Pyramids, Pillars, and the Pantheon

Pyramids, pillars, and the pantheon were on the mind of third-grade students at VU over the past few weeks as they worked on their ancient civilizations projects. As the students dove headfirst into making their posters, volunteers also introduced the topics of planning and preparation. “First, let’s talk about what information do…

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VU Is Back…and Then It Snowed!

After a long break, kids and volunteers returned to VU on Monday 1/5/15 ready to start a new year of learning. And then it snowed! VU is not open today 1/6/15 because FCPS closed in the face of inclement weather.  Let’s try to get some traction on Wednesday and get…

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VU Warms Your Heart

At least a couple times a week for three or four years, his little head would peek around the doorway to the homework room, eyes wide, looking for his big brothers. All the regular volunteers knew that adorable face and often told him that one day he would come to…

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No Tricks, All Treats

Although once in a while a student likes to play a funny trick on a volunteer, it’s mostly just treats at VU homework assistance. It’s a treat when a student:  Says, “I can do it” or “Oh, I get that” Wants to read “just one more page” Says “thank you” Helps another…

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Motivation

Two weeks in and things are humming along at homework assistance. The students are motivated and the volunteers are too. We have a room for students in grades 1-3 and one for students in grades 4-6, so on the nights that we have 17 or more students, there is often a pleasant…

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Opening Day

Opening day of Homework Assistance finally arrived last week! Our anticipation was almost as great as those who wait for opening day of baseball or football season, but we think the start of homework is even better. This is our 17th year of service to neighborhood students and our roster…

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Preparing for Opening Day at VU

Although the lights were out at VU over the summer, the folks behind the scenes were not idle! Members of the board updated registration forms and handbooks for students, parents, and volunteers. We put our book collection back in order after a busy school year and added popular titles that…

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May Days

We are starting out the final month for the 2013-14 year with great attendance. In past years, numbers of students have dropped off considerably in the waning days of the school year, but so far, we are seeing about 15 students each night and our volunteers are holding pretty steady.…

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Delayed Gratification

Working with children on their homework and skills requires a good deal of patience. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a concept click or a skill mastered. So many variables affect the learning process that persistence and consistency are of parmount importance. This week I noticed a student (she’s in…

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Valensnow or Snowentine?

If predictions hold true, there will be snow for Valentine’s Day this year, so it’s a good thing that students have been busy making cards for their friends and family all week long! There’s nothing like some pretty paper, markers, and maybe some stickers and glitter to keep students busy…

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