Well, Spring Break is upon us! For those of you heading out of town, safe travels. And for those of you staying in town, I hope you have time to enjoy some of the great things offered in our area! Regardless where you will be heading, I hope you will find the time to enjoy your family and friends!
One thing we always tried to weave into our family trips or breaks was opportunities for our children to experience new things, and to continually learn. The few times we braved the long drive to Florida with the seven of us in the van, books were expected to travel with, and time was dedicated to unplug, and get lost in a book or spend time with school work assigned over break. When we could, we would try to weave in a stop at a historical sight along the way (although I don’t think the nerd stop I choose to Metropolis, Superman’s hometown counts!) Yet we saw many museums, nature preserves, and historical markers on the road, and to this day, our children talk as much about these side trips as the main destination.
Yet due to sports and work commitments, most vacations were here in the area. Staying at home, it is easy to have time quickly drift away, with late night gaming resulting in later and later wake-up times.We would allow a few initial “lost days” yet would quickly try to establish some schedule that included reading/school work so the transition back to school after break would not be so difficult.
We also found that there was so much locally to explore! We discovered our other area Zoo, traveling into the city to enjoy the Lincoln Park Zoo, followed by a beautiful walk through the indoor gardens of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. We enjoyed the hiking trails in our area parks, including two of my favorites from my childhood, Little Red Schoolhouse, and Fullersburg Woods. Always on a budget, we also found many of the area museums have free days, and spent a night at the Art Institute, as well as a Friday afternoon in Elmhurst at the Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art (or as our kids called it - the Rock Museum). There are many other great places to explore, many of them free!
So enjoy the time away from school for a week! We look forward to our students return, and learning what they learned on Spring Break!