holiday homework

Turn off the TV, the computer, the portable video games, and the cell phones. Play a board game together, play Hangman, or get the Sunday newspaper and divide the sections. Avoid the tendency to hang in front of the TV because of the cold weather this time of year.

Ask questions during meal time, like “What was your favorite family vacation?” or “What is your favorite thing about our house?” Get to know each other again and tune in to what makes your children tick.

Get some joke books from the library or search for some (appropriate) jokes online. Make sure you read the jokes before you allow your child to see them- don’t trust the internet to screen the sites that come up. Write them down on individual pieces of paper and put them in a pencil case or shoebox. You can pull out the “laugh box” whenever your family needs a pick-me-up!

You know that museum you always say you want to go to? That book you want to borrow from the library? Have each member of the family write down one special place they want to visit during the winter break and start checking off your list. (Be realistic with your children about the feasibility of their choices; you’re obviously not planning a last-minute trip to Disney!)


Learning English is Difficult

There is no egg in the eggplant,
No ham in the hamburger,
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.

English muffins were not invented in England,
and French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted.
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that:

  • Quicksand takes you down slowly;
  • Boxing rings are square;
  • The guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And what about the noun roots of verbs?

  • If writers write, how come fingers don’t fing?
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn’t the plural of phone booth be phone beeth?
  • If the teacher taught, why didn’t the preacher praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat!?
  • Why do people recite at a play, yet play at a recital?
  • Or park on driveways and drive on parkways?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language:

  • Where a house can burn up… as it burns down
  • In which you fill in a form… by filling it out
  • Where an alarm is only heard once it goes off!

English was created by people, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (Which, of course, isn’t a race at all).

That is why when the stars are out they are visible…
But when the lights are out… they are invisible.

But I still can’t figure out why it is that when I wind up my watch, it starts… But when I wind up this discussion…It ends.

by cleanjoke


This Friday we will have a party…so, if you have any thoughts about bringing something to share – please do – I’ll pick up the pizzas.


Math – Review for Wednesday’s quiz. Be prepared to analyze and construct graphs – bar, circle, scatter, and line.

Current Events

Upcoming assignment

What is a Current Event? A Current Event is something that is happening somewhere in the world NOW! Current Events are news stories that include a title, author, and date of publication. Students will be doing more than just looking up information, they are asking, “What is happening in our world TODAY?”

Each week two students choose an article to present from newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Students read the article and then answer questions like Who, What, When, Where and Why. Students include their opinion about the article and then present their information to the rest of the class.