4 Cost-Effective Ways to Reward Students

clock July 17, 2014 08:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you finding it hard to keep your students motivated? We have a few creative solutions for rewarding students based on good behavior that will stop even the most challenging of behaviors! Keep reward systems cost-effective while encouraging progress in problem areas with the introduction of these four fun ideas: [More]

How to Engage the Boys in Your Classroom

clock July 16, 2014 10:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Constant fidgeting, pushing, running around—does this describe the boys in your classroom? If you’ve found yourself scratching your head and wondering why it seems the girls in your class are “better behaved,” know you’re not alone! After years of believing girls’ and boys’ brains were the same, new research has led scientists to realize that not only are brains “wired” differently between the two genders, but that it affects learning approaches as well! Here are some distinct differences between how boys approach learning as opposed to girls and how you can effectively cater to those differences resulting in a balanced classroom. [More]

Summer Relaxation and Reboot for Educators

clock July 14, 2014 01:27 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The beginning of the school year is quickly approaching! Want to enjoy those last few summer months of sanity while also ensuring you are prepared for the year to come? To put your mind at ease during those well-deserved hours of relaxation, we have a few suggestions for turning that time into experiences that also count toward the classroom. Who said you can’t be a multi-tasker while relaxing? [More]

5 Read-Along Books to Start the Preschool Year

clock July 10, 2014 09:56 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you already in back-to-school planning mode? That’s ok! We are, too! Between mental checklists and stocking your classroom with supplies, it’s important that you also consider which lessons are going to be taught in the first few weeks of the school year. Many preschoolers may return to class with a bad case of summer slide (we hope not!) and you may find yourself face-to-face with a room full of students now at wider-ranging skill levels. Want to feel better prepared for whatever the first day of school has in store? Here are five read-along books to quickly engage your students and bring everyone up to speed: [More]

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]