Welcome to Parent Communication Corner
Learning can take place anywhere... but it starts at home with YOU!
This portion of the website is dedicated to parents that are excited about creating learning opportunities with their child at home and on the go.
The resources provided on this page will serve as a tool to spark conversations with your child about life skills and lessons they will need today, tomorrow and the future.
Each article will create fun learning experiences not only for your child but for your entire family.
No matter the grade level or age, there is something for everyone here.
Begin this journey with your child TODAY!
Creating fun learning experiences at home
Health & Nutrition
As a parent, promoting good nutritional habits at an early age equips your child with lifelong tools for a long healthy life.
However, having a conversation with your child about the importance of health and nutrition may not be the most engaging strategy.
So what better way to teach and encourage healthy food habits at home than getting hands on experience in the kitchen!
Before you get started in the kitchen, it is important to know that this is a life long commitment, not just for your child but also for your entire family. It takes team effort and true persistence.
These new healthy habits won’t take place overnight and your child initially might not be receptive to this challenge. However, there are ways in which you can make your child an active participant in their food choices without dictating each meal.
Often times, the stigma associated with healthier food choices may include less appealing, less appetizing, and less filling.
The key to making this a fun learning experience is giving them the opportunity to be hands on in the process. For example, offer a variety of fruit and vegetable options each day. That way, you are allowing your child to choose his or her favorite options.
Also, learn about your child’s favorite choice of protein, dairy products and whole grain cereals.
Some other approaches that parents can take to promote healthy food habits provided by WebMD includes,
· Eat meals together as a family as often as possible
· Plan for snacks
· Encourage your child to drink more water
· Pay attention to portion sizes and ingredients
· Involve your children in food shopping and preparing meals
Here is a list of recipes provided by Food Network that you and your child can make together.
· Quesadilla Bar
“This self-serve meal lets kids load up open-faced quesadillas with their choice of toppings. For little kids: Let them assemble the quesadillas before baking. For big Kids: Let them ass the seasonings to the beef and help cut the vegetables for toppings. “
· Cheesy Eggs- in- the- Hole with Bacon
“Kids can use their favorite cookie cutter shapes to make this hearty breakfast with a grilled cheese-like twist. For little kids: Let them cut out the bread with cookie cutters. For the big kids: Let tem crack the eggs into the toast cutouts, sprinkle the Parmesan and (if they’re up to it) flip the slices.
· Frozen Orange Pops
“These easy-to-make pops are packed with vitamin C. Kids will love them, and they’ll remind grownups of a favorite childhood frozen treat- but wholesome and healthy, without the long list of added ingredients.
· Whole-Wheat Pizza Hand Pockets
“These whole-wheat pockets are easy for kids to help assemble and convenient to keep on hand in the freezer. Just pop them into a preheated oven – no defrosting necessary- and serve as an after-school snack, or pair the pockets with a green salad for lunch or dinner.
Link to full recipes here:
Family Fun in Chicago…for FREE.
Before this year is over, take advantage of FREE family-fun attractions in Chicago.
Many of the attractions provided below offer both fun and educational components to the overall experience that you, your child, and the entire family can enjoy.
To bring the experience full circle, be sure to debrief at home with your child.
To refocus the educational value in your child’s experience, here’s a short list of questions to ask your child after a day of fun:
1. Did you learn something new today from the _____enter location ____?
2. What area of the ___enter location____ was your favorite and why?
3. Did anything you learned today surprise you?
4. Would you be interested in visiting again? Why?
· September: 12-16
· October: 10
· November: 11
· December: 3-9
Art Institute of Chicago
Free each Thursday for Illinois residents from 5pm-8pm. Kids 13 and under are always free.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
· September: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
· October: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31
· November: 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Lincoln Park Zoo
Free every day Monday- Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Free 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays for Illinois residents; kids 12 and under are always free.
Free the second Saturday of the month (October-May) for families with kids 12 and under.
The Field Museum
· September: 10, 17-19
· October: 2, 16, 30-31
· November: 27
· December: 3-4, 18
Museum of Science and Industry
· September: 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30
· October: 4-6
· November: 3,10
· December: 1
Chicago Children’s Museum
Free for children 15 and under every Thursday and first Sunday of the month from 5pm-8pm.
Always free for children under 1.
DuSable Museum of African American History
Free every Sunday
Access a full list of free and budget friendly attractions here:
Choose your future: Selecting the high school of your choice…not being placed there.
Parents, the time is now to start having conversations with your child about the next transition in their life…high school!
Planning for high school is an exciting process. However, this process is also much different than what you’ve experienced thus far.
While attending your neighborhood high school might be of interest, you don’t want to limit your child to one option.
There are over 176 high schools in the city of Chicago, and with every child having different interests and needs, it is important to know about the different types of high schools.
Your child might be best fit in a performing arts high school, military academy, or an academically advanced high school. For each child that interest can vary but it is important to know what options are available. Click on the link below to learn about the nine high school types.
Once you and your child has identified a preference in high school type, it is now time to construct a list of high schools that fall under your preferences.
Considering various types of schools and different types of programs within schools is always encouraged. The more options your child has, the better.
On http://cps.edu Find A School feature, you will find a list of all Chicago Public Schools high schools, including their websites and contact information.
Be sure to take a look at each school’s website, especially those of interest to find out more detailed information. Some high schools may have pre-eligibility requirements such as a minimum ISAT stanine score, interviews or an entrance exam.
You also have the option to contact any Chicago public high school to schedule a visit or plan to attend an Open House. The Open House schedule can be found on the Department of Access and Enrollment’s website. http://www.cpsoae.org/
Another important factor to keep in mind when selecting the best-fit high school is travel time. Take in consideration how long it will take your child to get to and from school, especially if they are commuting on public transportation. Just as in grade school, tardiness and absences will affect your child’s learning and overall academic experience.
As your child prepare to transition to high school, continue to stress the importance of education in your homes. For your child, high school will open the doors for personal growth, intellectual growth, new relationships and new opportunities.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until 8th grade to start thinking about high school. Be prepared and start now!
For more information visit the Chicago Public Schools website.