The Launch

  • Top Five Teaching Essentials

    We know that prepping for the school year can often times be stress-filled! So, with back-to-school shopping in full swing, we want to support you as you plan for the year ahead. Below find a list of the top, new products every teacher needs for the 2015-2016 school year. Whether you’re just starting out or have years of experience, this list will help you add style to your classroom while ensuring to maximize your students’ learning!

     

    Creative Teaching Press 2015 Designer Decor 

    Chalk It Up! // Painted Palette

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    Make a vivid impression with these striking back-to-school collections! With stylish patterns and sharp colors, you can mix and match to create a designer look! Infuse your classroom with some chalkboard charm or give your classroom a vibrant, colorful theme… Either way, we have everything you need to jazz up your classroom! Bulletin boards, borders, accents, name plates, designer letters, posters. You name it, we’ve got it!

     

    Pete the Cat Learning Games by EduPress Pete-Catreg-Meow-Match-HSL_i_EP2075A

    For the love of PETE! Don’t have any fun, educational games for your classroom?… It’s all good! Everyone’s favorite feline is back and ready to play! Closely aligned with grade-level Common Core State Standards, these groovy games boost memory, visual perception, mathematics, and/or phonics skills.

     

    Magnetic Accents by Teacher Created Resources20684

    Decorate your whiteboard in a snap with durable, reusable magnetic decor! Add flair to any magnetic receptive surface such as doors, desks, shelving, and bins. With a write-on, wipe off surface, make the most out of your whiteboard space!

     

     

    Exploring Nonfiction Cards by EduPress Exploring-Nonfiction-Cards-Grade-HSL_i_EP3681A

    These engaging, full-color cards will open doors for exploring nonfiction text! Each card features a leveled, high-interest nonfiction text in a short, easy-to-digest format. The 24 cards in each pack are divided among five text structures. On the back of each card, you’ll find comprehension questions, text-based writing prompts, and vocabulary activities, all aligned to the Common Core. Available in Grades 2-6.

     

    Black Pocket Charts by Scholastic 9780545732789_xlg

    Your favorite pocket charts are now available in durable black nylon to better coordinate with your classroom decor!

     

     

     

    We are looking forward to assisting you in getting your classroom ready for the upcoming school year! What are looking for for your classroom set-up? Don't forget… Our annual desktop calendar give-away is coming up soon! Beginning August 1st, teachers will receive one FREE calendar with a purchase*! Happy teaching!

    *While supplies last.

  • Game Night: New from Blue Orange

    Although I may be moving my way towards adulthood… I am still a kid at heart! And Game Night is still among my number one choices on a Friday night!

    Since beginning at the store, Blue Orange has continually impressed me with their high-quality and award-winning games. With each game designed with skill building and maximum fun in mind, I am always eager to see what these “game-gurus” will come up with next. The simple yet sophisticated strategy game, Niya, has easily become one of my favorites. This modern version of Tic-Tac-Toe really makes you think! But because Niya has become my go-to, I decided to steal a few of the new Blue Orange games from the store… I will get the dice rolling, the cards dealt, and let you know what I think!

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    Ages 6 and up

    2-6 Players

    Race to scoop the loops! The goal is to be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on the given challenge card. Trust me, this is not as easy as you think! The challenge cards will require each player to focus on the order of numbers and match their colors. Different variations of play make this a must-have party game that is just as fun for the little ones as it is for the big ones! I absolutely love this game! And even though I was far from the best player, the difficulty kept me wanting to play again and again!

     

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    Ages 5 and up

    2-9 Players

    Clap and ring your way to victory! Players continuously flip over their cards until a combination is found. Be the first to find the combo, clap your hands, and ring the bell! Hesitation may cost you first place, but if you act too quickly you may make a mistake and face a penalty. This fast-paced family game will cause chaotic clapping followed by lots of laughter! This is definitely the game to bring out when you have a large group of people together. The more players you add to this game, the more excitement! My big, crazy family had too much fun with this little, but intense game!

     

    DSC_0468Super Genius

    Ages dependent on learning skill

    1-6 Players

    Developed hand-in-hand with learning professionals, the Super Genius game was specifically created with early learners in mind. With multiple versions, this brilliant learning game works to  prepare early learners for the more complicated language, reading, and mathematics skills to come! Similar to the classic Spot It!, there is alway a match between two cards. Players must find a pair. If playing Super Genius Reading, you must look for a pair between a word and a matching image, two images, or two words. If playing a mathematics version of Super Genius, you must look for a pair between an equation and an answer, two equations, or two answers. As a newly hired teacher, I can see Super Genius being a hit among my students (not to mention, with me). I cannot wait for Blue Orange to introduce several more versions of this game!

