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Family and Consumer Science

Family and consumer science, or home economics, is the study of nutrition, cooking, parenting, interior decoration, textiles, gardening, and other practical aspects of home management. These skills have long been attributed as a requirement to the feminine gender only and have in the last twenty years or so completely fallen off the map. I realized this when I realized our local schools do not

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Constellation Afterschool

One of our favorite past times is stargazing. However, it’s hard to keep track of all those constellations.   Although, he’s been taught all about constellations, the retention has always been minimal. He will remember little bits and pieces, but not enough to mark as proficient. I think the reason is that he learns best by doing something -an activity-related to what he’s learning.

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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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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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Learning through Osmosis

Who says learning needs to stop after kids exit the school building? Most parents enroll their children in afterschool activities geared to direct and guided learning of some sort. How about setting things up so that children  learn without realizing they are learning? “Learning through osmosis” is an analogy for natural, organic and  indirect way of learning. To learn through osmosis means to learn

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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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Spelunkers – Expand Your Creativity!

One of the most wonderful things we can do for our children is have them experience the natural world for themselves. For example, last year my son learned about Cuba’s turbulent history. This summer, his father, who was born there, was able to arrange a trip with our son. What an experience!  His knowledge of Cuba is the best kind- firsthand. So this month,

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Kite Making and Flying for Kids

Now that the cooler weather is here, our after school activities have been more varied. One of our favorite pastimes is flying kites. This season, I wanted to sneak in a little social studies, history and science into our activity. First, I shared how kites are and have been used in the world: -in the Solomon Islands, kites are used as a fishing aid.

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