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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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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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Appreciating Teacher – An Important Relationship

At afterschool playgroup the other day, we were discussing teachers and how under-appreciated they often are. Our children have a great teacher who takes a lot of time out of her own life to help our kids.  Everyone likes to be told that they’re doing a great job and we can help our children do just that by just doing one of the below,

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Sticking to it

I have a friend whose daughter has been taking piano for a couple of years.  The little girl recently told her mother she really doesn’t want to take piano anymore.  Her mom won’t let her quit. Worrying about our kid’s future is number one on our list. We want them to succeed. We want them to know how to commit, be dependable, persevere. We

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Helping Their Self Esteem

Its wonderful when you can provide activities for your kids that are fun but which also help them build self esteem. Really, children can never have too much self- esteem, so even if you have a confident child, it doesn’t hurt. If you are wondering what signs to look for to check how your child self- confidence holds up, ask yourself these questions: –

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Minecraft

My son loves building Lego’s and he can’t get enough of video games. Well, he has started to play a PC game called Minecraft, which combines both of these favorite activities. Minecraft is a seemingly simple game. But the possibilities of what a player can accomplish are endless, which is why this game can be so addictive and at such a great deal.  Minecraft

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Bed-A-Palooza!

We went on a tour at the local humane society and it was an eye opening experience for my son. He knew how shelters work but seeing it first hand is another thing. What stuck with him was how many of the animals had no beds to sleep on. Some had a towel on the cement floor. Many had nothing, so their days are

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