Spider webs and fried worms: Explore face-scrunching, smile-making global Christmas traditions

Spider webs and fried worms:  Explore face-scrunching, smile-making global Christmas traditions
By School Zone Staff
November 30, 2018 — Take a time-out from the holiday frenzy, and unwrap a few low-stress lessons in geography, history, and culture. Turn on some Christmas tunes, sit the kids down with a cup of cocoa, open up a world map and discover how celebrations play out in far-away places.  

Plan to cook up family fun and magnificent memories this Thanksgiving

Plan to cook up family fun and magnificent memories this Thanksgiving
By School Zone Staff
November 9, 2018 — In our hurry-hurry world, the hush of a pristine overnight snowfall or the healing happies of a warm hug often go underappreciated. What better time than Thanksgiving to not just count our blessings but fully savor them surrounded by family and friends. Nigel Hamilton, British-born biographer, academic, and broadcaster, has reflected that “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude,” and the ways we can creatively share and give thanks are near-endless.

Counting down to the holiday shopping countdown: start small and reach high

Counting down to the holiday shopping countdown: start small and reach high
By School Zone Staff
October 26, 2018 — Halloween is not yet over, Thanksgiving is still weeks away, and snowfall has so far been measured in flurries vs. feet. All true. But it’s also undeniable that Christmas decorations are making an appearance in stores and the Big Countdown to the Big Holiday will soon begin. Why not start chipping away “here and there” at buying for the little ones on your list?

Create a frightfully fun, minimally-messy, low-stress, stay-warm-and-cozy Halloween

Create a frightfully fun, minimally-messy, low-stress, stay-warm-and-cozy Halloween
By School Zone Staff
October 12, 2018 — Do weather forecasts of howling winds and pelting rain make trick-or-treating sound a little too gruesome? Even with clear skies does it just in general sound more tricky than treaty? Ward off the sprites and hobgoblins and bring on the party games and painted pumpkins. Consider hosting a Halloween game or activity night for family and friends—with ample treats, of course!

If kids (or grown-ups) need reasons to be especially kind, October 5 offers THREE!

If kids (or grown-ups) need reasons to be especially kind, October 5 offers THREE!
By School Zone Staff
September 28, 2018 — On the horizon is a trifecta of designated “days” to show others our joy and appreciation. Friday, October 5 is World Teacher Day, World Smile Day, and Do Something Nice Day! Let this be the triple-play day that scores big fun and happies and lets others know how much they are appreciated.

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