Posts Tagged ‘school’


Come paw to paw with a polar bear and eye to eye with a giant squid in this interactive book that invites readers to compare parts of their bodies with life-size artworks of different animals.

Children can compare their ears with a kangaroo, their teeth with a tiger, their hand with a polar bear, and their tongue with a giraffe! A gallery at the back gives fascinating facts and details about all the animals.

This is a large (12×12) non-fiction picture book for kids 3+. It is full of information and illustrations that will delight any animal lover. The word LIFESIZE indicates that the mentioned animal, or part of an animal, is illustrated true to life size.  

Fun and educational ت

Kane Miller books are books kids love to read. Order online at Kane Miller Publishing’s shopping site Usborne Books & More.

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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 Serious, but Fun.

Naked Binder’s mission is to create the most sustainable office supplies by offering an eco-friendly alternative to the toxic options on the market. We believe that a 3-ring binder may not be able to save the world, but they can reduce the toxic waste that must be landfilled and keep your office and home air better.

Hooray- I’ve used these before and recommend them for school, office, and home use. There are several styles of Naked Binders in various sizes to suit your style or need. The papers and board are acid free. They also sell folders and tabs. 

Boohoo-They are not found in stores and so would have to be purchased online. The inside D rings are a bit clunky. I prefer smooth and quiet.


Naked Binders are available in several styles and sizes. My favorite binder is the little plain one (bare board) and the one that I still have in good working condition. (5 years now)

A discount is offered for materials used in the line of work for educators, teachers, and schools. I asked and this discount applies to home school teachers.

Naked Binder provided product to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.




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Lifestyle and travel bags & accessories! 

Great for: 

travel (Italy, anyone?), weekend getaways (cottage, please!), overnight trips, outdoor sports (hiking, biking + more!), local exploring, sporting events (why not go hands free?), baby needs, school needs!



The lug® collection of undercover bears is a cuddle team of different bears/agents. They have different colors, faces, names, and even personalities! Agent Boots, the brown bear, is “one tough bear – a mighty force, no doubt. His strength is matched by none around; he’s stable as a rock. Cuddle in close with this big, strong bear, and carry him for health and stability whenever you need cover.” 




There is an inflatable pillow for the bear cover or you could use the blanket inside the bear cover for a softer shapable fit (assuming you don’t need the blanket) Both the bear pillow cover and the blanket are machine washable.

I’ve washed agent Gomer, the “green” bear, several times since I’ve had him (2014) and he is still soft and in good shape. I’ve had many uses for him over the years. Not surprising that it makes a great back-to-school idea. We head out in the morning with a cuddly back seat travel buddy. Sometimes he rides with mom up front !

Pillow Case Size: 11″w x 9″h x 3″d
Blanket Size: 35″w x 46″h
Notes From Dawn received an UCB from lug® in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Wee Alphas: 26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

This imaginative take on the alphabet features 26 Wee Alphas postcards, each created with a “hidden letter” to find.

Based on the award-winning Wee Alphas kids’ app, the postcards feature quirky illustrations of Biki the Buffalo, Ulysses the Unicorn, Yolanda the Yeti, and their furry, feathered, or finned friends. The cards are bound into a fold-out accordion format that can be displayed in its entirety, or they can be detached to separately display or share. Writing prompts on the back of each card will inspire any kid (or their grown-up) to pass along a super-special greeting.

Age range:2-5. I think not! These postcards/art/you-name-it would also be great for older kids/grades as writing prompts. And adults with a unique personality! There are, yes, 26 perforated cards to keep or mail. Fun!

wee society link below

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Really Good Stuff - Teaching Supplies, Classroom Organizers and Decorations

I recently discovered this company which I understand started back in 1992. They have a huge selection of “really good stuff” for teachers.

My review is of their Book & Binder Holders, two slightly different designs. The first is a set of four bins with labels. Named “earth”, the colors are brown, orange, pink, and purple.

Durable Book And...

The second set of four are seaside inspired colors of pebble, sand, shell, and water. They also come with “stabilizer wings”. [to stabilize]

Book And Binder...

There are many more colors for your personal preference in book bin decor. I admit I’m not much of a shopper but even with that said I’ve not seen these in stores. This is a great additional to our preschool classroom this fall. They are durable and hold most of the books I have put in them (workbooks). They are gems for any organizer and are toddler user friendly, too.

Really Good Stuff states that they are environmentally aware by reducing their carbon footprint and protecting forests. You can read about their efforts with this link before you start shopping.

