Furniture Tips

4 Advantages of Glass Dry Erase Boards over Traditional Versions

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With the ability to provide excellent depth of field, good contrast levels, and plenty of ambient light protection, glass dry erase boards are becoming an increasingly popular choice for a contemporary office setting and/or conference room prop. Glass Dry Erase BoardsGlass whiteboards provide a solid, smooth, and reusable writing surface similar to that of more traditional dry erase boards, but provide a few added benefits:

  • Burn-In - Similar to picture burn-in from the older projection televisions, where you may be unfortunate enough to see Matlock’s weathered face permanently engraved into your set for all of eternity, old school dry erase boards can retain images and drawings from notes past after too many uses. (continue reading…)

Tips to Keep Your Child Reading This Summer

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Use these creative ideas to get your child hooked on reading this summer from the staff at GreatSchools.
During the summer, books might be the last thing on your child’s mind. Most kids are ready for a break and happy to trade in reading, writing and arithmetic for summer camp, family vacations and lazy beach days. But many studies have shown that children who read when they’re away from school perform better academically than those who don’t. Here are 10 ways to get even the most reluctant reader engaged in a reading adventure.
1. Use Hollywood to inspire your child to read. Take advantage of movies and DVDs that are based on books appropriate for your child’s age. This summer look for thebig-screen version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which seems more appropriate for older kids. (You’ll have to wait until the fall for the much-anticipated release of Where the Wild Things Are.) For DVDs, Hoot,based on Carl Hiaasen’s first novel for young readers, might appeal to your middle-school child and pique his interest in the writer’s more recent book for young readers, Flush. Renting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives you an opportunity to introduce your younger child to other books by Roald Dahl such as James and the Giant Peach and The BFG.
2. Play a summer reading game at your local library or start your own book club. Many libraries offer online sign-ups for these popular summer reading programs. Most have a set reading list,

and if children read all of the titles within a certain time frame, they win a prize. You could also create your own reading game at home with a chart, stickers and perhaps a grand prize of the child’s choice. Another alternative is to get a group of kids together to form a neighborhood book group, where members can discuss what they are reading or exchange books.
3. Involve your child in planning your family vacation. Whether it’s a trip to the ballpark or across the country, have your child research the players, the sites and even the weather in programs, brochures, guidebooks or a Farmer’s Almanac or on the Internet.
4. Start a collection. Help your children become experts on something this summer by starting a collection. Encourage them to visit Web sites, view videos and look for library books to learn more about their new interest.
5. Visit a comic shop. The transformation of classic comic strips like Scooby-Doo, Spiderman and Batman into major motion pictures has renewed an interest in comic books. They make especially good reading material for visual and artistic learners, as they allow readers to make easy connections between picture sequences and written text. Encourage your child to read comics and even create his own comic strip this summer.
6. Read cookbooks and packaged food labels. Have your children select recipes they would like to try. Include them in grocery shopping and meal preparation. Encourage them to read product labels so they know what they will be eating. You might be surprised to find they enjoy family meals more when they’ve taken part in the process.
7. Read instruction pamphlets. This kind of practical reading helps children connect reading with hands-on learning. Reading instructions for building projects, assembling games or blowing up pool toys can give children a real sense of accomplishment.
8. Read the newspaper aloud. Start reading parts of newspaper articles aloud and encourage your child to do the same. Some newspapers even have children’s sections. This is a great way to engage your child in conversation and promote his interest in what is going on in the world. Suggest to your child that he read aloud to a sibling or young friend, or volunteer together to read to an elderly person.
9. Get a magazine subscription for your child. There are numerous magazines that are targeted to young kids and preteens. Kids can often identify with the voice and subject matter, and the articles will hold their attention. Even if it’s not Swiss Family Robinson, the benefits of continued reading might make up for the lack of weightier content.
10. Be a reading role model. Let them see you read. Read anywhere — the airport, bus stop, doctor’s office, swimming pool, etc. If they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too.


