Find the Funding you Need for your Great Classroom Project

clock September 23, 2013 14:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Do you have a great idea for a classroom project or school program but lack the funds to make it happen?  Don’t let your ambition fall by the wayside.  There are many resources to help teachers put great ideas into action.  Consider applying for a grant.  Thousands of dollars are available for teachers with projects both large and small.  Here are a few resources to get you started:  Kids In Need Foundation Kids in Need Teacher Grants are designed to provide K... [More]

Inclusive Literacy Lesson: Shake a Letter!

clock September 17, 2013 11:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Letter knowledge and recognition is one of the most important steps in developing literacy skills for young children. It is "the ability to recognize all 26 letters of the alphabet in both uppercase and lowercase forms and to understand that letters are the foundation of words." Do you remember growing up and singing the ABCs over and over again? How about when you mastered the ability to say the ABCs backwards? Or when your children, or the children in your classroom, mastered these skills? The... [More]

5 Ways to Kick Off the New School Year on the Right Foot!

clock August 22, 2013 11:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
    The start of school is filled with a range of emotions. From nervous excitement to apprehension and uncertainty, students will arrive at your door with hopeful optimism that your classroom will be safe, fun, and a place where they will want to be. Starting off on the right foot can make all the difference. Here are five simple things you can do to set the stage for a great school year. Make a good first impression. The old adage that you never get a second chance to make a first im... [More]

Fly Away for Aviation Day

clock August 16, 2013 14:06 by author Kaplan Early Learning
August 19th--next Monday--is National Aviation Day. First designated in 1939 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Aviation Day is the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday. An interesting fact about this: Orville Wright was still alive when Roosevelt issued this proclamation--and lived for nine years following! So whether you're a believer of Ohio, North Carolina, OR Connecticut being first in flight, you can celebrate Aviation Day for providing us with a safe way to travel that gives us a com... [More]

Classroom Makeovers on a Budget

clock July 18, 2013 10:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Back to School season is quickly approaching! Around here, all of the superstores and office supply stores already have their displays and sections put together to assist shoppers with their back to school needs: pencils, paper, backpacks, rulers, folders, and so on. But while the kids are getting ready to go back to school, what are you, as a teacher, doing to prepare? Are you looking for ways to makeover your classroom, but working with limited funds? [More]

Have a Fun Fourth!

clock July 3, 2013 12:07 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Here's a great little history lesson for you! Did you know that John Adams originally predicted in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that Independence Day for the United States would be on July 2nd? Legally, the separation of the thirteen colonies occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted on a resolution of independence. It would be officially legalized two days later when the Declaration of Independence--written by the Committee of Five (Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman,... [More]

Camping with Dads for Father's Day

clock June 13, 2013 14:32 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Father's Day is a wonderful time to spend time with your family, celebrating all that the fathers in your life do--your own father, your children's father, any brothers you might have--the list goes on. For children, spending time with their fathers on Father's Day can create wonderful memories that they might one day share or recreate with their own children. We've got an idea for you--camping, and you don't have to travel for it! Let's Go Camping!   Share with your children that when you ... [More]

Donors Choose for Children

clock June 5, 2013 16:47 by author Kaplan Early Learning
In the past, we have worked very closely with DonorsChoose.org for various fundraising efforts--it's great to know that the money you raise is going directly to teachers. Which is why we are fundraising for DonorsChoose once more this month! If you are a fan of Kaplan on Facebook, you may have noticed a small overhaul of our Facebook page: new cover photo, new pictures... for every new 'Like' we get on Facebook, we've resolved to donate $1 each to DonorsChoose. If you're not a fan of Kaplan on F... [More]

Flagmaking for Memorial Day

clock May 20, 2013 16:41 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Next Monday is Memorial Day. While schools will will be closed, you can do this fun flag riddle and flagmaking activity before next Monday and tell the children what Memorial Day is all about!   Flag Riddles Learning Objectives Learn the colors of the flag. Develop their large motor skills. Vocabulary America, blue, flag, red, symbol, white Materials American flag white construction paper markers and crayons glue pre-cut white stars What to Do Display the American flag for the children... [More]

SAM Animation: An innovative – yet simple – way to engage, inspire, and “teach” in the K12 classroom

clock May 9, 2013 14:26 by author Kaplan Early Learning
by Melissa Pickering of iCreate to Educate In the world of education technology, it’s rare that a learning tool can be effective from Kindergarten all the way through high school… in subjects ranging from biology to foreign language to math.  However, SAM Animation, a simple stop-motion software owned by iCreate and now an exclusively distributed product here at Kaplan, does indeed fit the bill for the breadth and depth we all look for in technology because why wouldn’t w... [More]

Three Superstar Activities for Space Day

clock May 1, 2013 17:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The first Friday of May is International Space Day! This holiday of sorts began as a way to get young children interested in astronomy, as well as math and science, and it has spread to include almost everything related to outer space and our universe. We've come up with a few fun activities that you can do with your classes as a way to celebrate! And don't worry--there are no rocket ships or TARDISes needed for these activities. (Unless you want to include them, of course!)   Star Gazing f... [More]

Get Kids Moving!

clock April 25, 2013 10:04 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Get the kids in your classroom up and moving--and promote nutrition at the same time--with this fun activity from Deborah Kayton Michals' new book, Up, Down, Move Around--Nutrition and Motor Skills: Active Learning for Preschoolers. And the best part is that you don't need any materials for this activity! Pasta Wiggle   Good nutrition gives us energy, and the shapes are fun to make! How to Do It Ask the children to form a big circle. Ask them to raise their hands if they have ever eaten pa... [More]

Earth Day Outdoor Play

clock April 16, 2013 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Next Monday, April 22, is Earth Day! There are so many ways to celebrate the earth--recycling, planting new flowers, trees, and vegetables, going outside to play--and more! Here is one way that you can celebrate the earth with your children. A Bunny Rabbit's Garden   In this activity, your child will learn to develop imaginative thinking and descriptive language, to increase small and large motor skills, and to learn about the cycle of plant growth. Materials 9" x 12" craft foam sheets any... [More]

Communicating with Children on the Autism Spectrum

clock April 9, 2013 12:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How do children with Autism communicate differently than typically developing preschool children? Language disorders are often widely accepted as typical of children with autism. In fact, it may be the most noticed characteristic. A language disorder is defined as a deficit in using words or vocabulary. It can also involve how a child understands language and uses it in social settings. For children with autism, a pragmatic language delay is often seen. Pragmatic language involves using languag... [More]

The Paper Bag Princess Helps with Geography!

clock April 1, 2013 17:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
About the Story  A read-aloud favorite, The Paper Bag Princess takes the damsel-in-distress, prince-charming-to-the-rescue story and twists it into the princess to the rescue of the prince in distress. Captured by a dragon, Prince Ronald is rescued by Princess Elizabeth. When she tries tricking the dragon through flattery to perform dragon feats, she finds her clothes burned off and has to don a paper bag while she continues her quest to rescue Prince Ronald. When rescued, he tells her how ... [More]