St. Valentine’s Day Is Near!

We all know how Americans celebrate St. Valentine’s Day: flowers (usually roses), candy, valentines in the form of cards or store-bought messages of friendship, and stuffed animals (mostly teddy bears). It is a day to say “I Love You” or something similar. Historical details are murky, as three different Valentines existed and may have been…

The Need For Home Economics Classes

When you think of Home Economics, you probably think of sewing appliques and baking cupcakes. These classes originally acted as a bridge during the 20th century for women to enter into institutions of higher education and later into the work force. Today, however, Home Economics classes are so much more. The curriculum has changed nearly beyond recognition….

Get Your Thoughts Out With Journaling

Journaling is one of the easiest tools parents and teachers have at their disposal to encourage the development of writing skills. A journal can be used to recount daily activities, thoughts, and feelings about those activities. For children who have a hard time expressing their needs verbally or making decisions about things, keeping a journal…

Do You Know Your Art?

Art comes in many styles and forms. According to the Encyclopedia of Art, quite a few styles and forms. How many of these do you know? Animation Art Derived from the Latin meaning “to breathe life into” animation is the visual art of creating a motion picture from a series of still drawings. Architecture      …

Infants and Toddlers Love Reading Too!

In today’s society it’s more important than ever to prepare young children to read. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. Beginning from birth, reading, rhyming,…

The Science of Optical Illusions

Theres an artcle going around the intrnet that pointz outthat wrds don’t have two be speled correctly n order too be understd. With txting and instant messagng, much ov the world becoms en illusion. Bad grammar and sloppy typing aside, there is something to be said about illusions. They make us think; they make us…

Learn About Special Education

What is the world of Special Education? How has it changed? Nasco asked Special Education Category Manager Wendy Lucht several pertinent questions about the evolution of Special Education and the challenges teachers face. What exactly is Special Education? According to the Council for Exceptional Children, “The particular function of special education within the schools (and the…

Three Reasons to Get Kids Moving

There is no doubt that with the dawning of technology it is tempting to spend more time in front of the computer than outside playing. Most students have gym class every day, but is that enough to keep kids healthy? Fortunately, after-school physical activities are available at nearly every school. From soccer to track and…

Have You Considered Turning Your Computer Lab into a STEM Lab?

There has been a growing movement throughout schools to turn their old-fashioned computer labs or seldom-used shop rooms into STEM labs. While the decision is an individual one from school-to-school, it is worth thinking about. STEM education focuses on promoting creativity and exploration in the learning process. As Douglas Ferguson explains in Transforming Computer Labs…

Don’t Let Math Be Confusing!

Math can be a confusing subject. Even those who love numbers may get hung up on technicalities. Nasco has the perfect solution for when your students get stuck – Free PDF MathWorks Lesson Plans!  Teachers just like you have created many of our lesson plans. They have discovered an easier way to grasp math concepts…

E-Procurement — An Economical Way to Shop

What is E-Procurement? The Business Dictionary defines e-procurement as “the use of the Internet or a company’s intranet to procure goods and services used in the conduct of business. An e-procurement system can streamline all aspects of the purchasing process while applying tighter controls over spending and product preferences.” That may sound like a stiff…

Is A Professional Organization For You?

You are finally in the position you have trained for. Your schedule is full and your learning curve is still rising. Is it time to join a national association in your field? There are professional organizations in every field. But are the yearly dues worth it to join? While each and every organization is different,…

Flexible Seating Part III — The Results

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck Now I know you are all dying to know if this whole flexible seating craze really works. What you need to understand is, it is and will always be a different environment to work and teach in. Things will have to change, and that is not a bad thing. Classroom…

11 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s — Teacher Style

New Year’s resolutions come and go. We make resolutions; we try to keep them, yet we often come up short in finishing them. But sometimes just thinking about resolutions for the New Year creates changes in the way we think and act. So here is a complication of New Year’s resolutions from across the Web…

Can the 12 Days of Christmas Break the Bank?

