5 Ways to Help Students Foster New Friendships

clock July 30, 2014 14:34 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first day of school can always be a little daunting for small children. Whether they are coming in with old friends or hoping to make new ones, social interactions go a long way in determining how the school year will play out. That’s why – as educators – we all have to do our best to encourage cooperative play and provide opportunities for friendships to blossom. It is not only an essential part of a child’s social and emotional development, but it will also make your classroom operate more smoothly during the school months to come! Without further ado, here are five ways to help students foster new friendships: [More]

Exploring Elementary STEM with NASA

clock July 28, 2014 10:26 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Love space and exploration? Then you will be excited to know that tomorrow marks NASA’s 56th Anniversary! Established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, the National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed to encourage peaceful space science exploration. NASA has since gone on to spearhead the Apollo moon landing, the Skylab space station, the creation of the space shuttle, and is currently aiding in the construction of the International Space Station (ISS). NASA also has an abundance of content on their website to look to for lesson plans when you need a little STEM inspiration. Here are a few, fun STEM applications you can use when teaching your elementary students about space: [More]

Choosing the Right Blocks for Your Classroom

clock July 22, 2014 10:01 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are so many different types of block play! Wooden blocks, soft blocks, LEGO® blocks, magnetic blocks—it’s hard to know which set will be most beneficial to the children in your care. No worries! We’re going to break down a few of our most popular block play items for you: [More]

4 Innovative Ways to Create an Outdoor Classroom

clock July 18, 2014 08:51 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Want to take learning outside but not sure how? A plethora of pins (http://www.pinterest.com/kaplanco/outdoor-learning/) await discovery for making outdoor time beneficial to students. Athletic activities develop gross motor skills, sand boxes encourage sensory play, and sidewalk chalk allows students’ imaginations to soar. Everyone knows that the great outdoors presents a variety of learning opportunities for students, but what we want to do is show you how to take the classroom environment and bring it outside. Prepare for four ways to create outdoor learning spaces! [More]

4 Cost-Effective Ways to Reward Students

clock July 17, 2014 08:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you finding it hard to keep your students motivated? We have a few creative solutions for rewarding students based on good behavior that will stop even the most challenging of behaviors! Keep reward systems cost-effective while encouraging progress in problem areas with the introduction of these four fun ideas: [More]