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. Education.com 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]

From the Heart: Classroom Activities for Valentine’s Day

clock February 10, 2014 01:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children love to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their friends and classmates, and they often look forward to participating in the Valentine’s Day parties and activities that teachers and caretakers plan for February 14. Valentine’s Day celebrations and activities provide wonderful teaching opportunities, so we’ve come up with a great selection of classroom activities you can use to help the kids in your care learn about and celebrate Valentine’s Day.   Five Cla... [More]