Posts from: October 2016

How to make Halloween healthier without being a killjoy

I know that Halloween is a favorite holiday for so many people. And I totally get the appeal—carving pumpkins, dressing up in cool costumes and getting free candy is pretty sweet. As a parent, I still love the holiday, but I’ve learned that I need to "tweak" my approach to the holiday to keep my kids from turning into little monsters.

For starters, the crowds in Chicago can be out of control, especially during the trick-or-treating hours hosted by neighborhood stores. It’s a far cry fr...

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:57 PM by Laura Hoover

Why prekindergarten is key for child development | NPNparents.org

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During years four and five, children thrive through creative exploration and the desire to gain new experiences. They are learning to be more self-reliant and are seeking independence. They approach each day with curiosity—looking to expand their understanding of the world around them. Their language and communication skills are expanding rapidly, and they find gratification in sharing their new thoughts and ideas with peers and adults.

Prekindergar...

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 9:29 AM

NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair: Know before you go

The NPN Preschool & Elementary School Fair is just days away! Here are all of the details you need to help you prepare before you arrive on Sunday, Oct. 16, in order to have a great school search experience. (Haven't registered yet? There are still a few spots left! Register here.)

PREPARING FOR THE EVENT

Want to personalize your search criteria? You can do this with My Directory. Choose up to 30 schools, view them on a map, and save them to a custom PDF to print and bring wi...

Posted on October 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski

The top fall family activities in Chicago

It’s that time of year when there is pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING and the weather is absolutely perfect for exploring before old man winter comes and sends us all into a seasonal depression (c’mon, I know I’m not the only one who goes crazy being cooped up inside with energetic little ones, right?!?!).

So make the most out of fall in Chicagoland and create your own family fall bucket list. Need some inspiration? Here’s what is on ours—and be sure to keep up with our autumnal activities ...

Posted on October 03, 2016 at 9:41 AM by Amanda Simkin

A primer on elementary school terms | NPNparents.org

It’s your kids who are starting school, but for many parents searching for schools feels like being in the classroom all over again! You’re taking notes on various schools, coming across brand-new terms you’ve never seen before and—gasp!—maybe even compiling a spreadsheet to keep everything straight. 

It’s overwhelming, and the urge to play hooky to escape all this is tempting. But we at NPN are here to ease some of the anxiety that comes with finding the right school for your child wi...

Posted on October 03, 2016 at 9:00 AM by Laura Baginski