May: a magnificent month for celebrating mothers, teachers

May: a magnificent month for celebrating mothers, teachers
By School Zone Staff
April 25, 2017 — Moms (and dads, too) are their kids’ first and most influential teachers. On the flipside, classroom teachers often step into parenting shoes during their workday, channeling little ones’ energy, settling conflicts, and wiping away tears in between reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic lessons. So it makes perfect sense that National Education Association’s National Teacher’s Day and Mother’s Day are so close together (May 9 and 14 respectively), offering opportunities for mutual nods, props, and cross-celebrations.

Hatch a plan for a Peeps-gathering, egg-hunting, bunny-hopping good time this Easter

Hatch a plan for a Peeps-gathering, egg-hunting, bunny-hopping good time this Easter
By School Zone Staff
April 7, 2017 — It’s spring! It’s almost Easter! Need more reasons to smile? “Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a joke? It might crack up.” “Where does the Easter Bunny eat breakfast? IHOP.” “Why was the Easter Bunny so upset? He was having a bad hare day!” (Visit Primary Games for more yuk-yuks.) Now that you’re smiling–or groaning–it’s time for think-outside-the-box (or basket) holiday celebrations.

Add a little extra learning, giving, and growing to Spring Break fun

Add a little extra learning, giving, and growing to Spring Break fun
By School Zone Staff
March 17, 2017 — First, comes St. Paddy’s, then the official arrival of spring, meaning K-12 spring break is just around the corner, and kids are more than ready for it. Whether visiting family and friends, seeking sunshine in warmer places, standing in line for roaring rollercoasters, or staying home and letting everyone catch their breath, it’s a welcome change. Departure from “the usual” can also be super time for lessons that extend beyond the classroom.

Spring into March with books for kids that get kids reaching for more

Spring into March with books for kids that get kids reaching for more
By School Zone Staff
February 28, 2017 — Put on a party hat and pull out Green Eggs and Ham. The National Education Association (NEA) kicked off its 2017 Read Across America Campaign, yesterday on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday! But the party continues all month long.

Making STEM colorful and real helps kids branch out

Making STEM colorful and real helps kids branch out
By School Zone Staff
February 17, 2017 — An ever-louder chorus of voices say, “It’s never too early to start “STEM ed.” For kids who seem to naturally love math, science, and all things tech, that’s a natural extension. But for others, it’s decidedly more of a reach.

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