TearPads™ Exclusively from Nasco!

TearPad2TearPads™, created by Nasco, are learning sheets chocked full of information and images, making their subject matter more appealing to students and teachers alike. Whether it’s Science, Math, Nutrition, or Arts & Crafts, Nasco has over 50 TearPads™ available in areas like nutrition, science, and crafts.

Nasco Fingerprint TearPads™ – Set of 3 (SB50307M).

It’s CSI in the classroom! Includes a set of three TearPads™ with fingerprint patterns (whorl, loop, and arch) on the front and a maze and word search on the back. TearPads™ have 50 sheets each and measure 8-1/2” x 11”.

Nasco’s Animal Comparison TearPads™ – Set of 3 (SB51707M).

This TearPad™ shows the poster on the front and a crossword and word search on the back. Posters show common animals found in the wild, along with their tracks and scat to make identification easier. Includes one TearPad™ each of Carnivores, Omnivores, and Herbivores. TearPads™ have 50 sheets each and measure 8-1/2” x 11”.

MyPlate TearPad™/Place Mats (WA29394HR).

The TearPad™ front shows the MyPlate image with appropriate food choices in each spot on the plate, while the back has simple fill-in-the-blank questions to use as a study guide or reminder for those learning good nutrition. Can be used as a place mat when the group eats a nutritious meal and answers the questions on the back while waiting to be served. Copyright 2011. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Healthy Kids TearPad™ (WA33079H).

The front side features meal plans for 1,400, 1,600, and 1,800 daily calorie intakes for children ranging from 3-8 years old. It also encourages children to get enough physical activity, sleep, and water. The back side contains children’s snack tips. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Nasco’s Dreamcatcher TearPad™ (9733620).

Combine art and cultural studies by having your students create their very own dream-catcher! According to Native American legend, the dreamcatcher will catch bad dreams in its web, while pleasant dreams will pass through the hole in its center. TearPad™ discusses the history of the dreamcatcher and provides instructions on how students can make their own. Double-sided. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Math Practice Table TearPad™ – Multiplication (TB25948B).

Excellent way to both practice and reinforce multiplication tables. The act of filling in the squares will help students remember their facts. Double-sided. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Carb Counting Nasco TearPad™ (WA26778U).

Finally, a large Nasco TearPad™ that  patients and students can read! These sheets have foods from each of the food groups as well as fats and sweets displayed as examples of one-carb servings with information identifying about 15 grams as being one carb unit. The back gives general information about counting carbs. There is a place to personalize directions, too. The Nasco TearPad™ has ample room to record food intake for a week. Also includes handy symbols for hand equivalents of 1 cup, 3 oz., 1 oz., 1 tsp., and more. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Calligraphy TearPad™ (9736478).

Handy resource for introducing beginners to calligraphy. The front side of this TearPad™ discusses calligraphic tools, things to remember about calligraphy, terminology, and a how-to guide for making each letter easily and correctly. The back side has the upper- and lowercase Old English calligraphic alphabet for reference and space for practicing calligraphy. The lines are labeled with calligraphic terminology and are drawn over a simulated newspaper that shows how newspaper columns can help to size letters. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Art By Choice® TearPad™ (9731053).

For your STEM curriculum. By Diana J. Avergon, M.A. and Eugene B. Avergon, M.A. Students can choose a famous building and explore its history and the geometric shapes that went into its design. Front side discusses different geometric shapes and shows their connection to various buildings around the world, while the back side asks guiding questions about the selected building and provides space for students to write and sketch their answers. Copyright 2011. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Nasco’s Venn Diagram Student TearPad™ (TB25360T).

Students can follow along at their seats during an activity using a Venn diagram, or create their own. One side is designed for comparing three items and the other side compares two items. TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 8-1/2” x 11”.

Red Carpet Fashion Design TearPad™ (9733656H).

Fashion Design 101 with simple drawings, fabric, texture, shape, and line! Discuss the basics and have students create their own fashion statement with designs on this double-sided sheet. They can use magazine pictures or fabric swatches and a complete color palette, along with their original design sketch.  TearPad™ has 50 sheets and measures 11” x 17”.

Be sure to check the Nasco Website (enasco.com) for a complete selection of TearPads™ for your classroom needs!

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Rekenreks to the Rescue!

AC165568PTeachers, Tutors, Home School Parents…Lend Me Your Rekenrek!

