I’ve always seen the Quad Cities as an exquisite blend of culture. From the work done by various organizations, to the wonderful music that graces our town, and the multiple celebrations of culture, it makes me a proud Quad Cities native and local English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. The Dia de Los Muertos event at the Figge at the end of October proved to be a hit, as several of my students and friends commented on the wonderful program put together for the Latin-American celebration of life.
As a teacher, pride for your students never ceases to fail. Whether a homework assignment, an extracurricular, a service activity, or something different altogether — it’s an indescribable feeling. It bubbles up inside of you, and you are bursting to the seams with joy. When they get the idea to start a business to make money for a school trip, so they can further their education, and manage to present their concepts in front of the Quad Cities Chamber, you can’t help but smile. This is exactly what my former students, Sergio Garcia, 12, and Jesús Gutierrez, 13, from my time student teaching 7th and 8th grade ESL English/Language Arts at Glenview have done to “keep their eyes on the prize” and succeed in furthering their education.
Once the spring cold broke, many of us couldn’t wait for the warmth of the summer sun. But when those days hit the unbearable 90-100 degree mark, and the only option seems to sit inside in the air-conditioned bliss of your home, break out the pool gear and look over the list of local water parks to cool-off in the heat.
Imagination, creativity and expression are key elements in letting a child grow and prosper in life. Literacy is an essential building block in life that can easily incorporate those expressive components important to childhood. We’ve incorporated these important ideas into early childhood classrooms, playgrounds and activities — which often transfers into the homes – but beyond those two places, exploration for young children can be limited.
Bettendorf Public Library (BPL) has made it their mission to ensure that even in the world outside the classroom–the home or the playground–a child can continue to explore, create, dream, grow and prosper through their Child’s Play: Create, Explore and Experience program.
Make plans to join the Quad Cities community at the Quad City Symphony Riverfront Pops Concert – The Beatles’ Greatest Hits on Saturday, August 19.
Bring chairs, blankets, food, coolers, family and friends to LeClaire Park in Iowa. You can also buy concessions from some of your local favorites. Set out your picnic spread and enjoy the show!
We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!
The Quad Cities offer a wide variety of theatre shows during Summer 2017 from Shakespeare to Disney and from the West Side to the Rock of Ages. You can applaud your way through the summer months out under the stars or inside under the lights. The venues and prices vary, but the history and creativity are certain!
In a world full of social media savvy students, television, video games and tablets, the interest in school activities and content areas is slowly dropping. Most would rather watch their favorite show or text their friends then engage in team building and essential and engaging learning activities.
Moline Public Library is trying to light that genuine interest learning fire back under local students through their S.T.E.A.M. Exploratorium programs.
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, we hope you will enjoy the show…”
And “enjoy the show” is certainly what Beatles fans did for decades after the band premiered in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Even after the band disbanded in 1969-70, their music continues to live on for all the generations following.
Now, fans old and new have the chance to relive the decade of some of the greatest rock music to ever exist through the Putnam Museum’s new exhibit, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition.
These places are open for Thanksgiving dinner so you don’t have to cook on Thursday, November 24, 2016!