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As kids slide into summer mindset, help reduce their summer learning slide

As kids slide into summer mindset, help reduce their summer learning slide
By School Zone Staff
May 24, 2019 — It has multiple names—summer brain drain and summer slide are two common ones--but the phenomenon of academic skills getting lost and forgotten over the summer means kids take steps backward instead of forward. With a little thought and planning, it’s possible to maximize their summer fun and also help them hold on to what they’ve learned and even take it to the next level.

Help kids reflect on a year nearly done and get a great start on the upcoming one

Help kids reflect on a year nearly done and get a great start on the upcoming one
By School Zone Staff
May 9, 2019 — With one month left (give or take), kids are in the Big Countdown to summer. As weather warms up and the school year winds down, being eager and antsy is inevitable. But there is still work to be done, plus, it’s an important time for looking both back and forward.

Give big thanks to a special teacher (or two) on National Teacher Day

Give big thanks to a special teacher (or two) on National Teacher Day
By School Zone Staff
April 26, 2019 — Almost every adult can look back and smile at the memory of one or more teachers who made a big difference in their lives. Maybe it was taking a minute to listen, dry tears, or give wise advice. Maybe it was building confidence by clarifying a challenging problem or concept or praising an achievement or talent. Teachers shape the future and make memories in countless ways, and early May brings a special chance to recognize them.

Say yay to spring, and get a handle on great Easter basket gift ideas

Say yay to spring, and get a handle on great Easter basket gift ideas
By School Zone Staff
April 12, 2019 — It’s that sweet time of year when the earth begins to stir, and almost everyone can relate to classical composer Gustav Mahler, who once exclaimed, “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” Easter, of course, is the highlight of this season of renewal, so color it beautiful!

Running the numbers: help kids find the formula for math success

Running the numbers: help kids find the formula for math success
By School Zone Staff
March 29, 2019 — For too many kids, at some point in their education, math simply does not add up. What better time than April, which is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, to celebrate math, multiply the fun and creativity in it, and reduce the tears and tension that can keep math mastery at a fraction of what it could be.

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