Explore: Educator Resources
A resource for educators, homeschoolers, scouts and parents
Explore is the expanded Seattle's Child guide to enrichment opportunities available to schools, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others offering programs for kids in our Puget Sound community.
Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a third grader at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a truly remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum – field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs, and teacher education, to name a few.
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Amtrak’s Schools on Trains
The Schools on Trains program is for school or community groups with students in grades K through 12 and their chaperones. For only $15 (round-trip or one-way), school groups can ride Amtrak Cascades anywhere between Bellingham and Portland. The discounted fare is good for groups from 20 to 72, and may only be used Monday through Thursday.
Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
616 St. Helens Ave., Suite 102
Tacoma, WA 98402
Artist & Craftsman Supply has thousands of fine art, craft and gift items as well as working artists on staff to help their customers. They hold classes to teach various techniques and they are happy to do special orders for those hard-to-find supplies. Teachers and students get 10% off every day.
Community Transit’s School Transit Education Program (STEP)
STEP is an entertaining and informative presentation developed by Community Transit and shared at no cost with students in Snohomish County. The demonstration focuses on the features and benefits of public transportation. Community Transit Education Coordinator Steve Peters introduces students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to their local transit system with easy-to-understand steps.
Dick Blick Art Supplies
1600 Broadway Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
In addition to providing high-quality art supplies both online and in their Capitol Hill store, Dick Blick offers school discounts, free lesson plans and links to arts organizations and more.
1411 4th Ave., Suite 803
Seattle, WA 98101
HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state and local history. It provides a free, authoritative and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers and the general public. With a few noted exceptions, all essays and features on the site are original works prepared exclusively for HistoryLink.org by staff historians, contract writers, volunteers and consulting experts. Professional staff vets all essays and features.
12815 NE 124th St., Suite F
Kirkland, WA 98034
Homeschool Potpourri is a full-service retail and consignment store helping homeschoolers and teachers find the curriculum they need at prices they can afford. Their many publishers include A beka, Usborne, DK, Apologia, SRA Math, Horizons and more.
11027 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Lakeshore Learning has a local store in Bellevue, a catalog and a website dedicated to educational supplies and toys. They offer teacher resources on the website including lesson plans, classroom ideas and customizable materials, as well as in-store workshops and a Teacher’s Club discount.
Lesson Corner offers more than 200,000 lessons and worksheets for free. Categories include Art & Music, History, Geography, Math, English, Foreign Language and much more, all searchable by grade level (K through 12). You can also customize word searches and crossword puzzles.
Math ‘n’ Stuff
8926 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Math ‘n’ Stuff supplies fun and educational items based around their love of math: puzzles, strategy games, building toys, manipulatives and much more. With more than 25,000 items available online and in their store, if it’s educational, mind-bending or really fun, they’re likely to carry it.
Metro Field Trip Program
Metro's field trip program provides inexpensive travel for schools and youth programs such as clubs, Scouts and day campers. If a Metro bus goes by your school during off-peak hours, you can ride with Metro to museums, exhibits, theaters and a variety of other events and attractions. Rides must be arranged ahead of time and be at off-peak times with a maximum of 30 students per bus.
Morningside Teachers’ Academy
901 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA 98121
Morningside Teachers' Academy provides educators with research-based curricula and methods to improve the quality of instruction, enabling all students to perform to their fullest potential. Morningside’s Annual Summer School Institute takes place each July. The “Morningside Model of Generative Instruction” combines well-designed instructional materials and research-based procedures for instruction, with focused practice procedures to reach fluency. Morningside provides interactive classroom coaching with each teacher following training sessions.
National Geographic Education
National Geographic Education focuses on working closely with and creating materials for educators and schools that bring the Society's spirit of exploration and adventure to our goal of educating young people about their world. From interactive maps and tools, and standards-based lessons and units, to online games and discount magazine subscriptions, the award-winning NG Education website is recognized as one of the most innovative sources for educational and reference content.
National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps
Giant floor maps of Asia, Africa, North America, South America, the Pacific Ocean, Europe and the Solar System are available for rent, each accompanied by a complete teacher guide, activities, game props and educational resources. Designed to promote geographic literacy by igniting interest in geography, these basketball court-sized maps and accompanying activities incorporate physical movement and games to teach students place names, physical geography, and cultural geography as well as map reading skills. Classroom size maps of each state are now available through the local NG chapter as well.
Seattle Times Newspapers in Education
The Seattle Times Newspapers In Education Program supports K through college grade level education by providing electronic newspapers and newspaper-based curricula to classrooms to help foster literacy and real world learning. Curriculum Guides, written by professional educators and writers across the country, include these issues: diversity and multiculturalism, integrated curriculum, conflict resolution, life skills, the variety of writing and reading models, and many more.
Top Ten Toys
120 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Top Ten Toys is one of the area’s best resources for educational toys. From science kits to dress-up accessories, story time puppets to puzzle books, Top Ten Toys has lots to choose from. The focus is less violent, more multicultural, more educational and ecological, but most of the toys are just plain fun.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Educators and K through 12 students can access documents and resources about environmental topics such as climate change, conservation, recycling and much more. The website also offers links to grants, professional development, educator workshops and conferences, homework resources, games, science fair projects and more.
Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO)
The Washington Homeschool Organization is a statewide, nonprofit membership organization, the mission of which is to serve the diverse interests of home-based education in Washington State. WHO is nonpartisan, nonsectarian and nondiscriminatory in its views of homeschooling and participation in its activities. WHO offers resources, advocacy, support group contacts and more.
Washington State Ferries Fare Discount
Washington State Ferries offers a school discount available to students and staff on institution-sponsored activities. Find out how to get your entire school group on the ferry for only $2.
1404 E Yesler Way, Suite 204
Seattle, WA 98122
Zeno Math believes that with the self-confidence and skills gained by experiencing math in unique and unexpected ways, a person’s possibilities are infinite. Zeno creates school partnerships to promote a math-literate culture by offering math clubs, family math nights, Mathematician-in-Residence programs, professional development sessions, workshops and math camps.