How to Make Summer Reading Fun for Kids

Elena Krasnoperova - Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Guest blog post by Jessica Thiefels, Editor of Whooo’s Reading blog

Every summer, kids look forward to carefree fun-in-the-sun activities, which puts summer reading on the back burner.

But studies show that there are significant benefits of summer reading. Kids who read regularly during the summer break have higher reading comprehension scores when they return to school in the fall than those who don’t read.

Many teachers hand out summer reading lists at the end of the school year. These lists are helpful, but parents find themselves stuck with the difficult task of enforcing the recommended reading. Instead of fighting your child every step of the way, use these fun and simple ideas to make reading more exciting.

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Classroom Organization Hacks for Teachers: An Infographic

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, June 19th, 2016

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Guest post by Eugene Feygin, Program Manager at Quill

Every teacher starts a new school year with the best of intentions: to keep classroom clutter to a minimum. But classroom organization can be difficult to maintain all year long. A long school year and a couple dozen students can wreak havoc with even the most organized teacher. Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive hacks you can use to tame the mess and organize your classroom. Let us show you how with our Classroom Organization Hacks infographic.

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How to Use Behavior Charts for Kids

Elena Krasnoperova - Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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Behavior charts are typically used for kids from age 2 to about 10. A behavior chart can reinforce new skills, remind kids to do chores or homework, and generally encourage positive behaviors and discourage negative behaviors. Follow our 5 simple tips on how to use behavior charts effectively. Download our free printable behavior charts and chore charts, and use stickers or markers to reward good behaviors.

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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

Elena Krasnoperova - Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Summer is almost here! Hopefully your summer is already (mostly) planned. But if you still need to arrange some summer camps, don’t panic. It’s not too late!

Follow the handy step-by-step guide below to choose the best summer camp for your child.

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Celebrating Dads with Father’s Day Classroom Party

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19th. The school is going to be over by then, so make sure to organize your Father’s Day classroom party before school closes for the summer break.

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10 Fun Things Dads Can Do with Their Kids on Father’s Day

Elena Krasnoperova - Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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Sunday is supposed to be your day, but how about giving your family a gift that everyone can share? While fancy ties are great for you to sport at work, how about working on creating some memories to share with your co-workers in the break room instead? This weekend celebrate the end of your kids’ school year and you being an awesome dad by sharing some special moments together. Here are some ideas of things to do with your kids this Father’s Day.

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Father’s Day Craftivities for Your Classroom

Elena Krasnoperova - Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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Fathers play such an important role in our lives. They teach us valuable lessons, support us through our ups and downs, praise us, encourage us, and love us unconditionally. Help your kiddos say thank you to the important men in their lives with a Father’s day classroom activities and crafts.

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Grow Your PTA Step #3: Maintain Momentum Through the Year

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016

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In our previous post, we talked about taking advantage of the Back to School season. We discussed the benefits of:

  • Being included in online back-to-school registration “flow”
  • Communicating regularly with the entire school community
  • Getting your principal and teachers on board
  • Taking advantage of the Back to School Night

Today, we’re going to talk about Step 3: “Maintaining momentum throughout the school year”

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Grow Your PTA Step #2: Make the Most of the Back to School Season

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016

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In our previous post, we talked about the importance of providing value to your PTA members. We called it “Making it REALLY worth their while to join your PTA”. We also talked about why it’s important to TELL your members about the value that the PTA provides.

Today, we’re going to talk about Step 2: “Making the most of the Back To School season”.

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Grow Your PTA Step #1: Make It REALLY Worth Their While

Elena Krasnoperova - Friday, May 20th, 2016

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Many PTAs are facing stagnant or even declining membership, despite increasing school enrollment. So if you’re feeling the pain, you’re certainly not alone. But some PTAs are wildly successful at growing their ranks, reaching 100% participation. What can we learn from their experience?

In this 3-part blog series, we boil down growing your PTA to three key steps.

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