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I worked for several years as a Craft Specialist for a major retail chain.  Being allowed to use and demonstrate new products for the store gave me a wide knowledge of a variety of crafts and artistic hobbies.  I was also responsible for coordinating crafts with children, which as a teacher, was a win-win situation for me.  I also made it a point to tell parents the educational benefits of the activity we were doing.  It is incredibly important to me that a child have an artistic hobby, a creative outlet that allows them to produce something tangible.   Yes, children, really everyone, needs to get outside and be active.  I walk every single day.  However, my hobby is crafting - mostly making jewelry or knitting.  That is a stationary activity and doesn't provide physical activity for me.  So what good is it?  There are many benefits that we don't even consider!   Probably one of the earliest crafts that kids participate... read more

   Summer is a crucial time for students to continue their education. I know they have just finished up the school year and would love a break, but there needs to be some activity from the students. An easy way to keep your brain going is to actually study things you enjoy. Instead of sitting at home and going through your basic classes (Math, English, Science, etc), I suggest incorporating something you enjoy or find interest in. If you already enjoy a hobby then expand your knowledge in that field. Learning can take place in all fields. For instance, I have been wanting to learn more about light waves and solar energy, so I signed up for free classes on Coursera.com for the summer. They are basic courses with a light load of work, but I will most likely put more effort into these courses because I actually find them interesting.     Another excellent solution is games. Games are a great way to hold your students undivided attention with fun. There are... read more

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