Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading →
Idea: Do just about anything – but collect money for it. Here’s a list of ideas for marathon-style events.
Bike-a-thons & trike-a-thons: Older kids complete miles and younger ones laps around a track. One Tricycle Rodeo in California even had the trikes decked out like steeds, with the tots in full cowboy regalia!
Miracle Marathons: Kids log a cumulative 26.2 miles of walking, running, or other exercise over a designated period of time.
Serve-a-thons: Students volunteer a number of hours to clean up city parks, visit nursing homes, or perform other acts of kindness.
Read-a-thons: Kids collect pledges for finishing books, or they participate in a marathon read-aloud session.
Think-a-thons: Kids commit themselves to learning a certain amount of information.
Bring the history of picture frames and artwork to life with this educational craft activity using our Historical Art Frames Craft Kit. This is a great project to combine with the new popular Google app called Arts & Culture. Students can use the app to discover which museum portrait they match with, then draw their portrait inside the frames!
Age Group: 7 and up Project Time: 30 minutes
Craft Kit Contains:
Cardstock frame designs (4 designs, total of 12 frames)
Parents and teachers share creative ideas that go beyond raffles and car washes and keep the fun in fundraising. We teamed up with Family Fun Magazine to share these 5 ideas that you can recreate at your school!
St. Bernadette’s Catholic School in Springfield, Virginia came up with the idea to have a Surprise Teacher Getaway Raffle. Nearly half the school’s 380 students entered their favorite teachers and staff into a drawing that featured a parent-donated four-day vacation. They received over $3000 toward interactive whiteboards.
Students decorated the raffle tickets with stickers, “Good Luck!” messages, and smiley faces. The tickets said “Please send on vacation.” Families bought them for $5 each, filled in a teacher’s name (and their own on the back), then entered them in the vacation drawing. With nearly half of school families participating, minimal work, and happy kids and teachers, this fund-raiser was truly a win-win solution. Continue reading →
Encouraging kids to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle is a main goal of both teachers and afterschool professionals. We have seen many teachers asking for monthly fitness calendars to challenge students to stay active during the year, and even to take home over school break and get their family involved.