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The History of the Trapper Keeper

Oh Snap! The History of the Trapper Keeper

Trapper Keeper—a name that is on the short-list of iconic brands that have become a part of our everyday terminology.

“Hand me a Kleenex.”

“Go make a Xerox of this article.”

“Don’t put that Q-tip too far into your ear!!”

Yes, many of us have used the term “Trapper Keeper” when referring to a number of types of binders and notebooks. But rest assured, there’s only ONE Trapper Keeper!

And what an interesting story lies behind our favorite school portfolio. Erin McCarthy, deputy editor for the popular website MentalFloss.com, pulled together a great article outlining how the Trapper Keeper came to be the iconic figure it is today. We assure that you will learn something that you previously didn’t know about Trapper Keepers, so definitely give it a look: The History of the Trapper Keeper

Tell us: What kind of Trapper Keeper did you have?

Create a homework routine

Create the Right Back-to-School Homework Routines

Good news for back-to-school time. You can get your kids to do their homework without constant prodding. It’s not as hard as it you’d think.

It starts by teaching them a few easy time management skills. Try these essential back-to-school homework tips to help make it happen. Continue reading

Teacher Says: These are the Supplies You Need

As back-to-school supply lists continue to be filled, many parents are asking, what are the best products for my children? What features should they include? In addition to the items on the supply lists, what else should my kids have for this school year?

Who better to answer those questions than a teacher! In the following video from New Day NW in Seattle, one teacher shares his Top 5 supplies that every student should have, no matter the grade or level of schooling.

For more on school supplies for your kids, visit the AT-A-GLANCE website. And for tips on planning, organizing and productivity for you and your student, check out our Success Center.

Here’s to a GREAT 2013-14 school year!

Back-to-School Organization Tips

The ABCs to Getting Organized for Back-to-School!

[Editor's note: Following is a guest blog post by Leslie Josel]

Back-to-School is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized for the new school year. Here are some sure fire tips for starting off the school year on the right track.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your after school activities, weekend commitments, class assignments and projects so you can “visualize” your available time to get your homework and studying done. Include a row in the planner for “Organizing” so that you can plan your locker, knapsack and binder clean outs. Maintenance is key to getting AND staying organized. Continue reading