How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for Pre-K: Here’s What the Experts Say…

Sending a child to school for the first time can be a difficult experience for parents – partly because it is rarely easy to watch a child move on to that next, important milestone, but also because many parents worry that they haven’t made the right decision. Is my child really ready to attend school? Will he succeed, academically, or have I set him up for failure by asking him to achieve things he simply isn’t ready for? Will she fit in, socially, or have I endangered her emotional well-being by expecting things she isn’t mature enough for?

How to Prepare and Know When Your Child is Ready for Pre-K

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Parents Are Not Alone

Parents are not alone in their concerns. In fact, the U.S. government’s National Education Goals Panel made school readiness a primary focus of its annual Goals Report beginning in 1995, when it listed the topic first on a list of overarching goals for the United States public education system. In the report the NEGP – a panel of senators, representatives, governors and professionals – outlined the significance of readiness for kindergarten and elementary school and stressed the importance of access to a high-quality Pre-K program to prepare for it.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, educators are just as invested in child readiness as you are:

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Classroom Organization: 3 Teacher Tips to Spark Joy

How often do you walk into your classroom and think, “look at all this junk!” Busy schedules, standardized tests and constant activity often lead to accumulation of “stuff” in the classroom. Be the Marie Kondo of your classroom and follow these three, simple classroom organization tips to see joyous results in no time!

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Create a Tidy Classroom with Jonti-Craft Furniture

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How to Get More Out of Active Seating Arrangements

Active seating (aka flexible seating) is all the rave in the academic furniture community. The idea that all students are comfortable in the same type of environment is definitely antiquated.  Teachers want students to learn in an environment where they are comfortable and most open to their instruction. The best way to accomplish this is through a variety of options for where and how they do their work.  A solid active seating arrangement helps to maximize both student learning potential and your school’s furniture expenditures while creating a fluid and dynamic learning environment for changing curriculum.

Here are several ideas to help guide you through your active seating search:

Adaptive Desks for Adaptive Chairs

One way to keep your students engaged is by providing a standing height table solution to complement active seats.  The Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group provides a standing height table that is sturdy and easy to move.  In addition, it offers ample space to study and take notes, supports a dry-erase option, and is height-adjustable to accommodate sit or stand learning preferences.

Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group

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3 Fun Fall Bulletin Board Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms

The fall season is virtually upon us which means descending leaves, crisp air, and being surrounded by pumpkin spice everything.  Add display flair and décor for your classroom to help your students get into the full swing of the changing weather.  A solid bulletin board not only conveys classroom information but it can also create a warm and welcoming ambiance for the fall season.

Here are several bulletin board ideas that can add a refreshing theme to your classroom:

We’re Nuts About Fall Board

Looking to upgrade or replace a worn-out or torn bulletin board? Then the Wrapped Edge Fab-Tak Bulletin Board by Best-Rite is the board for you! Featuring a washable and tackable surface, this bulletin board panel allows you to turn a wall into a bulletin board area while being available in multiple sizes and colors.  It can be easily cleaned and turned to match the fall season by utilizing the “We’re Nuts About Fall” conversion: Use brown construction paper for the ground and make a tree out of crumpled paper grocery bags. Add different multi-colored leaves, some falling to the ground. Print off a template of a squirrel for each child, let them color it and put their name on it. Place the squirrels with a few acorns under the tree and add the caption, “We’re Nuts About Fall.”

Wrapped Edge Fab Tak Bulletin Board by Best-Rite

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