Woof! Woof! The Dog Days of Summer are Here!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac tells us the “dog days” begin around July 3 and end August 11 this year. The “dog” they refer to is the dog star, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky after the sun.  The ancient Greeks thought the star Sirius looked like the nose of the dog in the constellation […]

Bike Cruising in Portugal!

    Regina, Kim, and Diane (that’s me) work at Simple Solutions, but we’re on vacation right now. We’ve packed our bags and bicycles and headed out on an adventure that, for us, is an entirely new way to travel: bike cruising! This vacation is part cruise since we spend our nights aboard a ship […]

Light the Olympic Fire

Light the Olympic Fire With the Winter Olympics soon approaching, opportunities to incorporate Olympic themes into the classroom are timely and endless. Sadly, it’s becoming a fact of life that in the teaching world we don’t have much time for “fun stuff” anymore. Activities that are fun must also be valuable, educational, and efficient. Here […]

It’s January! Time to Celebrate Snow!

Not every part of the country gets to celebrate snow with sledding, snowman building, and other outdoor activities, but everyone can catch the winter spirit with stories, lessons, and crafts. The possibilities are endless. Here, if you will, is the tip of the, uh-hem, iceberg. SNOW GLOBE CRAFT You may not know just how affordable […]

Simple Solutions Open House!

We opened our doors to give friends and family a behind-the-scenes look at Simple Solutions, and it was a blast! Since moving into our new building in late February, the Simple Solutions team has grown to love our new offices, print shop, and warehouse spaces. When you love something as much as we love our […]

Summer Solutions Rocks!

Did you find one of our rocks?! The Summer Solutions team is hiding rocks all over Northeast Ohio to remind everyone that summer learning can be found everywhere! If you find a rock: Take a picture of the rock! Post it to social media using the hashtag #SSRocks and/or post it in the comments on […]

Exploring How Poetry Works

Let’s talk about poetry! World Poetry Day is March 21st! We know that poetry isn’t always students’ (or teachers’) favorite subject. Oftentimes, poetry can seem difficult to explain or difficult for students to fully understand, especially when dealing with more contemporary poetic forms—those that don’t rhyme or follow easy patterns.   But don’t let these […]

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 […]

Quick Breakfasts for the Kids and You

All of us have had a morning (or many mornings) when we were supposed to have been out the door ten minutes ago. Mornings like that have you and your children skipping breakfast for the sake of time. Chances are your tummies will be rumbling by mid-morning if not sooner. But have no fear! The […]

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 […]