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Best Books for Toddlers | Building a Library for Early Readers

Finding the best books for your toddler can be a little tricky simply because at such a young age you are not sure what your toddler will like. Reading to your baby during pregnancy is one of the best bonding activities a mother can do with her child. As your children get older you understand the importance of

Dare to #ShareYourWords for Early Learning: theOunce.org

I joined the #ShareYourWords campaign for early learning with #theOunce. The Ounce is a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to early childhood education. Each time you talk to your child, read them a book, or sing a song you provide them an opportunity  for their brains to develop. Check out our video and find out our favorite

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Pharrell, Elmo, & Cookie Monster See Egypt & More: “B is For Book”

No matter if you have a child or not you will be singing along with Pharrell and helping your kids find their next adventure. It is catchy and it has kids picking up books. “B is for book” is the new song for by Pharrell Williams. Sing along with him, Elmo and Cookie Monster. The adorable

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Summer Learning: We Continue Schooling Throughout the Summer

summerlearningAlthough it has been HOT, today is officially the first day of Summer. I thought I ‘d share with you our summer learning plan. We live in Chicago and I love my city despite the negative attention that it receives on a regular. Each time you turn on the news there is something being reported.  We are living in what seems to be a growing darkening city and state.  Each day we have two small people that we are responsible for. We do our best to raise our children to be respectful, intelligent and kind individuals. Regardless of the negative reports there is beauty all around us and this summer will not be any different. I will find pleasure in our parks, the lakefront, beaches, museums, and most importantly my family.

My Disappointment

The one thing that does continue to disappoints me to the core is the crumbling  Chicago public school system.  Our daughter attends one of the more privileged and top tiered public schools in our state according to test scores and public records. However, we found that even with those standards, it doesn’t measure up. We won’t be fooled by the reports or let the public school system fail our family.  

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“I Have Butterflies In My Tummy” Preschooler/ Toddler Video

Do you have a little one that gets nervous or is about to experience a first time without you? The first day of preschool or kindergarten can be scary for a child.  Training Wheels Needed has the most adorable video about getting over your fears. Charlie’s first day of school is coming up, and he is nervous about what is going to happen.  He tells his mom right before bed that he has  butterflies in his tummy and so begins his adventure. 

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