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]

Pattern Printing Art with Wrapping Paper

clock December 16, 2013 09:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have a special treat for you! Not only do we want to showcase one of Gryphon House's recent titles, Time to Create by Christie Burnett, but we also want to show you how adaptable the activities can be to whatever your creative needs are at the time. All it takes is a little imagination! In honor of the holiday season, we thought we would show you how to apply a printmaking activity to make wrapping paper. Allow your kids to express their creative side while making someone's holiday extra spec... [More]

Gingerbread Goodness

clock December 9, 2013 08:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know doing crafts with your children could teach them literacy and language skills? From reading instructions, to following directions, to using step-by-step methods to complete a task, taking time with your children to complete something from start to finish can be the perfect way to learn together! Since the holiday season is upon us, we thought a fun way to spend time with your children would be learning how to make gingerbread men and women! There is a delightful recipe on the Food C... [More]

3 Winter Activities

clock December 5, 2013 08:17 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's that time of year again! Are your kids already making their Santa lists, coming home with runny noses, and consuming entirely too much sugar? Yes, it seems Christmas is almost upon us. With all of the gifts to buy and recipes to try, it's hard to have time for everything. One thing you can't miss is the opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones and try out some wintry holiday fun! We have three hands-on activities for you to try with your children that will leave everyone... [More]

Popular Classroom Items for Infants & Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Elementary-Age Students

clock November 27, 2013 08:40 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have compiled a list of our most popular classroom items to help make the holiday season a little easier for you. Any of the following items would make a great classroom gift or be a wonderful addition to the classroom in 2014! Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-3): 1. Boppy® Pillow - Help babies build muscle control and learn to stabilize themselves with these comfy and functional pillows. These will also help you feed, support, and hold infants. You can also purchase slipcovers to persona... [More]

Four Ways to Help Students Give Back and Help Others

clock November 26, 2013 11:53 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Children may learn about charity at home, but it should also be taught and encouraged in the classroom. Charity projects can help students and teachers build connections while also fostering a positive, rewarding environment in the classroom. Being charitable helps children feel more confident and helps increase their social skills as they learn about the world around them. Learning to be charitable at a young age can also make children better community members and help foster positive benefits ... [More]