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Craft for Boys

I don’t know what it is about the word crafting but my son runs away when asked to join me. However, no more!  I have stumbled onto enticing crafts for boys. These craft ideas are engaging and take more than five minutes, making them a good afterschool activity that he really enjoyed! Marshmallow Shooter   Gather up some balloons, plastic cups, mini marshmallows and

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Etiquette Guide for Kids

For kids to be successful adults, social skills are as imperative as academic skills. If you start early, polite and caring behavior will become second nature to children.   We all want our kids grow into thoughtful, generous, considerate and respectful people. The key to enabling this is to make learning manners an everyday fun activity.   A great way to learn manners is

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Kid Friendly Research Sites

So it’s after school and your child has a report due tomorrow. He needs to research but you have things to do, so you can’t sit and supervise the search online entirely. What to do? The web can be dangerous for kids. Parental controls don’t always work. Direct supervision has always been imperative. Nowadays though, kids researching on the web could not be simpler

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Extending Academic Learning by Skyping

My son uses the online video conferencing tool Skype when he’s gaming. It allows him to speak to friends and see them while they play.  Lately though Skype has become a wonderful tool for extending academic  learning in the after school hours.   Skype has the ability to help kids make connections with people in the community and around the world. Skype’s many communication

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Building Blocks Great for All Ages

The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play.  I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.

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Spanish Channel

A great way to spend some quality time after school is by learning another language. This kind of out-of-school study could help compliment foreign language efforts at school or it can provide your child with an edge over other kids in the future. Learning a second language is probably a goal that all students should take on.   Dictionary.com recently began a Spanish Channel

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Mandalas for Kids

A mandala is usually a circular diagram symbolizing an ideal universe. They can come in many forms. Mandalas were originated in the 4th century as part of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism. They were used in Tibet, India, Nepal, China and Japan among other countries. Now they are created throughout the world. Making a mandala can be a very empowering experience for

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Sphinx Kids

Sphinx Kids is a part of the Sphinx Organization’s Classical Connections program, which strives to bring classical music into underserved schools in the United States.  However, your child can enjoy it too! Sphinx Kids contains interactive games and videos from the Sphinx Classical Connections CD-Rom as well as from the New York Philharmonic’s KidZone website. It is a music site that has games and

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Ways to Maintain Creativity

Everyone, including children, needs to have creative outlets in order to achieve happiness and balance. Creativity does not need to be taught, but it does need nurturing.  It needs to brew in the right conditions to prosper and grow to its full potential. This is especially true for children after hours spent learning in school.   There are many simple ways that can inspire

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Healthy Afterschoolers

After a full day of learning, my son is ravenous. Choosing healthy snack foods to have available for him is imperative. Healthy snacks can improve a person’s health by adding fiber and nutrients to the diet. For a child, a healthy snack can provide a much needed energy boost, for after school activities including homework. Top 20 healthy snack foods to have on hand

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