Let's Go Fly A Kite

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

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“Let’s Go Fly a Kite”  is one of the most popular songs in the movie Mary Poppins. Spring is a great time to do this! There’s not a better way to wrap up the school year than learning about the history of kites and the science behind kite flying.  Early Kite Adventures The exact origin of kites is not known, …

Tips to Maintain an Optimistic Classroom: March is Optimism Month

Tips to Maintain an Optimistic Classroom: March is Optimism Month

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It would be fair to say most of us are happy to see that March has finally arrived. After all, March is a month that celebrates Dr. Seuss day, St. Patrick’s Day, National Women’s Day, and of course, the long awaited spring finally has been ushered in! But did you know March is Optimism Month? Optimism is the tendency to …

Summer Time with the Quirkles & Fuddlebrook Series

Have a Quirkles® (or Fuddlebrook) Summer!

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It may just be early spring, but now’s the time to be thinking about summer. Looking for ideas to spice up your summer programming? The Quirkles® have you covered. Here’s why. Easy to use – You don’t want to spend your summer planning detailed lesson plans? No problem: the Quirkles® have done it for you. All your science and literacy …

Let's Go Round and Round: Celebrating the Ferris Wheel

Let’s Go Round and Round – Celebrating the Ferris Wheel

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If you thought February 14 was just a day with candy hearts, chocolate kisses, rose petals, and sweet card sentiments, you were wrong. February 14 is also Ferris Wheel Day. It celebrates the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. He was an American civil engineer who made the first Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel is sometimes called the Chicago …

Winter Blues... Not Happening! Creative Classroom Activities for Winter

Winter Blues…Not Happening! Creative Classroom Activities for Winter

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The Christmas decorations are put away and celebrating the arrival of 2019 is old news. What’s a teacher to do? The winter doldrums have truly set in. This is the time of year that separates the good educators from the great ones. Creative and effective teaching strategies are needed to engage students and keep the winter blues from attacking. While …

Get the Skinny on Skin

Get the Skinny on Skin! November is National Healthy Skin Month

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While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table discussing the fabulous cooked turkey, delicious sweet potatoes, and indulging in your second piece of pumpkin pie, don’t forget to impress upon the crowd that November is Healthy Skin Month.  Yes, perhaps in preparation for the cold, harsh months ahead, November is officially designated as National Healthy Skin month in the United …

It's a "Boo"tiful October: Fun Halloween Science Ideas

It’s “Boo”tiful October: Fun Science Ideas for Your Classroom

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It’s October and you know what that means? Once again, it’s time for fall festivals, hayrides, pumpkin picking, and Halloween! Regardless if you are a fan of Halloween or not, it’s a wonderful time to integrate history, math, science, and writing in to the class curriculum. Here’s some fun Halloween facts: Halloween is big business! Approximately eight billion dollars will …

Hats off to You

Hats Off to You! It’s Time for Fall Hat Month

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While you might think of September as the month to learn about apples and Johnny Appleseed, changes in seasons and weather patterns, or to celebrate Tomie dePaola, the famous author, it’s also a great month to discover some fun and important facts about hats. After all, Fall Hat Month is an annual designation observed in September. Why Fall Hat Month? …

Jeepers, It's Time to Check Those Peepers

Jeepers, It’s Time to Check Those Peepers

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It’s that time of year where many are preparing for the upcoming months ahead… school time! Clothes have been purchased, locker assignments made, and teachers announced… but have you had your peepers checked? Did you know August is National Eye Exam month? It was founded in 1889 by Sears Optical and since then, most ophthalmologists promote eye safety throughout the …