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Teaching kids gratitude makes for better living and a kinder world

Teaching kids gratitude makes for better living and a kinder world
By School Zone Staff
May 21, 2014 — No one questions that instilling kindness and gratitude in children is important. However, the motivators can be surprising and the benefits deep and far-reaching,

Grow kids' love for science with at-home experiments

Grow kids' love for science with at-home experiments
By School Zone Staff
May 14, 2014 — Help your kids become master scientists in school with these fun (and easy) at-home science projects. So put on your gloves and goggles – and let’s get to experimenting. Grow Egg Crystals Growing crystals is easier than you may think. All you need for this project is: egg shells (empty and dry – you can also use plastic eggs, but the results are slightly different), glue, a paintbrush, an egg carton, and alum powder that contains potassium.

Celebrate 'Get Caught Reading Month' With Workbooks, Apps, & More

Celebrate 'Get Caught Reading Month' With Workbooks, Apps, & More
By School Zone Staff
May 7, 2014 — Developing a love of reading begins at an early age, and reading to your child plays an important role in development. Babies who are read to are more likely to read earlier, have a better grasp of concepts and learn faster than those who do not.

Get your child to love math with creative learning activities

Get your child to love math with creative learning activities
By School Zone Staff
April 28, 2014 — The importance of math at home and in the classroom Young learners’ future in education depends on and requires an early foundation based on high-quality and engaging mathematics education. As noted in a joint position statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, research on children’s learning highlights the importance of early experiences in mathematics to develop confidence and ability to use it.

Snow in April? A garden workout for kids? Why not?

Snow in April? A garden workout for kids? Why not?
By by Shannon M. Mullally, PhD
April 21, 2014 — A study in the October 2013 issue of HortTechnology called (bear with me) “The Metabolic Costs of Gardening Tasks in Children” linked two topics in my mind that have been growing in the national consciousness: the physical health of kids in the U.S. and the increasing call for an increased STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus in education. Parents and educators are as concerned as ever that kids have access to healthy meals and ways to exercise.

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