The holidays are here! Thoughts of baking cookies and singing songs and long walks through the snow twinkle everyone’s thoughts this time of year. One of Christmas’s favorite songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a light-hearted attempt to give the one you love extraordinary gifts. But what if you wanted to buy each of…

Flexible Seating – Part 2 of 3 – The Process

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck, Henderson, NV   The question most teachers ask these days is, “How can I turn my classroom into a flexible seating arrangement?” The process can be simple or intricate, depending on how and when you want to roll flexible seating out into your classroom. For me, I initially rolled this concept…

FFA Trains Students for the Future

The National FFA Organization is the largest youth-led organization in the nation. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They teach that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it’s a science, a business, and an art. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers…

Flexible Seating – Part 1 of 3 – The Idea

It’s no secret that U.S. schools are undergoing radical changes to classroom design. Changes range from the development of more mobile and interactive spaces to the introduction of different types of furniture to the inclusion of new technology. All of these changes have been designed to enhance the educational experience and improve learning outcomes. Seating has…

Whirl-Pak® – Trust the Results

At Whirl-Pak® we are committed to making the world a safer place by providing better products that produce better integrity in the results. We have covered these checkpoints since 1959. Made in the U.S.A., Whirl-Pak® bags were the first sterile sample bags on the market. Whirl-Pak® bags made possible the “universal sample system,” which means that…

Merrily We Rover Along

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission began with the launch of Spirit and Opportunity in 2003. The two robots were tasked with finding signs of past water activity on Mars, and both quickly turned up plenty of evidence near their disparate landing sites. Both rovers far outlived their planned missions of 90 Martian solar days:…

Learn to Sign

A fact from the World Health Organization: 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and 32 million of these are children. General education classrooms are becoming more diverse. Children with a variety of disabilities and from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds are mainstreamed into the general education environment. This makes it difficult for one…

Custom Kits Created By You!

Ever come up with a great project for your classroom, and by the time you shop and order a dozen different items you’ve lost your money and your patience? This is where Nasco and its Custom Kits Department can help. Buying multiples of certain items can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming. You want to…

Coloring for Seniors

Remember the joy you had – perhaps still have – when you opened a fresh box of crayons or colored pencils? The scent, the mere act of checking out all the colors that were available, immediately filled you with anticipation and satisfaction. In reality, these beneficial effects don’t go away once you grow up. The…

Nine Things You Might Not Have Known About Thanksgiving

  As the Big Day of Giving Thanks approaches, Nasco would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And to brighten your get-togethers, here are nine facts to twinkle your turkey: Thanksgiving was initially meant to be a fast, not a feast. The devout settlers at Plymouth Rock recognized “giving of thanks”…

Do Fidgets Belong In The Classroom?

Sit in any classroom these days and you may hear a soft “whirrrr” in the background. Fidget Spinners. The basic fidget spinner has three prongs centered around a circle with bearings in the middle. Take one prong, give it a spin, and watch as the triangle shape becomes a blur, sort of like a ceiling…

5 Things You Might Not Know About Veterans Day

As November slips into high gear, almost all we can think about is Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Both are days to celebrate: The first, for giving thanks, the second, for giving money. But the beginning of November also celebrates Veterans Day on November 11th. Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the…

Celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day November 8th

November 8th is “National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day,” a “holiday” to encourage kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and engaging ways. Initially created by MGA Entertainment, this day has grown to be a hallmark day to learn about S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and S.T.E.A.M. (adding an…

The Future of Math

What is the future of Math? How has it changed? How will it change in the future? Nasco asked Math’s Category Manager Dixie Weidman several pertinent questions about the evolution of Math and the challenges teachers face.  How has learning Math changed in the last 10-20 years? Learning and teaching math has changed dramatically and…

10 Tips for Holiday Baking

The Holidays are approaching! This is the time of year that those who always bake and those who never bake think about baking. Here are 10 tips to make your baking season the best ever! Read the Entire Recipe Before You Start Baking. Even if you’re making something basic, it’s a good idea to read…

Explore the Possibilities of Makerspace

The next up-and-coming expansion to the educational arena is makerspace. What is makerspace, you may ask? A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. Makerspaces usually provide tools and space for creating products in a school or community environment. Expert advisors may be…

Celebrate Day of the Dead!

