North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Kathy's Corner

What do you think of when you hear the words Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)?  If you’re like the majority of us, your heart starts racing a little.  How can I teach my child these things?   It is not about teaching them but giving them the opportunities to explore and learn.   Ask them questions.  Which rock is bigger?  Is one rock smoother that the others?  Let’s line them up from the biggest to the smallest.   Science activities include exploring water and sand, comparing rocks and soil, counting the legs on an insect.   Technology is not just about computers, but simple things like scissors, gears, and wheels.   Child engineers may begin by building structures with blocks.   Math activities can be counting, measuring, and matching shapes.  Encourage their natural curiosity.  Each week in my e-mail I will share an activity to do with your child that can be done using things you have in your home. The Brain Building in Progress website ( is a wonderful resource.  It contains information about places to go and things to do as well as activities you can do with your child.   Peace, Kathy

Stride for Healthy Communities is Hallmark Health System’s annual walk to benefit key hospital and community services including cancer care and cardiology programs, emergency services and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network.  This year’s event is Sat., June 7, 9 AM, at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield (rain date, Sun., June 8, 2014). Walkers of all ages are encouraged to register for the event, which includes a 3-mile walk around beautiful Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, music, food, family activities, giveaways,  health information and more. Last year more than 300 walkers and supporters came out to join in the day’s festivities. More than a dozen area sponsors along with WBZ Radio will be there.  Monies raised support important family services and community outreach initiatives such as health screenings, concussion prevention and CPR educational programs. Registration begins at 8 AM.  The walk begins at 9 AM.  Cost to register is $20 in advance, $25 day of the event. Children ages 5 and under are free, ages 6-18 years $10.  Visit and select the ‘Event Calendar’ to learn more or to register.

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