School Activity Tables and You

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Choosing the right activity table for you and your students can be a challenging experience. A wide variety of high quality manufacturers make activity tables, and if your heart is set on a certain style, you may still have a long list of tables to review. Worthington Direct offers activity tables ranging the entire spectrum of needs for elementary school tables, middle school classroom tables and high school student tables. Library tables and art room tables are not left out – many multipurpose school tables can function both in the classroom and in libraries, art rooms and other places throughout the school. Be sure to see Wikipedia’s entry for Tables and the government’s requirements for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act compliant) tables.


Table height Perhaps the most important aspect of your table is how tall it is. Almost all activity tables have adjustable height legs. Preschool height adjustable activity tables won’t be tall enough for your 4th graders, and an adult height table, even at it’s lowest setting, will come to your toddler’s chin when seated. Most preschool height tables are adjustable from 15 or 16″ to 23 or 24″

Top Thickness School Activity table tops come in a wide variety of thicknesses. From mobile folding tables featuring steel frames with 3/4″ thick table tops to stationary tables with thick, 1-3/4″ table tops that provide a presence of stability to the room. Longer activity tables such as those from Royal include under-table steel supports that prevent table sag, even under load on extremely long tables. Thin table tops tend to cost less, while thick tabletops add an air of elegance of permanence to your classroom or early childhood center.

Table Color Perhaps the most visible aspect of your student’s classroom activity tables is the color. Some teachers may choose to go with the classic medium oak school table tops. Other popular colors are Light Oak and Walnut (dark wood). Early childhood teachers or teachers with school spirit may order a color table that matches their school or room’s colors. Color tables can be ordered in almost any combination, but the most popular option is a Gray Nebula top with a colored band. Gray nebula does an excellent job of hiding any scratches or scuffs your school’s activity table may endure over the years, while keeping your classroom looking neat and clean.


Selecting the Correct Height School Chair

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Selecting the right height school chair for your classroom can be tricky. Many teachers find themselves asking, “what size school chairs do I need for my classroom?”. Classroom chairs and school furniture typically don’t come with a size printed on the side or bottom, so how do you know you are ordering the right size chair for your school classroom? Worthington Direct has put together several helpful aids to get you the correct school chair you need.

Most school chairs for 5th grade through high school use a standard 18″ chair. Some manufacturers, like Scholar Craft offer a 17.5″ or 17 1/2″ student chair instead of an 18″ chair, which is also considered a full size chair. 5th Grade students through High School, to Adult size student chairs are typically 18″ high – the de facto standard chair height. Worthington Direct recommends only 18 inch size for High School Chairs and Middle School chairs.For preschool through 4th grade it is best you measure your existing school chairs or reference our chair size table to choose the best height classroom chairs for your school. This helpful Wikipedia article goes in to great depth about school chair dimensions and ergonomics relating to chair size.

An important rule of thumb is that you can always fit a student in to a larger chair, but you should never seat a child in a chair too small for them. Students in too-small school chairs create antsy, fidgeting, uncomfortable students who are more likely to act out and be disruptive. A larger chair will be more comfortable and fit the student best as they continue to grow. The breakdown of school chairs is generally 12″ chairs for preschool and smaller kindergartners, 14″ chairs for larger kindergartners and most 1st graders and smaller 2nd graders, 16″ classroom chairs for larger 2nd graders, most 3rd graders and fourth grade students. 18″ Chairs fit the tallest 5th graders and are an excellent choice for middle schools, high schools and colleges. 12, 14, 16 and 18″ chairs are made by popular manufacturers such as Virco, Scholar Craft Royal and more.

To measure a school chair these steps should be taken. Place your existing school chair on a flat surface. Find the tallest point on the seat (not the backrest) of your student’s chair. Measure from the floor to the highest point. This should give you the correct height for the chair you need to order.

Some manufacturers build chairs smaller than 12″ high. It is tempting to order these 7, 8, 9 and 10″ chairs for your students, especially when the prices are lower cost than a 14″ or 16″ chair, but it is important to note that children ages 3 and up cannot sit in such small chairs for very long. School chairs as small as 7″-10″ are generally designed for 12 months to two years and will quickly outgrow them. Such small sizes are thus only recommended for early childhood centers that specialize in the age range of 12-24 months.


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