Have fundraiser fatigue?

As Susan Doherty and her neighbor Larry Jacobs found themselves talking about all the fundraisers they’d endured with their school-aged children, they started dreaming about something better.

Make sense of the election process

Have you ever tried explaining the election process to your kids?

Homeschooling 101

A year before her son was going to start preschool, Heather Manahan began considering the option of homeschooling.

Tracy Fisher

Tracy Fisher, a state Pre-K teacher at Chicago Public Schools’ Peirce School of International Studies, is a 2007 Kohl McCormick Early Childhood Teaching Award winner.

Reading equals school successes

Trying to teach a child to read is anything but elementary. Two of my three sons had difficulty and by second grade required Reading Recovery, a reading intervention program.

The Field Museum’s best kept secret

Instead of a clown or an arcade birthday party, why not entertain your kids with a dinosaur-themed party featuring a replica of Sue’s skull?

Parenting 101

While there are manuals for our cell phones and computers, no one issues us a handbook when we become parents.

Take the bite out of the bard

It seems ironic that Shakespeare’s own words can be used against him. But for many students (and their parents) the thought of studying Shakespeare is comparable to learning Greek—unfathomable.

Not-so-scary ideas for school parties

Halloween celebration crafts and games gone bad—nothing could be scarier to a room mom who has put so much effort into making the party fun. So, we asked teachers all over the Chicago area for their favorite Halloween party ideas.


Our family members are amazed when they see my 2-year-old son at the computer. He can sign on, play games and insert and play educational CDs.
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