Posts in category "back-to-school"

Say "Oui" to Language Stars for foreign language instruction for Chicago kids

Say "Oui" to Language Stars for foreign language instruction for Chicago kids
Now that the kiddos are back in school, all of the extracurricular activities are also getting back into full swing. Watch out fall! Here we come! To be honest, Chicago has so many wonderful enrichment activities for kids and I find myself having to limit our options so we don’t get totally over-scheduled and end... Read more »

A Cheeky Mama's Tips for Last Minute Back-to-School Supply Shopping

A Cheeky Mama's Tips for Last Minute Back-to-School Supply Shopping
Even though I did the bulk of my back-to-school shopping in early August and my kids actually went back to school last week, I still find myself picking up items here and there (i.e. oh shoot that backpack really isn’t going to work for another year, is it?). Sara Fisher, my better half over at... Read more »

And now I go back-to-school shopping

And now I go back-to-school shopping
August is not back-to-school shopping time. Yes, the stores tell you that August is the time that you need to stock up on new everything for your soon-to-be-school-bound kiddos. Every single one of them needs new: shoes, fall jackets, long pants, long sleeve shirts, sweaters or hoodies, winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves. And then of course they also need new school shoes, new gym shoes, rain boots and of course new snow boots. After doing lots of August shopping in yeas past, I've realized that my kids do not need 80% of these items before the first day of school. In fact, they will end up wearing their summer clothes through most of September (save for one or two chilly days here and there). Plus, they grow so fast that their sizes can literally change in just a matter or a couple of months. The time to shop for back-to-school is now, not August...
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Home Sweet School: Chicago homeschoolers share their stories

Home Sweet School: Chicago homeschoolers share their stories
Most Chicago-area kids are gearing up for back-to-school. But not all of them. A growing number of family are choosing to homeschool or unschool their kids. I recently interviewed five different Chicago-area families to hear their personal homeschooling stories. Through my interviews, I found that not one of these families fit into any of the... Read more »

Talking back-to-school lunches on WGN Radio Monday morning

If you are up and at em’ bright and early on Monday morning (and really, what parent of a young child isn’t awake before 7:00 a.m every single day of the week), tune in to WGN Radio to hear my thoughts on packing great back-to-school lunches. I’ll be on around 6:39 a.m. I’ll be sharing... Read more »

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school
This is a bittersweet time of year. On the one hand, I want to hang on to these lazy, unscheduled summer days. But another part of me longs for structure, afterschool activities and a few hours a day when my house isn’t overrun with children. No matter how you feel about it, one thing is... Read more »
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Packing back-to-school lunches -- Chicago style

Even though the official first day of school is still weeks away for my kids, back-to-school preparations are in full swing at our house. Haircuts? Check. New shoes? Check. Backpacks? Lunch bags? New school supplies? Check. Check. Check. This time of year, I am always trying to organize and simplify because I know how busy... Read more »

School Supply Drives

Can you believe that I am talking about back-to-school shopping on a this beautiful and balmy July day? Summer is still in full swing but I bet that you are starting to receive correspondence from your child’s school about the upcoming year too, right? It is time to start thinking about heading back to school... Read more »

Back-to-school blues

Photo used via Creative Commons license. I’m not the only Chicago mama who has the back-to-school blues, am I? I know that there are others of you out there who recently sent little ones back to school only to return to your home or office and feel the onset of a sort of sad, empty... Read more »
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