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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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Survival Training

For his birthday, my husband received a Disaster Survival book. He put it on a shelf and forgot about. I have seen my son reading it more than once, with avid interest.  When I asked him if he liked it, he responded, sagely, I think this  is the kind of information everyone should know. It makes sense as parents that we make sure to

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Life Saving Techniques for Kids

A recent scare in our household highlighted for me how important it is for children to know some basic life saving techniques. My son noticed before I did that his little sister was showing signs of distress and told me right away that she needed help. His quick observation and analysis of the situation saved precious seconds when it counted. Emergencies happen and it’s

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Astronomy and Telescopes for Kids

Star gazing and planetary observation using a telescope is a great way to expose children to the wonders of astronomy. Especially during this time of year when it gets darker earlier, it’s a great afterschool activity. Astronomy helps kids learn about planets and other celestial objects. You don’t need the most expensive telescopes to accomplish this.  A small and less expensive telescope made just

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Krav Maga – Activities for Kids

My son has taken karate for a few years but has been bored with it.  He mentioned that he wished he could learn self-defense to deal with real life scenarios.  I had seen an ad recently for something called Krav Maga (hebrew for “contact combat”).  This is a non-competitive, multi-skill self-defense system developed in Europe that uses striking, wrestling and grappling techniques. I met

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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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Pen Pals – Building Relationships

When I was in the 6th grade, I wrote my pen pal a letter a month for years.  It is, to this day, one of my most cherished memories.  Though we lost touch when we entered our teen years, I feel that corresponding with my pen pal overseas was a wonderful learning experience for me. My only option back then was to write a

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