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Get Your Afterschool Program into Shape!

When kids are home from school, sometimes all they want to do is eat junk food and lounge around in front of the television. The folks over at CANFIT who are firm believers in improving the health of today’s youth, have come up with a great resource for anyone in charge of children in afterschool programs. The 99 Ways Toolkit is free to download.

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Costly Leaks | An Afterschool Math and Science Project for Earth Day

The book 1001 Ways to Explore Science and Nature contains hundreds of fun, educational, and crafty ways to explore science and nature after-school. The following project, Costly Leaks, was adapted from the book. Kids love it because it is an engaging real world problem. Teachers love it because it is a great way to explore environmental concepts while practicing multiplication. Costly Leaks: It may

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3 Simple Card Games to Practice Math Skills

Kids love card games for their challenging and competitive nature. Practicing math skills using card games is great for students in school or after school because it is fun, engaging, and educational. These math games will have your students begging to practice math at home. A Note on Facecards When playing the card games, you have several options for how to deal with face

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Get Started – Afterschool Training Toolkit

When people start a new project or program, sometimes they feel a little lost. It is comforting when you know there is a place where you can find all the resources you need to help you get started. The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool is an organization that helps state education agencies and local practitioners develop high-quality, balanced programs that provide a safe

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Ideas on Uniting Kids After the Bell

After school programs, parents and mentors are always looking for new ways to entertain their children in fun and educational ways. There are tons of informative websites out there that can help you plan a great day for your kids, every day! On Family Education, you can find so much information on afterschool activities. You will discover some great programs, information on sports teams

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Busted! The Home-made Multiplication Facts Game Kids Love

Busted! is an exciting, fast paced, and inexpensive game you can make that your kids will love to play. It works best for 2-5 people to practice addition or multiplication facts. Materials: Coffee Can or Small Basket A Box of Craft Sticks How to Make Busted! Write a multiplication fact problem on each craft stick. For example, on the first craft stick, write 1

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Follow the Stars Afterschool!

We all know the huge influence that television and music stars have on our children. For kids, they look up to stars their own age. Those kids that appear on the TV screen and in music videos are often trendsetters and leaders. Children often follow in the footsteps and beliefs of these stars they idolize. The Afterschool Alliance, known as the national voice of

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