The Rekenrek is a unique tool that allows children to develop number sense at their own pace.  The beads alternate from red to white every five beads, inviting students to think in groups of five and ten, helping build number relationships that lead to more advanced strategies.

Nasco has all the Rekenreks your classroom – or single student – needs!

Demonstrate methods with our big 36” L Teacher Rekenrek Demonstration Counting Frame (TB22820T) or the One Bar Teacher Demonstration Rekenrek (TB22806T), ideal for counting activities and demonstrations. A Ten-Bar Teacher Demonstration Rekenrek (TB22815T) is useful for demonstrating counts up to 100. The upper five bars have five red beads on the left and five white on the right; the lower bars are contrasting five white on the left and five red on the right.

Once you demonstrate the method, supply your students with their own Rekenrek. We carry Individual Student Rekenreks with Plastic Frames (TB26259T); Individual Student Rekenreks (TB22807T); and Individual Student Rekenrek Counting Frames with Blockers (TB25313T) that include write-on/wipe-off panels that can be used to hide the beads. Both sets include downloadable MathWorks Lesson Plans Volume 1 and Volume 2 online.

Classroom Sets are an easy way for everyone to learn at one time. How about Nasco’s Rekenrek with Blocker Classroom Kit (TB25764T)? This set includes 30 student Rekenreks up to 20 with write-on/wipe-off panels and one teacher demonstration counting frame with a write-on/wipe-off panel. Or Nasco’s Rekenrek Classroom Kit (TB25686T) which includes 30 student Rekenreks up to 20 (no write on/wipe off panel) and one teacher demonstration counting frame with a write-on/wipe-off panel.

Or get students excited about the Rekenrek by having them build their own! Nasco’s Student Rekenrek Classroom Kit (TB25940T) includes everything you need to make any size Rekenrek, including 1,000 red and 1,000 white beads.

If the whole concept of Rekenreks is new to you, Nasco provides plenty of assistance, too. Learning to Think Mathematically with the Rekenrek (TB24140T) provides teachers with a theoretical basis and practical knowledge. Reasoning with the Rekenrek (TB23366T) discusses the Rekenrek’s practical use and how to build number sense and strategies. And Learning to Think Mathematically with the Rekenrek: Supplemental Activities (TB26680T) provides 14 different exercise sets that help develop early number sense.

Rekenreks are here to stay, so make your way to Nasco’s Math Catalog for all your Rekenrek needs.

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Kits of Crafts!

unnamed (1)Summer means water, sun, and sometimes, boredom. Don’t let b-o-r-e-d-o-m get to your campers or summer schoolers – have fun with crafts from Nasco’s Arts & Crafts catalog!

Busy hands need busy crafts. Make jewelry and beaded sculptures with our Beautiful Beaded Sculpture Kit (9729230) with enough materials to make 12 beaded sculptures. Or how about making necklaces and earrings out of our Mini Apothecary Bottle Jewelry Kit (9731778)? Just remove the cork from the bottle, fill with the treasures of your choice, screw the screw eye finding into the cord, and replace cork. We also have a Rhinestone Pin Kit (9729232) with enough materials to make 48 sparkling pins.

How about making mobiles? Nasco has a craft kit for that, too. Our Single Strand Mobile Art Group Pack (9727133) lets you create three-dimensional hanging sculptures using a variety of materials including pony beads, foam pieces, pipe cleaners, and more. In the same theme is Nasco’s Dreamcatchers Group Pack (9720654). Includes enough materials for 24 projects! Paper crafts are always great time catchers. We offer a Roylco® Butterfly Ornaments Craft Kit (9734864 for a set of 72) and a Roylco® Fold-Up Butterfly Kit (9734840) for the butterfly in you. How about decorating 3-D ornaments? Nasco carries those too. Perhaps you can try out your creativity with the Roylco® 3-D Ornaments (9734842 for a set of 30), the Roylco® Stained Glass Lanterns (9733230 for a package of 32), or Paper Fans (9734012 for a set of 20).

Maybe you are looking for craft kits that are all over the board as far as creative items. Nasco has a great selection of one-of-a-kind kits that will keep your campers and students and group time students busy for hours. For example, there is our ARTastic® Optical Illusion Kit (9736551) which encourages learning and creating optical illusions; Pacon® Classroom Collage Kit (9717374) which includes an extensive assortment of popular collage items; Nasco’s Group Bubble Wand Kit (9733583) which includes enough materials for 25 wands; and the ever-popular Looper Craft Group Kit (SB42587) which enables crafters to make up to 30 pot holders. Crafts teach patience and encourage the use of both general and fine motor skills.

