Tips on Beating the Annual Public Meeting Blues

clock July 2, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Laura Beaver and Jill Nolen | If you are a parent, teacher, administrator, or student in a Title I school anywhere in the country, you have probably experienced the “Annual Public Meeting Blues.” The APM Blues are usually experienced at the start of each school year during a PTA/PTO meeting. Symptoms peak when the next item on the agenda is the dreaded Annual Public Meeting. School personnel explain what constitutes a Title I school and how their funding is allocated, which typically translates into BORING to everyone involved. [More]

Spectacular 4th of July Activities for Kids!

clock June 30, 2015 08:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Independence Day is almost here—celebrate with your children and/or the children in your care with these six spectacular 4th of July activities! [More]

Fun Ride-On and Push-Along Toys for Kids

clock June 26, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for ways to keep young children active during the hot summer months? Look no further! We have a variety of fun ride-on and push-along toys your children or the children in your care will enjoy playing with this summer, and many of them can be used indoors or outdoors. Here are six of our favorites: [More]

Tips on Using Wordless Texts in the Classroom

clock June 24, 2015 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you use wordless texts in your classroom? If you rely mainly on print texts to teach children about literature or only have a few wordless texts in your classroom library, you’re missing out on a great teaching and learning tool. Wordless texts allow students with difficulty decoding do higher-level comprehension work while sparking creativity and higher-level conversations. Wordless texts can be used for many different grade levels and are perfect for cross-grade projects and collaborative work across ability levels. [More]

Meet Our 2015 Kaplan Classroom Heroes!

clock June 19, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We had a number of deserving nominees in our 2015 Kaplan Classroom Heroes campaign, but we could only choose three winners. Becky Blackwell, Gayl Galen, and Carl Busbey were the lucky educators chosen to receive a $500 Kaplan Gift Card! Learn more about the winners below. [More]

Exploring Nature Photography with Students

clock June 17, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It seems like many children would rather keep their eyes glued to a screen instead of play outdoors, but have you ever thought of using children’s love of technology as a way to help them connect with nature? Encouraging children to take pictures of what they see in nature is one of the easiest and most convenient ways you can help children make a nature connection. Whether it’s with a digital camera or a camera on a smartphone, here are a few ideas on how you can explore nature photography with your students: [More]

How Would You Describe Teaching?

clock June 12, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The end of the school year is a time of celebration, excitement, and closure for many teachers, but it can also be a time of discouragement and negative thinking. Teaching is a difficult (and sometimes thankless) job that requires a lot of dedication and hard work. The demands and stress of the job can cause every teacher to become discouraged at some point, and there are a variety of things that can cause teachers to think negatively. [More]

Fidgeting Solutions for the Classroom

clock June 11, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are always a few students who drum their fingers on their desk, tap their foot, or fidget in some other way as they work on completing assignments in the classroom. One way you can help those students perform to their best ability is by providing them with fidgets that allow them to express their need for movement in an appropriate way. Fidgets are a great way to enhance focus and improve performance in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or other sensory needs. [More]

The Not So Fun Slide: Summer Learning Loss

clock June 9, 2015 10:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s almost summertime! The moment we have all been waiting for! For most, summer is a highly anticipated, fun time of the year with no school, warm weather, swimming, and vacations. Summer has so many opportunities for discovery and learning, but many children suffer from learning loss, or what is sometimes referred to as the “summer slide”, over the summer break. Summer learning loss has been researched for over 100 years, and it is becoming a big issue in today’s educational news. [More]

Promoting STEM-Based Learning During the Summer Months

clock June 5, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Learning doesn’t have to stop when school closes for the summer. Reinforcing skills and encouraging learning outside of the classroom during the summer months can reduce summer learning loss and give children an academic advantage for the coming school year. STEM-based learning activities are a great way to stimulate children’s natural curiosity and help them develop essential problem-solving skills. However, many parents don’t feel comfortable teaching children about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. [More]

Five Must-Have Furniture Pieces for the Classroom

clock June 3, 2015 12:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for new furniture options for your center or classroom? Whether you’re looking for a storage solution or want a piece of furniture that has a unique design or feature, we have what you’re looking for! Check out these five must-have furniture pieces for the classroom: 1. Carolina Mobile Teacher Cabinet [More]

Summer Learning Adventures to Share with Students’ Parents

clock May 29, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How do you help parents keep their children learning over the summer break? Do you let them know of fun activities and programs that will be happening in the community during the summer months? Do you send home books or activity sheets for them to work on with their kids? [More]

Eight Tips for Starting Summer off Right

clock May 28, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
What do you do during your summer break? Do you catch up on sleep or spend lots of time with your kids? Do you learn a new curriculum or create new lessons for the upcoming school year? Contrary to popular belief, many teachers don’t take the summer off. They’re often working on professional development, connecting with other educators through social media, teaching a few summer school classes, and much more. [More]

How to Make Strong First Impressions

clock May 27, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Adam Dovico Before you continue reading this article, and if you have not done so already, take a look at my photo to the left. Do I look trustworthy? Kind? Attractive? (Potential Answers: yes, maybe, and perhaps his wife thinks so.) Without having to think much about it, perhaps never having met me, and based solely on a small photograph, you made conclusions about me. You likely encounter dozens of unfamiliar faces on a daily basis and you are able to form first impressions &ldqu... [More]

How to Wrap Up the School Year in Style

clock May 22, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The end of the school year is almost here! We’re sure you’re ready for the last day of school to arrive, but the end of the school year is an important time for both you and your students. From completing a last few activities and turning in textbooks to signing yearbooks and saying goodbyes, the end of the school year gives you and your students the opportunity to get organized, reflect on the year, and celebrate everything that has been achieved in the classroom. [More]