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The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

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Help Out Your Community: Create Posters for Healthcare

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
April 2nd, 2020

We're talking a lot about virtual needs and resources these days, but what about needs for those who NEED to be in-person? We at VariQuest are corresponding (from a distance, of course) with friends and family who are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic in healthcare facilities, and a common need at these places was around mitigating confusion via signage. People showing up to schools and hospitals need to know where they can and should go, to get the essential food pick-up and emergency care they need. And we thought - we can help with that!

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[Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Integrity

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
April 2nd, 2020

Integrity: to act according to what's right and wrong regardless of who knows. Going beyond knowing what's right and wrong, integrity encompasses many personality traits including honesty, fairness, responsibility, reliability, and others in our social-emotional learning unit series, all rolled into one. But how do you teach students to do the right thing, especially when no one is looking? What if you saw a friend cheat on a test? What if you broke something at a store? What if your teacher needs to leave the room? Learning about integrity within its context in a student's great big world and facilitating discussion around "what ifs" helps grow understanding about how it affects not only themselves, but also those around them.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | virtual learning

Creating a Student Journal: What are you reading, feeling, and learning?

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 23rd, 2020

In this time of virtual learning, many educators are dedicated to finding content that all students can access and participate in at home. It may sound simple, but why not start a journaling activity?  Have each student complete one page per day, divided into three sections about what they're reading, feeling, and learning. This can be used for any age, making prompts as complex or as simple as you'd like. Have students submit entries they're particularly proud of, for sharing with the greater class, and use all students' reading, feeling, and learning entries as opportunities to foster larger lessons and discussions with the class. It's crowdsourcing, for your virtual classroom!

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Teacher Resources for Virtual Exploration and Discovery

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 19th, 2020

As most teachers these days grew up themselves in a school system without the option of virtual learning, our nation's current school shutdown environment - lasting more than 1-2 "snow days" - is brand new territory. And because we as a nation are coming together virtually in a time of social distancing, there are tons of resources available online at free or minimal cost to ensure every student has the proper access to continue their learning in these strange times. Because many of you and your students are trying to only leave home for essentials, we've put together some ideas for real, educational places you can explore online, and still learn about the great big world:

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Caring For Our Customers Comes First: Navigating Safety through COVID-19

By: David Grey, CEO
March 13th, 2020

To our VariQuest Community -  With the current state of affairs in our world, I wanted to take the time to express that our thoughts are with those affected by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. We, like the schools that we serve, take health and safety very seriously, and are taking all necessary precautions for both our customers and employees to ensure the wellbeing of our entire VariQuest family, while maintaining exemplary customer service and support. As we continue to follow the CDC and WHO recommendations for our employees, We know that the safety of students and staff is your top priority, and outside visitors coming into the school can be a concern - especially right now. I felt it important to reiterate the options our technology-centric world affords us, to ensure that everyone feels comfortable navigating through this unprecedented time.  

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Enter to Win: #VQShowAndTell

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 12th, 2020

Are you a VariQuest customer? Are staff members at your school creating cool things with your VariQuest tools? Show all of us what you can do, and WIN!

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Interactive Learning Tools for Kids and Teachers

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 11th, 2020

At VariQuest, we offer many tools and resources to help you enhance the learning environment in your classroom. Our interactive learning tools for teachers and students are highly effective for helping children flourish in the classroom and increase in their knowledge and comprehension of different subjects. With the latest trends in classroom technology, teachers are turning more to interactive methods of teaching, and using the various tools that make this way of relating information, data, concepts, and ideas possible. Educators have numerous opportunities to present information in a fun and engaging way through interactive learning.

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[Lesson Plan] Social-Emotional Learning for Elementary Students: Trustworthiness

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 5th, 2020

Trustworthiness: deserving of trust, confidence, or reliability. As babies, our first experiences with trust come from our caregivers - in trusting that they'll feed us when we're hungry, clean us when we're dirty, and rock us to sleep when we're tired. As we grow, trust evolves even more into continuity and reliability in becoming comfortable with those around us - and as we learn about the great big world, we learn to look for honesty, integrity, and compassion from a trustworthy person. But recognizing trustworthiness is more than knowing that we shouldn't approach a stranger offering free candy. It's about students recognizing and developing trustworthy traits within themselves, to know what that means in others. 

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Celebrate Music in our Schools Month with a Concert Photo Booth!

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
February 26th, 2020

We're coming up to the month of March, where [we hope] spring is springing and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) celebrates Music in our Schools Month. Jennie Nichols, music teacher to 650 K-5 elementary students at Covington-Harper Elementary School in Virginia, has a busy March every year, as they celebrate the month's distinction. In 2019, Ms. Nichols was putting on six grade-level concerts in just one week, and she thought, wouldn't it be great to recognize all the students' hard work and document the days with a fun photo booth?

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Visual Aids and Teaching Aid Templates for Learning

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
February 19th, 2020

At VariQuest, we help educators and students alike in the quest for effective teaching and learning by supplying easy-to-use and highly effective visual and teaching aids. As you review our selection of academic tools that are able to help you transform your classroom, you will find excellent solutions for helping teachers teach and students learn more effectively. These tools create effective teaching aids such as visual posters, presentation templates, and more.

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