Come take a look at the craft section of our Arts & Crafts online catalog at enasco.com and see all the ways you can entertain students – and yourself!

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Get In Touch On Social Media Day!

thWhat a great day to celebrate Social Media Day!

Social media has become a major factor in the world today. From celebrating its humble beginnings in 2010 by the website Mashable, to the instant reporting of Twitter and Facebook, finding out new trends and old favorites is as easy as typing a few key words.

Nasco has plenty of social media sites to keep you connected to products, projects, and people.

First, and foremost, is the Nasco Blog you see here before you. Full of stories, information, and a bit of humor now and then, it’s the best place to find up-to-date ideas, products, and projects. Sign up and stay current!

Each Nasco catalog has its own Facebook account. You can’t beat sharing thoughts and projects with others through one of the most popular social media tools around.

Why not check out what we’ve got? Click on the catalog name and explore!

Arts & Crafts

Early Learning

Elementary Education

Family and Consumer Sciences

Farm & Ranch

Health Care


Physical Education

Reading Resources


Senior Activities

Showing & Grooming

Special Education

Catalog Store

Nasco also has all catalogs online for you to browse any time of the day or night. From animal showing and grooming products to healthy eating to math games, there is something for everyone at our social eNasco website!

Sometimes the best use of social media is through product sales and promotions. And what better way to keep up with what’s going on than through signing up to receive our e-mails? Your address is never shared with other companies and organizations, and you can narrow your field to specific catalogs and interests. Come check out what we offer at https://www.enasco.com/page/subscription/opt-in2.

Nasco’s Twitter account out of Modesto, California, pops out encouragement, ideas, and social awareness to the airwaves. Be sure to sign up for our tweets – and even add the #eNasco hashtag to your messages!

Our Arts & Crafts catalog has a busy platform that includes Pinterest with boards such as the Art Teachers Collaborative Pinterest Board,  Zentangles, and Crafting for the Holidays. And, of course, our Instagram account is growing, too!

Nasco’s You Tube videos are informative ways to learn about new products found in a number of our catalogs. From MyPlate to CreoPop 3D Pen to KitchenAid® Commercial Stand Mixers, there is a demo for everyone.

Social media is the wave of the future – and the future is now. eNasco has what you’re looking for – school supplies, farm and ranch products, art materials, healthcare trainers, educational and teacher resources, senior care items, and more! Follow Us, Find Us, Write Us, and enhance your own social media platform! Tell your friends about Nasco!

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at www.enasco.com.




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Magic Carpet Ride

Some of the most colorful ways to learn about our world are rugs and carpets. No longer just for classrooms, Nasco‘s room-size rugs may be just what your bedroom or rec room needs. The great thing, too, is that most of these suggestions come in various sizes and shapes.

Learning the alphabet can be fun and bright with our huge selection of alphabet rugs. Start with our Alphabet Carpet (Z47532J) that shows word, letter, and picture associations using clearly identifiable fonts. The alphabet also comes to you in the form of a Bright Alphabet Circletime Rug (Oval, Z46736J), Bright A to Z Animals Alphabet Rug (Rectangle, Z41598J), Natural A to Z Animals Rug (Rectangle, Z47891J), Owl-phabet Tree Rug (Rectangle, Z47201J), and Sunny Day Learn & Play Rug (Oval, Z30685J). We also showcase insects with our Back to Nature™ Ladybug & Alphabet Carpet (Rectangle, Z47395J), the Butterfly Fun Rug (Rectangle, Z49314J), and the Caterpillar Rug (Oval, Z49233J).

Looking for a carpet to stimulate young ones? How about the Toddler Blocks Rug (Rectangle, Z46149J), a Bright Animal Sounds Toddler Rug (Rectangle, Z46297J), or a Natural Animal Sounds Toddler Rug (Rectangle, Z47881J)?

Nasco carries a world of squares and circles, too! You can’t go wrong in a classroom or downstairs playroom with any of our bright rugs, including a Peaceful Tropical Night Rug (Rectangle, Z49242J), a Bright Rhyme Time Rug (Rectangle, Z45456J), Primary Colors Seating Squares Rug (Rectangle, Z47886J), Nature’s Colors Seating Rug (Rectangle, Z47198J), or a Sequential Seating Literacy Rug (Rectangle, Z49251J).

