We've compiled a list of necessary supplies and some useful accessories here. Feel free to suggest more good ideas by emailing us.
Feel free to use white
paper to print Golden Thank Yous the first time. But if you want to get
kids even more excited, use an assortment
of color paper
Kids also enjoy
Golden Thank Yous in binders with clear plastic sheets like the ones
below. This is also more educational for them since the backs of the
Golden Thank Yous come in sets of 8 educational
. All of the
backs of the Golden Thank Yous are numbered so that kids can collect
them all, put them in order, and then learn cool math and science from
them. Over 100 different lessons created by Professor Hubert Bray
creative ways of understanding the multiplication table, square roots,
and simple algebra, as well as biographies of some of the greatest scientists who
ever lived. Other lessons on the backs of the Golden Thank
Yous explain the fronts of the Golden Thank Yous which are
based on algebraic concepts and the golden spiral. Every child will
understand some of the lessons and few will understand them all - which
is ideal for challenging kids to learn more.
Hence, we recommend buying a 3 ring binder and at least one pack of 20
horizontal pockets for each kid using Golden Thank Yous (which are 2
1/2" x 3 7/8" and fit nicely inside the products listed below).
For small orders, the best deal (when I wrote this) was from Hobbies Depot Inc
(through amazon) because they offer free shipping. Another good choice was 9pocket
(fulfilled by amazon), though they only offered free shipping on orders
The best price of all was from ACS
(fulfilled by amazon). Free shipping over $35,
and it won't ship at all until you order at least $25 of amazon
products. However, you can leave it in you amazon cart until you
purchase something else anyway.
You will also need a good 1
for each kid,
if you don't already have one.
While you're shopping, don't forget to pick up a copy of Professor Bray
's book for younger readers (ages 7 to 14 and up), "Trevor the Time Traveler and the Murkian Threat
the story, Trevor and his sister Farrah become secret agents for the
most advanced civilization in the Milky Way Galaxy whose currency
translates into English as a "Golden Thank You." While the book is a lot of fun to read, it is also a vehicle for Professor Bray
to explain some of the most amazing true science ideas ever discovered,
including brief discussions of Special and General Relativity.
Special offer for teachers:
If your class reads "Trevor the Time Traveler and the Murkian Threat
," the author, who is a professor of math and physics at Duke University, will do his best to schedule a video phone call
(or just a regular speaker phone call if you prefer) with you and your
class so that students may ask questions about Trevor's and Farrah's adventures, the science
behind their story, and the universe. Click here
to request a date and time on Professor Bray's calendar up to 3 months in advance.
You can also watch one of Professor Bray
's presentations to a large audience of kids in the "Math and Science" section