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Catching Bugs

My son loves looking at the intricacies of insects.  They are so many and so different. One of our favorite after school past times is catching bugs to look at them closely and at our leisure. This is fun but also a valuable scientific tool. Scientists use these methods of observation to help establish and identify the millions of different insect species found in

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Learning Fire Safety

We spend a lot of time teaching our children about the dangers of the world- not to talk to strangers, what to do if they are lost etc. When I received a flier from our local fire fighters about fire safety, I realized I had not imparted important fire safety tips or an evacuation plan to my kids. Being prepared for incidents such as

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Constellation Afterschool

One of our favorite past times is stargazing. However, it’s hard to keep track of all those constellations.   Although, he’s been taught all about constellations, the retention has always been minimal. He will remember little bits and pieces, but not enough to mark as proficient. I think the reason is that he learns best by doing something -an activity-related to what he’s learning.

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Posters for Kids Bedroom Walls

My son’s interests change quickly but he is passionate about each and every one.  For example, a year ago he really liked Beyblades so there posters of Beyblades everywhere in his room. It gets expensive to buy these posters, even if he is using his allowance. They cost $15 and up, yet rip easily.   A great way to spend an afternoon together is

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Springtime Cleaning Afterschool

Most families I know do their dreaded spring cleaning on a weekend, and they never really involve the kids. We were like that too. However, this year I decided to change it up a bit: spring clean on a weekday on an early release day, the kids are going to help and it’s going to be fun. The truck is to assign age-appropriate chores

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Flower Arraging for Kids

A friend of mine has three girls and recently they took a flower arranging class together. What fun! I have been looking for something new to do with my son, but would this new project be too “girly” for him?  I figured the only way to find out was to try.  His Aunt’s birthday was coming up so I suggested we make a flower

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Kids Get Stressed Too!

The other day, my son mentioned his stomach felt funny. Instantly, I thought,”oh,no, stomach flu!”. I am glad that I took the time to ask him some questions before I doused him with echinacea.  It turns out he was feeling stressed about an upcoming test.  I explained that stress or worry can make his body feel sick, like with a stomach ache or headache

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Strike! – Bowling

Bowling is a great all year round sport that children can practice during the week and compete on weekends as part of a children’s league.  This is a classic fun game which also teaches consistency, patience and strategy. Being on a league also teaches children to be good teammates and to learn good sportsmanship. Bowling can be deceiving at first. It looks like a

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Encouraging Independence and Self-Reliance

The line between parental responsibility and coddling can sometimes get blurred. I am guilty of it.  I remember all too well how hard being a kid was for me. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to do everything for children. Take afterschool, for instance.  After a long day of learning, I find myself thinking poor baby, he needs a break. I used

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Tennis

I’m always wary of exposing my son to the hyper competitive afterschool sports available.  From parents yelling at their kids, children learning bad sports behavior etc, it can be a volatile environment at best. I have been lucky to find a great sport that seems to bring out the best in coaches, kids and parents- tennis! There are a lot of benefits that playing

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