Summer STEM: Putting the Spotlight on Technology

clock July 9, 2014 10:16 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Whether it’s to avoid the dreaded summer slide or simply to integrate a more digital approach into your child’s education, pushing technology as a part of STEM learning is a great strategy for summer! Using computers, building bridges, and operating machinery all require an understanding of technology, and teaching children to integrate that knowledge into their approach to basic problem solving will only expand their capacity to find creative solutions to everyday problems. Here are a few ways to spotlight technology (both at home and in the classroom) and aid children in further science, math and technology explorations. [More]

Talking 'Math' Outside of the Classroom

clock July 7, 2014 09:28 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s easy for students to keep literary skills polished over the summer; after all, it’s called pleasure reading for a reason! But continuing student involvement in math outside of the classroom can prove to be a challenge. With organizations like the National Summer Learning Association putting precedence on preventing summer slide, we thought we would give you a few ways to “talk math” outside of the classroom. What’s more, finding ways for students to use math in real-world situations will ultimately better student comprehension when they’re back at school! [More]

3 Ways to Foster Independence in Children

clock July 2, 2014 08:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are your students going to a beach, bunking down in a cabin, or taking a hike in the mountains for the 4th of July? Whatever it is students are doing for Independence Day, it’s important that they have time to make their own discoveries and build a sense of independence while doing so. Here are three activities you can suggest to parents while on vacation that will build independence in children, even as they are celebrating America’s centuries-old display of doing just that! [More]

Integrating Blended Learning into Your Elementary Classroom

clock June 30, 2014 14:11 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Today, many school systems and elementary programs are taking on the flipped classroom approach as a part of the blended learning model. Not familiar with blended learning? Find out the ins and outs of it in this related blog post. Whether you are considering flipping your classroom or incorporating a Flex model, here are a few suggestions on how to seamlessly integrate blended learning into your elementary classroom: [More]

4 Ways to Make Summer Reading Fun!

clock June 30, 2014 08:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s summer time and with it comes sunny days full of hours ready to be spent getting lost in the pages of our favorite books! Summer is a great time for students to discover pleasure reading and understand that learning can be an adventure! To help encourage your students’ parents to provide the right resources and prevent summer slide, here are our top four tips on how to promote summer reading in young children: [More]

The Ins and Outs of Blended Learning in the Elementary Classroom

clock June 27, 2014 08:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Between teaching in the classroom, grading papers outside of it, and keeping up with the consistent stream of meetings and conferences, it can be hard to make time to keep up with the latest trends and buzzwords in the field of education. Well, that’s where we can help! Here is a quick rundown of what blended learning is, why people are talking about it, and how to integrate a blended learning approach in your elementary school classroom. [More]

Don’t Lose The Academic Edge This Summer!

clock June 25, 2014 08:37 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Summer vacation is here! As you plan your vacations, family outings, and lazy days, summer can be a great time to demonstrate to kids that learning is not confined to the classroom. In fact, learning should be promoted over the summer as it has been proven that students lose ground academically when school is out of session. [More]

STEM Lessons from Wimbledon

clock June 23, 2014 08:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Wimbledon starts today! You may no longer be in school, but tennis always provides a great way to get students excited about science. With so many potential lessons waiting to be explored, students will appreciate the opportunity to incorporate physical activity into everyday science learning. Here are a few ideas on how you can incorporate tennis into your science or STEM lesson plan. [More]

10 Things Every Child Should Know Before Starting Kindergarten

clock June 20, 2014 09:04 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Kindergarten is right around the corner! As such, summer preschool preparations are in full swing. To help you make sure the children in your care are prepared for the transition to kindergarten, we’ve come up with a list of things they need to know to prepare for their big year. [More]

4 Ideas for Earth-Friendly Play

clock June 18, 2014 01:51 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s finally summer! With the warm weather and raised spirits, it’s a great time to take learning outside. Teach children the importance of sustainability as they explore the limitless beauty and value of the outdoors using these four fun activity ideas. [More]

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]