January 2015

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students.


Klutz Books 50% Off

Thursday, January 22-Saturday, January 24

Half off all Klutz books! Plus Klutz Harry Potter activity books for just $1.00.

Gift of Reading: Book Distribution Continues

While supplies last, we will continue to distribute books to members on Thursdays (4-6pm) and Saturdays (10am-2pm) at both RAFT San Jose and RAFT Redwood City. These free books can be given to students as gifts or used to build your class library.

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News and Events


Special Membership Offers Ending Soon

Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders are eligible for $20 annual RAFT memberships through January 31, 2015. If you have a voucher from Milpitas USD, you must redeem it for your RAFT membership by January 31st, 2015. See all groups with membership programs

Saturday Volunteer Kit Demonstrators Needed

We are looking for educators who are interested in demonstrating their favorite RAFT Activity Kit(s) to other members on Saturdays at RAFT San Jose. This team of members will rotate their talents to help other like-minded educators use hands-on activities with their students. If you’d like to help or have questions, email Shirley@raft.net. Presenters will receive appreciation gifts. 


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Hands-On Activities

Design a House

Design and build a house using different materials. Explore what is possible. Relate what exists to dreams of what can be.

Grades Covered: Pre-K through 2
Subjects Covered: Math, Art
Curriculum topics: Problem Solving, Design Process, Planning, Architecture, Engineering

Download the free Idea Sheet.

You can shop online for RAFT Activity Kits. We have a variety of hands-on science, math, and art kits for your educational program.

Visit the RAFT Online Store, and if you haven’t done so already, link your RAFT membership to your online store account to receive lower member pricing on all kits ordered online.

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Professional Development


Upcoming Spring Workshops

Saturday, 1/31 – Tunnel Books
Tunnel Books are a fascinating and popular form of book with a long history. They were once referred to as “peep show books”, the viewer looks through a hole or window to see the pictures on the rest of the pages. It is a unique way of layering images providing a 3D effect. Text can be utilized on the accordion sides, if desired.

Saturday, 1/31 – Valentine’s Day Activities across the curriculum!
Learn how to create a Valentine Post Office Unit that includes writing, counting, sorting, dramatic role playing, cooperation, and working together as a “team”. Valentine Calendar, Math Activities, Valentine self-made reading books, Valentine Art Activities, including Party-ready projects. Common core standards addressed. Bibliography provided.

RAFT’s workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University. 

If you have any questions about our workshop program or any other services please contact us at http://www.raftbayarea.org/contact-us.

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