Oh My Gourd! A Great Pumpkin!

Until five years ago, the only Great Pumpkin I had ever heard of was the one on It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. And then I read about a special breed of pumpkin and the people who grow them. I’m talking about REALLY big pumpkins. Too-big-to-carry pumpkins. World-record pumpkins. There are competitions all over the […]

WORLD WAR I ARMISTICE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

THE ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of the WORLD WAR I ARMISTICE     11/11/1918 Many associate the poppy with veterans. This most likely stems from the poem written by World War I Canadian soldier, John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.” On Armistice Day, Americans gratefully acknowledged the […]

Family

Family Tales and a Simple Graphic Organizer

Remember When? Family Tales and a Simple Graphic Organizer Get kids involved by having them write a favorite family story they can share with others this holiday season. Here’s a way to use the holiday tradition of storytelling to get your students writing and give them an opportunity to connect with family members, near and […]

presidential

Your Presidential Timeline Activity

Presidential While a child may know all about George Washington’s incident with a cherry tree, students often struggle to put historical events into the context of their world. To these children, George Washington is a distant figure who wore a powdered wig and lived in a house without electricity. But children do understand the context […]

Fashion Through the Snow!

The winter season is upon us, and you’ve probably already started shopping for your children’s outdoor winter wear. Nowadays, cold-weather attire can be fashionable, but functionality is a must, especially in those colder climates! Check out these tips on what to look for when buying winter wear for your children. Let’s start with boots. Finding a […]

Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Bisque Recipe

Social Studies teaches us that, to many indigenous peoples, squash was an important fall crop. Today, squash is still an important fall food and one your children will love. Try our Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Bisque. It’s so simple to make. It also is a perfect soup to serve to your kids on a […]

Using the slow cooker to help with Thanksgiving dinner

Let’s face it… using a slow cooker to make meals just makes life easier! Think about the best way to let it help you with preparing one of your biggest feasts of the year—Thanksgiving dinner! Yes, you can make the turkey this way! First, it will depend on your slow cooker’s size and the size […]

Finding Great Educational Toys This Holiday Season

Starting the holiday shopping season can sometimes seem like a dreaded task, especially when you’re trying to find games and toys that are educational. You’re plagued by questions like, “Will my kid like what I buy? Is it a waste of money? Will he quickly outgrow it?” and so on. We looked at what’s on […]

Election Day

Election Day is right around the corner and with it comes some great learning opportunities! Even though your students are probably aware of the upcoming event, and they have almost certainly heard about this year’s presidential candidates, there may be some elements of the election that they do not understand. What better way to help […]

Thanksgiving Nouns

Thanksgiving Nouns

November has arrived, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner! At Bright Ideas Press, we are thankful for the dedicated teachers, parents, and students who use Simple Solutions. To show how grateful we are, we created a first-grade Thanksgiving noun activity that aligns with the English Common Core Standard L.1.1b. Worksheet 1 Worksheet 2 SMART […]