A child’s playtime dream can be found with racing rugs from Nasco. Try the Crusin’ Around the Town Rug (Rectangle, Z45448J), Transportation Fun Rug (Rectangle, Z49258J), Go-Go Driving Rug (Rectangle, Z47202J), or a Super Speedway Race Track Rug (Rectangle, Z48168J).

A child’s rug can educate while holding in the warmth of a room, too. Why not do some exploring with a Neighborhood Rug (Rectangle, Z49256J), Give the Planet a Hug™ Rug (Rectangle, Z45459J), a World Explorer Rug (Rectangle, Z16077J), a Discover America Rug (Rectangle, Z16138J), or a USA Map Rug (Rectangle, Z48189(B)J)?

Or how about flowers, fish, and monsters?

How can you resist the Alphabet Monster Rug (Rectangle, Z49147J); Fishing for Literacy Rug (Oval, Z41608J); a Garden Time Rug (Rectangle, Z47203(B)J); Ladybug Circletime Alphabet Rug (Oval, Z49238J); or a kid and teacher’s favorite, a Rainbow Rows Rug (Semi-circle, Z46198J)? We also have a bright Cutie Jungle Rug™ (Rectangle, Z49432J), a Cutie Barnyard Rug™ (Rectangle, Z49434J), and a Life Cycle Outdoor Play™ Mat (Round, Z48146J) that shows examples of life cycles including birds, frogs, trees, and butterflies.

Many of our rugs are bilingual, too. Try the Bilingual Alphabet Blocks Carpet (Z49414J), the Bilingual Circle Time Carpet (Oval, Z46101J), or the Bilingual Paint by Numero Carpet (Z40559J).

Nasco’s Early Learning Catalog has dozens of other rug ideas and styles for you to choose from. Nasco’s quality rugs are stain-resistant and highly durable, and most are shipped by truck right to your house or school. Come visit the carpet section and see how much fun sitting can be!

Questions on any of our products? Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at e.nasco.com.


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Duck Tape’s Not What It Used To Be!

duct tapeJune 17-19, 2016, is the 13th Annual Duck Tape® Festival in Avon, Ohio. The free festival features games, food, rides, a parade with giant floats made from duct tape, a crafts tent and a duct tape fashion show.

So whether you live near or far from this people-packed festival, why not check out Nasco’s varieties of Duck Tape®?

There used to be a time that only basic silver was the tape of choice. Our General Purpose Duck Tape (9732362) will take care of that. But how about colors? There are 18 solid colors to choose from, including Violet 9730034(E), Baby Pink 9730034(Q), Blue (9730034(H), Yellow 9730034(D), and You’re A Sage 9730034(U). Nasco also carries Neon colors in Pink 9736285(A), Lime Green 9736285(C), Orange 9736285(D), and Yellow 9736285(B), plus a special Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Duct Tape (9733606) that glows for up to three hours.

Patterns. Have we got patterns.

Our heavy-duty, rubber-based adhesive tape can be used on multiple surfaces such as cloth, vinyl, leather, and plastic. Try such designs as Totally Tie-Dye™ Blue (9729770), Digital Camouflage™ (9729769), Checkers (9731738), Mustaches (9732343), Retro Owls (9732357), Sunset Strip (9738019), Hanker for an Anchor (9738024), Red Bandana (9738039), Gummy Bears (9735688), or Forest Friends (9738034) to name just a few.

How about Duck Glitter® Tape? The glitter effect does not flake off, due to durable film technology. Try Aqua Blue Sparkle 9734482(B), Red Sparkle 9734482(D)Silver Sparkle 9734482(C), Ombre Sparkle 9734482(F), or Glitter Hearts 9734482(H).

Add fun and flair to your craft projects with Duck Washi® Crafting Tape. Designs include Purple Chevron 9734475(A), Flirty Floral 9734475(B), Blue Stripe 9734475(F), Red Hearts 9734475(G), or Multi Dots 9734475(D).

Duck Tape® also comes in sheets for your creative fantasies. Nasco carries some incredible packs of 8-1/2” x 10” sheets, including Black 9736292(A), Light Blue 9736292(N), Blue Tie-Dye 9736292(R), Leopard 9736292(W), Paint Splatter 9736292(Z), and Rainbow 9736292(AA).

