Smart Week

Money Smart Week in Chicago | Money Smart Reads at Your Local Library

Money Smart Week begins April 22-29 and COUNTRY Financial and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are sponsoring several activities throughout Chicagoland.

Smart Week

Started in 2002 with only 40 programs, Money Smart Week is the most informative financial education program in the country. It was initial established to help Chicago families and residents to better understand their finances. Currently the program has grown substantially and is nationally recognized. 

Appleville

Journey to Appleville: Interview With Author Veronica Appleton

Journey to Appleville follows six kids (Kenan, Tu-Tu, Pedro, Liu-Liu, Lizzy, and Cassie) from a local neighborhood with a common goal—to visit Appleville, overcome their fears, accomplish their goals, and earn a Golden Apple for achievement. Journey to Appleville offers children and their families a place, symbolic of “opportunity,” where they can be who they

black history

Black History Month | Stream 28 Movies & Series On Amazon/Netflix

Black History Month began February 1st. In our household black history is celebrated and discussed every day. We make it a point to talk about our history with our daughter quite often, because if we don’t who will. The schools are eliminating so much of the history of our culture and past, that we do not

Free Museum Days from August thru October

Summer must come to an end. But before we say our goodbyes lets not forget to visit some of Chicago famous attractions. Free museum days are fun for the entire family. Chicago’s museums are world class, whether you are born here or a visitor, summer is a great time to check out the exhibits.

With parking, special exhibit fees, food, and gift shop cost one trip for a family can get expensive. The good news is that most museums offer free admission for Illinois residents on certain days.

Here is a list of upcoming free museum days for


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free museum

September: 12-16

October: 10

summer reading

Summer Reading Program at Chicago Public Library, Get Free Books

When I found out about the summer reading program at our public library last week, I couldn’t wait to share the news with my daughter. We love to read in my family. I read to both my babies while I was pregnant. My daughter started reading when she was 4 years old and continues her love for books now. I am working to pass the love for books on to my son. I think reading to kids early helps them enjoy the idea of reading. I love the fact that she prefers to have a good old fashion book her hand instead of E-book.

summer readingEarlier this week I took the kiddos to our local library to sign up for Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge. The summer reading challenge is giving away 12 books to each child that is registered aged 0-13. It is open to all Chicago residents that are interested. Sign up began on Monday, June 20th  and will continue through September 1. However the free books are available while supplies last.

summerlearning

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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