Write: Tips for Rahm’s Little Readers

Write coloring sheet

Scribbles and markings are a child's first attempts at writing. Give your child the chance to draw, color and write to encourage their skills. Kids also gain pre-reading skills by writing and drawing. Read On the Launch Pad: Count down from 12 to 1 to launch this rocket into space. Zoo in the Sky: What […]

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Talk: Tips for Rahm’s Little Readers

Talk coloring sheet

Kids learn language by listening to their parents talk. As you talk to your child, they learn new words and their meanings. Take the time to talk with your child and have conversations around what you are doing throughout the day. Read Astronaut Handbook: Get your little astronaut ready to blast off into outer space. The Three Little Aliens […]

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Sing: Tips for Rahm’s Little Readers

Sing coloring sheet

Children need to hear the different sounds that make up words. Singing makes these sounds easier to hear. Sing songs you know and clap out the rhythm so your child can hear the syllables — the sounds that make up words. Read Space Song Rocket Ride: Take a musical ride through the 8 planets. A Trip […]

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Read: Tips for Rahm’s Little Readers

Read coloring sheet

Reading with your child is the most important way to get your child ready to read. Reading aloud builds vocabulary, storytelling skills, knowledge of the world and builds a bond with your child. Reading for at least 20 minutes every day builds a habit for lifelong reading. Read Curious George and the Rocket: Fly through the stars […]

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Play: Tips for Rahm’s Little Readers

Play coloring sheet

Children learn through all kinds of play. Make believe play encourages kids to use their imagination and make up their own stories. Building with blocks or other toys promotes problem solving skills. Play is also a great way for kids to learn language and how to interact with others. Kids learn the most when they are able to direct […]

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How to Camp . . . with Kids

Child putting up a tent

When I was a kid, summer was all about road trips and camping with our aunts, uncles and cousins. All the kids loved the fact that we could run around and get as dirty as we wanted — and sleeping under the stars was the best. When I became a mom, I couldn't wait to […]

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Kate Hannigan Q & A

The Detectives Assistant book cover

Get to know April's Author of the Month, Kate Hannigan, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, The Detective's Assistant, how she got her start in writing and her love of Chicago history.   Where did you get your idea for this book? I stumbled across a single sentence about Kate Warne while […]

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Author of the Month Kate Hannigan

Author Kate Hannigan

Meet the world's first female detective, Kate Warne, and her spunky niece, Nell, in Kate Hannigan's latest novel The Detective's Assistant. On the eve of the Civil War, the Pinkerton Detective Agency hired the first female detective, Kate Warne. A master of disguise, Kate went on to solve several mysteries and thwart an assassination attempt […]

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Springtime in the City

Children's Services Spring Learning Challenge: Springtime in the City

We're challenging the kids of Chicago to find Springtime in the City from April 1 to April 17. Play an outdoor game, investigate nature in your neighborhood or discover why we have seasons. To complete the challenge: Read (book, magazine or website) for 20 minutes a day for five days of spring break Discover new information by […]

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The Joy of Music Instruction

clarinet and trumpet with sheet music

The school year started off with a bang in my house—or should I say a high-pitched SQUEAK! It seems that many schools think the fourth grade is an excellent year to teach kids to play an instrument. Not only did my son get introduced to band instruments during the first few weeks of school, but only two […]

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