Nasco has instructions for all your duct tape dreams, too. How about Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects (9732274), or ARTastic Duct Tape Tear Pads, with instructions on how to make a wallet (9732111), sandals (9732112), or a message board (9732116)?

Come on! Get creative! Maybe it doesn’t have to be a parade float, but make a purse, a sculpture, a sign out of Duck Tape®! The possibilities are endless!

You can find tape and hundreds of other fun craft materials at https://www.enasco.com/artsandcrafts/. Questions? Customer Service is always here at Nasco to serve you at 1.800.558.9595.

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National Dairy Month Is Here!

PrintWhat started out as National Milk Month in 1937 to promote milk consumption and stabilize the dairy demand has turned into a month-long celebration and tradition that acknowledges the dairy industry. So with that in mind, why not celebrate National Dairy Month with dairy fun from Nasco?

Would you like to give a try to making your own butter? It’s a breeze with Nasco’s 2-1/2 Gallon Electric Butter Churn (C33741N) that turns out delicious homemade butter in only 20 minutes. If you prefer to churn by hand, adding your own herbs and spices, try the 1-Gallon Manual Butter Churn (C26345N).

Making your own cheese is a popular hobby for dairy and cheese enthusiasts. First you want to read about the process, and Nasco has plenty of instructions for you to peruse. Homemade Living: Home Dairy (All You Need to Know to Make Cheese, Yogurt, Butter & More), C33756N, provides a feast of information for dairy-loving foodies! Offers need-to-know facts, troubleshooting tips, profiles, and recipes for making such dairy staples as butter, sour cream, and cheese from scratch. Or how about Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking (C32071N)? This comprehensive user-friendly guide offers a deep look at the history, science, culture, and art of making artisan cheese on a small scale.

Instructions and recipes combined can be found in Home Cheesemaking: Recipes for 75 Homemade Cheeses (C24958N). Includes more cheesemaking recipes than any other book on the market, along with sections on other dairy products such as butter, yogurt, sour cream, crème fraîche, and mascarpone. Nasco even has an informational DVD that helps you with all the basics. Cheesemaking 101 (C25409N) covers what cheesemaking expert Ricki Carroll does in a workshop, including the basics of what cheese curds are supposed to look like. 30 minutes.

We also carry cheesemaking kits to ready you for your cheesemaking tasks. Our Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Kit (C19125N) makes up to 20 lbs. of mozzarella and 10 lbs. of ricotta. Our Basic Hard Cheese Kit (C11506N) includes everything you need to make eight delicious, homemade cheeses, including cottage cheese, Gouda, Colby, and Parmesan.

What celebration of National Dairy Month would be complete without a chance to make homemade ice cream?

Our Hamilton Beach® 4-Qt. Automatic Ice Cream Maker (WA28628N) makes delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet in 20-40 minutes. Just add ingredients, ice, and rock salt – this maker does all the work and stops when ready. No stirring needed! We also have the Aroma® Traditional Ice Cream Maker that combines old-fashioned fun with modern convenience. Hand-crafted wood bucket and die-cast hand crank harken back to ice cream makers of the past, while electric motor makes it easy to quickly make a batch.  Try your hand with a 4-Quart Maker (WA33120H) or a 6-Quart Maker (WA33121H).

And just to bring your National Dairy Month theme home, scoop your ice cream with our Udderly Cows Ice Cream Scoop (C27373N), serve ice cream or yogurt in our wonderfully whimsical 12-oz. Friendly Faces Cow Bowl (C33573N), drink from our Friendly Faces 10-oz. Cow Tumbler (C33578N) or our Udder Cows Collector’s Mug (C27371N), and make chocolate milk in our battery-powered Moo Mixer Supreme (C25979N).

Nasco salutes dairy farmers and producers during National Dairy Month – and every month! Come shop our dairy and farm products at our Farm and Ranch website, enasco.com/farmandranch.

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Whirl-Pak® Catalog is Now Available!

admin-ajax copyThe Nasco WhirlPak® catalog is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; Modesto, California; and Spectrum/Nasco in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

The 2016-2017 WhirlPak® Laboratory Sampling Products catalog presents a wide array of products used for sampling in the food, dairy, water, waste water, clinical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, environmental, soil, forage, cosmetic, and other markets.