     

    Want to try out a game for yourself? We have games for every age, from toddlers all the way to adults, and we want to show YOU how to play them. So stop by the store and play a game with any of our staff members!

  • Launching Success Summer Event Schedule

    With summer vacation just around the corner, you are probably getting curious about the store’s summer schedule. Don't you worry! Launching Success has lots planned for Summer 2015! And, for you early planners, below is a complete list of ALL of the awesome summer activities, events, and workshops that will be held in our store! Be sure to register early as classes fill up quickly!


     

    ALL SUMMER LONG

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    Dates/ Time: June 1st- August 31st

    Ages: All ages are welcome to participate

    Price: Free

    Hurry into the store to pick up a Launching Success Summer Reading Log. Read 12 books throughout your summer break and get a FREE book of your choice from us!

     

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    Dates/ Time: Saturday, June 13th, Saturday, July 11th, and Saturday, August 8th at 1 PM

    Ages: 5 years and up

    Price: Free

    Children are such creative builders! Now they have the chance to show off their imaginations and creations! On the second Saturday of each month, we open up our big box of Legos for free play. We love to see the ideas your young engineers come up with!


    June Schedule

     

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    Dates/ Time: June 15th- 19th at 11 AM

    Ages: 3-5 years old

    Price: $5 per class

    Join Miss Amber for the perfect summertime adventure! Designed with pre-schoolers in mind, this workshop will teach your kiddo all about the ocean through sensory activities, crafts, movements, and much more!

     

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    Dates/ Time: June 20th at 11 AM or 3 PM

    Ages: Elementary-aged

    Price: $3

    Get your passports ready for an adventure! Join us for this workshop where geography and technology will collide! Each little explorer will be led in an interactive quest learning their way around the world.

     

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    Dates/ Time: June 24th- 27th at 11 AM or June 28th at 2 PM

    Ages: All ages

    Price: $5

    Squish, squeeze, and smush the stone mixture, then pour and get ready for the creative part! Add a handprint, your name, and lots of colorful stones, all in your very own style. Take home a stepping stone treasure to share or keep!

     

    CMT: Pom-Pom Pictures

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, June 30th or Thursday, July 2nd at 11 AM

    Ages: 3-5 years old

    Price: $5

    What could be better? Hundreds of colorful pom-poms with sticky backs, cute pictures to design, and a take home project worthy of the fridge! A perfect activity for our younger crafters.


     

    July Schedule

     

    Adventures with Dr. Seuss

    Dates/ Time: Monday, July 6th, Wednesday, July 8th, or Friday, July 10th at 11 AM

    Ages: 5-7 years old (Grades K-2)

    Price: $5 per class

    One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! Join Miss Morgan for some suess-tastic art, math, and science activities to go along with your favorite Dr. Seuss classics!

     

    Inside the Body 

    Dates/ Time: Monday, July 20th, Wednesday, July 22nd, or Friday, July 24th at 11 AM

    Ages: 5-7 years old (Grades K-2)

    Price: $5 per class

    Calling all young doctors! Join Miss Morgan as she teaches all about the human body using interactive activities and models.

     

    S.T.E.A.M. Saturday: Peace, Love, & Tie Dye 10441124_10154429339250296_7973198287432792561_n 

    Dates/ Time: July 18th at 11 AM or 3 PM

    Ages: Elementary-aged

    Price: TBA

    Look groovy this summer in your very own one of a kind tie dye t-shirt! Join us as we mix science with art! Each designer will experiment with color mixing, construct their own art spinning machine, and create a colorful tie dye t-shirt to take home.

     

     

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    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, July 7th or Thursday, July 9th at 11 AM

    Ages: 6 years and up

    Price: $5

    Welcome to our laboratory! Explore the wild side of science with square bubbles, snow in summer, energy that passes right through you, and experiments with garbled marbles. Be prepared BE AMAZED!

     

    CMT: Butterfly Home Improvement 1044736_10152992173090296_1311833193_n

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, July 14th or Thursday, July 18th at 11 AM

    Ages: 5 years and up

    Price: $8

    Each summer the butterflies reward us with their magical metamorphosis. Give them a beautifully painted place to rest! Plan and design, paint it, and put the newest home improvement project to good use in the garden!

