Teaching Supplies

May 4

ABCmouse.com: Free 30 Day Trial

Posted by on May 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

ABCmouse.com: Free 30 Day Trial

I used to be a teacher so with my boys, it is all about learning and having fun in my house.  I am constantly looking for new resources to help my kids learn and have fun at the same time.  ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is a great resource to do just that. Right now, they are offering a free 30 day trial with no obligation of continuing to subscribe.

You may be unfamiliar with this website so here is a little bit about it.  ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy is the leading online early education curriculum for parents, preschools and kindergartens in the United States and Canada. They offer more than 2,000 books, games, songs, puzzles, and art activities, each with specific learning objectives in the subjects of reading, mathematics, beginning science, social studies, art and music.

It is a great resource for teachers and parents to help kids learn and have fun in the process. It is geared towards kids preschool to kindergarden ages to hel with their development. They offer over450 lessons and more than 5,000 individual learning activities so you will never be at a loss for something to do with your children.

Even though you will get a free trial, you will need to enter your credit card info at the checkout to get it.  If you wish to cancel after your free 30 days, simply cancel it online and you will never be charged for additional month.  When I did this, I just made sure to mark it on my calendar so I would not forget.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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December 6

Scholars Choice Canada Exclusive Coupon: Save Up To 20%

Posted by on December 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Scholars Choice Canada Exclusive Coupon: Save Up To 20%

Bargainmoose Canada gets a lot of exclusive coupon codes to use for online shopping.  Sometimes, we get great exclusive printable coupons as well to save you money in stores.  This time, we have both!  We have a great printable exclusive and code with Scholars Choice that will save you on your entire purchase.  Save 20% on everything if you are a Scholars Choice member, or save 10% on everything if you are not.

Click here to shop @ Scholarschoice.ca now

  • Coupon Code: 899-MOOSEFRIEND
  • Printable Coupon
  • Discount: 10%- 20% off
  • Expiry: 7th December 2013

The difference between this coupon and others is that it extends to non members.  Usually, Scholars Choice will have coupons only for members to save money, like this 20% off coupon, but this time there is a coupon that will save 10% for those people who are not members.

If you are unfamiliar with the store Scholars Choice, it is a great store to buy teaching and learning supplies.  I regularly visited it when I was teaching and I still shop there for my kids now that I am no longer a teacher.  They offer everything from teaching posters and decorations for the classroom to games, craft supplies, teaching tools and educational toys.

If you are not a teacher but have kids, this store is a great resource to help kids young and old with their studies.  They don’t just focus on kids, and have great teaching tools for teens as well.

One of my favourite finds as a parent is their rewards and incentives category.  Potty training and kids chores become much more manageable with sticker incentives and charts to see. I used to use these incentive ideas in the classroom and now I use them with my kids at home.

As for the cost of shipping, you will get free shipping for orders of $100 or more.

We will have all other Scholars Choice coupons posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

(Image credit to Gen Next)

Scholars Choice Canada Exclusive Coupon: Save Up To 20%

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September 5

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

Posted by on September 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, both of my school-aged sons are behind on their reading skills. I find this so unfortunate, as I read to them quite a bit and they do love reading. Generally, boys have a harder time with literacy, so I do take this into account, and my oldest is always the youngest in his class. For whatever reason, they both need to do some catching up. I’ve spent lots of $$ trying to do this. First, we had my oldest son in Kumon, which is a great program, although it was incredibly expensive, used a U.S. curriculum, and was a pain to get to and wait around with two other kids each time. So, I got an at-home tutor for both of my boys, who we all loved. Both boys improved greatly over the year, but my wallet suffered. This year I’m looking at alternative ways to help my boys with their literacy skills without having to spend money. I have the skills to work with them and I feel like I now have the time and the resources with these eight awesome DIYs.

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

For the younger kids, you start with sight words, which are words that children know to see them (without having to sound out). They basically memorize these words, which include words like I, me, my, play, see. Sight word pounding is exactly what it sounds like. I know my boys would love this because it combines their love of hitting things with their love of noise, with my love of them learning their sight words. Smart idea I Can Teach My Child!

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

Once the sight words are done, next comes spelling. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas has over 75 ways you can practice spelling including using your finger to trace it in sand or salt, spelling with pipe cleaners, and building words with Lego.

