Education

Where Do Insects Go in the Winter?

Where Do Insects Go in the Winter? Editor’s note: This article by Allison Frederick, public affairs assistant manager, is reprinted from the current issue of “Horizons,” the quarterly publication of the Lake County Forest Preserves. In the colder months, creatures that are commonplace during the Midwestern... Read More

Why Children Need Character Education

Why Children Need Character Education Character education matters. We live in a world where teaching children to grow up to be caring, feeling adults is sorely needed. At Kiddie Academy®, character education is one of the fundamental principles and should begin with the youngest learners. In... Read More

Top 5 Back-to-School Bus Safety Tips

It’s back-to-school season, which means yellow buses are back on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 23 times safer than passenger cars and 10 times safer than walking. First Student , a leading school transportation provider, offers the following back-to-school... Read More

What is school readiness?

All parents are aware of the importance of school readiness. But, what exactly is it? And, how can you prepare your child? Teacher Perspectives on School Readiness In a recent study conducted by Bright Horizons, elementary school teachers shared their views on what they believe to... Read More

How to Raise Successful Problem Solvers

The great jazz musician Duke Ellington had the right attitude about problems when he said, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” We face them, large and small, every day. Helping our children develop the critical thinking skills they need to do... Read More

Finding the Right Preschool

Metro Creative Services Parents know that choosing a preschool for their children is a decision not to be taken lightly. Preschools are often a child’s first extensive experience away from home, and the right school can help kids make that transition more smoothly. When looking for... Read More

Spring Break Camps

Looking to keep the kids busy during spring break? Here’s a list of fabulous day camps for all kinds of activities. It’s not too late to sign up so register now!   Available from March 27-31 Elk Grove Park District Spring Break Camps Elk Grove: 847-437-9494... Read More

Preschool Information Fairs 2017

Are you looking for the right preschool for your child? Save time by attending an information fair at your local library. You can learn about a number of local preschools and talk to their representatives in one setting. Many of the events also include information from... Read More

To Camp or Not To Camp?

To camp or not to camp? That is the question. The summer months can often create a lull in a child’s learning, which can prove detrimental to their skills. In fact, the National Summer Learning Association states that children experience learning losses when they do not... Read More

Autumn Awakenings

Oaklee’s guest post by Jamie Puffpaff, Owner and Creator of Rock ‘n’ Kids, Inc. www.rockitkids.com   Autumn. The word itself sounds beautiful and elegant! Autumn is the favorite season for many people, for understandable reasons! Fall is a time for beautiful colors, cozy sweaters, crisp air,... Read More

Win this book…

and Learn Spanish over Breakfast! Introduce your children to a new language. Keep their minds active this summer. Have fun at breakfast every morning.   Here’s an easy way to introduce your children to the wonderful concept of speaking a new language. Did you know that Spanish... Read More

Chinese New Year – The Sheep

Get Ready! The Sheep are Coming Oaklee’s guest post by Eileen Wacker This is the year of the sheep, the artists of the zodiac. The sheep is kind, sweet and generous. One of the most popular signs of the zodiac, they like support of the group.... Read More

Help Your Toddler Thrive

Are you in the middle of the terrible twos, or threes or fours? The age when your toddler is learning about his own independence and challenging everything you say? Fortunately, there’s help to get you through this stage. Dr. Tovah Klein spends her days in “toddlerdom,”... Read More

Bright Horizons Grand Opening in Western Springs

            BRIGHT HORIZONS AT WESTERN SPRINGS TO HOST GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION (WESTERN SPRINGS, IL) – Bright Horizons opened a new early education and preschool center on November 24, 2014, in Western Springs. The new center’s opening allows parents the opportunity to... Read More

Happy Feet!

                  Oaklee’s Family Guide Guest Post by Jamie Puffpaff, Director of Rock ‘n’ Kids www.rockitkids.com Children of all ages express themselves through music. In fact, we are all born with music inside of us already—our heart beats! Even while... Read More

Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Children

                    By Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Children Children are confronted daily with rich opportunities to solve problems and exercise their own independent judgment when they’re given the chance to safely explore... Read More

Winter Break Camps

                Looking for a winter break camp? Here’s a list of fabulous day camps for all kinds of activities. The YMCA Chicago even offers overnight camps. It’s not too late to sign up so register now! Specialty Camps The... Read More

Easy & Fun Math Activities for Preschoolers

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Dr. Mary Mokris, Senior Advisor at Kumon North America.  Chances are, your toddler is already using math every day without even realizing it. Math is everywhere! Whether stacking blocks or counting toys, your child is already applying basic math concepts to daily... Read More