Halloween is not the only celebration of the end of summer and the harvest. At first glance, the Mexican custom of the Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — may sound much like the U.S. custom of Halloween. After all, the celebration traditionally starts at midnight the night of Oct. 31st, and the festivities…

What’s the Healthcare Catalog All About?

Have you ever wondered what Nasco’s Healthcare division is all about? For more than 48 years Nasco has been dedicated to the development of highly specialized skills trainers and simulators to help with medical education at all levels. Nasco has developed some key relationships with high-quality manufacturers to bring you the newest and most professional…

Halloween = Fun Things To Do!

Carve the pumpkins and heat the apple cider – Halloween is coming! According to the History Channel website, the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest…

Healthy Eating for Kids (and Adults)

Children and their weight is always a sensitive subject. The reasons some children are larger than their peers are multifold: heredity, age, bad food choices, lack of exercise, puberty, illness, and more. It is a constant struggle for adults and children to find a healthy balance in their daily eating schedules. After all, the body’s…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most people today know someone who has had breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. According to the website Healthfinder.gov, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today…

Creativity in the Classroom

When educators, parents, and students think of creativity, they usually think of Art class.  That may have been true 20 years ago, but times certainly have changed. Most students doing work in classrooms today will be entering a job force their predecessors could hardly imagine. Learning a specific skill set doesn’t necessarily have the same…

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox

Friday, September 22, 2017, is the Autumnal Equinox. What is an equinox? The equinox is the moment in which the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun’s disk.The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and night that occurs only on the two equinox days…

Don’t Be Afraid To Apply for a Grant

Grants may seem like a lot of work, but they are great ways to get extra funding for your classrooms.  Schools cover the basics of education, but what about extras you could really use but can’t afford? Grants provide visibility and credibility of your program to administration, community, parents, and students. They provide funding so…

World Dairy Expo 2017 Is Coming!

The World Dairy Expo 2017, held at the Alliant Energy Center in the heart of Dairy County, Madison, Wisconsin, October 3-7, 2017, is the pinnacle of dairy shows. What exactly is the World Dairy Expo? The World Dairy Expo is a five-day event showcasing dairy cattle and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. Considered the largest…

Outdoor Learning

There was a time when most everything a student learned was outdoors. A one-room schoolhouse became quite crowded when filled with school-aged children. Many things students learned in the sciences and arts were found outside the schoolhouse walls. Years later, baby boomers exploded the size of classrooms. Moving from one classroom to another became a…

The Importance of the Arts in School

The pressure for our young students to learn and perform is growing every day. Curriculums are asking for more studies in hard fields such as Science, Math, and Physics. With budget cuts and smaller staffs, Art classes have taken a backseat in some communities. Often seen as a “soft” science, there are many reasons why…

Stay Hydrated!

All you hear during the summer are moms telling their kids to “stay hydrated!” With all the summer sports and running around kids do, it’s easy to sweat the water out of their bodies. But did you know hydration is important for adults too? Getting enough to drink is important no matter what your age…

Food safety secrets in my school foods lab

Using the correct tools always makes the job easier and usually ends with better results. The biggest problem most of us have with needles is not changing them often enough. Damaged and worn needles will cause problems like broken stitches, puckering, or damage to the fabric to name just a few. The type of needle […]

Get Your Baking On!

The Holidays are coming! Time for celebration and family – and baking. Why not let Nasco’s Family and Consumer Science Catalog help you with your gourmet ideas? Of course we have the basics — OXO® Good Grips Silicone Spatula Set (WA31110), High-Heat Silicone Blue Spatula Set  (WA29373), Stainless Steel French Whip (WA05698),  Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set (WA21270), Snap Fit Measuring…

Keep Your Calves Warm and Healthy

The chill of winter is upon us. Whether North or South, it doesn’t take much for the temperature to dip below freezing. And there’s no better way to keep your calves protected than with blankets and supplements from our Farm & Ranch catalog. Keep your valuable calves warm and toasty with Thinsulate™ insulation in double…