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For all the pending school year questions, “keep ‘em learning” is the answer

For all the pending school year questions, “keep ‘em learning” is the answer
By Your Friends at School Zone
August 6, 2020 — What will school look like a few short weeks from now? We don’t know with any certainty. But a quote attributed to English novelist Margaret Drabble can help ease anxiety and boost optimism: “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

Sequenced, adventure-filled learning paths put kids on the road to school success

Sequenced, adventure-filled learning paths put kids on the road to school success
By Your Friends at School Zone
July 14, 2020 — We’ve all heard the phrase “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but neither was anything else! That includes proficiency in any task or mastery of any skill, whether basic or advanced. It’s always one step at a time. As we grow into adulthood, we sometimes take for granted all the big and little steps it takes to acquire math and language skills. Often it’s only when we begin to help our kids prepare for school and lifelong learning that we begin to consider the progression. We “get” the need for ABCs and 123s, but how—and where—do other skills fit in?

Launch some fun, new, alternative Fourth of July festivities

By Your Friends at School Zone
June 30, 2020 — Pull out the potato salad and fire up the grill. Even with parades and fireworks canceled in many communities it’s still a full-on, red, white, and blue holiday with plenty of ways to celebrate!

As kids slide into summer, help minimize ‘summer slide’ and maximize skill retention

As kids slide into summer, help minimize ‘summer slide’ and maximize skill retention
By Your Friends at School Zone
June 9, 2020 — Following a typical school year, in a phenomenon known as summer slide, kids can lose two months or more of learning gained during the previous 9 months. As we all know, this year has been anything but typical.

Help kids cook up a tasty summer and sizzling skills along the way

Help kids cook up a tasty summer and sizzling skills along the way
By Your Friends at School Zone
May 26, 2020 — Cooking with kids sharpens multiple skills, offers heaping spoonfuls of fun, and big measures of quality time with yummy results. Learning to cook is both creative and practical and will serve kids well in countless ways for the rest of their lives. Most Americans have missed their favorite restaurants and want to support them now and going forward as these restaurants resume restricted dine-in operations in most states. However, recent weeks have also forced many families to spend more time in the kitchen with some surprising results. Among them? Reduced food expenses.

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