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Club Read: Show Me The Money

Why do we teach financial literacy as an essential life skill? Educators know it’s vital that students gain the knowledge and skills to manage their personal finances effectively for lifetime financial security. They also know that available resources ultimately decide the fate of any educational program.

Money determines our ability to feed and clothe ourselves. Money determines if we have a place to live, transportation, and healthcare. Money determines if we will work for others or have the funding to work for ourselves, achieving greater freedom and higher standards of living. Money is also necessary to survive after leaving the workforce.

How will you “work in” financial education into your curriculum? You may want to make it a daily habit to talk about money and its influence on our lives. For example, identify opportunities in your curriculum to highlight real-world situations where money is used, and dialogue how to obtain and disperse the needed funds. Talking about money throughout the day reinforces for students that financial matters are a normal part of life.

Teaching personal finance also helps to build college and vocational education goals. It is also crucial to philanthropic endeavors. There is a world of opportunity for those who understand how to make and use money wisely.

Prepare your students for financial success with the following Perma-Bound books.


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Club Read: Oh, The Drama!

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Students • Teachers • Librarians • School Administrators


As William Shakespeare, the greatest dramatist of all time, noted in the famous passage above, drama plays a part in daily life. In the realm of education, integrating visual and performing arts across the curriculum allows all your students to experience a holistic and balanced education. The study of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts has been proven to help students achieve academically in core subjects such as math, language arts, reading, social studies, and science. In addition, it promotes cognitive ability, critical thinking, verbal skills, and social and emotional learning (SEL), and fosters civic (community) engagement.


We are living in a stimulating and expansive visual age. Creativity and inspired innovation are more important than ever in today’s job market. Designing a video game, creating and maintaining a website, engineering in the 21st Century, and painting or crafting a work of art are everyday applications that are developed through a strong visual arts education. Blend the arts throughout daily lesssons and your students will become improved critical thinkers while enhancing their cognitive abilities.


Arts education across the curriculum also provides growth in social skills. Students learn to convey ideas and emotions that cannot be expressed in language alone, strengthening their SEL quotient and creating more constructive responses to communications challenges. Acting out scenarios helps students practice approaching conflicts, problems, and new experiences, making them better at processing their emotions and gaining an understanding of what others may be feeling. As a result, they become better communicators.


As you make space in your curriculum to study the arts—and to “theatricalize” other core subjects— your students will become more aware of visual and performing arts in their community. Incorporating the power of the arts into their daily lives will give them an understanding of the range and depth of the human experience, imagination, and culture, and of the importance of art resources in their community.


Invite all your students to discover their talents by gaining important skills and knowledge through the arts with this spectacular list from Perma-Bound books.


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Club Read: Elementary, My Dear Watson! 

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One of our goals as teachers is to help students observe and understand what is going on around them, and use this information to make good decisions.

One way to develop cognitive skills is through literature. Reading literature is a basic learning tool that can develop and refine students’ thinking abilities by teaching them how to compare and evaluate ideas and information. The skills of predicting and confirming are key components of critical thinking, generating actions that produce clear strategies and outcomes.

There are many ways to encourage your developing readers to use their imaginations to help make predictions. For example, solving a puzzle, or reading how a detective solves a mystery, satisfies natural curiosity and affords the opportunity to discover and use higher-order skills. Through literature, your students can learn to observe, compare, and analyze by identifying (evidence), finding order (sequence), communicating (explanation), and making a decision by evaluation (inference).

You can help your students become critical thinkers and good decision-makers by providing reading materials that develop deductive reasoning skills.

Club Read: Makerspace Movement 

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Effective teachers aspire to turn students into “active learners.” One way they do this is through the use of makerspaces, which have been shown to increase dynamic engagement and critical thinking, improve student academic performance, and build social communication and collaboration skills.

The active learner uses sensory input to engage with the world. The process of experiential learning drives student engagement by requiring personal experience— critically developing ideas and spurring subject-matter comprehension and application.

Collaboration on projects creates a communication thread, inspiring students to learn how to talk and interact with others to achieve a common goal. Makerspace hubs provide a stage to solve problems as part of an alliance, creating team spirit and even inspiring friendship.

Makerspace isn’t just for the classroom, either; school and public libraries can get in on a growing DIY and instructorled makerspace movement as well. Overall, educators can boost student applied learning and self-esteem by providing designs and experiments that deeply engage science, engineering, and crafting—launching their imaginations and catapulting them into a future as next-century collaborators and inventors!

Perma-Bound offers the following book selections to support your thriving Makerspace culture!

What is CLUB Read?

CLUB Read is a program designed to help students foster and nurture a love for reading.

Suggested booklists that children and young adults find interesting and want to read are compiled by Perma-Bound Curriculum Specialists using the following guidelines:

  • Inspire Recreational Reading
  • Classroom Study Opportunities
  • Generate Interest In Reading
  • Increase Reading Ability
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Thematic Topics
  • Discussion-Generating Concepts

A new theme, brief synopsis, and a corresponding suggested booklist for grades K-12 is posted quarterly on this page, and is also included in our Perma-Gram e-newsletter.

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Club Read: Why Vote? 

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If you truly want to be the writer of your own story, you need to learn to make thoughtful choices. Voting allows you to be an active participant in your narrative by creating the life circumstances you want for yourself and the community you live in.

Supplying books to help your students understand their role as educated citizens is essential to maintaining a republic where people are free to discuss issues and act upon informed decisions. Armed with knowledge, students will have the courage to become catalysts able to improve the quality of life in their communities. They will learn how to responsibly exercise their rights, and will be able to experience the personal satisfaction of fulfilling their civic duty—experiences that are fundamental to success as a human being and as a citizen of a functioning democracy.

Perma-Bound offers the following selections to help your students write a life-story of their own choosing by using the power of the vote.