Category: Navigating Chicago Schools

Focus on mistakes to help your child learn

If you are the parent of a child who is struggling with learning and/or attention and you are not getting support, answers or a plan of action from the school, you are not alone. Approximately 20% of school-aged children face some learning challenge during their academic careers. That’s 10 million children in the U.S. alone!

Many children, especially those without a diagnosis or clear-cut, identified challenge, are often not given the necessary support for their learning needs in the s...

Posted on August 08, 2017 at 1:18 PM by Heather Bragg

Play all day? That's exactly what your preschooler should be doing

“Play is often talked about is if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” —Fred Rogers

As a parent, I always thought play is play. Sure, I knew kids learn through play—after all, that’s pretty much what preschoolers do all day—but it looked to me as if they were simply imitating what they saw adults doing, often turning recent experiences into play. When I was a child and my whole family got very ill wit...

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 1:31 PM by Annette Gendler

Want to make your community better? Consider your neighborhood school

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There is a lot of agreement on the NPN forum that Betsy DeVos is a worrisome choice to head up the U.S. Department of Education. No doubt she would continue her crusade to widely promote charters and tax-payer–funded vouchers for private and religious schools. But arguably the future of Chicago Public Schools will have more to do with how we act locally than what DeVos or some equally anti-public education secretary does. 

This January '16 Trib a...

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 10:29 AM by Kandie Alter

How to advocate for your special-needs child in CPS

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As Chicago parents, we have many, many questions about our children’s education.

 

These questions start before our little ones are even born: Should I send my child to CPS, look at private schools, or move to the suburbs? What is my local school? Is it “good”?

 

Parents of diverse learners face many more questions as their children grow: How will my child get her needs met once she is in school? Is CPS up to the challeng...

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:32 PM by Carrie Shonk

Help your kids love math, even if you don't | NPNparents.org

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Some people are simply math lovers. Many parents have a knack for numbers and can’t wait to share in the joys of fractions, decimals and differential equations with their kids. Others may recall their own struggles with math in school and dread the day their kids ask for help with math homework.

Whatever your personal feelings towards math, one thing is true: Math is a huge part of your child’s life in school and beyond, and YOU set the example when it c...

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Begin your child's literacy journey early | NPNparents.org

 

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Confidence in the ability to communicate effectively empowers children to approach new milestones in social and emotional learning with ease. Similarly, children who love reading from the start approach lifelong learning eagerly and confidently. Language, communication and literacy development unfold simultaneously and benefit tremendously from a nurturing early learning environment—beginning in infancy and transitioning smoothly from toddlers to ...

Posted on January 05, 2017 at 1:19 PM

You will find the right school for your child

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One of the things I both love and find infuriating about raising kids in the city of Chicago is school choice. I grew up in a small suburb outside of Boston and you simply went to the school that was assigned to your neighborhood—one of the three that were available. A few outliers went to one of the local Catholic schools, and even fewer attended the private boarding school down the road.

 

Raising, and educating, children in the city of Ch...

Posted on November 07, 2016 at 8:30 AM by Cate White

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

A primer on CPS elementary school terms

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. 

NPN's school-search tools, including our comprehensive School Directory, School Resources Map and CPS 101 videos, are a huge help, but if you're brand-new to the world of CPS, you may nee...

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