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National Best Friends Day is a perfect time to focus on kids’ social skills

National Best Friends Day is a perfect time to focus on kids’ social skills
By School Zone Staff
June 1, 2018 — Calling all besties, BFFs, and kinda’ sorta’s: June 8 is National Best Friends Day, a time to celebrate that one special person who knows us backward and forward and still loves us big-time! It’s also a great opportunity to talk to kids about friendship—and relationships in general—and to take a look at our kids’ overall social skills. Raising a child who gets along well with others yet knows how to draw healthy boundaries will create lifelong benefits.

Pop on the goggles, floaties, and swim noodles for National Learn to Swim Day

Pop on the goggles, floaties, and swim noodles for National Learn to Swim Day
By School Zone Staff
May 15, 2018 — Summer and water play go hand in hand. Whether dashing through sprinklers or leaping into lakes and pools, splashy fun and wet cooldowns create giggles and warm-weather memories. National Learn to Swim Day, the third Saturday in May—this year May 19—is a perfect time to make sure everyone is ready to be smart and safe at the beach and poolside.

Guiding the future: Toss bouquets of praise to moms and teachers

Guiding the future: Toss bouquets of praise to moms and teachers
By School Zone Staff
May 1, 2018 — The merry, merry month of May pays special tribute to mothers and also recognizes the singular influence of teachers. A beloved musician and an acclaimed international activist two generations removed, offer up beautiful accolades to how these two groups of future-shapers help kids blossom.

Let Kindergarten Day kick off preschoolers’ countdown to K-time

Let Kindergarten Day kick off preschoolers’ countdown to K-time
By School Zone Staff
April 17, 2018 — The second your baby is born, you hear, “They don’t stay little for very long. Enjoy every minute.” Sure enough, before you know it, they’ve moved from teething rings and bouncy seats, to peekaboo and patty cake. Then suddenly you—and they—are entertaining the idea of starting s-c-h-o-o-l.

Share a book (or more) in celebration of School Librarians Day

Share a book (or more) in celebration of School Librarians Day
By School Zone Staff
April 3, 2018 — Most of us fondly recall a school librarian from our childhood. Maybe that person pointed us to a book that expanded our world. Maybe she or he shushed us, teaching respect for the silent spaces where serious thinking can happen without distraction. National School Librarian Day is April 4 and is a terrific opportunity to spotlight the role, recall our gratitude, and pay it forward.

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