     

    CMT: Paint-n-Fly Glider

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, July 21st or Thursday, July 23rd at 11 AM

    Ages: 5 years and up

    Price: $5

    This is so much fun! Paint a foam glider— Make it cool— Then fly them again and again. Fun fact: Glider can be soaked, peeled, and repainted!

     

    CMT: Amazing Aquabeads! 

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, July 28th or Thursday, July 30th at 11 AM

    Ages: 6 years and up

    Price: $5

    Design something original or follow the template, either way it is fun to work with the colorful beads. Then… When your design is complete… Presto… Add water and the tiny beads magically meld together. A new work of art!


    August Schedule

     

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    Dates/ Time: Monday, August 3rd, Wednesday, August 5th, or Friday, August 7th at 11 AM

    Ages: 5-7 years old (Grades K-2)

    Price: $5 per class

    Silly scientists, get your safety goggles ready! We plan to mix up some fun this summer with age appropriate activities to lead children through the wonderful world of science!

     

    Mad About Science (Intermediate)Science

    Dates/ Time: Monday, August 10th, Wednesday, August 12th, or Friday, August 14th at 11 AM

    Ages: 8-10 years old (Grades 3-5)

    Price: $5 per class

    Silly scientists, get your safety goggles ready! We plan to mix up some fun this summer with age appropriate activities to lead children through the wonderful world of science!

     

    S.T.E.A.M. Saturday: To Be Announced 

    Dates/ Time: August 15th at 11 AM or 3 PM

    Ages: Elementary-aged

    Price: TBA

    Every third Saturday of each month, elementary-aged kiddos can join us for our S.T.E.A.M. Saturday events. Each workshop will have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and/or Math related theme. Class ages and prices will vary based on the activities. Stay tuned for these upcoming workshops!

     

    CMT: Volcano Alert: Eruption Today! volcano

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, August 4th or Thursday, August 6th at 11 AM

    Ages: 7 years and up

    Price: $5

    This is one of our most popular activities. Use fast drying plaster to make your volcano, paint it to look “real”, then the fun begins. Erupt it! Art and science equals a good time to be had by all.

     

    CMT: DIY Paracord Bracelets

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, August 11th or Thursday, August 13th at 11 AM

    Ages: 7 years and up

    Price: $5

    This craze won’t end! Learn the technique to braiding with paracord and make your own hip wristbands. Once you get the pattern, the sky’s the limit on creativity. Make two wristbands during the class from assorted color paracord.

     

    CMT: Design, Paint, ZOOM! 

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, August 18th or Thursday, August 20th at 11 AM

    Ages: 5 years and up

    Price: $5

    Race cars are always the best designed cars on the road. Make your own cool car with paints and decals, then let dry— and race— these cars are fast!

     

    CMT: For Your Grandparents— Create A Master-Plate

    Dates/ Time: Tuesday, August 18th, Wednesday, August 19th, or Thursday, August 20th at 2 PM

    Ages: All ages

    Price: $8

    Imagine seeing your artwork everyday at dinner. Or give your grandparents a really special, made-by-you gift. Using paper templates, everyone will draw their own picture (it helps to think ahead on this one). The templates are sent away to be transformed into a dish-washer safe keepsake. Remember: Grandparents Day is September 13th.


     

    Classes are already beginning to fill up! So, call the store at (360) 527-2641 or go to our website to register for classes today. We can hardly wait to have some summer fun with you!

  • Summer Catalog 2015: Staff Picks

    You’ve got mail! Our newest Summer Catalog, sent out last week, should be showing up in your mailbox very soon. And, we know your kiddos will immediately tear it open to check out all of the cool, new summer products inside. As your little ones begin to circle their wants, you may also be searching for the best toys, games, and activities to keep them busy this summer. Our toy-loving employees are just the people to ask for recommendations! Take a peek below at the summer product staff picks!

