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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Off the Shelf — Fall into the homework routine


As is the case in a lot of homes this time of year, homework has been added to the family evening routine. With just one child living at home this fall, Chuck and I take turns proctoring our son Kevin’s daily school work.  And even though it has been six years since our son Bryan was a freshman in high school, so far we have been handling the homework questions pretty well.

I usually help review vocabulary words on Sunday night for the Monday quiz. The old-fashioned flashcards have been replaced by a flashcard app on the iPad, making vocabulary word drills more entertaining.  If only I could find an app for making my household chores fun.

For Kevin’s English class, he is reading William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My daughter Katie had a copy in her room, so I have been reading along with my son. It makes for a great excuse in the early evening for getting into pajamas and reading in bed.

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Kevin has been a fan of author Rick Riordan, so he’s hoping when the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, comes out this month, he will have a little time in the evening for some reading that isn’t school related.

As I was writing my Positively Naperville column this month,  I received  an e-mail about some upcoming events at Anderson’s Bookshop. I so enjoy seeing which authors will be visiting the store. Will it be a long time favorite author or perhaps a first time novelist?

Naperville is very fortunate to have so many wonderful authors come to town. Check out Anderson’s website, and perhaps, one evening when homework is on the lighter side, stop by the bookshop and visit with an author.

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Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan is a Naperville resident, wife, mother of five, and acknowledged bookaholic. Contact her at mary_corrigan@sbcglobal.net.


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