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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.’”

Keep Santa’s energetic helpers angelically amused

Keep Santa’s energetic helpers angelically amused
By School Zone Staff
December 14, 2018 — With kids’ excitement soaring in anticipation of reindeer hooves on the rooftop, finding 5 (or maybe even 15?) grown-up minutes to finish up some secret present-wrapping can be a challenge. The days right before Christmas are a great time to get little ones to craft a few more decorations, make some last-minute gifts, or get in a little holiday-themed learning fun and score points with the Guy in the Red Suit.

Spider webs and fried worms: Explore face-scrunching, smile-making global Christmas traditions

Spider webs and fried worms:  Explore face-scrunching, smile-making global Christmas traditions
By School Zone Staff
November 30, 2018 — Take a time-out from the holiday frenzy, and unwrap a few low-stress lessons in geography, history, and culture. Turn on some Christmas tunes, sit the kids down with a cup of cocoa, open up a world map and discover how celebrations play out in far-away places.  

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