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]

Kaplan Classroom Heroes

clock May 5, 2014 08:36 by author Kaplan Early Learning
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9, 2014), Kaplan Early Learning Company will kick off its first-ever Kaplan Classroom Heroes campaign. For the next three months, Kaplan invites you to nominate a childcare professional, preschool teacher, or elementary school educator that you believe goes above and beyond when it comes to the needs of students. [More]

How to Keep Students Learning Over the Summer

clock April 29, 2014 11:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Summer is the perfect time for children to realize that learning can exist apart from worksheets and vocab lists, that in fact, learning can take place anywhere at any time. With time outside the classroom, students will have more opportunities to try new interests that may not align exactly with school curriculums but are topics they are keenly interested in learning more about. Here are a few areas that you and the children in your care can explore together that will ensure little minds are continuing to learn and grow: [More]

Promoting Purpose in Classroom Discussions

clock April 24, 2014 08:04 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Think about the discussions that happen in your classroom.  Are they frequent? Do all students participate or are they monopolized by a handful of students?  Do you use discussion to merely check understanding or do you engage students into purposeful conversations to develop thinking?   Meaningful classroom conversations have always been important to teachers, but Common Core Standards identify purposeful talk as an essential skill that must be taught.  Knowing how to hold a... [More]

5 Things You Didn’t Think to Plant in an EarthBox® (And Why You Probably Should!)

clock April 22, 2014 11:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Happy Earth Day! Introduce the wonder of growing things, the responsibility of caring for crops, and the thrill of observing the different parts of plants with the help of an EarthBox®! So, what exactly can you plant in an EarthBox®? Depending on the climate of your outdoor classroom, you may have more options than you realize. Here are just a few ideas: [More]

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Students

clock April 21, 2014 09:25 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are plenty of activities you can involve your elementary students in for earth day, but the majority of things we can do to make the Earth a little greener are simple changes to our day to day schedule. Here are a few actions you can take and encourage your students to take to celebrate Earth Day, and hopefully, make those small actions a part of a lifelong routine. [More]

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]