Here’s an awesome freebie for teachers and homeschooling parents! Now through July 27th, you can get FREE Minecraft Themed Worksheets for your kids! Nothing like a “little Steve” to get your kids motivated!
Here’s an awesome freebie for teachers and homeschooling parents! Now through July 27th, you can get FREE Minecraft Themed Worksheets for your kids! Nothing like a “little Steve” to get your kids motivated!
Here is an awesome freebie for all of our NEW teachers!! Evan-Moor has a free gift for you — How to Plan Your School Year e-book! You will add it to your cart and then use the code HOW15 at checkout. The book is in download format and will be available immediately after purchased.
This book is filled with more than 300 pages of ideas and printables which will help you start your school year off on the right foot:
**This book is for new teachers, who are in his or her first year of teaching grades PreK through 8th grade.
2015 Tax Free Back to School Shopping Holiday / Weekend
One way that some states help families save money during back to school shopping is to offer sales tax holidays. This helps families save on things they need for their kids like supplies, clothes and even electronics. By suspending the collection of state, county or local sales tax, it keeps more money in your pocket when you have to pick up the items your school needs for your child to bring with them on the first day of class.
Below, you will find a sales tax map. To find out if your state participates, simply place your mouse on it. If the pointer shape changes then you are in luck! Your state participates and you can click to go directly to that states’s details including included and excluded items as well as the dates when the sales tax holiday will be offered.
You can also find a list of participating states below, along with some of the details you will need to know:
|Alabama||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Arkansas||August 1 - August 2, 2015||Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Connecticut||August 17 - August 23, 2014||Connecticuit Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Florida||August 7 - August 16, 2015||Florida Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Georgia||July 31 - August 1, 2015||Georgia Sales Tax Holiday|
|Iowa||August 7 - August 8, 2015||Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Louisiana||August 7 - August 8, 2015||Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Maryland||August 9 - August 15, 2015||Maryland Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Mississippi||July 31 - August 1, 2015||Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Missouri||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Missouri Sales Tax Holiday DetailsåÊ|
|New Mexico||August 7 - August 9, 2015||New Mexico Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Ohio *NEW*||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Oklahoma||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|South Carolina||August 7 - August 9, 2015||South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Tennessee||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Texas||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Texas Sales Tax Holiday Details|
|Virginia||August 7 - August 9, 2015||Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Details|
*These states have not yet released details, but have participated in the past. The dates listed are based upon the same weekend/week from the prior year, but have not yet been confirmed. Please check back with your state to find out more details.
It is about time for Back to School. I know one thing we do each and every year is snap a photo of our kids on the first and last day of the school year. If you want to help capture the moment in style, you can have your kids hold one of these FREE printable Back to School signs!
We’ve got one for each grade – Kindergarten through Sixth – which you can download and print. Just scroll through the list to find the page number you need and then print out just that one. Then, you can keep this same file to use next year too!
We also just added more (at reader requests). This second batch includes the following: Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Middle School and High School. So feel free to download those instead if they meet your own situation.
Here is a tip: You do not even have to PRINT one out! Just pull it up on your tablet and have your kids hold that – and you’ll get the beauty of the printable without the ink and paper!
Don’t forget about our Back to School Price Comparison Database — free for you to use to find all of the best deals on those much needed school supplies!
The best way to save money when dining out with young children is to do so at the locations which offer free or discounted meals. Below you will find a list of restaurants which do just that!
