Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review of Classroom Plus

Since becoming a parent, I have always had a vision in my mind of having a nice, quiet place in our home where our children can study and do their school work.  Now that 3 of our children are in school, I have been searching for supplies so we can create a casual, classroom like space for our children to utilize for this purpose.  I recently saw a company called US Markerboard while browsing Facebook and I was completely impressed by their selection and prices!  One of their websites is Classroom Plus and I found so many great products that we could use here at the Crazy House while searching through their easy to browse website!

First of all, we are completely unorganized and really need help getting our supplies in order so I love these storage containers! It seems like every time the kids need certain supplies to do their homework, we are searching all over the place because we can't remember where we put them last!  These containers would be great to help us store the little things they need to do projects!

About a year ago, I bought a TON of educational toys and manipulatives from a Teacher friend of mine, and this would be perfect for storing some of those things!

As I searched through their site, I also found some great Student Desks for just over $40 which is really in my price range!

My kids are also HUGE art fans. They love doing art projects, especially drawing and painting so I thought these Tabletop Easels would be perfect. They don't take up a lot of room and would be perfect for my 5 year old to practice writing his letters and numbers!  They start out around $30 so these would be really affordable for us as well!

I don't know about other children, but mine LOVE working on the computer!  I was shocked when my 2nd grader came home and said he needed to create a Powerpoint Presentation about a month ago so it would be really great to have a nice computer station for my kids to work at too, especially as they get older and have to start typing papers!  I loved the selection of Work Stations and loved their prices even more!

I also had no intention in looking for any outdoor products, however, I came across something that would be PERFECT for our family. Our kids LOVE playing outside and we have balls everywhere!  Baskeballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, the house, in the yard, in the garage. It drives my husband crazy but I found the perfect solution with this storage cart!

I was really impressed with all of the great products I found at Classroom Plus.  They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and strive to provide excellent customer srevice!!
I love shopping online for the most part because I can get what I need without having to drag 4 kids out with me, however, most shops online really lack Customer Service.  If I have a question, most of the time I have to send an email and wait 24 hours or more to be answered.  This is why I love Classroom Plus.  One of the first things I noticed was that they had a "Live Chat" option so I figured I would put it to the test. There is a really cool Book Browser that I would LOVE to have for my kids. Because our children range from newborn-3rd grade, we have a huge variety of books from Baby Genius to Encyclopedias, so this would be awesome to help us keep them organized! 

I clicked on the live chat option and asked my question at 10:50 a.m. Within 30 seconds, a REAL person named Crystal was assisting me! Here is our actual conversation!

[Sarah] I am looking at this product and am just curious...does it have wheels and how heavy is it? I am just trying to figure out how difficult it will be to move around.
Book Browser, Mobile - 0537JC

[Crystal] Hang on one sec, let me check

[Sarah] Thanks!

[Crystal] I'm on hold with the manufacturer.... the catalogue doesn't give much info either. Just a few more moments! :)

[Sarah] That's fine, thank you for checking!

[Crystal] Yes, it is caster-mounted, and it's 80 lbs.

[Sarah] Fabulous! Thank you so much!

[Crystal] No problem!!Is there anything else I can help you with at this time?

[Sarah] That's it! Thank you.

[Crystal] Thank you for visiting US Markerboard. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Have a great day!

[Sarah] You too. Thanks again.

This conversation ended at 10:54 a.m.  That means that within 4 minutes, I had an answer to my question. If I were in a store, it would have probably taken me longer than that to find someone to ask my question, and not only that, but I received an answer to my question while sitting in my home, at my computer, feeding my 3 month old!  I was very impressed!

I know a lot of my readers are Homeschooling families too so this would be a perfect place for you to start looking for some great products for your classroom!

If you go to the Classroom Plus website, you will find they are having a lot of great promotions right now where you can save BIG on a lot of products and while you are there, click on the red ticket that says "Win a $50 Gift Certificate" for your chance to win! If you mention that you read about this giveaway on the Crazy House blog, they will give you an EXTRA prize if you win!

*I was not compensated in ANY way to write this review of this company. This is my honest and true opinion of this company*

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