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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.

Keeping kids learning over the summer will be more important than ever

Keeping kids learning over the summer will be more important than ever
By Your Friends at School Zone
May 13, 2020 — When life feels two parts question mark and one part chaos, it’s good to remember the words of English novelist Margaret Drabble, who said, “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” OK, maybe not everything. Right now, in most parts of the country we can’t throw a party. Our kids are not doing play dates or sleepovers. Even many warm-weather staples such as summer camp and music festivals continue to be cancelled, partly due to the planning and prep required and partly due to the logistics of social distancing.

Greening up: Let spring bring learning, light, and laughter

Greening up: Let spring bring learning, light, and laughter
By Your Friends at School Zone
April 28, 2020 — Buds are bursting, birds are migrating, and the days are growing warmer and longer. There is no “shelter in place” order for nature. It’s all-systems-go, so help kids enjoy and explore this beautiful seasonal show!

Ready, set, go: Help kids productively burn energy during stay-at-home orders

Ready, set, go: Help kids productively burn energy during stay-at-home orders
By Your Friends at School Zone
April 14, 2020 — What adult hasn’t marveled at a child zipping around at electrifying speed and said, “Don’t you wish you could bottle that?” referring to their energy. Their power supply seems infinite.

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