Ahhhh....the beginning of school. Moms and Dads everywhere smile with glee and teachers across the nation start the frantic race to prepare their classrooms for the invasion of students. Many companies choose this time to start posting information about free materials and resources right about now. I thought I would pass along some of them so you can check them out.
- Verizon Foundation: They give grants every year to support literacy, education, technology, and other causes. Grants can be for up to $10,000. Take a look at www.verizonfoundation.org/grant/guidelines.shtml.
- Farmers Insurance Education Programs: K-12 teachers can use free teaching tools about history, democracy, diversity, literacy, the arts, fire safety, and more. You can get the full curriculum through Farmers Insurance agents or look online at www.GoFarmersEd.com.
- My Storymaker: This is a free website where kids can click on icons to choose and control the characters, settings, and objects in their stories and the website creates the sentences. Try it out at http://carnegielibrary.org/kids/storymaker.
- Parent Workshop Survival Kit: Teachers, you can enter to win a CD of parent N'vites each week in August and the grand prize winner will receive a parent workshop survival kit valued at $500. This parent workshop talks with parents about good reading strategies. The CD includes a slide presentation with a script and parent handouts. To enter to to www.k5kaplan.com/contest.
Those are just a few of the resources I've found lately. Come back soon and I will post more!