Recently my son had a problem that kept bugging him despite many efforts to solve it. He just could not get around it. After a couple of weeks, I noticed his sleep was disrupted and he was a bit short tempered. So I decided to try with him a problem solving technique I had learned long ago in a yoga class. Walking meditation is
When we moved, we lost contact with a lot of our friends. The friends who were sure company on a rainy weekend, holiday or after-school. At our new home, where the neighbors did not seem as friendly and the children were non-existent, it was hard to make new friends. Years have come and gone since then and we have new friends. We met them
Where I live, the city art museum provides free entrance on Thursday afternoons. Most large museums across the United States offer similar incentive programs in an effort to make art available and appealing to everyone, regardless of income. To find the museum in your city, just search online for free entrance days to art museums in (your city). As an art school almost-graduate, art
FoolProof Teacher is a website with tools for educators and students that teaches students about money and personal finances. The founder of the website, Will deHoo, lectures schools on tips for students on how to become money savvy. The lectures have proved to be a success for students according to a story recently published in San Francisco Chronicle where it describes how Mr. deHoo
The Dictionary Game Players take turns being the trickster in this hilarious, yet educational dictionary game. The trickster must search through the dictionary and select an interesting, unfamiliar word. The trickster then shares and spells the word for the other players. The trickster writes this word and the definition on a slip of paper. The other players must create a fake definition for the
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.
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
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