Oh My Gourd! A Great Pumpkin!

Until four 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 Food Day ~ October 16, 2018

Food.  It’s something that many of us take for granted. Most of us are fortunate enough to eat two to three meals a day. If we skip a meal, it’s usually because we are too busy, and not because we don’t have access to food. But, that is not the case for all. In fact, […]

Your Students, Your Classroom, and You!

I’ve been reading and collecting education research studies and reports about all kinds of topics, such as improving reading comprehension, raising math scores, teaching with games, best practices for preschool learning, and so on. But these many studies have limitations; that’s why the researchers usually call for replications and further studies. One thing researchers consider […]

Things to Do (and Not to Do) on the First Day of School

Although it has been a while, I can vividly remember my very first day as a teacher. I was assigned to a class of 21 first graders who may have been as nervous as I was that September morning. I remember looking out into their forgiving faces, as I tried to check off items on […]

Something Free for Your Class This Year

Hey there, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers! School starts soon, and if you’re like a lot of my friends, you’re looking for ways to “do more with less.” Okay, I’m not a fan of that euphemism either. Too often, teachers are told “there is no budget” for the high-quality instructional materials they need. Yet, […]

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 […]

Socks that Grow!

If you follow us on social media (and if you don’t already, you should) you may have seen that the Simple Solutions team has got socks on the brain! Throughout the month of October Simple Solutions has been participating in Socktober. This event is a worldwide drive to help those in need by collecting and […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Recipe Math

It’s September 22, and that means fall has officially arrived. The leaves are starting to change, the air is getting crisper, and Friday nights have become high school football nights once again. With all of the great things that we associate with the fall, it is nearly impossible to imagine it without one thing: PUMPKINS! […]