Thank YOU Elephant & Piggie!

Let’s celebrate Thank-O-Rama month with the famous duo that showed us the true meaning of friendship and the person behind all the wonderful adventures these two shared. THANK YOU Mo Willems for bringing Elephant & Piggie to us.  You gave my beginning reader stories that he proudly and joyfully read aloud. Thank you for helping […]

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Hello Spring, Adios Winter

Winter, you've been good to us this year, but we will happily say goodbye. The weather outside may already feel like spring, but spring doesn't officially start until March 19. The kids are looking forward to finally enjoying some play time outside. I'm looking forward to seeing the blooming gardens. All around the forest everyone is busy preparing for […]

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Vacation Countdown

Most summers we stick around to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer, but this year we're packing our bags and heading to California. Coming along for the trip will be our Summer Learning Challenge Explorer’s Guide as we continue to read, discover and create. What vacation books or music are your favorites? Here are some things […]

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Ferris Wheels: A Chicago Original

Are you ready to ride the sparkling new Ferris wheel coming to Chicago next year? If you've been to Navy Pier recently, you've seen all the construction taking place in honor of Navy Pier's centennial celebration in 2016. Among the changes will be a new 196-foot Ferris wheel. That's almost 50 feet taller than the Ferris wheel […]

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Cinco de Mayo 101

How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May)? People often confuse Mexican Independence day, which is September 16, with Cinco de Mayo. Growing up, my family attended the Mexican Independence Day parade every year, but we never did anything for Cinco de Mayo. So what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco […]

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Jolly Helpers

It's almost that time of the year again! Santa's workshop is in full swing as they get ready to deliver presents all over the world and children everywhere are on their best behavior to be sure to make it onto the nice list. We always think about dear old Santa, but what about all the others that […]

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