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Flash Cards Are Essential for Home Based Education

Keep Kids Learning with Homemade Flash Cards

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Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. So how can learning over the summer be fun?  Here are some fun homemade flash cards you can make in minutes with a laminator.

 

Try flashcards for basic English. These free downloadable templates can get young minds thinking.

 

Want kids to start Spanish? Try these fun and stimulating flash card templates.

 

For some kids, it will be their first day of school ever. Get them confident for preschool or kindergarten with alphabet flashcards.

If your kids struggle with math, these fun math flash cards make the subject accessible and fun.

Multiplication Flash Cards

Division Flash Cards

Addition Flash Cards

Subtraction Flash Cards

 

Some other helpful links:

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How Laminators Solve the Summer Doldrums

 

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I’m bored…It’s the classic moan of late summer. The holidays are over. Pools? Been there, done that. So they come to you, the household entertainment director. Here’s a solution that will keep them off video games and engaged with learning, which is also deceptively fun.

Create a Memory Card Game Animal/ABC game with your laminator. Perfect for pre-school to first grade!

1. Download the free memory card templates at the Idea Center:

2. Print the fronts and the backs of the cards.

3. Put a back to every front card.

4. Laminate together fronts and backs

5. Cut the cards.

The animal cards (vs. the Letter Cards) need additional corner trimming as shown. Help your kids find the letter that corresponds to every animal. Show them how to line up the animal card on top of the letter card so that the letter shows through the trimmed corner.

Now the kids are learning about animals, the ABC’s and having fun!

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center: Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

More Great Laminating Ideas!

Create Bingo Cards

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The Impact of Round Flashcards.

 

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Study Reveals How to Make Better Flashcards for Learning

In a  study of by the Montessori Primary Classroom of laminated teaching materials, square vs. rounded flashcards were tested for their engagement among children.

Results showed that children were more likely to handle and interact with the rounded cards. The study came as a result of children pricking their fingers on square edge flashcards and thus tending not to use them.

On average, each classroom saw the rounded cards used 1.54 times more per day or 7.7 times more per week. Between 80% and 100% of responding teachers rated the rounded corner cards excellent in the measured areas.

The children in the study commented on the edge of the square cards as being “pokey” while no comments were made on the rounded corner cards.

In addition the study revealed that cards laminated thinner than 1.5 mil became difficult for children to pick up, leading to a greater thickness recommendation for flash cards overall.

“Teachers may improve student interest in and repeated use of card  materials if they use a laminate thicker than 1.5 mil and round the corners. Rounding the corners will not detract from the appeal or usability of the cards, will overcome the resistance some children stated to squared  corners, and will remove the tactile distraction of “pokey” corners,” Julia Volkman, Montessori Primary Classroom Researcher

Get free flash card templates here: Free Flash card templates

See the videos for using laminated teaching materials in class: Video Demo

Recommended 5 Mil classroom laminator: The Saturn


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College ID Theft: How College Students Can Protect Themselves with a Simple Rule.

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College students are five times more likely to be a victim of identity theft than the general public. To protect yourself make sure to use this simple rule: shred it or secure it.

Shred confidential documents right away that are no longer needed, Secure confidential documents that you still need. Here’s why:

The Dorm Room Dilemma

Dorm rooms are accessible by virtually everyone in the building. Identity theft becomes easy when thieves can fish bank account statements, credit card applications and other documents containing highly sensitive information from the wastebasket next to a dorm room desk. Shred these unwanted documents so your trash can doesn’t become a treasure trove for identity thieves.

College students may also be feel very secure in their dorms and not think twice about leaving sensitive documents such as checkbooks and social security cards in unlocked areas. Secure all confidential documents in a locked safe place to prevent identity theft in your absence.

 

Need a dorm room shredder? Here are some options: Dorm Room Shredders

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What Businesses Should Have a Shredder?

