Friday is Pi Day

clock March 12, 2014 02:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know that this Friday is Pi Day?  Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant of pi.  Observed on March 14 – 3/14 – for obvious reasons, Pi Day has been officially recognized by the United States House of Representatives since 2009.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology mails its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on March 14, and they post those decisions online on Pi Day at exactly 6:28 pm to si... [More]

Engage Children in the Classroom with the New Engage-NG

clock March 10, 2014 04:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Technology is becoming increasingly important in the classroom, but deciding which devices and software programs would work best in your classroom or school isn’t always easy. One key thing to remember is that you should never purchase technology just for the sake of having technology in the classroom. The technology you choose for students and teachers to use should be relevant and should help children further their understanding of the subjects they are studying. The Engage-NG (Next Gene... [More]

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]

Education through Healthy Competition

clock February 3, 2014 11:40 by author Kaplan Early Learning
There are varying perspectives on whether or not competition has a place in the education system, especially in early education. If it’s agreed that it does belong, there’s always the question of how much, and when does using competition switch from being a motivator to lowering a child’s self-esteem when they aren’t picked or come in last place. We all know competition will be introduced sooner or later, especially when children transition into the adult world and have t... [More]

Promoting Science and Engineering in Preschool and Elementary Classrooms

clock January 27, 2014 04:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Science and engineering are core components of STEM, which has gained increased attention and support over the past few years. Political officials and business leaders continuously stress that the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the classroom is the key to America’s future. Studies and job projections also support the importance of STEM education. A recent study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projected that the number ... [More]

Cooking in the Nature Kitchen

clock January 21, 2014 12:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Sensory needs are essential in the educational lives of preschoolers. Whether it's getting involved in color activities or play dough with Pinterest ideas, it allows your students to not only process what they are seeing, but to understand it, which is an important part of early development. [More]

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Classroom

clock January 16, 2014 03:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Every year the third Monday in January is reserved for the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and his work as a prominent leader of the civil rights movement. King’s efforts to make the dream he envisioned a reality resulted in the world we live in today, which is why we take time to honor King and his legacy. Here are a few activities for preschoolers and elementary students you can incorporate into your lesson plans to help children learn about King’s legacy, the civil rights movement, and the principles exemplified in each. [More]

Classroom Activities for the Winter Months

clock January 13, 2014 10:19 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's easy for students to feel restless when they can't go outside because it's too cold. With all of your students' pent up energy, we figured you might appreciate some activities to engage your children while they learn. There are several indoor activities that will keep your children moving physically as they follow along with what you are teaching. Some of these lessons are based off of books that require children to be up and moving around the classroom while others are games that require students to work with each other to win. Here are our suggestions on keeping your students engaged during the winter months, [More]

14 New Classroom Tools for 2014

clock January 6, 2014 08:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's a new year! Along with it, Kaplan is bringing you even more early education products for your children. Check out this list of some of our favorite products for 2014: 1. YogaKids DVD Set (Set of 3) YogaKids® DVD Set provides children with a fun, safe, and healthy activity that they will enjoy! Children will learn simple Yoga exercises that will strengthen their bodies, improve coordination, and help them gain a feeling of accomplishment. With this 3 DVD set, children will be able to ... [More]

Outdoor Learning with Snow Colors

clock December 30, 2013 09:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you surrounded by wintry weather? Does everyone have cabin fever? We have an activity you can do with your children that will keep them both active and learning! Snow Colors! Learning Objectives: To identify colors; to develop large motor skills and creativity Age group: 3 years old and up Materials: Empty spray bottles (one for each child) Food coloring Plastic sand buckets, sand molds and shovels Snowy day Warm clothing Water Instructions: On a snowy day, give each child an empty spray... [More]

Gifts of the Season

clock December 20, 2013 08:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Dear teachers, This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the never-ending list of things to do; beyond the classroom chaos, the personal shopping, wrapping, baking, and decorating seem to fill the margins. We are often reminded to give thanks for the true gifts in life – not the things, but the people who make this world a better place. We’d like to take a moment to do just that, because teachers do make a difference. You give our students not only the skills and the knowled... [More]