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…

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…

Visual Delights

Our senses are the most important tools we have to experience the world in all its glory. A colorful sunset, the scent of bacon frying, the pitter patter of rain or the touch of a cashmere sweater all tickle our senses and awaken our passion for life. But what if we can’t always slip out…

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…

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…

Money Money

It’s getting to be that season again – the season of spending more than we have. Why not teach children at an early age the plusses and pitfalls of money and credit? Nasco’s Math catalog has everything you need to teach students all they need to know about dimes, quarters, dollar bills, and checking accounts….

Follow Us Here!

Now that cooler days are coming, most of us are settling into the routine of getting and staying warmer until spring. Happy to say, Nasco has been warming up its stock and deals, too! One way to keep on top of our sales and specials is to sign up on one of our Facebook pages….

King Tut Day!

King Tut Day is celebrated on November 04, 2016. It celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb. The discovery of the tomb as a whole was one of the most significant and famous archeological discoveries in modern times. What better way to celebrate than a creative project from Nasco? You know Nasco…

Celebrate International Artists Day With Nasco!

According to Days of the Year Calendar, International Artists Day honors those creative souls that leave a record of today for the future that can’t be captured in history books. The anguish and joy of the human soul is portrayed through the haunting tones of a melody, the violence and fury caught in a photograph,…

Celebrate National Chemistry Week

“I would tell you a chemistry joke…but all the good ones ARgon…” So goes the world of Chemistry in general and the Periodic Table of Elements in particular. October 16-22, 2016 is National Chemistry Week. Local schools, businesses, and organizations all work to promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. From Ac (Actinium) to…

Never Too Young to Learn Manners

You are never too young to learn social skills. Help children make sense of the “rules” when it comes to emotions and manners with friendly reminders from Nasco’s Early Learning catalog. Help children recognize different emotions and the facial and body language that go with them with the Know Your Emotions Book Collection (EL10980J). This…

Music Turns Back the Hands of Time

Music can bring back memories of long ago – or just yesterday. When interacting with seniors, what better way to bring them into the conversation than with musical CDs? Nasco has dozens of offerings to bring back the memories of both young and old. Theme music is a wonderful way to create good feelings among…

Artworks Lesson Plans Bring Creativity to the Classroom

  Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ― Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island Teaching art is so much more than brush to canvas or colored pencil to paper. It is a world that can be creative and confusing at the same time. Nasco’s Arts & Crafts…

September is National Honey Month

September is National Honey Month! All that sweet, gooey goodness produced by bees from the nectar of plants and flowers. Whether buzzing in their hives or foraging for nectar in wide-open fields, honeybees are a critical component of today’s agricultural market. And who knows more about today’s Ag market and beekeeping than Nasco? Reading and…

Science and STEM

STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. In our economy, a quality education for all students is necessary to prepare them to prosper in work and in life. The ultimate goal of STEM education is to encourage students to take an interest in STEM subjects at an early age. This should be beneficial to them when they…

Mail Order Catalog Day — Order a Catalog!

August 18, 2016 is Mail Order Catalog Day, an annual holiday that celebrates shopping by choosing items from a printed catalog, and ordering and paying for it through the post/mail or over the telephone. Of course, we now can order online as well, but why not celebrate Mail Order Catalog Day by having a Nasco…

Puzzles for Seniors

Puzzles are fun for all ages, but sometimes senior citizens need a little more encouragement because of memory loss or energy issues. Each person solves these riddles at their own pace, and Nasco’s Senior Activities catalog covers these bases with puzzles that appeal to older generations. Seasons of the year become simple with MindStart® 24-Piece…

Pass the Football!

Fall is around the corner – time for hoodies and hot chocolate and homework – and football games. Need to add to your athletic equipment list? Look no further than Nasco’s Physical Education and Coaching Catalog! Who isn’t ready for football? Nasco carries footballs for all age groups. Flag Football? Champro® Flag Football Set –…

TearPads™ Exclusively from Nasco!

TearPads™, 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…

Rekenreks to the Rescue!

Teachers, 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….

Get Your Craft Going!

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…

Get In Touch On Social Media Day!

What 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….

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…

Duck Tape’s Not What It Used To Be!

June 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…

National Dairy Month Is Here!

What 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…

Whirl-Pak® Catalog is Now Available!

The 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 Productshttps://www.enasco.com/c/Lab-Sampling/Whirl-Pak-Bags 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…

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday, 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…

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…

FCS Lesson Plans Prepare Students for the Future

Consumer 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…

Earth Day

By now everyone has heard of Earth Day. Celebrated on April 22nd, Earth Day is a day of education and celebration about the Earth’s environment. More than a billion people worldwide celebrate it each year, and it encourages changes in human behavior that will provoke future policy changes. Nasco has long been an advocate of…

To Bead or Not to Bead

Nothing says Spring like new jewelry! And nothing is more satisfying than making your own. That’s where Nasco’s Arts & Crafts catalog comes in. We are bursting with all the materials you need to make your one-of-a-kind artwork. Start with the basics. Necklace? How about a nice black cord? We carry Stretch Magic® Black Silkies®…

Time To Get Organized!

Ever have one of those days – one of those weeks – where you can’t find a thing? You know you had a particular book in mind you wanted to read to your students, but now wonder where it went? What about all those pieces for your arts and crafts projects? Wasn’t there a stack…

Free Math Lesson Plans

Math can be a complicated subject. Even the best of students may get stuck trying to understand certain concepts. Nasco has downloadable Math Lesson Plans to help teachers work with students of all levels. Often created by teachers for teachers, these free PDF MathWorks Lesson Plans are engaging lesson plans for all grade levels that…

Map Your Way Around the World

Round and Round, Floor Flat, or Wall Scape – how do you see your world? The circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles. With all the countries and biomes between here and there and around and around, why not check out Nasco’s maps, puzzles, and wall hangings? The Wonder Foam® USA Foam Floor Puzzle (SB41699J)…

The Holidays Are Coming!

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 — Spatulas (OXO® Good Grips Silicone Spatula Set, WA31110; High-Heat Silicone Spatula Set, Blue, WA29373; or Volraith® High-Temp Silicone Spatula with polypropylene handle,…

Building 101

The space within becomes the reality of the building.      ~Frank Lloyd Wright The size of a building is only as big as the heart of its creator. And Nasco carries building sets for every age and size of Frank Lloyd wannabes. How about our Jumbo Cardboard Block Deluxe Set (SB41803 for 40 pieces),…

Health Care Can Be Humerus

Health Care is a hard thing to blog about. There are so many fingers on that hand –- nutrition, anatomy, personal and social development, fitness, hygiene –- a lot of fingers to count, a lot of worlds to explore. Wikipedia defines health care as, “the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other…

Weather Bulletin: Come Predict the Weather

It’s raining It’s pouring The Old Man Is snoring… Did you check the weather before you went to work? Go on your smartphone to see what the weather’s going to be for the weekend? Predicting the weather is an arduous task. Not something we do on a daily basis. But what if you wanted to…

Nasco Plastics achieves ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 Certifications

Fort Atkinson, WI – November 9, 2012 – Nasco Plastics quality management system has achieved ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485:2003 certifications. In addition to more than 40 years of satisfying customers, Nasco Plastics has recently added these invaluable accreditations to their credentials. The ISO family of standards embodies an international consensus on good quality management…