Are We There Yet? (August 2010)

Are We There Yet? (August 2010)

Life in C-U: friends move on

One more familiar face is missing this year as my son begins fifth grade.

A close friend just moved to Arizona after his dad took a job promotion, the third to go in the four short years since kindergarten.

Sweetcorn, jousting and giant planes: weekend Family Picks

One word for this weekend: suuweeet! As in corn, music, cars and, yes, a medieval jousting tournament at the Illinois Renaissance Fair.

Corn, get your corn: 35th annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, downtown Urbana. Free.

UI 'academy' offers Spanish classes for kindergarten, first grade

Researchers tell us childhood is the best time to learn a second language, when developing brains are primed to absorb any and all information.

Unfortunately, most public elementary schools have no foreign language instruction, with school districts citing both the cost and the lack of time in the school day.

A weekend chock full of art in Family Picks

Summer may be drawing to a close, but this weekend features plenty of fine arts, entertainment and other activities for the whole family.

SculptureFest, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Park Street between Neil and Randolph streets, Champaign. Free.

Sharpening my school-supply skills

Late last night, sharpening the last of 72 pencils for my kids' classrooms, I got to thinking:

Why didn't we buy pre-sharpened pencils?

TV and Tooth Fairies, Part II

Since I was technically on vacation until Thursday, I devoted this column (in absentia) to updates on a few previous entries, with thanks to several readers.

All I want for Christmas ...
My daughter can now officially drink through a straw with her mouth closed.

Too many tomatoes? Try this easy salad

I've been reading some great recipes lately for using up produce from the garden, including Meg Thilmony's chilled tomato soup and peach kuchen.

Mom makes sure life is sweet for her diabetic child

It’s a hot day at Dodds Soccer Complex, and 6-year-old Quinn wanders over to her mom for another drink — and a squirt.

There’s this new water bottle, you see, with a nifty sprayer, and she can’t resist spritzing everyone around her.

“You look hot,” she says as I walk up, and proceeds to spray my arms and legs.

Grants available for field trips to Lincoln museum

More than 2.3 million people have visited the Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum in Springfield since it opened in 2005, including hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren.

Two agencies are offering grants to help fund the cost of field trips to the museum for schools with a significant number of low-income students.