     

    Jen

    "I love the Faber Do Art Outdoor Chalk Set. It has a kneeling pad, perfect for moms who like to color with their kids and need some extra support for their knees! I also love the instruction book and vibrant chalk colors!" - Jen

     

     

     

     

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    "The CAMP Board Game is my favorite family game this season! It has questions at multiple levels giving all players an equal opportunity to win-- Parents or older siblings can be asked the more difficult questions, while the little ones can be asked easier questions. Plus, the facts are fun to learn at any age!" - Kristen

     

     

     

    Cheryl

     

     

    "There are so many great project ideas in the Totally Awesome Paracord Crafts Book! It would  definitely keep crafty kids (and adults) busy for hours and hours!" - Cheryl

     

     

     

     

     

    Sherri

    "My boys would have too much fun with the LED Parachute Launcher! And, I love that there is only one strap on the parachute so there's no chance of strings getting tangled." - Sherri

     

     

     

     

    Amber

    "Frozen treats are the best during the hot summertime! Zoku Space Pops make the best pops in this galaxy... You can mix and match flavors using your favorite fresh ingredients and the detailed molds make these popsicles even more cool!" - Amber

     

     

     

    Morgan

     

    "I would love to have the La Siesta Rainbow Hammock Chair for reading and relaxing in the sun! This chair doesn't have to be put away after the summer weather disappears. The attachment systems make it universal for both indoor and outdoor use." - Morgan

     

     

     

     

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    "The Sew Softies Sea Creatures kits contain all the tools needed to make learning to sew fun and easy! Not to mention, the finished products are 'sew' cute!" - Kiley

     

     

     

     

     

    We always love to hear from you... Do you have a favorite product from this year's Summer Catalog? A toy or game you would like more information about? Comment below to let us know!

  • Outside the Box: FunBites

    Welcome to our how-to video series, Outside the Box. If you have never tuned in to watch an episode, this is where we take our favorite products outside of their packaging to explore how they work.

    In this episode, we’re all in favor for playing with our food as we test out the award-winning food cutter, FunBites! Hoping to make mealtime less stressful and more fun, FunBites super sturdy and durable curved blade cuts kids’ food into bite-sized fun shapes. Working on tons of kid-friendly foods, FunBites is easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply remove popper top, place cutter on top of the food, and press down. While holding the handles, firmly rock back and forth making sure to cut all the way through the food. Finally, insert the popper top to pop out the bite-sized pieces! This product makes food so much fun that even the pickiest eaters cannot resist!

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    Thank you for watching! What do you think? What product would you like to see featured in our next Outside the Box video?

  • Preparing for Summer Vacation: Readiness Kits Review/ Ladies Night Summer Kick-Off

    DSC_0979School’s out for the summer… Now what? Of course summer vacation is a time to have some fun, but a teacher’s worst nightmare is their kiddos losing the concepts and skills they worked so hard to gain throughout the year! In fact, most students lose about two months worth of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills and reading achievement during their summer break.

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    Because parent involvement plays a key role in filling in those gaps over the summer, I wanted to share my favorite new product for parents to use as an at-home resource. Perfect for the summer, the Learning Resources Readiness Kits provide the necessary tools for both child and parent to practice both previously learned as well as brand new academic skills.

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    Each kit contains an assortment of colorful manipulatives and other hands-on tools (the same ones used by teachers), an Activity Book for children, and a guide created just for parents. Giving parents the opportunity to provide their child with scaffolded instruction, each concept within the guide includes a sequence of Ready, Set, and Go activities working towards allowing the child to independently complete the tasks.

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    The kits are made for soon-to-be preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders! Each kit features a popular classroom theme. The kit that I opened up to play with was Under the Sea First Grade themed! This box is packed full of materials making learning exciting while also targeting the essential skills for the child’s upcoming grade. I would certainly recommend this product to parents and teachers!

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    Are you still on the search for some awesome summer products to keep your little ones busy? Grab your girlfriends and join us for our Ladies Night Summer Kick-Off event! On Thursday, May 21st from 6 to 8 PM, our staff wants to show you the best products to keep your kiddos moving and learning this summer! And, of course we will have some fun doing it... So, come take advantage of our special discounts on selected summer items, play ring toss for additional discounts, play "I Spy" bingo to learn more about fun summer activities, allow our expert staff to answer all your questions, and enjoy refreshments and treats!

     

    We always like to hear from you... What products, toys, and resources are you looking for to enjoy with your kids this summer break?

  • Launching Success Celebrates Teachers Superhero Style

    We hope you had as much fun at our Teacher Appreciation Day as we did!

    To kick-off Teacher Appreciation Week, the staff at Launching Success wanted to acknowledge our #1 superheroes... Teachers! Sporting super-duper capes and armed with sweets, goodies, and deals, our store's team opened its doors Saturday morning to honor local educators. Check out the photos below to see just how much fun we had!

    And, thank you again to all of the wonderful teachers out there! We appreciate you and all the amazing things you do!

