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Parents Goodyblog Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Little Scholar™ Tablet

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Whether or not your youngest enrolled in preschool this year, it’s never a bad idea to get a jump-start on her ABC’s and 1, 2, 3′s!

To help prepare your little one for the first day of preschool, all the way through 1st grade, School Zone® is giving ONE (1) lucky winner a chance to receive his or her own School Zone® Little Scholar™ Tablet–prize value worth $200. However, the tablet is currently on a back-to-school sale at $170!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on September 8. Be sure to check back on September 9 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all of the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Congrats to our winner, Amy Magee! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

The Rise of Tablets as Textbooks
Well before the cleanup from Superstorm Sandy was in full swing, students could read about the weather system that slammed the East Coast in their textbooks. Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to iPads and book bags are getting lighter. (via Huffington Post)

CPS Sex Education: Nation’s Third Largest District Extending Lessons to Kindergarteners (VIDEO)
Is five years old too young to begin receiving sex education lessons? Last week, Chicago Public Schools’ Board of Education approved expanding expanding sexual education in their schools as a means of addressing the high rates of gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases among the city’s teens, as well as a teen HIV rate that has risen 43 percent since 2000, DNAinfo Chicago reports. (via Huffington Post)

New Video Game Detects Vision Problems in Children
Technology is changing the way we view the world, and the American education system is no exception. With as many as one in four children living with undiagnosed vision disorders that may be affecting their performance in school, it’s more important than ever for kids to get screened early. (via Fox News)

New Allergy Guidelines Advises Giving Babies Peanuts Earlier
An article in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal highlights a new approach to combating food allergies: Introducing allergenic foods like peanut butter and eggs to babies as young as 4 to 6 months old, according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. (via Fox News)

Parents to Congress: Police No Solution to Mental Illness
Liza Long’s son first went into the juvenile justice system at 11. He’s mentally ill, but the woman who wrote the viral Internet essay “I am Adam Lanza’s mother” told Congress the police are often the only authorities who can help deal with violent, mentally ill children. (via NBC News)

Rate of Caesarean Deliveries Varies Widely Across U.S.
The rate of Caesarean deliveries, the most common operating-room procedure performed in the United States, varies drastically among hospitals across the country, a new study has found, ranging from 7 percent of all births at the hospital with the lowest share of Caesarean deliveries to 70 percent at the hospital with the highest rate. (via New York Times)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Preschoolers Use Scientific Reasoning, Study Says
A review article in the journal Science sums up a swath of research suggesting that preschoolers can make deductions about cause and effect, infer preferences and test hypotheses. (via CNN)

Possible Link Between Infants’ Regulatory Behaviors and Maternal Mental Health
It is believed that maternal anxiety and depression can influence the child’s capacity to self-regulate, but infant problems can also exaggerate parental mental health issues. (via Science Daily)

U.S. Is Tightening Web Privacy Rule to Shield Young
Federal regulators are about to take the biggest steps in more than a decade to protect children’s privacy online. (via New York Times)

Researchers Investigate Aggression Among Kindergartners
Not all aggressive children are aggressive for the same reasons, according to researchers, who found that some kindergartners who are aggressive show low verbal abilities while others are more easily physiologically aroused. The findings suggest that different types of treatments may be needed to help kids with different underlying causes for problem behavior. (via Science Daily)

Physical Activity Interventions for Children Have ‘Little Impact’, Study Suggests
Physical activity interventions for children have small impact on overall activity levels and consequently the body fat and mass of children, a study suggests. (via Science Daily)

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Wonder Box: Hands-On Learning Activities for Kindergarteners, from

Monday, June 4th, 2012

"Once Upon a Time" Wonder Box - Education.comIs your preschooler starting kindergarten this year?  Just in time for summer, prepare your little one for class with the fun learning activities contained in a Wonder Box. Created by, which provides helpful content about preparing for kindergarten through college, Wonder Box is a subscription-based monthly service designed to enrich and entertain children ages 3 to 6. (A monthly subscription starts at $19.99.)

Each month, a box with a different theme (science, crafts, etc.), 3 projects, and other extras (coloring pages, sticker books, etc.) are hand-picked by experts with the goal of developing your child. The boxes are sent to homes with provided instructions and information about accessing an exclusive website for more activity ideas.

Recently, I got a sneak peek at the first available Wonder Box, which has a “Once Upon a Time” theme.   The 3 projects includes a cape to enhance gross motor skills, a puppet to help with shape and pattern recognition, and a pack of story cards to increase reading skills.  A story book of “Stone Soup” is included with crayons for coloring.

For busy, on-the-go parents, Wonder Box provides easy, convenient access to a variety of activities and crafts.  Families can have quality time together and kids will satisfy their curiosity about the world around them.

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

When the snakes attack, it might be a night terror
Night terrors, which are less common and more severe than nightmares, can be stressful for parents who don’t know how to react to their child’s sudden nighttime fits of panic. During night terrors children begin screaming with their eyes open, sweating or pacing around the room while they are still asleep. Experts say parents should not talk to the child during the night terror because attempts to comfort, hug or wake them could prolong it. (MSNBC)

Health Tip: Remind Children and Teens of Pedestrian Safety
Parents should remind their children about pedestrian safety. Some reminders from Safe Kids USA include walking in the direction against traffic, wearing something reflective when sunlight is dim and walking across an intersection, instead of running. (Yahoo)

Fast-Tracking to Kindergarten?
With increasing competition in education, there has been a rapid expansion of preschool enrichment tutoring programs, such as Junior Kumon, which drill numbers and letters into the heads of 2 – 5-year-olds. Although research suggests this type of tutoring shows little benefit, parents are spending $200 to $300 a month for their children to be tutored for up to an hour twice a week. (New York Times)


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