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Stuart Hall School Blog

What Is Outdoor Education?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All of us have participated in some form of outdoor education during our school careers. Some of our fondest school memories might even include these experiences even if we didn’t call them by that title. Remember your favorite field trips? Trips to the zoo, a museum, or an aquarium all count as outdoor education. How about PE class? Whenever students can move out of the classroom and into a more natural space, outdoor education can occur.

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talking to your child about loss

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

As parents, we try to protect our children from the harmful or scary things in life. We fight monsters under the bed and cover eyes during scary movie scenes, but there comes a time when we cannot protect our children from the pain of loss. Many things can create the feelings of loss and grief in a child - the death of a pet, a divorce, the loss of a family member - and parents might wonder how they can support their children through this tough time. We sat down with Reverend Becky McDaniel, Stuart Hall School chaplain, to discuss a few important things to remember when talking about loss with your child.  

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Taking An Active Role In Your Child’s Education

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

According to the Center for Public Education, scholars at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory “found that students with involved parents, no matter their income or background, are more likely to:

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why should we take a theatre class?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Why should anyone, who isn’t planning to go into the theatre arts professionally, take an acting class or an introduction to theatre class? The answer is simple: You learn real-world skills that are applicable to many disciplines. You can find many lists on the Internet from personal blogs to magazines like Backstage with their own beliefs of what these life skills are.  In honor of Theatre in Our Schools Month, we provide our own list created by Jeremey West, Stuart Hall School Theatre Director.

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Why Music Education is valuable for every student

Monday, February 27, 2017

“Learning music is the same as learning to read. Students decode symbols, give them sounds and beats, and then combine these symbols to communicate. No one says you shouldn’t teach a kid to read. So why deprive a student the chance to strengthen and build those skills through music?”  -- Mr. Echols, Stuart Hall School Music Director

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Preparing Your Child to Begin School

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Schools across the country are announcing the start of Kindergarten registration. Whether the thought of sending your child to school for the first time instills fear or relief, it can be a stressful time for both of you. But there are things you can do now to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

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How to Make Homework Less Stressful for Everyone

Monday, February 6, 2017

Homework. The dreaded eight-letter word that creates such divide between parents and students everywhere. Whether your student needs a gentle push to complete his work, or he completes everything on his own, there are still steps you can take to make hometime a little less stressful for your student and for you.

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is there value to teaching cursive handwriting?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In today’s world, emails replace letters; credit cards replace checks; and electronic check marks replace official signatures. This shift towards technology has left many wondering if handwriting, and in particular cursive handwriting, still has a place in the classroom. Could the time spent mastering loops and humps be better spent studying fractions or verbs? Many school districts seem to feel so, and cursive handwriting has been disappearing from curriculum guides across the country. But maybe cursive still has a place in the classroom after all. Here are a few benefits of teaching cursive handwriting in the classroom.

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Staying active in the winter months

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

As the cold reality of winter sets in, you may be wondering how to keep your children from coming down with “cabin fever” and how best to keep them active until spring. With some helpful information from Sarah Harms, Physical Education teacher and coach at Stuart Hall School, we have some tips for helping you and your children stay active and healthy during the winter months.

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College application Tips from the Experts

Monday, January 9, 2017

In addition to starting a new semester and getting back into the swing of school after winter break, for seniors it is also time to finalize those college applications. With deadlines quickly approaching, college-bound students everywhere are gathering transcripts and recommendation letters, and college admission counselors are preparing to read hundreds of applicant files. Ever wonder what those college admission reps are thinking heading into the decision room? NPR’s Kirk Carapezza recently tackled that exact question in his article, What the People Who Read Your College Application Really Think. Speaking with Ann McDermott, Director of Admissions at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, Carapezza explored what college admissions representatives are really looking for in a college application.

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