Category: Shari’s Corner

Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

Help your children build critical thinking skills using local culture

March 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

One of the key shifts in education is the emphasis on critical thinking. It’s at the heart of the Common Core Standards. According to the site criticalthinkingworks.com, “The Common Core standards for English Language Arts call for student-centered work in classrooms that build knowledge, develop writing skills, and produce confident and competent critical thinkers who […]

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Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

Kahn Academy a personal tutor for you and your children

February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

During the past few years, we’ve searched for different ways to supplement our daughters’ education. When our girls were younger, we discovered XtraMath, a free website that helps children learn their basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Our girls were able to build a strong foundation playing XtraMath games and learn to answer […]

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Two events celebrate diversity in Chicago's arts scene

Two events celebrate diversity in Chicago’s arts scene

February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

There’s a lot of talk about the need to increase diversity in the arts. In the next few weeks, Chicago area audiences will have two opportunities to support our local arts diversity with two very different shows by the Chicago Opera Theater and the Joffrey Ballet. These are great ways to introduce your children to new […]

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The Opportunity books hope to motivate minority students to dream big

The Opportunity books hope to motivate minority students to dream big

February 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

 Lerner publishing group has a special imprint for “emerging striving and reluctant” readers called Darby Creek. With that audience in mind, a new book series called “The Opportunity” creates stories meant to motivate students to dream big and fulfill their potential. I read both “The Campaign” by Elizabeth Karre and “Box Office Smash” by D.M. […]

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Infidelity and The Bald Eagle

Infidelity and The Bald Eagle

November 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

Why did the U.S. choose the bald eagle as our national emblem on June 20, 1782? Is it because the bald eagle symbolizes long life, superior strength, beauty and only lives in North America? Or is it because he mates for life? Does the symbol of the bald eagle put unrealistic expectations of fidelity on married public […]

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Finding Your Swan

Finding Your Swan

November 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

“Swans usually do mate for life. But there are times when a swan does take a new mate. A swan may take a new mate if its partner gets lost or dies. A male swan is known as a ‘cob’, the female is known as a ‘pen’. A baby swan is called a signet. When […]

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Not a Post for my Father to Read

Not a Post for my Father to Read

March 9, 2011 | Comments (16)

I was at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville (which, if you’ve never been, I highly suggest visiting for your next movie outing. “Unique” doesn’t even BEGIN to describe how totally cool each theater is…) last week to see the movie Hall Pass. Now, I’m not here to critique the movie. It was funny and […]

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Holiday Card Check Lists?

January 27, 2011 | Comments (1)

We may have wrapped and boxed all of the holiday decorations, but there is still a holiday issue that is kind of bugging me: Holiday cards. This year we received less cards than we normally do, not drastically less, but less all the same. Each year it seems to taper down. I figured that people are […]

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Shakespeare is wasted on the young

September 21, 2010 | Comments (4)

I’ve always struggled reading Shakespeare.   The last time I really made an attempt was back in college.   The words on the page were just difficult and heavy in many ways.  I realize now that the problem was that I was too young to appreciate it. We were invited this weekend to see Romeo and Juliet at […]

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A couple's date night

Shhh, Don’t Tell My Husband

August 2, 2010 | Comments (5)

My husband Randy and I are taking a trip downtown this weekend to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. The two of us will have long leisurely dinners, meditate on the modern art in the new wing of the Art Institute and stay up late for a Second City show. All made possible by the exclusion […]

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Two couples

Their Marriage

July 19, 2010 | Comments (5)

I’m angry. I’m resentful. I’m dismayed, sad, and weepily nostalgic for the time before I heard The News. And I’m not even the one going through the divorce. My husband and I have been friends with the couple for nearly two decades. Ten years ago, the four of us, along with their adorable infant daughter, […]

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