6 Tips for Teaching Students How to Research

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teach students researchFiltering Information in the Information Age

Technology has revolutionized our world.  It has without a doubt created new forms of communication and learning, doing business, socializing, fame, and entertainment, among others.  In fact, technology has sent us into an information age like nothing we have seen before.  There is a tremendous amount of information floating around on the Internet as of now.  As an educator, that makes me wonder how much bad information there really is out there and how we can get students to know the difference. Continue reading



Month of the Holy Rosary Activity

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October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. These Rosary Bead Kits are great inspirational craft activities for Sunday School, Bible School, or any other religious event for kids. Each kit comes with materials for 6 Rosaries, and we have both Blue & Ivory and Pink & Crystal kits to choose from. Teach students the meaning of the Rosary to go along with your daily lesson. The kits come with picture instructions, and here are written instructions you can follow too.

Instructions for Crystal & Rose Rosary 

  1. Cut a 36″ piece of the silver string provided in the kit.
  2. Thread the string though the opening in the pink cross
  3. Tie a knot to keep the cross into place. The knot is shown in the picture that comes with the kit. Continue reading


Halloween Party Games for Senior Residents

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Halloween party gamesNot quite sure what activities to have or games to play with your senior residents at your Halloween party this year? Here are a few ideas from our friends at notjustbingo.com to get you started:

Pumpkin Games

  • Set up several games that involve pumpkins, like a Pumpkin Knock-Down game in which residents use small pumpkins or gourds to knock down a stack of Halloween cups.
  • Another pumpkin game is Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight in which residents try to guess the exact weight of one of your largest pumpkins. Throughout the night, allow residents to get up close with the pumpkin in hopes of guessing its weight. Award one of your best prizes to the person who comes closest to the actual weight.
  • If your residents are not as active, consider playing a seated game of Hot Pumpkin – played just like Hot Potato but with residents tossing an orange bean bag to music until the music stops. Whoever is left holding the bean bag when the music stops is out of the game. Continue on until you have just one person left. Continue reading


Classroom Management for Special Education Teachers

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special education classroom teacherToday’s KISS – Keep It Simple Strategies – Classroom Management for Special Education teachers.

For discussion purposes, we’ll assume you are a Resource Room teacher at the Elementary level. You are that miraculous person that takes the challenged children each day for resource. Let’s face it, it is a tough job and it’s important to know how to manage the students and your classroom.

Set Rules and Discipline

To help you reach your goals and theirs, you can implement some simple tricks to manage your time. Here are some basic classroom rules to help keep bad behaviors under control:

  1. Students listen to each other.
  2. Students use caring language.
  3. Hands are for helping, and when in the hallway, hold your own hand.
  4. Students care about each other’s feelings.
  5. We all take responsibility for what we say and do.

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Top 10 Halloween Crafts for Kids

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Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids to express their creativity. There are so many cute characters, like ghosts, spiders, pumpkins, and mummies that they can create using simple materials. Here’s a list of our top 10 favorite Halloween crafts. You can also use them as fun decorations each year.

Mini Halloween Clay Pots

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Use our mini or large terra cotta pots to make your favorite Halloween characters! Put candy in them for a sweet treat.

  • Bat: Paint the pot black. Glue wiggly eyes, then draw a mouth and fangs with white paint using a thin paintbrush. Cut out bat wings out of black paper using a template.
  • Pumpkin: Paint the pot orange. Paint the eyes and mouth black with a small paintbrush or permanent marker.
  • Frankenstein: Paint the pot green, then paint the very tip of the opening with black paint. Use black felt for the hair. Glue on wiggly eyes, then draw a mouth and scars with a permanent marker.

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