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Help kids add to and multiply their math skills over the summer

Help kids add to and multiply their math skills over the summer
By School Zone Staff
June 25, 2014 — Three months is a long time in a child’s world. While summer is a great time to kick back and chill, 12 weeks without reinforcing learning really is a stretch. The lessons learned in February tend to fade to “forgotten” in July.

Get out and explore nature with a scavenger hunt

Get out and explore nature with a scavenger hunt
By School Zone Staff
June 16, 2014 — Yes, it might be a little hot out this summer, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun exploring the great outdoors! Take your kids out in the early morning or mid-evening to beat the heat while having some fun on a nature scavenger hunt.   A scavenger hunt is a perfect outdoor activity to help your children connect with and interact with the world around them.  

Chasing the pace of learning: when 3 is the new 5

Chasing the pace of learning: when 3 is the new 5
By School Zone Staff
June 11, 2014 — Who among us hasn’t marveled to see a 3-year-old navigate a smart phone like she was born with it in hand? What parent hasn’t paused at hearing another mom or dad speak with pride of a 2-year-old saying his ABCs? Are kids getting smarter?  That’s up for debate, but one thing is for sure: The learning curve is getting sharper and faster.  More and more, it appears 3 is the new 5, and preschool, the new kindergarten.

With the school year ending, it's time to get outside

With the school year ending, it's time to get outside
By School Zone Staff
June 2, 2014 — With the school year ending, and warm weather finally setting in, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of outdoor activities with your children. A recent study reported in the Daily Mail showed that children would rather watch television, play video games and even do homework or chores than go play outside.

Heat up summertime reading skills for preschoolers and kindergartners

Heat up summertime reading skills for preschoolers and kindergartners
By School Zone Staff
May 27, 2014 — Are you getting your list of grown-up beach reads ready for summer vacation? Whether turning pages or scrolling screens, summer is a super time to get caught up on those must-reads and wanna-reads. It also brings indoor and outdoor opportunities to get little learners ready for preschool and kindergarten in the fall and the wonderful, powerful world of words and reading.

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