|Applebee's||Monday / Tuesday||For Each Adult Entre Purchase get one free kids' meal ($1 for add'l children)||Ages 12 and under|
|Atlanta Bread Company||Sunday||One free kids' meal with paid adult entre'||Ages 12 and under|
|Backyard Burgers||Tuesday||Buy one adult combo meal, get up to 2 kids meals for $0.99 each (some locations it is free)||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - close|
|bd's Mongolian BBQ||Monday / Tuesday||Kids eat for $2 with paid adult meal||Ages 12 and under|
|Beef o'Bradys||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and get one free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - 8 pm|
|Bennigan's||Tuesday||Buy one adult entre, get one free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - close|
|Black Eyed Pea||Tuesday||Buy one adult entre, get one free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under; 5 pm - close|
|Blue Mesa Grill||Sunday||Buy one adult brunch and kids eat free||Ages 5 and under; 9 am - 3 pm|
|Bob Evans||Tuesday||Free Kids' meal with the purchase of an adult entre||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - close|
|Bruster's Real Ice Cream||Daily||Free Kids' cone||40" or shorter|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Monday||Kids Eat for $0.99||Ages 12 and under; 5 pm - 8 pm|
|Captain D's||Thursday||Purchase an adult platter and get up to two free kids' meals||Ages 14 and under; dine in only|
|Chartroose Caboose||Monday||Purchase $8 in adult entrees and receive a free kids meal||Ages 12 and under|
|Chevy's||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and receive a free kid's meal||Ages 12 and under|
|Chick-fil-A||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and get one free kids' meal (some areas it is $0.99)||Ages 12 and under; 5:30-7:30 pm|
|Cici's Pizza||Daily||Kids Eat Free||Ages 3 and under|
|Cinzetti's||Tuesday||Kids eat free||Ages 12 and under; 5 pm - 9 pm|
|Country Buffet||Thursday||Purchase up to 2 kids' buffets for just $0.99 each with purchase of adult entre||Ages 11 and under|
|Culver's||Daily||Free Custard or Ice Cream Treat||Purchase of kids' meal required|
|Denny's||Tuesday / Saturday||Kids Eat Free||Ages 12 and under; 4 - 10 pm|
|Dickey's BBQ Pit||Sunday||Buy one adult entre, and receive one free kids meal||Ages 12 and under|
|Double Dave's Pizza||Daily||Purchase an adult buffet and receive a free kids buffet||Varies by location (call ahead)|
|Fazoli's||Tuesday||2 kids meals for $0.99 each with a paid adult entre||Ages 12 and under; 5 pm - 8 pm|
|Fire Mountain||Thursday||Purchase up to 2 kids' buffets for just $0.99 each with purchase of adult entre||Ages 11 and under|
|Firehouse Subs||Wednesday||Purchase an adult combo and get a free kids meal||Varies by location (call ahead)|
|Freebirds||Tuesday||Buy an adult entree and receive a free kids' meal||Varies by location|
|Fuddrucker's||Monday / Tuesday||Kids Eat for $0.99||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - 9 pm|
|Gatti Town||Wednesday||Purchase an adult buffet and receive a free kids buffet||Ages 10 and under|
|Godfather's Pizza||Tuesday||Free child's buffet with paid adult buffet||11 am - 1:30 pm and 5 - 8 pm; ages 12 and under|
|Golden Corral||Monday||Purchase an adult meal and TWO kids will eat free||Ages 10 and under (3 and under always free)|
|Golden Corral||Tuesday||Kids Eat for $1.99||Ages 3 and under|
|HomeTown Buffet||Thursday||Purchase up to 2 kids' buffets for just $0.99 each with purchase of adult entre||Ages 11 and under|
|IHOP||Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday||Purchase an adult entre and one child will eat free||Ages 12 and under; 4 - 8 pm|
|IKEA||Tuesday||Some stores offer free meals to kids||Check local store|
|Ingido Joes||Monday||Kids Eat Free||Ages 12 and under; 5 pm - close|
|Jason's Deli||Wednesday||Purchase an adult meal and TWO kids will eat free||12 and under|
|Lone Star||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entree and TWO kids will eat free||Ages 12 and under|
|Luby's Cafeteria||Wednesday||Kids Eat for $2||Ages 10 and under; after 4:30 pm|
|Magganio's||Sunday||Kids eat free||Ages 5 and under|
|Marie Callendar's||Tuesday / Saturday||Purchase an adult entre and get one free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under|
|McAlister's Deli||Every Day||$0.99 kids meals dine-in; $1.99 kids meals to go||Ages 12 and under |
|McDonald's||Various||$1.99 Happy Meals||Locations are franchises, so vary GREATLY, so check with yours first|
