Book Fairs

Book Fairs

For over 25 years, Scholastic Book Fairs have been delighting children, parents, teachers, principals and librarians. They encourage a love of reading within a fun environment where a child can pick and choose his or her own books, indulging themselves in mystery, history, science fiction – and so much more. It brings the convenience of a bookstore right to the school. Continue reading...

Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teachers

Going to school always involved a certain amount of monotony. You had the same schedule each day, the same boring routine. But there was one particular instance when things were shaken up a bit, when you knew that your day would be decidedly different, for better or worse. It all started when you walked into class and noticed a less familiar face sitting at the teacher’s desk. This could only mean one thing – “We have a sub today!” Continue reading...

Staring Contests

Staring Contests

While many cultures frown upon direct eye contact, it's long been seen as a symbol of honesty, integrity, even dominance, in the western world. Children are generally taught that it's rude to stare, but that hasn't stopped them from engaging in a time-honored childhood ritual known as the staring contest. Whether in a classroom, on a playground, or any other place children congregate, it takes neither strength nor wits, just pure concentration. Continue reading...

School Lockers

School Lockers

Almost everyone has vivid memories of their school lockers. Whether stacked in pairs or skinny and tall, or for those who went to a less populated school – wide and tall enough to place a scrawny kid inside – lockers have been a memorable part of the school experience for many a decade. Continue reading...

Hall Passes

Hall Passes

While perhaps not a rite of passage, it certainly offered the right of passage. The hall pass was a permission ship, a declaration of sorts that you had the right to pass through the halls of school – unescorted and with the teacher’s blessing. In its simplest form, it was a roundtrip ticket to the bathroom and worth milking for all it was worth. It gave you a few precious moments of independence to ponder the imponderables, like “So-and-so is really cute” and “I wish the bell would ring,” Continue reading...

Emergency Drills

Emergency Drills

We as a society have always taken school safety seriously, and never more so than today. But, while we may not have contended with metal detectors and armed guards during our collective childhood, there were still real dangers we faced. Thus, we all endured numerous emergency drills each year, ensuring that we all knew exactly what to do in the event the unthinkable happened. Continue reading...

Passing Notes

Passing Notes

Back in the day, long before there was text messaging, you had to – gasp! – actually write out notes and pass them to each other. No delete button. If you wrote it, it was out there for everyone to see: the person the note was intended for, all of his/her friends, and if you were particularly unlucky - the teacher. Let's take a look back at this childhood tradition. Continue reading...

Tempera Paint

Tempera Paint

Let’s face it - art can be a messy ordeal. And budding Picasso or not, mom wasn’t going to be too thrilled if those new school clothes were ruined in art class. Luckily, for teachers, custodians and parents everywhere, there was the magical medium of Tempera paint, ready to assist the future little Rembrandts paint vivid blue skies, majestic trees, and wild animals aplenty. Continue reading...