Friday, July 23, 2010

Entertainment Indoors and Out with Discount School Supply

Hello, my name is Jesus Ruvalcaba and I work for Discount School Supply in the Web Marketing Department. It is part of my job to make sure your experience on the Discount School Supply website is visually pleasing and easy to navigate. I have two kids who really enjoy the products that we sell, especially my daughter, who is 8 years old and on summer vacation.

Although summer is usually a time for my daughter to play outdoors in the hot weather, we also make sure that we have plenty of arts and crafts supplies to help keep her entertained indoors as well. A resource that we really like to use is the MyCommunity Activities page. There you will find free educational activities submitted by both parents and educators. You can search hundreds of activities by curriculum areas (math, science, language, etc.) or by arts and crafts.

Once we have chosen an activity, like “Marbleizing with Shaving Cream,” I review the activity to be sure it is appropriate for her age, to see what curriculum goals will be met, and to check if we have all the supplies we will need. If I am missing supplies, the products are conveniently listed for me to place my order on the Discount School Supply website.

Once we have completed the activity, my daughter feels proud of her achievement and races to show off her work. I find these activities to be very helpful in the summer to help bridge the gap between grade levels.

If you have an activity or craft that you would like to share, I recommend you submit your activity to the My Community Activities webpage. If your activity is chosen, you also can earn a $50 coupon good towards any purchase on the Discount School Supply website.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Memory Lane with Discount School Supply

Hi, I’m Tiffany Harbrecht, a copy writer here at Discount School Supply. "Get in the hoop! Set of striped hoops is great for gross motor development, balance and coordination," is a sample of the copy that I wrote for one of our newest products, Zebra Hoops, Set of 6 which are on the Discount School Supply website. These hoops are a ton of fun! I had a few hula hoops when I was growing up that I just loved! Feelings of nostalgia are a fantastic perk of my job as a copywriter/marketing coordinator. I am able to write about products for our customers and fondly remember things that I had (or perhaps always wanted) as a kid myself.

Every year, I am very excited by the innovative array products that our Merchandising team introduces to the products we have at Discount School Supply. I really enjoy learning about the educational value of the products we provide to our customers. It's interesting to see how our products can help build so many fundamental skills and fulfill learning outcomes. I remember doing fun activities in kindergarten, such as practicing lacing and dressing skills, and now I get to write about fun products that enhance these skills, such as dressing dolls and lacing boards. The same goes for pegboards, sorting and patterning activities, dress-up and dramatic play – they all have such important developmental benefits that I get to support from a whole new perspective as an adult.

It's a very satisfying feeling to be able to write for our customers and to promote educational products for early childhood at Discount School Supply, and I love the nostalgia that comes with it. I invite you to check out the wide assortment of new products that we have for 2010 at Discount School Supply and see the values we have for teachers, parents and caregivers. You too might find yourself strolling down memory lane.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Discount School Supply, Our History by Caron Pearce

Discount School Supply’s Human Resources Director Caron Pearce shares some memories (and sound effects!) of when she first started with the company in the early 1990s. How much have we changed since then? Caron can tell you…