Category: Shari’s Corner

Charleston charms for a family vacation

Charleston charms for a family vacation

April 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

During Winter Break, we wanted to take our girls out of the cold for a few days. We talked about heading to Charleston, South Carolina, as we had heard it was just beautiful at Christmas. We didn’t end up in Charleston for the holidays, but we did make it there for Spring Break. In many […]

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Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Spring break is coming up soon. Do you know what you are doing with your kids? From looming to learning to laughing, here are some ideas whether you need something to keep your kids busy all week or just a one day outing to break up the togetherness. In true school fashion, the ideas are […]

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The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

The Joy of Financial Security a family affair

March 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Sometimes I think our girls are going to grow up thinking my favorite phrases are “Is that on sale?” or “You have one, you don’t need another one.” Sometimes I think they will say my favorite phrase is “Can’t we find that at Goodwill?” I know they are frustrated by how closely we track our […]

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When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women's History Month

When Audrey Met Alice a good book for Women’s History Month

March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Author Rebecca Behrens wrote a fun, new historical middle school fiction book called When Audrey Met Alice. This book considers how one first daughter, Alice Roosevelt, might influence another first daughter, Audrey Rose, even though they lived in the White House during very different times.  Alice’s diaries detail events during her father’s time. After reading […]

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Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

Today is the day to make plans to get unstuck

March 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

A book press release showed up in my inbox with the headline “Overwhelmed? Bored? Frustrated? Get unstuck, get inspired, and get going again!” After this winter, I think the headline describes most Chicagoans. No matter how proud we are of our ability to endure the coldest, snowiest weather, there’s something about this never-ending winter that […]

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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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