2015 Young Child Expo and Conference

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Young child expo 2015Last week we had the pleasure of attending the Young Child Expo in NYC. There were over 1,000 people there to support the efforts of educating young children, many of which we were able to interact with at our S&S booth. We were also fortunate enough to be able to attend some of the inspiring and well respected key note speaker presentations at the conference.

While hosting our booth, I had the pleasure of meeting Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin had a session which touched on her own experiences with autism.  Her message was that “there needs to be much more emphasis in education on developing a child’s strengths and building up skills the child is good at, and that there is too much emphasis on deficits.” Young Child Expo TempleIn her session Dr. Grandin promoted the book we had on display (which she also signed for us!) titled The Giant Encyclopedia of Science Activities and encouraged attendees to visit the S&S booth to consider it. Dr. Grandin said she recommends this particular book because it promotes fun, creative science projects that children can easily make from inexpensive materials found in most homes. She believes individual activities such as watching television and playing electronic games should be limited and promoting creative group activities is key to building awareness of a child’s strengths and skills.

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Egg Carton Wreath

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If you didn’t already know, there are tons of things you can make out of leftover egg cartons. Don’t eat eggs? That’s fine, you can order plain paper egg cartons from us – we really do sell everything your crafty hearts desire (we even sell empty toilet paper tubes, which you may find strange but back in my days as a sales rep, I had a customer who needed thousands of these for her school district)!

Since I am finally in a springy mood over here after a long and dreary New England winter, I chose to use egg cartons to make flowers for a wreath… and wait until you see the finished product… It’s adorable!

Materials:
Egg Cartons
Acrylic Paint
Burlap Ribbon
Glue Gun
Yarn
Craft knife
Scissors
Scrap Cardboard

Start out by tracing two circles on cardboard or another stiff material to create the wreath. Either use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut out the outer and inner circle. Once this is complete, start wrapping burlap ribbon around the wreath, gluing into place as you go. You may want to wrap the burlap around twice, so you can’t see the cardboard underneath.

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To create your flowers, you will need a good, sharp pair of scissors. Cut out about 10-15 flowers (thank you Crafty Kate for your help with cutting these!) Then cut out a thin strip from the egg carton and twirl it into a spiral to place in the center of the flower. Continue reading



Community Cleanup

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Oh, Spring! The wonderful feeling of forty-degree weather, snow flurries mixed with light hail, the enticing aroma of trash blossoming on the side of the road: these are just a few signs of the new season. Wait… that doesn’t sound right!

Sure, there’s little we can do about the unseasonable weather, but a few shivers and goose bumps weren’t enough to deter forty ambitious S&S Worldwide associates. Donning neon green vests and wielding trash sticks, my colleagues and I aimed for one goal: Community Cleanup. Together we clean the litter from the streets neighboring our Colchester, CT offices.

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Yesterday marked S&S Worldwide’s 7th Annual “Clean to the Green” event, led by S&S associate Christopher Karam. “Clean to the Green” has become one of my favorite programs in the five years I’ve worked for S&S. It’s an event to celebrate Earth Week and an opportunity to give back to our community. As someone who grew up in Colchester, being a part of this tradition awards me an extra sense of pride and accomplishment. Continue reading



Cardboard Yarn Letter

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It seems like decorative wood craft letters are all the rage right now and there are tons of projects where people paint them or wrap yarn around them. While creating a wreath, I wanted to add a “K” with yarn wrapped around it as the final touch. If you are anything like me, you probably don’t want to go out and buy a letter… so make one! Go find any spare cardboard box lying around your house (if you don’t have any, maybe it’s time to order from www.ssww.com!)

Materials:
Cardboard
Stencil
Scissors
Craft Knife
Yarn
Hot Glue Gun

Start by cutting out the appropriate size of cardboard for your letter. Using a stencil or free-handing it (if you have really steady hands) cut out your letter using a craft knife.

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For this particular letter, I only used one layer of cardboard, but if you want a thicker letter you can glue two pieces of cardboard together and then cut it out. Continue reading



4 Really Cool Ways Teachers Use Post-it Notes in the Classroom

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Yup, I love Post-it notes! I don’t think a day goes by in the office when I don’t write on one. Since S&S now carries office supplies like my beloved post-its, I’ve been researching how our customers use them in more non-traditional ways. I’ve found some pretty cool ideas that teachers are using in their classroom and wanted to share.

Goal Setting – This 4th grade teacher on 4th Grade Literacy Lovers, Megan Skogstad, uses post it notes to remind children of their goals upon entering the classroom.  I love that her method to this has progressed them into writing more meaningful goals, and that it has helped remind her of her goals as well. Making the bulletin board fun just adds to the excitement.

creating goals in classroom with Post-It Notes

Data Wall – What an awesome way to encourage students to focus on their studies. This data wall on Elementary Literary Resources is a great idea in itself and the post-it notes allow the teacher to highlight and praise students that stood out or worked hard to help get the class average up. Continue reading



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