Brainwaves Newsletter
Back To School - Aug 2006
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Aug 22, 2006, 10:06

Back to School with ClassBrain

August 2006 Back to School Update
ClassBrain, Inc. Newsletter
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State Reports


State Reports has gone through a major revision that you may not recognize right away. We've created subcategories in State Reports and sorted everything for you, so that it's easier to find what you need. If you click on a state on the left navigation bar, it will open the subcategories, so that you can navigate straight to what you need. Looking for California Maps? Now they are all together! If you'd rather just scroll through the state and see what we have, just stay in the main section (ie California) it shows what all the other categories have in them.

State Symbols

We're still working like crazy on the state symbols upgrade, but I think you're going to love what you find. We've been adding new sections full of information on all of the state symbols, and some of the states, like Georgia, have a LOT of them! Wow! We've tracked down photos, links, songs, all sorts of amazing things. Hopefully we'll finish all of the states within the next month or so. If we haven't reached your state yet, hang in there. It will be so great when we do.

Other Fun Stuff

In our state reports section, you'll also find new maps, state songs, climate information, census info, and state quarter sheets. Be sure that you peek in our Fun Stuff sections for things like stickers that you can use in your reports, and recipes that are based on foods that are grown in each of the states. There are more surprises to find as you look through State Reports, and soon we'll be adding even more. So keep an eye open.

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Dear Cynthia,

It's almost time to go back to school. Over the summer we've been working hard to update ClassBrain, and add some new things that I think you're going to love. In this newsletter, I'll give you a quick update of what you'll find around the site.

5th Anniversary of 9-11

This year marks the 5th anniversary of September 11th. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were the worst ever committed on U.S. soil. Our Freedom Files section takes a look at those events, and the subsequent war in Iraq.

We have two sections, Freedom Files is for older kids and adults, and Freedom Files Kids is especially designed with younger kids in mind. All of the links have been updated in these sections. Some of the historic links were unfortunately lost when websites changed or disappeared, but others have been preserved with the help of the Wayback Machine, which allows us to link to webpages as they were in 2001.

Please take a look through this section, and pause to remember those lost on September 11th, as well as the soldiers we've lost since then.

Halloween is Almost Here

Halloween is almost here, and we've got some cool things for the kids to do. Like State Reports and some of our other sections, we've added subcategories to help make the Monthly Grab Bag section easier to navigate. In Halloween, we've added another layer of categories to make things even easier.

We have sections for costumes, games, activity pages, and safety.

For all of those who bought costumes from us last year, thank you. It has helped us add a lot to the site. If you're planning to buy costumes this year, please think about purchasing them through the ClassBrain Costume section.

I'll be sending out a special pre-Halloween issue that tells you about a lot of the cool things you'll find here for Halloween. Until then, please have fun looking around.

New Games to Help with Math

If you haven't visited our games section, you should take a peek. The brainy games in particular are great for kids who have finished their work and have some leftover time, or for those that need to practice their math skills. Since multiplication seems to be difficult for some kids, we found a game called the Multiplication Station that lets kids practice and have fun at the same time. We also have online Math Flash Cards to help them practice for tests. If you have students that have gotten wrapped up in the Sudoku craze, we have a great Sudoku game as well.

There are plenty of games for English buffs as well, including the new Wacky Word Search Game and the Writer's Block game.

Back to School Section

Also, since this is our back to school issue, we had to have a great Back to School section, which we do! Stop in for all sorts of safety checklists, help with IEP forms, homework tips, guides,and nutrition information. Be sure to take a few minutes an check this section before the kids go back to school.

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