Really Good Stuff provided products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received


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 functional home décor made from reclaimed wood and upcycled raw materials

Reclaimed Wood Lap Desk

“Our lap desks were created out of my own personal need for a desk that was comfortable, stylish and functional, and they have quickly become an in demand item.” Sawdust is Happiness, Amy L Robillard


Review: Eco friendly and User friendly. This is a beautiful looking lap desk! Handmade from reclaimed wood, it’s perfect for resting an open book, for writing, and for drawing. The size is just right for being lightweight and maneuverable. The fabric covered memory foam bottom allows it to rest comfortably on your lap. Perfect for him or her. Great for outdoor summer use (and eventually back to school time). 


 plenty of surface space to fit a 9×12 pad ↑


handy top ledge for holding a pencil/crayon(s)

OR to create more incline to your surface

Visit:  Sawdust is Happiness for your custom made lap desk. Or shop for that someone special and be an awesome gift-giver. (Father’s Day is June 21st)

Notes From Dawn received a laptop desk from Sawdust is Happiness in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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ClipBook® Magnetic Clipboard

Designed and Handcrafted in the USA, ClipBook® was created to improve the function and aesthetics of the traditional clipboard. This product breathes new life in to the dying industry of bookbinding. With today’s digital age, bookbinding has become a lost art. ClipBook® repurposes the same process and materials that are used in making books, to create functional and stylish clipboards. ClipBook® is protective, durable, ultra slim, and flips naturally like a notepad. It’s new, yet so familiar.

A tremendous improvement from the traditional clipboard! Magnets replace the metal hinged clip. It has a cover for privacy and protection (as in neat , top-secret papers). Styled like a top bound notepad, the cover can fold back part way or it can roll completely over to the back. It can also stand as an easel. 

The strong magnets hold a good amount of paper but it’s also slim and stack-able. The Clipbook is perfect for me since I prefer using loose leaf paper. (hate spiral bound notebooks) (don’t like 3-ring binders, either)

The Clipbook design works. Perfectly. 

Available in different book cloth covers. Rubber feet can be used for the four corners when using the Clipbook as an easel. 

Designed & handcrafted in Philadelphia. Go to and watch the video showing how terrific it is and the many ways it can be used. And get one for yourself. (customization available, too)

Notes From Dawn received a Clipbook Magnetic Clipboard in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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A TreeSmart Giveaway


Last year I did a review for TreeSmart recycled newspaper pencils. I’ll love them forever! And I want to share that review again this fall along with a giveaway for the Start Now Set ( 24 rolled up recycled newspaper pencils) and the Mini Color Pencils in Tube (12 colored newspaper pencils).

The review:

TreeSmart makes pencils from recycled newspapers. What a smart idea! Take a look at the TreeSmart process.

Made in the United States,  TreeSmart pencils keep tons of newspapers out of the landfill and minimizes the cutting of trees.

TreeSmart sent me some to try. They are wonderful!

They are so unique in look and feel. The pencil is rounded with a smooth barrel on which the newsprint is clearly visible. It sharpens easily, actually better than most regular pencils. The no. 2 graphite writes smooth and the eraser is latex-free and smudge proof.

The  mini colored pencils were comparable to other wood-made colored pencils. The set contains 12 colors. The lighter purple color wasn’t purple but more of a flesh tone color and very close to the brown shade.  Also, the two blues are very close to being the same shade. They sharpened nice and the graphite stayed strong during coloring.

I am truly wowed by these TreeSmart pencils! Why would I need a pencil made from a tree again?

Save a tree! Reuse a newspaper!

Enter the Giveaway for the TreeSmart Start Now Set and the TreeSmart Colored Pencils

Six (6) winners will be selected!!

Entry #1. Did you know that recycling a two-foot stack of old newspapers saves one 20 ft. pine tree? Visit the TreeSmart website. Then leave a comment telling me you did for a chance to win this giveaway.

Entry #2. Watch the You Tube video about TreeSmart pencils. And be sure to leave a comment for another chance to win.

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. I will use to pick the winners! Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. Contest ends October 29@11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents) The winners will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.

I received pencils and colored pencils from TreeSmart in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.


Thank you everyone for entering!!

The winners are: Susan S, Elaine L, Jody B, iambea, and Kid of the King. #30 was in the selected numbers 2x and won twice!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

7 30 17 37 30
Timestamp: 2012-10-30 12:01:24 UTC

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Do not condemn the man that cannot think or act as fast as you can, because there was a time when you could not do things as well as you can today. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Back-To-School DIY Project


Very inexpensive 

Fun for all ages


and Thoughtful


With a few inexpensive supplies, some that you already have around the house, anyone can create a Composition Notebook Journal for school or to make as a gift. 

Requires Only:

(1) Composition Notebook – the hardback black and white kind for about 50 cents during pre-school sales

(2) Two or more pieces of scrapbook paper

(3) Stickers and Ribbon

(4) Glue Stick and Scissors

Trace around the front and back of the book. I don’t cover over the black spine.

Cut out and glue in place. (Ideal for little hands to practice trace, cut, and glue)

The inside front and back cover can also be covered with paper.

I was going to use lavender for the front of my journal but, of course, I changed my mind and used periwinkle.

   Then design the cover. 

And don’t forget to give your journal a ribbon bookmark. Use a large sticker to attach the ribbon to the back of the book. 

  A finished journal ready to use.

Autumn made one, too.

 The inside pages can also get some special touches.


I’d love to see your journal.

Send a picture to notesfromdawnATyahooDOTcom

Submitted by Pam from An Artful Mom. She had the journal book cut in half at a copy store to make two smaller journals.

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