Free Teacher Joke – "A Gift For Teacher"

It was the day before the Winter Break, and a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her pupils.The florist’s son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it overhead, and said, “I bet I know what it is. Some flowers.” “That’s right” the boy said, “but how did you know?”“Oh, just a wild guess,” [...]

Free Teacher Lesson Plan – "Snow Melting"

Subject – Science, Math Grade Level – PreKindergarten to 2nd grade Objectives: To get a brief understanding of the thermometer. To get an understanding of liquid and solids.You have to do this when it is snowing. I plan this activity with the first snowfall of the year. Equipment: A glass A thermometer Snow. Procedure: Take [...]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – K-3rd Grades – "What if…?"

Creative Writing, Story & Character Development Classic stories (or films) are often so cherished that it can seem a crime to alter them in any way. However, tinkering with these revered tales by posing new scenarios, plot twists, or an alternate ending is a wonderful way to inspire your child’s natural creativity. What would happen [...]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – Preschool – "Tinted Paper Towel Creations"

Creativity, Observation & Discovery, Motor Skills – Ages 3-5 Cut a paper towel into a simple shape (such as a kite, balloon, or flower) and place it in a shallow tray. Help your child squeeze three or four drops of food coloring onto the shape and then let her pour about 1/4 cup of water [...]

Consider a Donation to Gifts In Kind International

Fall is here, and that means planning for the holiday season. As you make your holiday purchases, please consider a donation to Gifts In Kind International. Your donations go to local charities that help people in need get through the winter months, and allow low-income parents to celebrate with their children. Remember, you receive many [...]

Chicago School Supply Supports Teacher Tax Relief

Chicago School Supply, and fellow members of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), support expanding the educator tax deduction to give relief to the teachers and education support professionals who reach into their own pockets to ensure that classrooms have the necessary classroom supplies. According to a recent NSSEA study, 93% of teachers [...]

Music Programs Takes A Back Seat To Math and Reading Curriculum

Music education has taken a hit in the era of No Child Left Behind, a federal law that focuses on math and reading: 16% of schools have cut back on art and music programs since 2003, says a report released in July by the non-profit Center on Education Policy. Yet a Harris Interactive Poll of [...]

Final Report of ‘National Assessment of Title I’ Is Released

The Department of Education submitted to Congress the final report of the “National Assessment of Title I.” This two-volume study presents findings from the implementation and impact of the program. Volume I contains key findings on the implementation of the program under No Child Left Behind, and Volume II presents a report on follow-up findings [...]

Teen Talk:Difficult Conversations with Your Teenager

Dear Parent, Sex, Drugs, STDs, HIV, AIDS are all subjects that most parents have difficulty bringing up with their kids. Think back to when you were a child. Who told you about sex? Was it a friend? Was it your mom or dad? If so how did they handle it and what information did you [...]

Free Teacher Quote – "Going Forward"

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Quote by: Nora Roberts