Tag: "Shari Schmidt"

It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

During our recent parent orientation, our daughters’ teachers explained that they would not have math books this year. The fifth grade students would receive math worksheets as the school decided to test Eureka Math. Apparently Eureka Math doesn’t come with a textbook. Now we get to spend our evenings doing online research so we can […]

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Fall books for kids of all ages

Fall books for kids of all ages

September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine. Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan […]

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Back to school tips for all families

Back to school tips for all families

August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school sales are everywhere, yet all parents know that getting your kids ready to go back to school is a process that doesn’t end when you have all required school supplies. WebMD offers these tips for getting your kids ready to go back to school. Even though you’ve heard these tips before, it’s always good […]

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Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

July 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival has brought  free, world-class dance performances representing all dance genres to Chicago since 2007. This year the founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke continue the tradition with world premieres, special commissions and two outdoor simulcasts. The first simulcast brings the August 20 Opening Night performances to the Pritzker Pavilion and Great […]

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Tempel Lipizzan Farms a summer treat for families

Tempel Lipizzan Farms a summer treat for families

July 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

There are many wonderful local attractions that make a Chicago summer special. A visit to the Tempel Lipizzan Farms should be on your list. Lipizzans are the beautiful white horses capable of seemingly gravity-defying leaps. These rare Lipizzan horses are bred, trained and perform in Chicago’s northern suburbs at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, […]

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Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicagoan’s view summer as a reward for surviving winter. Most people I talk to want to stay in town this year and enjoy our beautiful city. Recently the Shedd Aquarium sent a press release reminding me of a great way to enjoy Chicago at a discounted price. Two companies offer discounted multi-attraction packages that let […]

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Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

This might sound crazy, but every holiday we spend one day organizing some part of our house. It becomes a marathon of cleaning, tossing and restructuring. Usually there is a purpose to our madness. We try to look at the calendar and get ready for something. It could be back-to-school or cold weather or summer […]

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Soccer options all around for Chicago families

Soccer options all around for Chicago families

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The World Cup has everyone talking soccer, so how do you capture that excitement once the champion is crowned? You can start right here with our own teams. Chicago is home to 2 professional soccer teams:  The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars. As the Chicago Fire website explains, “It all began with a […]

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Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo's Nose series

Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo’s Nose series

June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mo Smells the Ballpark, A Mo’s Nose Book, written by Margaret Hyde and Nichelle Robinson, is a charming book about a pup’s first visit to a baseball park. What’s great about the book, designed for children from 3 – 6 years old, is that the story has empowering messages for both the person reading it […]

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Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

When your kids are small, animal books are everywhere. When they get a bit older, books tend to feature people rather than animals. Recently I received three books teaching kids about animals that will draw in children and keep them reading this summer. Bindi Wildlife Adventures, by Bindi Irwin with Jess Black, uses the celebrity […]

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Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Three ways to celebrate Father’s Day

May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

In our house we’re working on our Father’s Day plans. Our daughters are going in many, many different directions when it comes to the perfect gift for Daddy. Here are three that caught our attention for different reasons. We might even do all three of these for Father’s Day because while each is a fun […]

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Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

Celebrate Chinese culture with The White Snake and the Chinese Fine Arts Society

May 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a federal program to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. Most people think of Chicago’s Asian culture as being centered in either Chinatown, on Argyle Street, or at KoreaTown, depending upon which side […]

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