Successful 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

What marks a successful after school program? What are the things that you

should look for when enrolling your child into one such program? Other than the obvious advantage of learning something new, successful programs incorporate many things that help the development of the child.

Development of social skills is one of the more important objectives of a good after school program. In a recent survey, parents indicated that while they do want their children to respect others, they also wanted them to imbibe skills like getting along with other children and getting used to children outside the immediate circle of friends. Many children find it difficult to make new friends and get along with people outside their group.

Good after school programs place special emphasis on security and safety. They keep children out of trouble and keep them safe. A good after school program should be fun, especially when the children are young. If the activity is fun, you will not have to worry about keeping him interested or motivated. To be effective, programs should be organized and structured. They must also suit the age of the child. The child must be aware of the purpose of the program, and must be convinced that they are attending the programs to accomplish something.