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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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Social Networks for Kids

Most of my family and friends have a social network account.  I have one as well, so it was no surprise when my son asked to get an account too. I didn’t object because it seems for the most part, these social network sites are good social training for life.  I find that it can teach empathy and to develop a sense of self,

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Crosswords for Kids

When I was a tween, one of my favorite things to do was the newspaper crossword puzzle. I loved the challenge and the great feeling I got from completing it. I know it also gave me an edge at school. At 10, my son enjoys a lot of different kinds of puzzles and challenges, all delivered technologically. I introduced him to crossword puzzles online

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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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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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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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Purging – Time for Some Toys to Go

Our son has many toys and gadgets all over the house.  Birthdays and holidays have been very generous to him. He does play and use a lot of it, but over this past year, I have noticed a big drop in the interest level. There is a big leap from 9 years to 10 years old.  Yesterday, after school, I mentioned the possibility of

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Bottle-Cap Art

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. 

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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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