|Moe's Southwestern Grill||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and get a free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under from select menu|
|O'Charley's||Monday - Saturday||Purchase an adult entre and kids eat free (up to 2 kids - drink extra)||Ages 12 and under|
|Old Country Buffet||Thursday||Purchase up to 2 kids' buffets for just $0.99 each with purchase of adult entre||Ages 11 and under|
|On the Border||Daily||Free Sunday for kids||Purchase of kids' meal required|
|Perkins||Tuesday||Kids eat free all day||OH and PA it is Wed and Sat from 4 - 9 pm|
|Piccadilly||Thursday||Kids meals are just $0.99; big kids meals just $1.99||Ages 12 and under|
|Pizza Ranch||Tuesday||Kids eat free||Ages 12 and under |
|Pizza Street||Tuesday||Kids eat free||Ages 10 and under|
|Planet Sub||Monday||Up to 3 free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal||Ages 12 and under|
|Ponderosa||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entree and TWO kids will eat free||Ages 12 and under; 4 pm - close|
|Qdoba Mexican Grill||Sunday / Wednesday||Kids Eat Free||Varies by location (call ahead)|
|Red Robin||Monday||Kids Eat Free||Ages 10 and under|
|Ryan's||Thursday||Purchase up to 2 kids' buffets for just $0.99 each with purchase of adult entre||Ages 11 and under|
|Salty Iguana||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and get a free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under; all day|
|Skyline Chili||Monday||Kids Eat Free||Ages 4 and under; 4 - 9 pm|
|Sonic||Wednesday||$1.99 Wacky Packs||All Day; various locations |
|Steak 'n Shake||Saturday / Sunday||Spend $9 on adult entrees and receive one free kids entre||Ages 12 and under; dine in only|
|Texas Roadhouse||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and receive TWO free kids' meals||12 and under; 4 - 9 pm; dine in only|
|TGI Friday's||Monday / Tuesday||Kids Eat Free||Varies by location (call ahead)|
|Tony Roma's||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entree and receive a free kids meal||Ages 12 and under|
|UNO Chicago Grill||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entre and receive a free kids meal or gluten free pizza||Ages 12 and under|
|Zaxby's||Tuesday||Purchase an adult entree and get up to 2 kids meals for $0.99 each||Ages 12 and under|
|Zarda BBQ||Wednesday||Purchase an adult entre priced a $7.75+ and get one free kids' meal||Ages 12 and under; dine in only|
If you are a teacher or homeschooling parent, many retailers want to thank you for all you do! Below you will find a list of all of the retailers who offer discounts and deals to educators! Most will require some sort of proof, so make sure you have that with you when you shop!
|1800Flowers||NEA members receive 20% off their order.|
|Adobe||Teachers receive discounted software through Adobe, by purchasing Teacher editions.|
|Aerosoles||Simply present your teacher ID or pay-stub in store, and receive 15% off footwear items priced $39.99 or higher.|
|Alamo||NEA members receive discount and coupon offers from Alamo. Free unlimited mileage and 24-hour emergency roadside assistance.|
|AMC regularly offers discount tickets for teachers. Check with your school to see if they have an agreement.|
|Amtrak||Save 15% on the lowest available fare with your International Teacher Card.|
|Ann Taylor Loft||Ann Taylor Loft offers 15% off purchases every day. You will also have access to exclusive sweepstakes, grants, style guides, and appreciation nights!|
|Apple Store||Education Pricing is offered to teachers, homeschool teachers, administrators and staff.|
|Aston Hotels & Resorts||Aston Hotels & Resorts offer 10% discount at all hotels and condominium resorts in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe and Lake Las Vegas.|
|AT&T||Many educational organizations offer a discount through AT&T for wireless service. Enter your work email address to see if you are eligible.|
|Banana Republic||Receive 15% off with your teacher ID on full priced items.|
|Barnes & Noble||Save 20% off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use. On Educator Appreciation Days receive 25% off.|
|Ben Franklin Crafts||Teachers receive 10% discount all purchases with proof of school ID.|
|BJ's has partnerships with many districts and teacher's unions, but do not offer discounts directly.|
|Blick||Blick's offers a discount program on art supplies.|
|Book Warehouse||Teachers receive 15% discount and can receive additional discounts on large orders.|
|Bose||Bose offers 15% discount through their Educators' Program. You must call for discount.|