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

If you love worksheets and activity books, like I love these, you’ll love Education.com. They have a huge list of free activities and worksheets for every grade. I usually buy the “homework books” for my kids to do, but I’ve been behind the ball and my grade 3 child is doing grade 2 work still. Since these worksheets are free, I’ll definitely be printing off a ton of them for my son tonight. He’ll be so pleased! Ok, he won’t, but he doesn’t have a choice. Just remember this site is American so some of the material (like spelling or geography) will show this.

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

No Time For Flash Cards is an amazing site I come back to often. This word family game is the perfect way to make kids think they are having fun while learning word families and rhyming.

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

Not technically a literacy tool, these phonics phones are great in keeping your child’s focus on you and words and their sounds. My middle son has a huge problem with keeping his attention on what we are doing, so a prop like this might help him pay attention to his words and the sounds that each word makes as I work with him. Classroom DIY has the very easy instructions.

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

This idea is the most amazing one I’ve seen so far. Start a ritual of a writing date with your child. Your child dictates a story that they’ve made up to you, and you write it for them. My sons absolutely love telling stories and my oldest is an amazing storyteller (as told to me by a few teachers), and they definitely have the gift of gab (given to them by their mother). I love writing, so I would love to do this for them and with them. I fully intend to start having one on one dates with my kids this year, and this is like a 2 for 1 – learning and quality time! Thanks to Imagination Soup!

8 Ways To Work On Literacy At Home & Not Spend Money

This idea I had pinned for a while and meant to do it, but now my husband has sold all of our Mega Blocks! I’ll just have to buy more during the next sale. Get kids building while learning how to construct sentences. It will be too fun to stop. Thanks to Small Types.

Photo Credit: Brendan Murphy

Bargainmoosers, do you have any amazing literacy ideas for struggling readers? Tell me in the comments below!

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August 12

Staples Canada: Up To 40% Off Classroom & Learning Essentials

Posted by on August 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Staples Canada: Up To 40% Off Classroom & Learning Essentials

Get up to 40% off essentials for the classroom or home before school starts at Staples.

Staples has a huge assortment of items for learning, and they are all up to 40% off right now. If you need to stock your classroom, this is the time and place. They have pens and writing instruments, books, tools, furniture and storage, arts and crafts, teaching tools, games and classroom decorations. These sales makes me want to be a teacher, just so I can decorate my classroom.

This Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedule is actually perfect for home. You know how you want to stop nagging at your kids? Well, this tool lets you do that! Was $19.99, now $15.99.

This Bankers Box Six-Shelf Organizer is perfect for organizing paperwork in the classroom. Plus, it is colourful! Was $32.19, now $25.75.

What’s a classroom without a Stanley Bostich Vacuum Mounted Manual Pencil Sharpener? I wish I had one of these for my office. Was $23.93, now $17.95.

Get free shipping when you spend over $20.

(Expiry: 3rd September 2013)

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June 15

Chapters Canada: 30% Off Gifts For Teachers

Posted by on June 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Chapters Canada: 30% Off Gifts For Teachers

Get 30% off gifts for teachers in the Teacher shop at Chapters right now.

This is the time of year parents might dread and teachers love – the end of school! Thank your teachers with a lovely gift that will help them remember the little angel that is your child. Or forget, whatever works better. My middle son has three teachers in his kindergarten class and one of them is very special to him. I don’t think he would have survived kindergarten if it weren’t for her and I really appreciate everything she has done. My oldest son’s teacher, who looks oddly like Vince Vaughan, has been a great communicator and even called when my son recently had surgery to see how he was. All of these teachers (and our school bus driver) deserve something awesome. I already got some great gifts for the lady teachers from Ethical Ocean, which I will write about in a future post, but for now let’s see what I can get the others.

The great thing about this selection at Chapters is that it isn’t very costly. One other amazing idea would be to give them a Chapters gift card, which any teacher can use, plus one of these smaller gifts. Practical and thoughtful.

If I were a teacher (or just me), one thing we need is pens! Why not give a few nice pens like these Black Toast ballpoint pens? Seriously, there is not much better than writing personal notes with a nice writing pen. Was $7, now $4.90.

Since they’ve now got a nice pen, how about a nice notebook, or a set of three gorgeous ones? Was $12, now $8.40.

