My First Grade Classroom Essentials – An Inside Look at RAFT Activity Kits

By Ashley Estes, First Grade Teacher, St. Elizabeth SetonThe school year is in full swing and I cannot believe I have started my fourth year a 1st grade teacher. Over the past few years I have been involved with RAFT and have been lucky enough to have taken classes...

Beyond the Traditional Math

By Courtney Hunter, Resource Specialist As Common Core is being integrated in every classroom amongst all grade levels, it is leaving some parents and children feeling baffled, perplexed, and many times, lost. With the new California Common Core methods students have...

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes!

By Jeanne Lazzarini, Math Master Educator/R&D Specialist, RAFTI have often shared with my students that I make mistakes, and I have learned so much because of them! Sometimes I even purposefully made a mistake in a math lesson to see if students take notice! Let...

How does math relate to real life?

By Jeanne Lazzarini, Math Master Educator/R&D Specialist, RAFTHow does math relate to real life?  One way is to take a look at the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree!  You might be surprised to find that many patterns in nature, called...

Using Personal Stories to Encourage Good Behavior

By Earlene Coleman, Special Education M.A. After teaching Special Education for twenty-five years, I’ve found that sharing personal stories with my students helps build positive relationships.How NOT to be around your studentsNow that the school year is off to a...

Making Toys From Recycled Material

RAFT was founded on the idea that extra materials should not be wasted, and instead, should be used to help children explore their creative abilities while learning. Many teachers use RAFT’s recycled materials to help solidify this idea – creating lesson plans that...

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