Why I Love Study Hall

February 17, 2010

It’s Winter in Virginia.  Some days it’s warm, and as we’ve seen this year, some days it snows a foot!  Who knows what tomorrow’s weather will bring, but one thing I knew today was my children are going to want play outside!!! If it was a Monday, I would be dreading the fact that I would literally have to drag my children in the house at 4pm to do homework. I can hear the “oh, mom, really?” or “okay, but just one more slant route” already.

But today was Tuesday and the boys had Study Hall! This means word study sentences were done and math sheets were complete, both checked and reviewed by the fantastic teachers at Extended Day.

I relish in the small things that make my life easier as a working mom of three children. Knowing my boys can get their homework done by the end of the day is a HUGE relief! Study Hall provides a quiet space in which my kids can focus on their daily assignments with a limited number of other children and distractions. The Study Hall teachers are knowledgeable about the curriculum and how the classroom teachers prefer the work to be completed for the next day. They have access to any materials if one of the boys forgets his math homework or spelling words. I still check their homework, though, but haven’t found a mistake a yet!

Maybe tomorrow, we will go to the park because the boys have Study Hall!

No More Candy Please!

February 9, 2010

I am beginning to think the Valentine’s Day candy collection is almost as bad as the 8 pound bag of trick or treat candy each of my children brought home on Halloween night (thankfully we had the wagon). My husband carted most of the candy to work on November 3rd and I am sure he will do it again on February 16th.

This year though I am going to do something a little different for my children. I am going to start a new tradition with my children: for the love of books. My Valentine card is going to be one of my favorite children’s books. Of course, on the dedication page, I will write a little love note to them.

Here are my top choices of great books some are oldies, but goodies and others are new to the scene:

The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

You look ridiculous said the rhinoceros to the hippopotamus by Bernard Waber

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy and Ron Barrett

We are going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Click Clack Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewis

Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault

The Red, Ripe Strawberry, The Big, Hungry Bear and the Little Mouse by Audrey Wood

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

Now we want to hear your favorites!  Leave yours in the comment box below and we’ll put them on our website!

Stephanie T. Jefferson, M. Ed.