If there’s one thing you all have figured by my posts over the last several years, I find extreme importance in children’s literacy. As a teacher who has watched literacy develop in Pre-K through 8th grade, you often wonder where does it all began in the lives of your students. Maybe their parent read to their child during their pregnancy, or right after they began their journey in this world — but the real question is, what book did it start with?
I couldn’t even begin to name the books my parents probably read me by the time I was born, or even a month old — the list was that large. But what is common about these lists? They often contain similar books, and several written by Eric Carle.
Author of the childhood classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar (and more!), Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations have become a favorite part of family libraries. Bettendorf’s Family Museum has placed emphasis on this sentiment through their latest summer exhibition, “A Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.”
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There’s two and a half months worth of summer vacation from school, and there’s a hundred different ways to spend it. Whether you spend it enjoying lazy days at the pool, running around outside, relaxing in the cool breeze of the air conditioning, or participating in fun STEM activities, the possibilities are endless. This summer the Moline Public Library is encouraging families to come on in, and dive into a world of literacy, engineering, history and other related STEM activities through their World Monument Building Challenge that started June 11th and ends June 30th.
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The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.
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Our family loves living in Rock Island. We especially love it in the summer. Check out our favorite Rock Island summer hot spots.
5 places we love to visit in Rock Town:
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Summer fun can easily include watching movies and the Quad Cities have some great options for you this summer! So, whether you want to enjoy being outside and see a movie on a big screen, or cool down indoors, check out these 6 Quad Cities Summer Movie Location Favorites:
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Every June I look forward to the Aledo Rhubarb Fest in Aledo, Illinois. The Festival is pure Americana from the music to the homemade pies and food vendors. Aledo has mastered the art of the edible plant festival! For those that don’t know, “Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family of Polygonaceae and is a herbaceous perennial vegetable growing from short, thick rhizomes” that taste delicious when cooked with sugar.
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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.
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Learning, understanding, inquiring and exploring begin the minute a child is born. From the first day of their life, they’re looking at everything, wondering about the world and the people around them. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, they are into everything — literally. Pulling out the brooms, towels, make-up bags and hair-bands, and piling up everything on the floor they for someone to notice as they count out the objects. Soaked in mud, children run back into the house, beaming in pride at their family members because they found an insect.
The exploration never stops, and the learning does not either. It’s the perfect combination that Nahant Marsh Education Center wants to continue to foster during childhood development through their early childhood programs.
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Helium Trampoline Park in Eldridge, Iowa, definitely lives up to its tagline of Iowa’s FUN park. We went with a dozen 7-year-olds for a birthday party and it was definitely tons of FUN!
- Dozens and dozens of rectangular trampolines.
- Trampolines with basketball hoops (my husband was very proud of his 5’10” dunking abilities)
- 2 dodgeball areas that were trampoline courts
- A 2 height ledge-fall onto a giant cushy pillow area
- Jousting over trampolines
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The Quad Cities straddles the 4th largest river in the world and are we lucky! There are so many fun water adventures here, where the Mississippi River travels east to west and meets the Rock River. We also have lakes, ponds, dams, and more. Getting on the water is a must whether you are visiting or living in the QC.
Here are my 6 favorite ways to get on the water in the Quad Cities:
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