by Rebecca Carlson
Karen Shaefer from KB Learning Center in Effingham, Illinois
“Confetti Splash (1), the theme for a whole line of products from Eureka, has been very popular. The pastel colored patterns can be found in everything from bulletin-board sets and trim to letters of the alphabet and more.”
Joann Stockenburg from The Chalkboard in Crest Hill, Illinois
“‘Mindset’ is a big buzzword this year, and the What’s Your Mindset? banner (2) from Creative Teaching Press is a bestseller. It’s double sided – teachers really love that. We haven’t been able to keep it on our shelves. It sells out right away.
“All the products with the emoji theme (3) from Ashley Productions have been a big hit with our education consumers. The colors are vibrant and welcoming, especially for new students in a new setting. Kids seem to love the different faces.
“Loopeez (4) by Office Oxygen has been a great seller. The colored plastic pieces held together by two bands can be flipped around simultaneously. Educators give it to their students as a fidget toy, to help them stay focused during class. Kids are into the big fidget toy trend right now. They find Loopeez fun to play with anytime, anywhere.”
John MacGregor from The Education Station in Le Mars, Iowa
“Blue Light Filters (5) from Educational Insights are selling well. I think it’s because of all the research. It points to the positive impact alternative colors of light has on learning.
“The Upcycle Style Designer Décor (6) from Creative Teaching Press is right on trend. Teachers love it.
“The Phases of the Moon chart (7) from Carson-Dellosa is selling great. Moon phases are a key part of curriculum now that the next generation science standards have been implemented, so this is a very useful tool for teachers.
“During the back-to-school season, Composition Books (8) from Sargent Art sell really well. They are a classroom staple.”