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    DSC_0098 The Launching Success team getting ready for the big day (or just showing off our awesome capes)!
    DSC_0109 Many patrons lined up outside the doors (some even arrived at 8:15 A.M.) anxiously waiting for the big event to begin!

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    DSC_0124 Sherri and Jen happily greeted each customer through the door with big chocolate bars and even bigger smiles.
    DSC_0105 Super-Amber gave out tons of prizes at the Everyone's-A-Winner wheel.

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    DSC_0120 Kiley and Joy assisted as customers searched through bins full of half-off resource books!

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    DSC_0129 Kiddos made cards for their favorite teachers expressing their gratitude for all they do!
    DSC_0131 Raffle tickets were drawn every fifteen minutes for incredible door prizes! Congrats to our grand prize winner, Brittany MacDonald. Brittany received a $100 gift card to Launching Success (I'm so jealous!).
    DSC_0121 All lucky customers in attendance took home a giant goodie bag full of classroom accessories.
    DSC_0130 You can't have an Appreciation Day without sweets, treats, and coffee!
  • Outside the Box: SoapSox

    Welcome to our how-to video series, Outside the Box. If you haven’t ever tuned in to watch an episode, this is where we take some of our favorite products outside of their packaging to explore how they work.

    In this edition, we take a look at the next generation of washcloths for kids, SoapSox! SoapSox is a collection of unique, soft, and colorful characters that make bath time fun for your little one, and easy for you! Watch the video below to see the great features of Harper the Hippo and the rest of this adorable line of plush friends. Rub-a-dub-dub!

    Thank you for watching! What do you think? What product would you like to see featured in our next Outside the Box video?


     

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  • S.T.E.A.M. Saturday: Bubble Trouble

    Saturday's Bubble Trouble workshop was a poppin' SUCCESS! Several spunky girls and I spent the afternoon getting crafty (and messy), blowing bubbles, and decorating the store parking lot with sidewalk-chalk. Next time you stop by the store, be sure to hopscotch your way in!

    We are happy to kick-off our newest Saturday class series on such a happy note! Every third Saturday of each month, elementary-aged kiddos can join us for our S.T.E.A.M. Saturday events. Each workshop will have a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and/or Math related theme. Understanding that mommy-schedules can be super crazy, we are offering two times, 11 AM or 3 PM. Class ages and prices will vary based on the activities. Stay tuned for these upcoming workshops!

    In the meantime, check out these photos from last Saturday's bubbly adventure!

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  • Meet the Owners

    You have probably seen these two ladies running about the store or working their tails off in their back-room nook. Together, they serve to keep all of the working parts of the store running smoothly! Meet our owners, Jen and Kristen!

    DSC_0874 “It is great to see kids playing in our store or hearing them say, ‘Wow! I love this store!’… I just love bringing joy to children!”

    Jen Zimmermann

    • Store Responsibilities: Buyer, Personnel Director, & Store Manager
    • Favorite Product: The Hungry Pelican baby toy
    • Happiest When: Cuddling with her kids
    • Fascinating Facts: She LOVES to dance, anytime any place!

     

    Jen graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education. Following college, she taught kindergarten and first grade for 7 years. With teaching experience under her belt as well as children of her own,  she was hired as the store’s buyer. Jen’s job at the store is to make sure that supplies are always there for our customers. Working to find the best new products, Jen enjoys keeping our product-mix fresh, exciting, and up to date. She can also be found livening up the store with her enthusiastic attitude and country music jam sessions!

     

     

     

    CSC_0881 “My favorite part of working at Launching Success is that no two days are the same. There are always different customers and different problems to help them solve.”

     

    Kristen Krumdiack

    • Store Responsibilities: Accountant, Website & IT Manager
    • Favorite Product: Anti-Virus strategy game
    • Finds the Most Joy When: Helping others
    • Fascinating Facts: She is a bookworm, and owns a collection of over 1,000 books!

     

    After earning her Master’s in Professional Accounting from Western Washington University, Kristen started at Launching Success. She was hired as the accountant, but when it was discovered that she is a bit of a techie, the website and all IT needs became her responsibility as well.  Because she is not a teacher, she has made a point of learning everything she can about the education world to best support our customers. She is definitely the store’s problem-solver always eager and willing to help our customers as well as our employees!

     

    We adore both Jen and Kristen! We cannot thank them enough for all they do. When you see them around the store, be sure to tell them just how awesome they are!

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