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Simplify a complicated holiday season with activities and gifts that promote closeness regardless of distance

Simplify a complicated holiday season with activities and gifts that promote closeness regardless of distance
By Your Friends at School Zone
November 12, 2020 — As families everywhere wrestle with swapping longstanding traditions for safer alternatives such as joining far-flung relatives via Zoom vs. visiting in person, many are reframing budgets, to-do-lists, and expectations. Focusing on what’s meaningful and matters most makes it easier.

Carve out a fun, creative Halloween, while reducing risk

Carve out a fun, creative Halloween, while reducing risk
By Your Friends at School Zone
October 26, 2020 — While this year’s Halloween, like so many other events and rituals in recent months, may not involve all the typical traditions, it can still be a howling good time for both kids and grown-ups.

After-school enrichment activities for kids

After-school enrichment activities for kids
By Your Friends at Happy Camper Live
October 9, 2020 — Kids are learning so much at school, but their education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Giving kids after-school enrichment activities outside of the classroom is key to a well-rounded approach to education.

Conventional considerations still count, even in this most non-conventional school year

Conventional considerations still count, even in this most non-conventional school year
By Your Friends at School Zone
September 16, 2020 — Never has “back to school” come in so many different varieties. Some districts started in-person early, others started later, and still others are online or have some form of hybrid combination. And for most, what’s in place today, could change tomorrow or next week. How to navigate this bumpy terrain and foggy horizon?

Kids need both digital learning and fine motor skills developed in other ways

Kids need both digital learning and fine motor skills developed in other ways
By Your Friends at School Zone
September 2, 2020 — Salt and pepper. Knife and fork. Bread and butter. Without “both” in these pairs something important is missing, right? Ditto for print and digital learning. They work together to build the full set of skills kids need to succeed. The importance of digital can neither be denied nor minimized. “Screen time” is here to stay. It’s woven into the fabric of our lives, and most kids today grow up with cell phones, tablets, and remote controls in hand.

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