The 36-page catalog features Whirl-Pak® Laboratory Sample Bags for quality control testing, product analysis, and many other laboratory applications. Designed with patented puncture-proof tabs, they are the only sample bags on the market with this unique feature. A patented process eliminates the sharp wire ends on the tab, eliminating bag puncture, scratching of hands, or damage to gloves.

The +1 sterilization logo emphasizes the importance of the sterilization step that only Whirl-Pak® bags go through at an ISO-certified facility after manufacturing. Lot numbers provide traceability for easy online access to sterility documentation for every box of bags.

For a free copy of the 2016-2017 Nasco Laboratory Sampling Products catalog, please contact Nasco at 1.800.558.9595; e-mail info@eNasco.com; or visit whirl-pak.com. In Canada, call 1.800.668.0600 or visit whirlpak.spectrum-nasco.ca.


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National Senior Health and Fitness Day

nshfd_logoWednesday, May 25, 2016, is the 23rd annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This year at least 100,000 older adults will participate in activities at more than 1,000 locations throughout the U.S. as we celebrate a common goal for this day: help keep older Americans healthy and fit.

One way for seniors to keep fit is with chair exercises. These exercises are good for those with low mobility, balance problems, injuries, and pain management. Chair aerobics improve circulation, muscle strength, vitality, and can be beneficial for pain relief as well.

Nasco has a number of Chair Exercise DVDs that will appeal to the entire spectrum of senior citizens, whether at home or at an assisted center. Chair Dancing® Fitness is a no-impact aerobic fitness program that is safe and medically sound. Chair Dancing® Fitness Sit Down & Tone Up (SN00855C) will strengthen, tone, and shape your arms, shoulders, legs, abdominal and back muscles. Chair Dancing® Fitness Life’s a Celebration (SN31574C) encourages exercise to timeless party music while improving muscle tone, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. And Chair Dancing® Fitness Through the Decades (SN00857C) combines aerobic fitness while seated to music such as the Charleston, Big Band Swing, Motown, Disco, and Hip-Hop. All Chair Dancing® DVDS are subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Sit and be Fit™ DVDs are designed for senior citizens and those with limited physical motion. Stretch & Strengthen! (SN35883C) includes chair exercises that strengthen, stretch, and improve overall functions of the body. Sit and Be Fit™ Diabetes and Balance Workouts (SN36306C) contains exercises for improving circulation and multilevel exercises for improving leg strength, flexibility, and eye tracking, along with suggestions for diet. Sit and Be Fit™ Osteoporosis and Brain Workouts (SN36307C) improve postural stability, core strength, and balance control while keeping the mind flexible and active.

Armchair Fitness is an award-winning program that has been enthusiastically received in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Sit-Down-Dancing (SN01808C) combines just the right amount of safe exercise with the uplifting entertainment of dance. Armchair Fitness: Yoga Health (SN01985C) contains routines of breathing, stretching, and yoga movements while seated in a chair. And Armchair Fitness: Gentle Exercise (SN01984C) is designed for persons with limited strength and range of motion, improving flexibility and coordination, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening hand, arm, and leg strength.

Our Chair Yoga DVD (SN31235C) is effective in producing the body’s relaxation response and an elevated sense of harmony and well being, making this an experience appropriate for almost anyone who has a low to moderate level of function.

The Stars & Stripes Fitnesscize DVD (SN31233C) provides chair-type exercise broken into three segments, which can be used one at a time for shorter sessions or back-to-back for a longer session. The program has a patriotic theme with songs that will have you smiling as you stretch, move, and breathe.

A unique tool for seniors of all ages is the DVD The ROM Dance: A Range of Motion Exercise, Relaxation, and Pain Management Program (SN02731C). This unique exercise and relaxation training program is for people with pain and other physical limitations (arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, etc.). Range of motion exercises are combined with basic principles of Tai Chi Ch’uan, teaching listeners to relax despite the pain, to move gently and slowly to maintain the ability to move, and to develop an awareness of subtle changes in their body. This DVD includes quiet music and a poem that evokes light and well-being.

Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day every day with the relaxation and exercise techniques found in Nasco’s Senior Activities catalog. Feel free to call our friendly Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at eNasco.com.


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Healthcare Catalog for 2016-2017 is Now Here!

16Healthcare01_final The 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, featuring Life/form® Highly Specialized Skills Trainers, Manikins, and Simulators, is now available from Nasco in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Modesto, California.