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When you walk into an office to do business you may see a copier, fax machine. Where is the shredder? It may seem like an unnecessary question to ask a small business, but under certain circumstances, specific offices should have a shredder to ensure your identity will not be compromised.

Take a look at some of the Shredders for Business

 

Here are the top three businesses where you should see a shredder, and if you don’t, ask if they are shredding:

 

Mortgage Brokers and Realtors

Credit applications in large quantities can easily be mishandled by realtors and mortgage brokers who are mainly focused on processing paperwork and making a sale. Instances of unshredded documents being disposed in dumpsters in back alleys is not uncommon for these types of businesses.  Every mortgage broker and realtor has to develop the discipline to make shredding a step in the application process.

 

Tax Preparers and Accountants

Your entire financial life is in your tax documents. Why would a dumpster diver need to piece together a financial profile when he can take the shortcut by diving behind a tax office?

Tax preparers and accountants, especially around tax time are busy trying to process paperwork as quickly and accurately as they can. Duplicates of tax documents piled on desktops may be an indicator that no shredding is taking place.

Along with all the other questions you may ask a new accountant, ask where they keep their office shredder and if documents with sensitive information are being destroyed. Accumulating documents that need to be shredded may not be a guarantee of security. The tedious process of shredding may lead an office employee given the task to simply throw away paperwork to save time. Auto feed shredders are especially useful for managing large quantities of documents and can help prevent the “to be shredded pile-up.”

Medical Offices

You may not be able to see the shredding process of a large hospital, but your doctor or dentist should have shredders in their offices to stay HIPAA compliant. The dumpster behind a small medical clinic leads to the perfect scavenger hunt for dumpster divers. Medical insurance fraud is on the rise and simple measures taken by medical professionals can ensure your identity protection.


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Top Laminated Teaching Tools

Top Five Teaching Tools Teachers Can Make with a Laminator

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Laminators allow teachers to save money on teaching tools by making them last so they can be re-used again and again. Here are top five easy to make tools for every teacher.

Some great project ideas:

Flash Cards

Flash cards are a great way for kids to learn everything from a new language to math skills. Make flash card use a fun game with prizes in the classroom.  Laminated flash cards can last all year long.

Touchable Learning Tools

Learning is more fun when kids can interact. Fun laminated shapes help pre-school and kindergarten classes connect object shape and name by touch.   Learning becomes more accessible when fun charts can be touched (even with messy fingers) laminating  keeps learning tools waterproof and easy to clean.

Maps

Learning geography can be fun when laminated maps can be passed around the classroom. You can even color in states as a fun activity. When the maps need to be used by a different class, the marker can be wiped clean.  Laminated maps are dry erase!

Reusable Worksheets

Worksheets can be easily torn and damaged with spills, costing teachers additional funds in reprinting. Laminated worksheets engage kids in subjects from multiplication to grammar without worry of reproducing documents.

Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center

Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here.

Check out some great laminator options:

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Create a Small Business Policies and Procedures Manual

 

 

Even imagessmall offices need to make sure policies are in order. Here are some simple steps.

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

Create a mission statement for the beginning the of the handbook. A mission statement portrays a company’s main beliefs and goals for your company. Include a company overview,  listings of appointed officers and a brief company history.

 

Important Content to Protect Your Business

Place a statement concerning Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws in the manual. Attendance policies and any disciplinary and termination policies need to be clearly outlined.

Employee Benefits

Even if you only have a few employees, clearly defining the benefits they receive needs to be on paper. Provide detailed information concerning benefits such as sick days, vacation days and health insurance coverage. If your company offers an Employee Assistance Program, provide details regarding the confidentiality of the program and include contact information.

Binding Your Manual

Review the manual with an attorney to make sure you have covered all the important details. Bind your handbook  so it can be easily read and distributed to be new employees and maintains a professional look that reflects your business.

 

Not Sure of the Binding Type You Need for Your  Handbook? Select Here

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