Reflections on the past year: A hello-summertime letter from a K-5 STEM teacher

By by Abe Overway
June 9, 2021 — Hello My Friends, My name is Abe, and I love the month of June! The biggest reason I love June is because I am a K-5 STEM teacher, and June is a time for quiet reflection and restoration. And if there was ever a school year that called for a major dose of both of these practices, it would be this year. Looking back over the 2020-2021 school year, two words come to mind: resilience and saturation.

Working together: ways to encourage collaborative learning with siblings

Working together: ways to encourage collaborative learning with siblings
By Lis Thomas at Entreprenista Mama
May 24, 2021 — You know the drill. If you’re a working-from-home parent or a parent of young children trying to help prepare them for preschool or kindergarten, you know what it’s like to encourage your kids to play together--let alone work together! Maybe it’s that siblings are at different stages of the learning process. Or, they can’t agree or distract each other during your well-thought-through and supposed-to-be-fun educational activity. 

Help kindergartners excel now, get ready and stay ready for next step

Help kindergartners excel now, get ready and stay ready for next step
By Becky Perry
March 29, 2021 — There’s only so much time in a day! What can children do who are learning virtually from home, or need to do a little extra work after school? What about kids who are going to be doing some work over the summer to prevent the “summer slide” of academics? Activity kits and workbooks are perfect for these scenarios and more!

Start a great new springtime story: Challenge kids to a “reading challenge”

 Start a great new springtime story: Challenge kids to a “reading challenge”
By Your Friends at School Zone
February 24, 2021 — It’s a big month! March Madness. First official day of spring. Time change. National Reading Month. Take special note of that last one because books can change a child’s life, and reading challenges, whether DIY or hosted by schools and libraries, are a great way to encourage a deeper dive.

Take Random Acts of Kindness Day/Week to the next level with kids: keep kind in mind all the time

By Your Friends at School Zone
February 12, 2021 — With this year’s theme of “Explore the Good,” Random Acts of Kindness Week fittingly began on Valentine’s Day. A designated day mid-week to focus on doing good deeds “just because,” is a great time to open kids’ hearts to the power and joy of all-the-time kindness.

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