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Work Green: Live Clean

By this point, we are all pretty much signed up for healthy eating in hopes of a longer lifestyle. We try to recycle and do our part for the betterment of our planet. We use eco-friendly cleaning products to minimize toxins in the home. So, can a green, eco-friendly work environment [...]

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Are these in YOUR Classroom?

There is nothing like a classic. A tried-and-true safe bet that always satisfies. Old reliable.Grilled Cheese, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cracker Jacks, Charlotte’s Web.If that made you hungry, great! Grab a snack and get comfy – and read up on why I have recently fallen in love all over again with these classic books from my, [...]

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April Showers Bring EARTH DAY!

April Showers Bring May Flowers EARTH DAY!The air is changing, the sun is beginning to set later in the day, and all signs are pointing to Spring, which in teacher-speak means one thing:TIME TO PLAN FOR EARTH DAY!As a little girl growing up in New York, I looked forward to the month of April in school with such enthusiasm because [...]

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How to Save Time, Energy & Money Buying Books

A Tale of Time, Energy, & Money – And How to Save All ThreeIf you’re anything like me, buying in bulk not only saves you a huge amount of time and energy, it gives you the security of knowing you’re well-stocked in whatever you little heart desires, and most importantly…IT SAVES YOU MONEY. LOTS OF IT.And who doesn’t [...]

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Creativity... Using It to Make a Difference

There is something so heavy about the term “conformist,” and something so light about its antonym - “non-conformist.” It’s as if to say – if you’re a conformist, you’re stuck – robbed of all of your inherent desires and beliefs in order to fit a certain standard – lost between “good on paper and “good for me.” A [...]

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Can Changing Your Mind Inevitably Change the World?

It was once thought that the stronger you were in your convictions, and the more steadfastly you held on to them, the more successful a leader you’d be.We are a nation that criticizes political candidates for changing their minds, accuses anyone with a wavering opinion of being less credible – because naturally, you have no idea about anything if you [...]

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Dr. Seuss: Tips for Teaching His Life Lessons to Kids of All Ages

Oh, the places you’ll go… The age defying impact of  Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books, from Kindergarten to High School and beyond.As schools across the country are preparing for Read Across America Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 109th birthday in just a few weeks, our book specialists have been fixated on the influence that Dr. Seuss’ life lessons have had [...]

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Black History Month: Why February?

Tips to Celebrate Black History Month in Your ClassroomDid you know that February was the chosen month for the celebration because of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays?Did you know that Black History Month started out as a week-long celebration, almost 100 years ago?Did you know that schools across the country have celebrated Black History each February since [...]

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President's Day, The Past and Present Come Together in 2016

Four score and seven years ago, there was this really powerful speech made by this really important guy with a funny looking top hat.But what good is it, if we aren’t bringing the history of our nations most historic moments into our schools and classrooms?One of this year’s most powerful teachable moments is right around the corner! With President’s Day [...]

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The Best Valentine's Day Ever

What do you call a very small Valentine?  A Valen-TINY!Ah, young love. Do you remember how exciting Valentine’s Day was in your early Elementary school days? The handmade cards… the conversation hearts… the BOOKS?If you search for children’s Valentine’s Day books, you’ll find there really are plenty of fish in the sea. So consider our Book Specialists [...]

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