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]

The Last Days of School: A Time for Reflections & Resolutions

clock June 2, 2014 11:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you a new teacher approaching your first last week of school? Are you an experienced educator feeling stuck in a teaching rut? Either way, reflection is key to determining how to better handle classroom situations in the future. Here are a few insightful strategies to help you interpret the prior year and prepare for the one to come. [More]

5 Innovative Ways to Make Your Classroom More Inclusive

clock May 28, 2014 09:48 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We all know it's important to make each and every student in our classroom feel welcome and accepted, but catering to children of all backgrounds and abilities is often much more difficult than it looks. To ensure you have the resources you need to support classroom inclusion, here are five innovative ways to make your classroom more inclusive. [More]

Making Memorial Day Meaningful

clock May 21, 2014 08:11 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Memorial Day is usually commemorated by grilling, camping, and the usual summer preparations, all great ways to bolster family engagement. But the holiday also presents a unique opportunity for students to push the pause button and consider the implications of why we celebrate the holiday. [More]

Preparing for Year-End Assessments

clock May 19, 2014 08:44 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It’s that time of year when children and parents start thinking about year-end assessments. Most schools use these test scores to determine next year’s placement decisions. Both students and parents may experience a strange mix of emotions from eager anticipation for summer to angst for the dreaded tests. Teachers can help parents and make a big difference in increasing preparedness and decreasing anxiety. Here are a few tips to share with parents to make sure that students perform to their potential on the last tests of the year. [More]

Closing in on the Hispanic Achievement Gap

clock May 14, 2014 08:14 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The Hispanic achievement gap has been an ongoing challenge for years. Studies show an early and persistent gap between the achievement of Latino students and that of their white peers. The gap appears by the time students have reached the 3rd grade and remains fairly consistent throughout their school careers impacting graduation rates and college enrollment. [More]

Learning with MathShapes: Go Figure!

clock May 12, 2014 08:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's important to push math in early learning classrooms not only to encourage STEM efforts in the classroom, but also to effectively aid in efforts to bring Common Core Practices into play. But to make math more approachable for students, we thought we would introduce our latest math program and a few featured products that turn math learning into a whole new experience. [More]

Appreciating Moms in the Classroom

clock May 7, 2014 10:37 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. With busy schedules and teacher appreciation week, it’s hard to fit everything in. That’s why we thought we would provide a few simple activities you can get students involved in to show moms the appreciation they deserve. With all of the hats they wear, it’s important to make sure young children understand the extraordinary efforts of their moms. [More]