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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Look in The Mailbox

In this day and age, resources abound. If you’re looking for something, you go out to the internet, type in what you are looking for, and you are inundated with so much material you usually end up with your head spinning.

When I first started teaching I had a few places that I got my best ideas. First and foremost were from my veteran colleagues. Everyone was always so helpful and quick to point out ideas and projects that worked great. I will always be thankful to these people.

Another place was of course from many of the resources that college had introduced to me. During my college years I had built up many of my own “idea books” to look back on.

But, as the years rolled on, I was always looking for new and improved ideas. One source that I really love is a magazine called The Mailbox. This is a magazine that is touted as “the idea magazine for teachers.” I love it. One would get 6 issues during the course of a year—each issue contains ideas for 2 months. The last time I subscribed to the magazine it was $24.95 for the year.

As I looked at the website for The Mailbox I found that if you subscribe to one of their magazines, you are entitled to many of their online resources. But, don’t be discouraged if you don’t. They have a place that you can register to get some free ideas. I did this to see what was required to register. It was name, address, phone number, email, and then they asked for your areas of teaching. If you are interested in doing this you can put in preschooler, home teacher, and the year your preschooler arrived as your first year of teaching. I don’t believe you have to be a teacher to enjoy all the wonderful ideas Mailbox can give you. By registering, you are entitled to free print outs, ideas, polls, etc.

The magazine is extremely helpful. It contains themes and usually all aspects of the theme—songs, crafts, stories, reproducibles, etc. The magazine also contains many other activities for the appropriate months: games, crafts, songs, stories, kitchen fun, etc. I really love it.

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