August 2013

4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

August 29, 2013 At Home
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Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers. It’s also commonly viewed as the end of summer vacation and a time to get together with friends and family. With these five fun resources, you can celebrate Labor Day inside and outside of the classroom: 1. History of Labor Day.

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Introducing IXL Language Arts

August 27, 2013 At Home
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What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? Short! Who says grammar and vocabulary can’t be fun? IXL brings language arts to life next month! IXL Language Arts will offer over 30 topics for grades 2-4—with more skills and grades to come. We’re also pleased to present creative new question types, including ordering items through drag-and-drop and interactive editing exercises.

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Educators: Developing Your PLN This School Year

August 22, 2013 In the Classroom
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As many educators know, Personal Learning Networks have been around for decades. However, what once began over a cup of coffee in the teacher’s lounge has evolved into something much, much bigger. Here are some important things to keep in mind as the new school year begins. What is a PLN? Simply defined, a PLN is a group of people you interact with and learn from. In the past, PLNs were comprised mainly of educators you worked with or knew face-to-face.

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Back-to-School Shopping Tips for Parents

August 8, 2013 Back to School
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As the second-biggest shopping event of the year, the back-to-school season can be overwhelming for parents trying to prepare their kids for the new school year. We hope these resources will help make the process more efficient, and more enjoyable! 1. Avoid the busiest shopping days – This DailyFinance article provides a list of what they anticipate to be the busiest back-to-school shopping days this year.

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