Paint a sweet, safe Halloween with goodies galore and options that roar

By School Zone Staff
October 18, 2019 — Eerie or cheery, ghastly or ghostly, alarming or charming, whatever your kiddos are aiming for, Halloween’s a comin’ so it’s time to get creative. According to The Balance, Halloween retail spending last year hit the $9 billion mark, or “a record $86.79 per person, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey.” The article attributes this to Halloween being “a very affordable holiday” but also to consumer confidence being at a 10-year high.

Reading expands kids’ vocabulary and extends their opportunities

Reading expands kids’ vocabulary and extends their opportunities
By School Zone Staff
October 4, 2019 — Knowing lots of words really means having more ways to express ourselves and understand our world. What’s surprising is how many benefits a good vocabulary brings and how important reading is to building it. JRE Library published, “Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read More,” which says, “The more you read, the more words you’ll be exposed to. Consistent exposure to new words, learning their meanings and seeing the context in which they’re used will increase your mental dictionary.”

Power on/power off: Mentoring kids’ screen time helps develop healthy habits

Power on/power off: Mentoring kids’ screen time helps develop healthy habits
By School Zone Staff
September 19, 2019 — Do you text a friend—or maybe even just glance at your phone--while your child is telling you a story? Do you withhold device/screen time for kids’ misbehavior because it’s something that matters to them? Are kids learning a good screen time/other time balance from you?

Guide kids through a post-holiday, headlong plunge into homework and time hurdles

Guide kids through a post-holiday, headlong plunge into homework and time hurdles
By School Zone Staff
September 6, 2019 — A few districts nationwide start classes in early- or mid-August; more start right before Labor Day with a “soft start” of sorts. With the holiday serving as the semi-official end of summer, the school year cranks up in earnest. Help make it a smooth glide!

Help kids stock up on kindness, boundaries, and personal problem-solving skills

Help kids stock up on kindness, boundaries, and personal problem-solving skills
By School Zone Staff
August 20, 2019 — New school shoes? Check. Enough tees and leggings? Check. Notebooks and (maybe) Chromebooks? Check. Kids definitely need to be well-provisioned for school, but also be sure to supply them with tools for social situations.

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