The 220-page catalog includes Life/form® products that are manufactured by Nasco, along with many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The major emphasis of the catalog is training with versatile medical procedure simulators that help give students confidence and solve the problem of finding willing “patients” for invasive student practice.

The catalog features these new Life/form® products: the new and improved Intubatable Micro-Preemie Simulator, Newborn Nursing Skills and ALS Simulator, Clots and Hemorrhages Moulages, Common Breast Conditions Replicas, and much more. The catalog continues to offer the Advanced Injection Arm; Advanced IV Hand; Diabetic Injection Trainers; First-Aid Arm; PALS Update Kit; Infant Airway Management Trainers; Intraosseous Infusion Simulators; Basic Buddy®, Baby Buddy™, and CPR Prompt® CPR Manikins; the GERi™ and KERi™ Nursing Skills Manikins; Venatech IV Trainer; Patient Education Tracheostomy Care Set; Advanced Sanitary CPR Dog; and BioQuest® Inflatable Lung Kits featuring real NASCO-Guard® Preserved swine lungs. All Life/form® products are handcrafted in the U.S.A with ISO 9001 quality standards and feature the Life/form® five-year warranty.

Other products include the CPARLENE® CPR Manikins and Torsos — the most versatile and interchangeable CPR manikins available anywhere. The CRiSis™ Manikin is a Complete Resuscitation System with six stations, allowing you to practice different scenarios. The Child CRiSis™ Manikin and Infant CRiSis™ Manikin provide complete PALS training capabilities in one manikin. These features make this manikin line great for introductory classes, as well as advanced students. Add our full line of moulage products to complete many training scenarios.

The catalog also offers breast self-exam models, reproductive anatomy and gynecological models, anatomical models and replicas, skeletal materials, food and nutrition guidelines and replicas, Medcom/Trainex DVDs, anatomical charts, multimedia kits, games, and a complete line of Life/form® accessories.

Visit Nasco Healthcare Educational Materials regularly online at eNasco.com/healthcare to review resource materials, new products, and special website sale items. Nasco Healthcare can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Nasco-Health-Care.

For your free copy of Nasco’s 2016-2017 Healthcare Educational Materials catalog, call 1.800.558.9595, order online at eNasco.com/healthcare; or write to Nasco, 901 Janesville Avenue, P.O. Box 901, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901.

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Astronomy Day is Near!

Astronomy allows us to see the history of the universe with our own eyes.

International Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups, and professionals. This year it falls on May 16, so what better way to prepare for this celebration than some astro things from Nasco?

Start with the spectacles in the sky closest to us. How about a poster of the planets? Nasco’s Solar System Planets Poster (SB48885M) is a stunning representation of the solar system. Relative size and distance are explained, along with the moons of each planet. Another great poster of the planets is our Planet Poster (SB42980M), which shows the correlated distance between the sun and planets, as well as the size of each. Would you like a separate poster for each planet? We have that as well. The Planets Poster Set (SB21311M) uses NASA photos or artists’ drawings to take us on a journey through the solar system. Includes 8 posters and teacher’s guide.

Nasco’s Phases of the Moon Poster (SB37751M) or the jumbo size version (SB49897M) bring the phases of our closest planet right into your room. The Milky Way Galaxy Poster (SB47101M) shows a new and different view of our galaxy, with detailed information and insights developed by a university astronomer about our ever-changing home in space.

Moving through the galaxy, you can share science’s greatest discoveries with Bill Nye in Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Astronomy DVD (SB40844M). This popular DVD covers Einstein’s theory of general relativity, demonstrates how the Hubble Telescope determined that the universe is expanding, and explains phenomena such as quasars and pulsars.

The If We Had No Moon (SB44587M) DVD shows how an ancient rogue planet collided with Earth millions of years ago and created our moon, and what life would be without it. An epic three-part DVD series to get you excited about the stars and beyond is Man vs. the Universe Set (SB51173M). This miniseries unveils an unprecedented era of space exploration that is happening right now.

And for the true astronomy lover, nothing is more fun and educational than the How the Universe Works 9 pk. DVD Set (SB51170M). Explore the giants of our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and the universe beyond. An expert panel of astronomers, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists reveal the inner workings of our vast universe.

