Promoting STEM-Based Learning During the Summer Months

clock June 5, 2015 09:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Learning doesn’t have to stop when school closes for the summer. Reinforcing skills and encouraging learning outside of the classroom during the summer months can reduce summer learning loss and give children an academic advantage for the coming school year. STEM-based learning activities are a great way to stimulate children’s natural curiosity and help them develop essential problem-solving skills. However, many parents don’t feel comfortable teaching children about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. [More]

Five Must-Have Furniture Pieces for the Classroom

clock June 3, 2015 12:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you looking for new furniture options for your center or classroom? Whether you’re looking for a storage solution or want a piece of furniture that has a unique design or feature, we have what you’re looking for! Check out these five must-have furniture pieces for the classroom: 1. Carolina Mobile Teacher Cabinet [More]

Summer Learning Adventures to Share with Students’ Parents

clock May 29, 2015 07:45 by author Kaplan Early Learning
How do you help parents keep their children learning over the summer break? Do you let them know of fun activities and programs that will be happening in the community during the summer months? Do you send home books or activity sheets for them to work on with their kids? [More]

Eight Tips for Starting Summer off Right

clock May 28, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
What do you do during your summer break? Do you catch up on sleep or spend lots of time with your kids? Do you learn a new curriculum or create new lessons for the upcoming school year? Contrary to popular belief, many teachers don’t take the summer off. They’re often working on professional development, connecting with other educators through social media, teaching a few summer school classes, and much more. [More]

How to Make Strong First Impressions

clock May 27, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Adam Dovico Before you continue reading this article, and if you have not done so already, take a look at my photo to the left. Do I look trustworthy? Kind? Attractive? (Potential Answers: yes, maybe, and perhaps his wife thinks so.) Without having to think much about it, perhaps never having met me, and based solely on a small photograph, you made conclusions about me. You likely encounter dozens of unfamiliar faces on a daily basis and you are able to form first impressions &ldqu... [More]

How to Wrap Up the School Year in Style

clock May 22, 2015 12:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The end of the school year is almost here! We’re sure you’re ready for the last day of school to arrive, but the end of the school year is an important time for both you and your students. From completing a last few activities and turning in textbooks to signing yearbooks and saying goodbyes, the end of the school year gives you and your students the opportunity to get organized, reflect on the year, and celebrate everything that has been achieved in the classroom. [More]

The Writer’s Editorial: Do Preschool Graduations Really Matter?

clock May 21, 2015 10:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Imagine this scenario: You’re attending a high school graduation and waiting for the ceremony to start when you overhear a conversation about preschool graduations being pointless and over the top. This scenario happened to me while I was attending my brother’s high school graduation last year. At that point, I had been working at Kaplan for about nine months, so the topic immediately piqued my interest. [More]

Ways to Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month

clock May 14, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Have you heard about the Get Caught Reading campaign sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP)? The purpose of the nationwide campaign is to remind people of all ages that reading can be fun. You may have seen pictures of celebrities and other well-known figures “caught reading” books and magazines as part of the campaign’s marketing strategy. While Get Caught Reading is a yearlong campaign, May is Get Caught Reading Month! [More]

10 New Items for Infants and Toddlers

clock May 13, 2015 12:31 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Our 2015 Infant Toddler Catalog was designed to nurture a sense of wonder in our youngest learners. Providing opportunities for infants to engage their senses helps them learn about the world around them, and giving toddlers opportunities to practice their emerging skills helps them gain confidence in their abilities. You can also nurture a sense of wonder for two-year-olds by providing them with a safe space for active physical play and learning experiences. [More]

#Socialmedia in Your #Classroomteaching

clock May 12, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Spring 2004: My senior year in college. A quiet whisper starts about a new website called thefacebook.com, which could connect you with friends at other colleges and allow you to share posts and pictures about your life. The caveat—only individuals with college email addresses could join. Only a handful of select colleges, including mine at the time, would be included in the initial launch. [More]

Five Special Mother’s Day Projects for Kids

clock May 7, 2015 15:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Mother’s Day is almost here! Help your students make something special for their mother or grandmother with these fun and cute craft projects: 1. Sunshine Mother’s Day Card Children can use a yellow cupcake liner, googly eyes, and a few other art supplies to make this sunny Mother’s Day card. Source: http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/you-are-my-sunshine-mothers-day-card.html 2. Easiest-Ever Photo Frame Moms and grandmas will love this fun, stylish gift from their child... [More]

10 Must-Have Items for the Dramatic Play Center

clock May 6, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The dramatic play center is one of the most important components of a preschool or kindergarten classroom. It’s where young children engage in creative play, learn about their community, role play various careers and situations, develop and practice life skills, and gain experience with items and tools they’ll use as adults. The items you include in the dramatic play center will have a large impact on what children learn as they play in the learning center. Any of the items featured ... [More]

Celebrating Classroom Heroes

clock May 5, 2015 09:30 by author Kaplan Early Learning
“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” -Helen Caldicott Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Whether it’s from students, parents, or coworkers, we hope you receive the acknowledgement and thanks you deserve this week and throughout the year! Here are just a few of the reasons why teachers should be celebrated: 10 Reasons to Celebrate Teachers Teachers are important role model... [More]

10 Things You Need to Know About the Head Start Eligibility Final Rule

clock April 30, 2015 15:39 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Guest Post by Kaila Weingarten, MS Ed The Final Rule on Eligibility published February 2015 is effective as of March 12, 2015. Its purpose is to ensure that the neediest children and families in the country benefit from Head Start and Early Head Start services first and to clarify Head Start’s eligibility procedures and enrollment requirements. It will be included in federal reviews, starting with the FY 2016 monitoring protocol (starting October 1, 2015). Although it’s only four pa... [More]

Teacher and Student Stress Prevention

clock April 29, 2015 17:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Spring break has passed, and testing season is getting ready to begin. You’re focused on teaching those last few lessons and getting students prepared for testing while your students are just ready for the school year to be over and for summer break to start. This time of the school year is stressful for both you and your students, so it’s important that you incorporate a variety of stress prevention and management techniques into your daily routine. Here are a few tips that can help... [More]