|Broadway||You can receive up to 40% off Broadway tickets with your International Teacher Card.|
|Choice Hotels||HSLDA members receive 15% off Choice Hotels International.|
|Teachers receive 10% off regular price purchase with valid ID.|
|Chrysler||NEA members are eligible for Preferred Price, which is 1% below factory invoice on purchase or lease of most new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles.|
|CityPass||Explore cities on vacation with a 10% discount with your International Teacher Card.|
|Coldwater Creek||Teachers can get 15% off an in-store purchase.|
|Dell||K-12 teachers can receive special pricing from Dell, both for classroom and personal use.|
|Discount Dance Supply||Teachers receive a discount plus cash back and special pricing on certain items.|
|Although it's not advertised, most Dollar Trees will give teachers a 10% discount with ID.|
|Enterprise Rent-A-Car||NEA members receive special rates with Enterprise.|
|Farmers Insurance||Educators are eligible for a special discount on your Home or Auto insurance premiums. Contact your local Farmers agent for more info.|
|Fedex||Offers 15% most products and services. No limit on savings and you will receive special email offers specifically for educators.|
|Firestone||Need new tires? Your International Teacher Card will get you Store cost plus 10% on tires and 15% on Maintenance and Car Repair.|
|Graceland||Teachers tour Graceland for free! Thank you, Thank you very much.|
|Half Price Books||Receive 10% off already great prices at Half Price Books with your Teacher & Librarian Discount card. Discount is valid for books for you too!|
|Hancock Fabrics||Teachers and Parents Educating at Home will receive a 10% discount with their Red Apple Card.|
|Hertz Rent a Car||Save up to 25% every time you rent with Hertz with NEA membership.|
|With a tax exempt form from your school, you can skip sales tax.|
|Homes for Heroes||Homes for Heroes contracts with realtors, lendors, and other services to offer discounts to heroes, teachers included!|
|HP||Register with HP Home Stores' Academic Purchase Program to receive discounts.|
|J. Crew||Teachers receive 15% off in store purchases with valid ID, on full-price items only.|
|J. Jill||Teachers receive 15% off every day with valid teacher's ID.|
|Jo-Ann's||Teacher Rewards allows you to receive 15% on every purchase.|
|JourneyEd||JourneyEd offers educators discounts on academic software.|
|La Quinta||Show your International Teacher Card and receive 10% off of your stay at La Quinta.|
|Lakeshore Learning||Teacher's Club Members receive 15% off of classroom items every day!|
|Legoland||Florida teachers can receive one year of free admission to Legoland and Legoland Water Park.|
|Legoland||California teachers can enjoy several free admission days.|
|Lenovo||Teachers receive discounts on laptops, tablets and computers through the Academic Purchase Program. Simply enter your school!|
|Liberty Mutual||Home Schooling teachers can receive up to $300 or more a year on auto insurance.|
|Just like Home Depot, with a tax exempt form you can skip sales tax.|
|Macy's||Receive 10% off at Macy's when you use your International Teacher Identity Card.|
|Madame Tussauds||Receive special rates with your International Teacher Card.|
|Madewell||J.Crew's sister store also offers teachers 15% off in store purchases with valid ID.|
|Present your school ID when checking into a hotel and you could receive a discount.|
|Medieval Times||30% off admission with your International Teacher Card.|
|Michaels||Offers 15% off your entire purchase every day!|
|Motel 6||Motel 6 offers 10% off your stay with your International Teacher Card.|
|National Car Rental||HSLDA members receive 5% off rentals at National Car Rental.|
|National Geographic||Educators can receive the Geno 2.0 kit at a discount.|
|NEA Magazine||Teachers who are NEA members can receive up to 85% off cover price on magazines.|
|New York & Co||Teachers receive 15% off any in-store purchase all year with ID at register. You will receive 20% off your first purchase just for signing up!|
|Office Depot||Star Teacher program gives you 10% back in rewards on classroom supplies, ink, toner, case, ream & photo paper. You will also receive 15% off of copy and print services.|
|Visit Old Navy during Teacher Appreciation Week and receive 10-20% with teacher ID.|
|Panera Bread will give you their leftover bread goods for conferences or meetings when you show them an ID.|
|Need party supplies for a lesson or a classroom party? Just mention it at Party City and receive a teacher discount.|
