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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.

Two time-tested tactics become trends: teach kids phonics and get them outside

Two time-tested tactics become trends: teach kids phonics and get them outside
By Your Friends at School Zone
February 1, 2021 — We know almost instinctively that experiencing nature is good for kids in so many ways and that reading, unlike speaking, doesn’t just happen, starting at a particular age or developmental stage. Yet history shows that what we “know” can get replaced by the “new.” Until we discover important connections are missing.

As a new year begins, help kids sustain the learning momentum and fill in possible gaps

As a new year begins, help kids sustain the learning momentum and fill in possible gaps
By Your Friends at School Zone
January 8, 2021 — Just one short year ago, the idea of little ones starting kindergarten online was largely unthinkable, and for most of us, “zoom” was simply another word for moving quickly. A virulent virus has shown just how creative, resilient, and adaptable we and our kids can be. A new year, with its promise of new possibilities, is a good time to put a plan into play for fun, effective, supplemental learning strategies.

Give kids a gift that fits every situation and budget, makes a daily difference, and lasts a lifetime

Give kids a gift that fits every situation and budget, makes a daily difference, and lasts a lifetime
By Your Friends at School Zone
December 11, 2020 — The stockings are hung, the to-do list is getting shorter, and the countdown to Christmas continues. Closing out a challenging year is the perfect time to equip kids for dealing with challenges. Henry Ford once wisely said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” It’s important that kids learn just because they’re unable to do something today doesn’t make it a fixed, forever reality. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University, began research more than 30 years ago that led to coining the terms “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset.”

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.

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