Posts from: January 2020

Summer Camp in Chicago: When, where and how to sign up for summer fun

Believe it or not, now’s the time to start thinking about summer camps. Many have already opened up registration with early-bird discounts, while others don’t offer placement till spring...only to sell out in hours.

To help you navigate your options, we’re hosting our first-ever Summer Camp Fair on February 23 (details below!). Meanwhile, we’ve pooled advice and information from our members and staff to help get you started.

How old does my child have to be to go to camp?
Most cam...

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 1:21 PM by Lauren Viera

How and why to talk to your kids about the 2020 presidential election

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From casual conversation to heavy TV ads, the 2020 presidential election is unavoidable and your kids are likely drawing conclusions. Let’s explore how to make election season educational, and hopefully less stressful, for kids* of any age.

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What do they already know? What have they heard from friends, at school, on TV and online? Kids may or may not realize that elections have the potential to change their lives. Assess their knowle...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

You have more CPS high school options than you may think

 

We’ve just closed the door on that stressful season when high school students-to-be partake in applications. My wife and I have been talking about high schools for our 6th grader for a couple of years, so we empathize. Fortunately, your choices are much better than what you might realize.

For families stressing about which school is “right” for their child, likely the anxiety is caused by the selection process to get into the “best” high schools. You might believe there are only a...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Michael Beyer

Why I follow the Montessori method to combat bullying

According to statistics reported by StopBullying.gov, between one in four and one in three students will face bullying at school this year. As a parent, this is a statistic that I do not want my child to be a part of—from either side of the fence. And as a Montessori school administrator, this is a topic that I navigate with families at least once every year. I believe that this statistic can change if we focus on empathy and community.

Our daughter is almost 5 and has attended Montess...

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 1:56 PM by Lila Jokanovic

You can make eating out with your kids actually enjoyable

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Does going to a restaurant with kids fill you with apprehension? Do you cross your fingers and hope for the best, or do you load up on digital toys and promise yourself it will be different next time?

We’ve had some wonderful meals out…and ones we’d prefer to block from memory. But we like eating out too much to dispense with this pastime—children and all. Here's how we've helped our kids develop the patience and manners to make a meal out more enj...

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:52 PM by Fiona Royer

NPN members pay no application fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago

*PARENT PERK BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

 

GEMS World Academy Chicago leverages the International Baccalaureate framework to inspire students to learn locally and think globally, using the entire city of Chicago as an extension of the classroom. Our outstanding, experienced core faculty all hold graduate degrees, and our program is housed in some of the city’s most inspired, cutting-edge learning facilities.

RSVP for the Winter Open House on Jan 25 at 11 AM and explore other admissio...

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Preparing today's kids for tomorrow's jobs

 

*SPONSORED POST BY CODEVERSE*

In this digital day and age, technology impacts everything we do, affecting the way we live, travel, work and communicate with one another. Kids are growing up with smartphones and tablets at their fingertips. Businesses must adapt or die, keeping atop of emerging technologies while also creating new technologies that drive growth and innovation. 

Every single industry has already been disrupted by technology, and the rate of change from here i...

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 12:39 PM by Lily Wilson

Which sleep training method is right for you?

Just like babies, the idea of “sleep training” is something of a mystery. Depending on whose advice you’re following, there are conflicting rules. Even among experts, there are different methodologies. And given any methodology, there’s probably going to be a whole lot of trial and error to get it right. But above it all, there is the promise of sleep — beautiful, precious, sleep — for baby and you. To help those of you who are especially sleep-deprived, we consulted with some experts to ...

Posted on January 09, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Lauren Viera

NPN members save 50% on application at Resurrection Preschool

*PARENT PERK BY RESURRECTION PRESCHOOL*

 

At Resurrection Preschool, our philosophy is simple: as educators, we help each child gain a positive self-concept, a sense of competency, and a love of learning. Our classroom activities focus on the “whole child,” including each child’s social, language, cognitive, emotional, and physical development. We also place emphasis on balancing child-selected activities with teacher-directed activities.

Started in 1970 by Resurrection Luthera...

Posted on January 07, 2020 at 7:00 AM