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Kids for Troops

Our local school discussed how students can help U.S. troops keep up their spirits by writing letters and sending care packages. There is a way to even adopt a platoon! The idea of supporting the men and women who are keeping us safe has been an interest of my son’s for a while because his uncle is a serviceman. Now, knowing that he is

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Travel Dreams and Planning

When traveling, even for an afternoon, is out of the question because of time constraints or lack of funds, planning future travel can be a lot of fun and somewhat fulfilling. Your child might learn something too. With the wonder and availability of the Internet, my son does not have to leave home to explore places around the world. There are a lot of

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Nature Journal

There is no learning environment better than nature itself. One of the most wonderful memories I have is walking in my grandmother’s garden. For further enjoyment and learning after school, kids can keep a nature journal. A nature journal provides a way for children to learn to draw what they see and to capture details they may not have noticed at first, developing sharp

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New Fiction for Kids

There is nothing more wonderful, in my opinion, than watching my son reading afterschool.  It is what he does when he’s bored, tired, waiting or just stuck inside because of the weather. Because he’s such an avid reader, he makes his way through books like a knife through butter.  Therefore, I try to keep up with what books are out there right now so

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Make a Movie Afterschool

Since we gave him a small digital camera, our son has been playing around with capturing videos. Lately, his frustration at the limitations of what he knows and what his equipment is capable of seems more and more evident. I worry he will lose momentum in this new interest because of obstacles and that would be a shame.  As we all know, most people

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Blogging For Kids

Recently my son was reading something online.  He was riveted! I usually find him watching YouTube  videos or playing  video games, so I was surprised to see him reading instead.  When I asked him what it was that was holding his interest and he said a friend’s blog. Blogs are pages within a website where people write about their lives or any topic really.

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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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Writing Workshops for Kids

If your child loves to write, tell stories or report on events, a writing workshop is a wonderful way for him to spend time after school. A writing workshop can help a young author emerge and provide focus, inspiration and challenge your child to aspire to publishing their writing. If your child want to tell a story, help them by providing access to expert

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Old Photos Tell the Story

When they came up with the term visual learner, they could have molded it from my son. He has to see it to believe it, know it, and understand it. All our learning has to be punctuated by something visual before we can go into the doing. Encyclopedias, the internet and old history books, all with their plethora of photos, illustrations, graphs etc, help

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Mentors – Who Will You Choose?

When I was about 12 years old, my parents enrolled me in an after school program.  Really, it was just a glorified babysitter.  While there, though, I met a woman who was a volunteer tutor in the program, but at the end of the year, only the word mentor could apply to her. An avid reader, she helped me learn to read in English

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