|It isn't advertised, but Pizza Hut will give discounts for teachers between 10-20%. Contact your local store.|
|Red Roof Inn||As a member of NEA, you and your family can enjoy a 20% discount at Red Roof Inn locations.|
|Scholastic||Teacher Store has products and discounts for educators only.|
|Schuler Books||K-12 Educators receive 20% discount.|
|Seaworld||Receive 15% off online ticket purchase with your International Teacher Card.|
|Painting your home or classroom? You can receive a discount on paint at Sherwin Williams.|
|Simply Stamps||If you are an AAE member, you will receive 20% off purchase price with code AAETEACH.|
|Sony||Teachers can get both discounts and rewards by earning "extra credit" points for your school to be redeemed on Sony Products.|
|SpaFinder||Your International Teacher Identity Card will get you 10% off SpaFinder gift certificates.|
|Sprint||Members of the National Education Association, as well as members of state education associations, Sprint offers 18% off select plans for new accounts.|
|STA Travel||At STA Travel, you can take advantage of several teacher discounts with top airlines.|
|Staples||Earn 5% back on purchases when you sign up for Rewards program. Teachers can also create wish lists for parents to purchase items and receive additional rewards.|
|Texas Instruments||Math and Science teachers can receive discounts on qualifying Texas Instrument Products.|
|The Container Store||Organized Teacher Members receive discounts throughout the year.|
|The Limited||Teachers receive 15% off every purchase with valid teacher ID.|
|Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum||Contact the museum to receive a discount.|
|The New York Times||Teachers receive a digital subscription for $0.99 for the first 4 weeks and then 50% off the regular rate after.|
|Uno Chicago Grill||Show your International Teacher card and receive 10% off your meal!|
|Vacations To Go||Several cruise lines offer discounts to active and retired teachers. Check the website for current offers.|
|Verizon Wireless||Contact your school district, union, education association, or visit a store to see if you are eligible for a teacher discount at Verizon Wireless.|
|Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort||Teachers and school support staff receive special rates on rooms.|
|Warner Bros. V.I.P. Studio Tour||You can receive 20% off ticket price when ordering online with your International Teacher Card.|
|Whirlpool||NEA members receive special pricing on appliances for yourself or family members. You may purchase up to 12 products a year.|
Homeschooling seems to be growing in popularity. There are so many resources, co-ops and ways to really make it a great option for a lot of families. If you are one of them, you might always be on the lookout for some great resources to assist you in your homeschooling curriculum.
1+1+1=: Check them out for all sorts of resources, curriculum and other ideas to help you homeschool your own children.
123HomeSchool4Me: You can find free homeschooling report cards which you can download and use each quarter.
All In One Home School: This site has a completely free curriculum you can use for any age group.
Amleside Oneline: This is a free homeschool curriculum which is close to the Charlotte Mason method.
Blessed Beyond A Doubt: She has taken the time to assemble a great list of several homeschool handwriting printables.
The Curriculum Corner: Free resources for teachers and homeschool parents.
Donna Young: This site is filled with planners, report cards, transcripts, calendars and more — all for free!
Hippo Campus: This site is geared towards high school and college aged students.
Homeschool Freebies. This site shares a free homeschooling resource each day!
Homeschool Lifetips: This is a great site filled with lots of tips to help you homeschool your kids.
Kahan Academy: You can find all sorts of help video lessons on this site (good for older kids).
Lesson Pathways: Helps parents plan out the school year.
Old Fashioned Education: This site contains a directory of free curriculum, literature and textbooks.
Simply Charlotte Mason: This is a site filled with ideas which help you use this method of education. You can find tips, a free curriculum guide and more.
Starfall: This is a resource to help kids learn to read with phonics. This site is filled with lots of games which can make learning fun!
TLS Books: Find all sorts of free printables to help with your lesson plans.
This is just a few of the resources available. Please add more links below and we will update the list!