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]