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Common Core: targeted solution or large-scale experiment?

Common Core: targeted solution or large-scale experiment?
By School Zone Staff
January 20, 2014 — Forty-five states have fully adopted Common Core Standards and an additional state has adopted the standards for English language arts. In part, the initiative rose out of mounting frustration at U.S. ranking in international standings and lack of student preparation for today’s science and technology-centered jobs.

Our 2014 predictions: children’s digital learning

Our 2014 predictions: children’s digital learning
By School Zone Staff
January 15, 2014 — Change is constant in this digital age. It has had a dramatic impact on learning, especially for children born in the last decade. They quickly learn how to navigate smart phones, tablets, and computers. In 2014, we know that your child will continue to be heavily influenced by digital learning. Whether at home or in the classroom, your child will be interacting with technology. Find out our predictions for the coming year: Apps

3 ways to organize at-home learning this New Year

3 ways to organize at-home learning this New Year
By School Zone Staff
January 6, 2014 — What are your resolutions for the New Year? At School Zone, we think organizing at-home learning should be on your list of resolutions for 2014. Investing in your child’s learning at home can dramatically impact performance in the classroom. One easy way to begin at-home learning is with flash cards for kids. Here are three times of the day when you can effectively target learning with flash cards: 1. Real-time Learning

Help kids make math success a New Year’s resolution

Help kids make math success a New Year’s resolution
By School Zone Staff
December 31, 2013 — We learn to walk one step at a time. Our vocabulary—and stories—come together one word at a time. This is true of virtually every skill. We do not jump from novice to expert by skipping the steps in between. Yet when it comes to math education in the U.S., for several decades the path has been a bit jagged and fragmented. The lessons have been taught in strands, with conceptual connections not always threaded together. For example, algebra and geometry were long considered “high school math,” even though their building blocks came into play much sooner.

Kids and holiday travel equal recipe for creative diversion

 Kids and holiday travel equal recipe for creative diversion
By School Zone Staff
December 19, 2013 — No matter how many threats of “Santa won’t visit if you’re not good,” it’s really hard to keep little ones from getting antsy during time spent in planes, trains, and automobiles (or waiting for them) during the holidays.

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