Quirky after school programs

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    Includes arts and crafts, games, nature programs, songs, rainy day activities and more.
    $28.99  from Quill.com
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    Nearly 600 projects, bulk-priced to save you money ! Twelve-week after-school craft program designed for once-a-week craft sessions from March to May, plus coordinated program guide with theme ideas. 48 (or more) craft session activities per kit for 594 projects! Program guide, supplies and instructions included. Perfect for boys and girls! Includes: 48 a" Mini Birdhouse Magnets 48 a" Velvet Sticker Sheets 48 a" Wood Photo Frames 48 a" Nature Puzzles (assorted designs) 48 a" Baby Owls 48 a" Color-Me Lanyard Key Chains 48 a" Round Ceramic Boxes 50 a" Remembrance Poppies 48 a" Wood Windchimes (assorted designs) 48 a" Brite Lite Butterflies (assorted designs) 48 a" Flower Thermometers 64 a" Global Good Luck Symbols 1 a" Program Guide
    $395.99  from S&S Worldwide
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    Over 600 projects, bulk-priced to save you money! Twelve-week after-school craft program designed for once-a-week craft sessions from December to February, plus coordinated program guide with theme ideas. 48 (or more) craft session activities per kit for 648 projects! Program guide, supplies and instructions included. Perfect for boys and girls! Includes: 48 a" Canvas Kick Sacks 48 a" Paint-A-Dot Jungle Animals (assorted designs) 120 a" Balloon Buddies 48 a" Jungle Animal Mandalas 32 a" Mineral Mosaics 48 a" Heart 2 Heart Noteholders 48 a" Velvet Art Ornament Frames 64 a" Beaded Ornaments 48 a" Chinese Writing Essentials 48 a" Easy Way Pictures (assorted designs) 48 a" Groundhog Day Craft 48 a" Kangaroo and Joey Too 1 a" Program Guide
    $395.99  from S&S Worldwide

With the growing interest in after school programs shown by the Government as well as parents, new and hitherto unheard of programs are being explored. In an attempt to make a child aware of his responsibilities as an individual and as a citizen, these after school programs make use of a child’s natural curiosity and his irrepressible energy. Investigative Skills:

In some schools in Kernersville, children are developing their investigative skills. Children meet with adults who introduce them to the details of fake non-violent crimes. They take notes, visit the scene and gather information. Students learn to listen to alibis, collect fingerprints and gather any other pieces of evidence. According to the principal, these activities challenge her students’ problem solving skills. Children learn to think critically and to form informed judgments. Fisheries and sciences:

In North Carolina, children who are interested get a chance to win a scholarship through their after school activity. Here, students are given a chance to face hands-on fisheries science experiments in a freshwater or marine setting. Professionals, educators and experts from the world of Fisheries act as mentors. Students accepted into the program get a $3,000 scholarship.

The above examples go to show that after school activities are becoming serious. They are slowly morphing into important parts of a child’s education and moving away from the fun-and-frolic-only programs.