Hands-on studies and equipment are truly the best way to explore the stars and beyond. The Constellation Globe (SB28577M) is a two-way illuminated globe: Turn the light off and brilliant lithography delineates the firmament’s stars, constellations, and nebulae; turn the light on and witness the luminous beauty of over 70 celestial images.

Our Transparent Celestial Globe (SA02872M) fully rotates, showing principal stars to the 5th magnitude. And our Transparent Color-Coded Star Globe (SB49116M) depicts the constellations, Milky Way, and major stars in three dimensions.

No celebration of Astronomy Day is complete without a telescope to check out the stars. Nasco has a number of styles to meet your astral needs.

To begin your celestial search, use the Luminous Star Finder with Zodiac Dial (SA09162M). For more serious night sky watchers, Nasco has a great selection of telescopes for the novice as well as the seasoned astronomer.

The Celestron® 80LCM Computerized Telescope (SB51153M) features “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000-object database, printable sky maps, and 75 enhanced images; the database allows the telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects.

The Celestron® PowerSeeker® Telescope (SB48930M) is the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power for the first-time user. The Celestron® National Park Foundation FirstScope (SB51155M) is a great introduction to the hobby of astronomy; it doesn’t get much simpler or more portable than this tabletop Dobsonian design. Just insert an eyepiece and you’re ready to view the moon, planets, nebulae, and more. Visit our astronomy pages online for more detailed explanations of these and many other practical, quality reflector and refractor telescopes.

Come visit our Science catalog at enasco.com for all your Astronomy – and Science – needs.

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FCS Lesson Plans Prepare Students for the Future

NP102_09Consumer education is an important part of everyone’s life. Whether it’s eating right, learning about foods and cooking, or getting along with other people, everyone could use a little help in spreading the word.

Nasco’s Family and Consumer Sciences website offers a wide variety of materials and resources for Family and Consumer Science professionals. Each kit contains the national standards the plan meets, objectives, and a materials list to help carry out various experiments and scenarios.

Take a look at some of our lesson plans:

FCS Lessons 1: Nutrition. “It’s In the Bag” will help students critique nutritional data of meals and provide reasoning for substitutions.

FCS Lesson 10: International Foods. Students will analyze the role of family in teaching culture and traditions across the lifespan, and will present written responses to a series of questions about cultural food heritage.

FCS Volume 11: Clothing & Textiles/Career, Community, & Life Connections. Participants will demonstrate skills needed to produce a textile product or apparel, investigate “key components” of work ethics and relationships to multiple adult roles, and construct a fiber arts project as a means to access their work ethic.

FCS Volume 18: Human Development. This lesson plan helps analyze the effect of heredity and environment on human growth and development. Students will construct a timeline of human embryo/fetal growth and development.

FCS Lesson 19: Nutrition and Wellness. Discover and utilize the MyPlate food guide to gain updated nutritional information, apply various dietary guidelines that meet nutrition and wellness needs, and differentiate between labeling on food items that is reliable versus not factual.

FCS Lesson 32: Beef Basics. In this lesson, participants will learn how to read a meat label to determine what type and where on the animal the meat is coming from, identify the primal beef cuts and the relative tenderness of each, and differentiate between locomotion and suspension muscles.

FCS Lesson 23: Cookie Capers. Students will learn to analyze food, equipment and supplies needed for menus; utilize weight and measurement tools; learn safe handling and professional preparation techniques; demonstrate sensitivity to diversity to individuals with special needs; and practice reading, halving, and doubling recipes.

FCS Lesson 27: Get Connected! This PDF shows students how to appreciate the value of healthy, long-term friendships; how to connect with positive, like-minded people; how to avoid people who drag you down; and identify the qualities of a good friend.

FCS Lesson 30: Learning to Manage Your Personal Finances. Students will learn the importance of spending less than they earn, the importance of using credit wisely, and how to set and work toward short-term and long-term financial goals.

FCS Lesson Plan 35: Kitchen Math. Students will demonstrate food safety and sanitation; practice good personal hygiene/health procedures; use communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills to prepare a simple recipe; and identify proper measuring tools and measure ingredients correctly.


Help yourself and your class develop the traits needed to succeed in today’s world with Nasco’s free FCS Lesson Plans. All plans include the plan itself, references, and tips for teachers and parents on how to best use the downloadable PDF.

Visit the Family and Consumer Services website often for new plans and activities. If you need suggestions and ideas to go along with your nutrition plans, feel free to call our Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at www.enasco.com.


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