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Five Road Trip Ideas Perfect for Families

Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI
Chicago is still a hot spot for tourism, but what if you are looking to get out of town?  Need a nearby road trip or a mini-vacation that is perfect for families? I don’t know about you, but those radio and television ads for “Pure Michigan” always tempt me! Even the new one about fishing up in... Read more »

What to do When Kids Say "I'm Bored"

What to do When Kids Say "I'm Bored"
What do you do when kids say I’m bored?  That phrase–I’m bored–was one of those pet peeves I had while teaching.  I didn’t like to hear it from students. Typically it came across as an “attitude” children conveyed that wasn’t very considerate. Still, I knew I needed to look at what was behind the comment to be sure to understand its meaning.... Read more »

Do You Have a Poet in Your Family? Send them to Camp!

Do You Have a Poet in Your Family? Send them to Camp!
Summer is all about camping and camps.  Bet you did not know about poetry camp.  I didn’t! The Poetry Foundation Library contacted School Zone to help get the word out about their FREE summer camps.  No experience necessary! Read on for more information. The Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is offering FREE... Read more »
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Book Talks: When the Fever for Reading Has Fizzled

Book talks are a great tool when the fever for reading has fizzled. They are a casual, conversational way to reel in readers and motivate them to pick up a particular book. I noticed once my children approached a certain age, reading became more of a chore. They saw it as a “have to” rather... Read more »

Free Sweet Summer Thursdays at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Free Sweet Summer Thursdays at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is throwing a party for the season Chicagoans long for all winter – summer. The museum will mark the official start of summer with a Summer Solstice celebration and continue the party with extended hours and programming throughout June and July. Admission is free for Illinois residents on these special... Read more »

Ten Books Kids Want to Read

I always started with this book when I worked with reading groups. It is hilarious and interactive!  Kids cannot resist it and want to read it again and again. Don't under estimate the power of a picture book! Ages 5-9.
Finding books that kids want to read can be especially challenging in the summer months.  There are so many other choices competing with reading as a way to spend their free time. Here are some suggestions for a variety of ages that have been hits with previous students and my own children.  The best thing about many of these is the... Read more »
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How to Keep Kids Reading: Find Their Level

  One key to keeping kids reading is to make sure they are not struggling. Who wants to try something if it is too difficult?   If a book is at their appropriate reading level, it will be much more enjoyable to read.  Makes logical sense, right?    Sometimes that is forgotten. As a reading tutor,  I... Read more »

Five Ideas to Put Some Fun in Summer Learning

School Zone welcomes guest writer Alexandra Mayzler to share some fresh and fun activities for summer learning.  Who couldn’t use a few more of those when children utter those dreaded words,  “I’m bored” to parents during their summer break… Summer is a great time to take learning outside the textbook. After months of sitting in... Read more »

How Goldilocks can help you find that "Just Right" book

Finding books at your child’s reading level can be challenging unless you know how. To introduce the first of our summmer skills reading tips (subscribe below so you don’t miss them) – we will start at the beginning, finding books at the appropriate reading level with a simple method. You may be familiar with that... Read more »
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Make it a Season of Science with the Museum of Science and Industry's Summer Brain Games

Make it a Season of Science with the Museum of Science and Industry's Summer Brain Games
Free on-line summer science activities are offered by the Museum of Science and Industry in their Summer Brain Games program which runs June 17- August 12.   Designed to keep kids engaged and entertained, a free on-line activity guide with weekly experiments will be provided to participants.  All families that register will receive a voucher... Read more »
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