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Make some messy, mucky, marvelous spring break learning fun!

Make some messy, mucky, marvelous spring break learning fun!
By School Zone Staff
March 12, 2019 — Lots of stay-home-from-school snow days this winter mean serious cabin fever in cold-weather places. While still early, as spring starts springing up most everywhere, or travel plans take your family there, consider letting kids get a little wild and grubby. Splashing in puddles creates much more than extra laundry!

Power up for National Reading Month: Let words and stories make magic

Power up for National Reading Month: Let words and stories make magic
By School Zone Staff
February 26, 2019 — Long before they speak words, babies are listening closely to them. They hear and recognize your voice, watch your face as you talk, and turn toward sounds. The 100 billion neurons in their brain are getting ready for great things, and research continues to show that reading and storytelling influences little ones’ success going forward, well beyond the classroom.

Open kids’ hearts this Valentine’s Day with joy, creativity, and sharing

Open kids’ hearts this Valentine’s Day with joy, creativity, and sharing
By School Zone Staff
February 12, 2019 — Paper hearts and adorable verses are great. They are anticipated, expected, and cherished. Usually, though, the thrill lasts minutes. What about cooking up some Valentine’s fun sweeter and longer lasting than the most delicious frosted cupcake? Spread the love and watch it double!

Changing dreary to cheery: Keep little snow angels warm, amused, and playfully learning this winter

Changing dreary to cheery: Keep little snow angels warm, amused, and playfully learning this winter
By School Zone Staff
January 29, 2019 — It was Aristotle who noted that “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” True. And hardly anything beats the sparkly splendor of a fresh-fallen snow. However, what if it’s just too cold? Or what comes after the outdoor, close-up snowflake appreciation? When temperatures allow, getting kids outside during winter can be really good for them. The time-honored possibilities of sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowball fights, and igloo- and snowman-building are fairly foolproof, good-time fun.

Ready the confetti and roll out the resolutions: ring in a fun-filled, family New Year

Ready the confetti and roll out the resolutions: ring in a fun-filled, family New Year
By School Zone Staff
December 26, 2018 — With Christmas morning a warm memory, get kids fired up about welcoming a 2019 packed with potential. Let the 365-day adventure begin in a big way well before the stroke of midnight. Start with a bit of New Year’s lore and trivia. According to Reader’s Digest, “Auld Lang Syne” is the title and key phrase of a 1788 Scots poem by Robert Burns, typically sung on New Year’s Eve around the world. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ literally translates to ‘old long since,’ and basically means, ‘days gone by.’”

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