Teachers also can’t have enough mugs for all that coffee they need during the teaching day. Was $12, now $8.40.

Shipping is free on orders over $25.

(Expiry: 17th June 2013)

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September 29

Chapters Canada: Save 20% With Teacher Appreciation Oct 1-3

Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Chapters Canada: Save 20% With Teacher Appreciation Oct 1 3

Teachers, head to Chapters from 1st – 3rd October, 2011 for the Teacher Appreciation Event and save 20% off your purchase!

This is an in store only deal. Teachers will be required to show valid teacher identification to get the discount. You’ll save 20% off all regular priced in stock book, bargain books, home decor and toys.

Here’s what Chapters has to say about teachers:

We know that hardworking teachers are committed to sharing a love of literacy in their classrooms and recognize the integral part that reading and literacy plays in a child’s education. We would like to say THANK YOU to all of the great teachers out there!

Having been a teacher, I know how much money teacher’s spend out of their own pocket. Any discount is appreciated! What’s nice about this teacher discount is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be spent on classroom materials. Treat yourself to something too as a reward for getting through the craziness of September!

Expires: 3rd October, 2011

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July 21

Michaels: Teachers Receive 15% Off Every Day

Posted by on July 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Michaels: Teachers Receive 15% Off Every Day

Michaels is now offering teachers 15% off regular priced and sale items every day! If you are an educator all you have to do is show your educator ID and you are golden for an extra 15% off.

I think this might be very helpful for those who teach the younger grades or art teachers.

Do we have any Teaching Moosers? What do you think?

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March 21

Amazon.ca: First Little Readers Guided Reading Levels A & B & C $17 – $25 (Reg $79.99 each)

Posted by on March 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Amazon.ca: First Little Readers Guided Reading Levels A & B & C $17   $25 (Reg $79.99 each)

Great deal on First Little Readers: Guided Reading Level: A Big Collection of Just-Right Leveled Books for Beginning Readers levels A, B and C. The retail price of each series is $79.99, and you can get them for between $17 and $25 each at Amazon.

Inside the sturdy storage box, you’ll find 100 full-color books (5 x 20 titles) PLUS a great teaching guide packed with lessons, tips, and literacy-boosting reproducibles.

At Chapters they are $52.79 each for A, B or C. You can get 2 for under that price at Amazon. Not sure when the sale ends, but a good deal on this series none the less.

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February 18

Michael’s: The Knack Faculty Friday

Posted by on February 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Michaels: The Knack Faculty Friday

Teachers save 10% at Michael’s every Friday, including sale items.You must present a valid educator ID. Some exclusions apply, ask in store for details.

Teachers spend so much money on their classrooms out of their own pocket, so any extra discount helps!

If you are looking for art or craft ideas for your class, take in one of Michael’s Make It and Take it Events. These events take place in store and are usually free or require a small purchase of materials.  Lots of great ideas.

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February 4

Scholar’s Choice Coupon Code: 20% Off

Posted by on February 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Scholars Choice Coupon Code: 20% Off

If you are a teacher or just shopping for toys, Scholar’s Choice is having a 20% off sale, for one day only in store, Saturday 5 February 2011.  If you are shopping online, you can take advantage of the sale from 4 Feb at 5pm – 6 Feb at 9 am EST.

Click here to shop at Scholar’s Choice

    • Discount: 20 %
    • Coupon Code: RED
    • Expires: 6 February 9 am EST
    • Terms: You must be a Scholar’s Choice Member

    For a $10 Scholar’s Choice membership, you get a $10 credit, as well as 10% off all sale and regular priced items. You’ll also get 20% off on special member event days. If you sign up before 28 February 2011, you’ll also receive a free mug and warmer!

    If your girl like Groovy Girls, you can get this Faith and Fluffy Groovy Girls for $7.99 (reg. $14.99) and members pay only $7.19. In need of a new game? Try Alphabet Soup on sale for $19.99 ( reg. $32.99), members pay only $17.99.

    This Kidcraft Lego 3 Seat Play Table for $199.99 (reg. $289.99) would be great in a preschool classroom! Teachers, need some new ideas for the Christmas Concert? You can pick up this Christmas Concert Idea Guide Book for $5.70 (reg. $19.99) and members price is just $5.13.

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