, 2014 11:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education has become increasingly popular as parents and educators push for an educational approach that focuses more on children’s natural curiosity and development and gives them the opportunity to truly understand what they are learning. The values of the Reggio Emilia Approach are based on the educational approach taken by educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Education.com lists the following as core values of the Reggio Emilia Approach: ... [More]

Learning about President's Day through American History

clock February 17, 2014 11:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
President's Day is a great time for reflection on the history of our great nation. There were many men and women whose accomplishments made a lot of things possible today that could not have been done without them. Teaching your students about our nation's history plays a important role in their education as they can learn so much from the past. What's more, they may just find a president who inspires them. [More]

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]