afterschool

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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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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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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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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Fairy Gardens

I am always searching for activities my 10 year old son and 20 month old daughter can do together. It’s hard since their interests and skill levels are so different. Recently I found a great activity that sparked both their imaginations- creating a fairy garden. From the little bit of research I did, I found fairy gardens are like a worldwide craft phenomena. People

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Self-Portrait

I often wonder what goes on in my child’s head. I always look for opportunities to glimpse his ideas and thoughts.  Recently, we started an ongoing project that really helps me see how he sees himself. My son’s self-portrait is a reflection of what he looks like and how he interprets himself and the world around him.  If I want to get to know

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Fun Things To Do On Rainy Afternoons

We try not to let cold, gloomy, rainy days ruin our free time. There are so many fun and creative ways to make fun around the house.  Here are some  ways we stop the rain from dampening our spirits. Word Games are a wonderful way to connect with children. It’s also a good brain exercise but it doesn’t feel like work. -Create a fairy

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