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3 Lessons To Turn Any Classroom Activity Table Into a Hub of Scholastic Discovery

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Activity tables provide a blank canvas for teachers to fill with exciting and meaningful lessons.

Sistine Table Classroom Art Lesson Idea

Image of Sistine Table idea from Mrs. Karen Harrington's blog

While a table is a basic classroom tool, the creativity of the educational exercises that can be done on these surfaces are what makes them a special learning area for children of all ages. Teachers can take advantage of activity tables by encouraging their students to engage in hands-on lessons that can boost their scholastic experience. Below are 3 activity table uses that will enhance your student’s education.

A Unique Way To Draw

Exposing children to famous artists at an early age is an excellent way to inspire a life long love of art. Incorporating a variety of activity table projects can reinforce a students understanding of the different artistic methods used by an artist. One such example is exploring Michelangelo’s experience of creating the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. After explaining that Michelangelo had to paint the ceiling by standing and looking upwards on a scaffold raised high above the ground, allow the children to explore this technique in a slightly modified manner.

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Activity Tables- From Common to the Unique

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Classroom activity tables have never had so much variety. With the multitude of teaching styles and teaching environments, there is much need for diversity in the school activity table market. Varying sizes, shapes, materials, finishes and more make up the hundreds, if not thousands, of available activity tables.
Online and catalog wholesale furniture dealer, Worthington Direct, has many activity tables to choose from for school, church and early childhood centers. The most common activity table is a rectangular shaped, laminate top, adjustable height table that are often a favorite of teachers and educators. But what about those very specific tables; what are they used for?
A new growing trend is the anti-microbial table options that come about in an attempt to keep flu and germs from spreading among school students. These tables feature germ destroying technologies that help keep classrooms free from harboring germs. Many schools use these tables, as well as churches, universities and those setting up displays in public settings.
Another unique activity table is the collaboration station tables that allow students a creative shaped table that allow them to work together and have their own independent space. These activity tables are especially popular in the younger school grades for group work, discussion and art projects.
Look for activity tables that suit you specific needs. For instance if you have a lot of wood trim in your space, consider a solid wood table. If you need additional storage in your classroom, try a table with storage bins located just under the table top. Always measure your room and allow at least 3 feet of space for easy entry around the table.


School Furniture Made in the USA

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A producer of classroom furniture for schoolchildren, Artco-Bell Corp. of Temple, Texas, has transferred production of steel and polypropylene goods from foreign to domestic sources. Although that has meant an increase in unit costs, eliminating transoceanic shipping has reduced total expenses by as much as 20 percent, said Stephen Sykes, vice president of marketing.

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Over the past eight years, he said, the cost to ship a container from China increased from $2,200 to more than $7,000. “For a while, [the Chinese] were buying steel better than we could buy steel,” Mr. Sykes said. “But as the scales began to balance as far as what they were purchasing in raw and what we were purchasing in raw, then the freight became the issue. The great equalizer is the boat ride back over.”

Increased wages in China have produced a new middle class, Mr. Sykes said. If Chinese wage gains remain high, he said, his company’s shift to domestic production could become a long-term change.

“I don’t know how it’s going to slip the other way,” he said. U.S. labor costs are still higher than Chinese, but other factors help make U.S. production more tempting, said Mr. Kazazian. “You’re never going to have $2-an-hour labor” in the United States, he said. “But with quality, time, efficiency, you close the gap.” Mr. Sykes said he is happy that his company has reduced foreign outsourcing from 12 percent to less than 4 percent of total output in the past year and a half.

“Not only does it make it feasible, but it sure makes us feel a heck of a lot better to do business in the United States,” he said. Mr. Kazazian said domestic manufacturing helps his company keep customers satisfied while encouraging patriotic pride. “Given the opportunity, American workers are better than anyplace else,” he said. “The pride that they have when they come in and produce a product is something missing in a lot of other places. Because at the end of the day, there’s a lot of advantages to being made in the USA.” American Desk School Furniture


Green Schools

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Greenguard Certified

Last week, the house approved the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act, H.R. 3021, legislation to make schools greener, and improve conditions for those with environmentally linked health problems. The bill passed by a vote of 250-164. This bill ensures that 90 percent of the funds allocated will be directed towards the purchase of greener furniture, such as Greenguard certified furniture. Greenguard is rapidly becoming the standard in "green school" furniture, with many manufacturers providing a wide selection of Greenguard certified chairs, school desks, activity tables, and more. As the green segment of school and church furniture continues to grow, companies such as Worthington Direct strives to expand their selection of green furniture for environmentally and health conscious schools.

Many of Virco’s products, such as the Metaphor series, and Telos series, as well as the classic Virco series chair desks’ tops are made entirely of Virco’s proprietary Fortified Recycled Wood to help improve the amount of reclaimed materials used in manufacturing. For more Virco products that use green materials such as Fortified Recycled Wood, visit Worthington Direct.


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