Posts from: December 2013

Educational Technology in Your Young Child’s Life

In my classroom, we have two simple rules for using tablets: be gentle, and try not to sneeze or drool too much. The kids laugh when tell them this. It is a joke for the most part. But I see our students’ eyes open wide when they catch a glimpse of an iPad, and I do wonder if they begin to salivate.

Tablets have burst onto the educational landscape with remarkable speed. While children clamor to get their fingers on the nearest touch screen, parents and educators must weigh the tech...

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Creative Scholars Preschool

Travel the World- Without Leaving Chicago!

Experiencing different cultures is an essential part of a child’s development. Now more than ever, children are growing up in a world with stronger global connections and the need for understanding others is essential. Chicago is a culturally rich city full of unique global experiences that we can share with our children which is precisely the reason GEMS World Academy is so fortunate to call downtown Chicago our home. The possibilities to explore are boundless. Here are some of my favorit...

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago

'Tis the Season for Safety

The holidays are a time for joy and laughter, full of family, food, and fun. Kids In Danger (KID) wants to keep these traditions alive for every family by ensuring children are kept safe over the holiday season. To ensure you and your family get through the season safety, KID has compiled safety tips for traveling and shopping over the holidays to help keep every family’s days merry and bright.


While traveling and celebrating, keep these tips in mind:

Always u...

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Dev Gowda

3 Tips To End Homework Battles

According to a Public Agenda survey, half of U.S. parents report having major disagreements with their children over homework. Considering that homework is a daily ritual, the potential for regularly-scheduled disasters is overwhelming. While there are a million reasons for homework woes, the following three tips can help you and your child from coming to blows:

1. When working on an assignment that is difficult and frustrating for your child, model both problem-solving approaches AND ...

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Heather Bragg

Perks! Up to 20% off Kid's Cooking Classes - Winter Break Camp, too!

Cook up a storm this winter at The Kids' Table! NPN Members take *15% off Winter camp and *20% 0ff Winter & Spring Sessions at The Kids' Table! You and your child will marvel at how much they’re capable of in the kitchen! Call (773.235.2665) to register and tell them you are a NPN Member!

At The Kids' Table, kids as young as two get to chop, grate, mix and roll their way to delicious dishes - all with the guidance of chef instructors and carefully selected cooking tools. Kids ...

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 6:25 AM by Ellie Ander

Free Coats for Kids

The kids are buzzing around the house, barely able to contain their excitement for the holidays. Sledding and snowmen and snow angels abound. Adding an extra ten minutes to get ready each morning to stuff noodley arms in coat sleeves, tug on the snow pants, and finagle little fingers into mittens and gloves. These are our mainstays of winter.

But in Chicago, there are tens of thousands of children who do not have a proper winter coat. They spend our brutal winters wearing layered hoodi...

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Why Do Children Need Nursery School?

At the foundation of a nursery school’s ability to help children is the training and experience of its staff and the quality of the child’s relationship with teachers. 

Teachers support children as they learn to become successful members of a group.  Nursery school is fun but it also requires beginning to understand procedures such as: how to clear your spot at snack, how to gain some self regulation, raising your hand to get a turn, and how to delay gratification.  Young children can ...

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM by Jane Nolan

Holiday Drop-Off Lifesavers!

Do you have tons of stuff to get done before the holidays? Now you can shop, wrap and relax while the kiddos are in one of our favorite drop-off programs. 

Little Beans Café -  Drop and Shop Day Camp

Kids will play, take a class, do activities and eat lunch. This is run their camp leaders so it’s sure be lots of fun. Child must be 2.5-4.5 and potty trained.

Monday, Dec. 16th, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 17th, 10:00am-1:00pm

$35 per child (includes lunch)


Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM by Christa Reed

Frequently Un-Asked Real Estate Questions

I get all sorts of questions from people trying to sell their property. Unfortunately, a lot of the most important questions go unasked. Here are a few. 

What would be a quick sale list price, and what would be a list price that I can try to get the most value out of my property?

When sellers want to list their property they each have different goals in mind.  People may decide to move for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s more important to sell the property quickly and other t...

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Neil Hackler

Culture in Chicago: Sweden

Cultural Care Au Pair is back to talk about ways to treat your family to a cultural experience without leaving the city!  This month we take you on a journey to Sweden.  There are so many fun ways to enjoy the Swedish culture right here in Chicago. 

Sweden really knows how to make the darkest day of the year full of light!  Each year on December 13th, the people of Sweden celebrate the feast of St. Lucia.  St. Lucia was a young Christian martyr who secretly brought food to the persecut...

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck