Making the Common Core Work in Your School

clock April 17, 2014 08:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Love them or hate them, the Common Core Standards are a reality for 46 states. This is a major step toward better preparing our students to graduate from high school and be career ready. And while most buy in to the premise of a change in creating a coherent national framework for what students should know and the way they learn, there is a disconnect in the lack of professional development for teachers to transform their classroom practice to align to these new benchmarks. [More]

The Current Debate: STEM vs. STEAM

clock April 14, 2014 08:49 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the STEAM vs STEM debate? It’s quite the rage amongst teachers now and with good reason. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) presents a viewpoint of early education that incorporates precedence on arts integration with math and science learning, whereas STEM is the original viewpoint of concentrating solely on pushing science, technology, engineering and math. To better understand the ramifications of both viewpoints and because it is important to discuss in relation to our early education system, we thought we would give you information on both approaches to bring awareness to such a prevalent educational issue. [More]

Financial Literacy in the Elementary Classroom

clock April 8, 2014 15:34 by author Kaplan Early Learning
April is Financial Education Month, and more and more schools are looking for creative ways to teach elementary students about personal finance. Many students struggle with conceptualizing basic money skills, let alone the financial tools that are essential to our everyday lives. But, financial literacy is a necessity if we are to make sure that students are college and career ready. [More]

Sand & Water Table Ideas for the Classroom!

clock April 7, 2014 08:16 by author Kaplan Early Learning
This week, we are running a special giveaway for Kaplan fans! If you enter our Sand & Water Table Sweepstakes, you will have a chance to win our Neptune Sand & Water Table and a mat to go underneath. The second place winner will also get one of our absorbent mats, perfect for creative aftermath! But to get you even more pumped, here are a few creative ways sand and water tables can be used for everyday learning in the children in your care. [More]

Common Misconceptions about the Common Core

clock April 1, 2014 11:11 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy April Fool’s Day! Instead of pulling tricks or giving misinformation, we thought we would use the holiday as an opportunity to separate myths from facts when it comes to Common Core standards. With Common Core being such a large and multi-faceted initiative, it is no wonder there are so many questions concerning the standards. We came up with a list of reasonable worries floating around and answers straight from the source. Check out what we found below: [More]

Join Us in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

clock March 24, 2014 02:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Do you think early care and education providers have a responsibility to help prevent childhood obesity? According to the CDC, 18% of children (6-11 years old) and 21% of adolescents (12-19 years old) were considered obese in 2012. The CDC also reported that more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese during that year. The high number of overweight and obese children indicates that more must be done to address the causes of obesity, especially in early care a... [More]

Four Ways to Use an Interactive Table in the Classroom

clock March 20, 2014 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Interactive tables are becoming increasingly popular tools in the classroom due to the engaging content and small-group collaboration they provide. Bigger than educational tablets and more mobile than traditional desktop computers, interactive tables offer expanded educational opportunities for students. As interactive tables are still relatively new additions to the classroom, the different ways they can be used to facilitate student learning are still being developed, discovered, and enhanced.... [More]

How You Can Help Students Learn from Failures

clock March 18, 2014 12:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
As an educator, you do everything you can to help students succeed, but you also know that students will inevitably experience occasional failures at home and in the classroom. How you react to those failures will ultimately determine how a child deals with failing and will also affect the lessons he or she may take away from the experience. You need to understand the different types of failure and learn how to appropriately respond to each type before you can effectively help students cope with... [More]

St. Patrick's Day: Going Green in the Classroom

clock March 17, 2014 12:13 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While everyone is talking about shamrocks, pots of gold and little green men, we thought we would take the opportunity to talk about an even more important opportunity the holiday presents: the opportunity to go green! [More]

Friday is Pi Day

clock March 12, 2014 02:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know that this Friday is Pi Day?  Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant of pi.  Observed on March 14 – 3/14 – for obvious reasons, Pi Day has been officially recognized by the United States House of Representatives since 2009.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology mails its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on March 14, and they post those decisions online on Pi Day at exactly 6:28 pm to si... [More]

Engage Children in the Classroom with the New Engage-NG

clock March 10, 2014 04:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Technology is becoming increasingly important in the classroom, but deciding which devices and software programs would work best in your classroom or school isn’t always easy. One key thing to remember is that you should never purchase technology just for the sake of having technology in the classroom. The technology you choose for students and teachers to use should be relevant and should help children further their understanding of the subjects they are studying. The Engage-NG (Next Gene... [More]

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss: 7 Seussical Splendors

clock March 3, 2014 23:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy 110th Birthday to Dr. Seuss! There are so many life lessons that can be learned from delving into the world of Dr. Seuss. From magical worlds, to charismatic characters to lessons that will stick with young children for years to come, Seuss books are a great read for all ages. Here are a couple of our favorite Seuss quotes to share and celebrate Dr. Seuss Day with the children in your care! [More]

The Power of Experiential Learning

clock February 27, 2014 11:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We used to call it hands-on learning.  Even in those classrooms that didn’t have state-of-the-art technology, kids would build and create and make things using buttons, bottle caps, Popsicle sticks, and glue.  The focus was on exploration, discovery, creativity, and problem-solving.  There was no clear distinction between the arts, engineering, science, and math.  Kids were making things. Now with the shift to STEM-based instruction and the emphasis that Next Generatio... [More]

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. 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]