St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Rainbow Link Craft

St.Patrick’s Day is filled with rainbows, shamrocks and, of course, a pot of gold! We have the perfect craft that is true to the lucky holiday!

Make this St.Patrick’s Day special for your students when you create an easy-to-do craft together.

We have created a St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Rainbow Link Craft along with an easy to cut-out shamrock to help you along the way.

The supplies required for this St. Patrick’s Day craft are the following:

We have created an easy-to-follow PDF that you can download and print out as well as an easy-cut-out shamrock.

Once your students have created this fun St.Patrick’s Day craft you can hang them around your classroom, put them up on a bulletin board or have your students take them home to share with their families.

We have a lot of FREE printables that are always available to you. Check out our new spring printables that include, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Download them all at: https://www.nationalschoolsupply.com/printables

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 


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Apple Orchard Bulletin Board and Craft

Apple picking season is among us! To turn your classroom or school hallway into an apple orchard of fun we have the perfect craft and bulletin board idea for you to bring to life.

It’s always fun to display your students work. Let them help you create your seasonal bulletin board this month. Have your students create an apple craft and then put together an apple orchard bulletin board with their beautifully made apple crafts. This is a great way to get your students involved and show off their work. They will be so excited to see their hard work on display for all to see. We will provide you will all the steps you’ll need to make this a bunch of success!

Our Apple Orchard Bulletin Board is a simple, easy-to-do craft that requires supplies you can easily get your hands on and most likely have in your classroom. If you are in need of some of the required supplies click on the supplies listed below and you will be brought to that item on our website for  your everyday affordable supplies. What you will need to create and complete this craft are the following supplies:

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Download our complete Apple Orchard Bulletin Board Craft Instruction Sheet to get started!

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us at 1-800-669-7766, leave a comment here or post on our Facebook page! National School Supply and National School Furniture are also on Pinterest, where we’re posting our latest products, printables, crafts and classroom ideas!

Happy Crafting!


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Creative Ways Parents Can Encourage Reluctant Students to Focus and Read.

Educators and many parents, alike, are well aware of the benefits of reading and writing But sometimes parents get busy and it’s easy to lose track of their child’s reading progress.

10 ideas for parents to help along their children's reading goals.

10 ideas for parents to help along their children’s reading goals.

Let’s help get kids excited about reading.  With some of these tips, parents will be able to increase their student’s readiness to participate in the classroom.

Educators are faced with the challenge of engaging students and keeping them focused on a reading program.  It would be nice, in a perfect world, if children arrived to class anxiously anticipating their next page-turning opportunity.  Well, that is sometimes not the case.  That’s where parents can play a role in guiding their child’s reading and writing skills right at home.

We’ve brainstormed some ideas to not only make things easier on teachers, but perhaps also help parents in the process–everyone can benefit from these ideas.  By giving your child reading and writing oriented activities that offer them fun rewards upon completion, you could, in turn, likely get some help with chores and tasks.

For example, have your child write part of the grocery list.  I know, I know–sometimes you need to get shopping done and don’t have time to involve your kids.  But the worst outcome is a fun writing assignment!  Have them list 3 food items they’d like to have, describe them and explain why.  Maybe assign two healthy items and one treat.  The treat acting as incentive for completing the assignment.

If you’re too concerned about what the neighbors think, this one might not work.  But don’t let others opinions get in the way of learning–who knows, it might encourage your neighbors to do the same activity, creating a wave of learning throughout your neighborhood.  Post words with their definitions all over the house.  Depending on your child’s reading level, accompany the denoted items, i.e., refrigerator, television, and ceiling fan, with not only the definition, but a history of who invented the household items, when and why.  This activity could turn into a history lesson or practical lesson on appliances, heating and cooling and electricity.

Here are Ten Easy Ways parents can help prepare their kids for reading and writing in the classroom:

1.  Place reading materials out in the open and read in front of your children.

2.  Have a mystery novel night, reading and playing detective with your child to solve the case.

3.  Set aside a time and place for your child to read on their own in a comfy, quiet place.

4.  Place appropriate reading and word games on your computer or notebook and allow your child to use it.  Keep a dictionary nearby and make a habit of looking up words.  This helps not only your child but everyone seeking better communication skills.

5.  Take your child to the public library where there’s all sorts of free media for them to discover.  Librarians love to promote literacy.

6.  Is your child in anticipation of a new movie coming out soon?  Make a deal with them that if they read the book, you’ll take them to the movie.  Then you can discuss the differences.

7.  Encourage your children to keep in touch with friends that have moved away or family members out of state–they’ll be surprised how much they enjoy it once encouraged to do so.  Their social life will thank them later.

8.  Ask your child to draw pictures to accompany the story they’re reading.

9.  Ask your children questions everyday, promoting the thought-process.  It also gives you something to talk about.  Ask them about what they’re reading, the characters–which character do they relate to the most and why?  This can even help their child’s ethical development–what do they think about the actions of the characters, and what are the consequences?

10.  Always share what you’re reading with your child, your thoughts about it, and encourage your child to do the same.

Please visit www.nationalschoolsupply.com to download the free poster.  It can be found in the “Posters” section under “Free Downloadable Printables.”

 

 

 

 


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Enjoy the View Out of Our Binocular Craft

NSS_Binocular_CraftBack-to-School is right around the corner. To help ease students into their first week, we have prepared a fun craft for your students that they will love!

Having students create our Binocular Craft is a way for them to be creative. They can design them however they would like. This craft gets them to focus on one thing at a time, follow steps, listen, create, and explore.

Our Binocular Craft is a simple, easy-to-do craft that requires minimal supplies that you can easily get your hands on. What you will need to create and complete this craft are the following supplies:

  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole-Puncher
  • String or Ribbon
  • 2 Toilet Paper Rolls

Craft Instructions

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us at 1-800-669-7766, leave a comment here or post on our Facebook page! National School Supply and National School Furniture are also on Pinterest, where we’re posting our latest products, printables, crafts and classroom ideas!

Happy Crafting!


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Coming soon from National School Supply: EasyList!

As a teacher, we know that ensuring your students have the correct supplies is imperative to you. You pass out lists, supply them through stores, but it seems that something isEasyShareLogo1 always overlooked, supplies are out of stock, or parents just don’t have the time or resources to run from store to store for supplies.

We here at National School Supply are introducing our new EasyList Program to help make school supplies easier on you AND parents! Want to know more? Here’s how it works:

  • Go to NationalSchoolSupply.com/EasyListIntro to see the Easy List Intro Video
  •  Create a profile and upload your school list, picture of your classroom, and a bio about yourself for parents to see!
  • Once your list has been made, you can send out the ‘Letter to Parents’ we’ve created for you, telling them about the program.
  • Parents can buy the school supply kit you’ve created online and have it shipped to them all together in a convenient backpack.

This ensures that students will have all the supplies you want them to, plus parents can customize the kits further if they choose. There’s also a Teacher Supply Kit available from EasyList, which includes teacher-recommended teaching supplies! This kit can also be customized. Look for this new page coming soon on NationalSchoolSupply.com!


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