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
Our family plays a dinner game at the end of each year in which we each try to quickly and succinctly list the top ten things we remember from the year. It can be an event, a dream, a disappointment, a lesson, an outing…just anything that we want to never forget. This year it was my son’s idea to add to this tradition by
The holiday season is just around the corner. In our family we try to keep to homemade gifts for the most part; to keep the spirit of giving alive, while minimizing the commercialism and to, let’s face it, not break the bank! So every November, my son and I get to work at least one day a week afterschool to make everyone a gift.
If your children like to collect, make friends and create art, they will love the idea of art in your pocket. In Europe in 1996, the concept of Artists Trading Cards was born. Essentially, ATCs are little works of art that can be traded for other little works of art. They must be original, self produced art and must not be sold; only exchanged.
As I write this, my nine year old son is on the big trampoline outside, laid out flat, looking up … bored. He announced he was bored before he went out there and has since done nothing but lay down on the sunny spot in the trampoline. Years ago, I would have observed this idleness with some alarm lest it be confused as laziness.
Kids of all ages love to participate in arts and crafts. It is oftentimes an easy and fun way for them to express their creativity. For homeschool parents and organizers of after school programs, crafts can serve as a helpful and easy project to partake in. There are many projects that you can make with items found around your household. Here is a list
Disney characters that are recognizable to children can help them become more comfortable when learning new things or trying new activities. Because children can relate to these characters that they see so often on television and in the movies, they are more likely to open up their minds and express their creativity in their work. Disney Create is a great interactive site that is
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 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