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4 ways to get your children interested in art

What is art? That is a question that is open to interpretation. A formal definition might be that art is simply creative expression. With that idea in mind, ask your children how they define art. Their answers might surprise you. From there, you can find all kinds of ways to develop their interest in art. […]

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Activity: Celebrate the importance of trees with your students!

    Arbor Day is a day to celebrate trees. The day you celebrate Arbor Day depends on where you live. Check out this interactive map to find out when Arbor Day will be celebrated in your state. Arbor Day is a wonderful reason to teach children about the importance of trees, and the significance […]

Earth Day 2017: Science Activity

Earth Day  Earth Day 2017 is April 22. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about protecting Earth’s environment. Children are more aware than ever of how important it is to keep Earth healthy. This is because many communities are actively engaged in programs that raise awareness. This Earth Day activity will define environment […]

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Breakfasts You Can Make in a Rush

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but so many people skip it because they just don’t have enough time to get breakfast together before they rush out the door to start their busy days. Breakfast doesn’t have to be an afterthought. In fact, we found some breakfast recipe […]

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Sarah E. Goode Lesson and Inventing Activity

  According to US Census records, Sarah E. Goode was born in Ohio. However, other details of her early life are hazy, and reports are conflicting. One thing is for sure: Goode made history in 1885 by being the first (or possibly second) African-American woman to receive a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

6 ways to keep your children engaged over summer break

It is well-known that if children don’t continue some form of academic engagement over the summer break, they will forget a lot of what they’ve learned during the previous school year. This is often known as the “summer slide.” Unfortunately, because of the “summer slide,” many teachers agree that they often get stuck spending the […]

Encouraging Boys to Read

Recently, we discovered a great website, Guys Read, that has excellent recommendations to peak boys’ interest in reading. An obvious, but overlooked idea, is to find interesting material. This website is so helpful! The books are categorized by theme. For example, books that deal with pirates, traveling, robots, and sports are just a few of […]

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Presidential Pets Informational Research Activity / Writing Informational Text

Presidential families are just like us—they love their pets! Most of our presidents have had pets living with them at the White House. Their pets have included all kinds of animals! From President Benjamin Harrison’s pet goat named Whiskers, to Theodore Roosevelt’s pet pony named Algonquin, all were beloved pets! For this informational research activity, […]

Valentine

Valentine’s Day! Need some alternatives to sweets?

Looking for something your child can give to his or her classmates this Valentine’s Day that doesn’t fall into the candy or food category? Well, we searched Pinterest for some ideas and put together quite a list! Check out some of these great valentine gift ideas (with Valentine’s Day messages) all children will love. Bookmarks […]

New from Simple Solutions: Simple Solutions Ohio Studies (Available Spring 2017)

Hey, Ohio 4th Grade Teachers! At last, there’s a workbook that uses daily distributed practice to help students learn and retain important information about Ohio. We know you’ll just love Simple Solutions Ohio Studies! The lessons cover all 24 of Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Social Studies in Grade 4, so your students will learn […]