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Seven Benefits of Music Education

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Music is important in the education of your child.  It is one of the real accomplishments of the human race and the Western world has developed it beyond that of any other people.  Music is one of your child’s richest heritages.  To share in this heritage your child should study music, for the casual contact alone will not unlock its deepest treasures.

Your child can benefit from a good music program in many ways.  It can:

  • Introduce him or her to one of the most significant cultural achievements of the human mind.
  • Be a disciplined emotional outlet for the release of tension.
  • Enlarge potential for creating and enjoying beauty.
  • Develop the skills and understandings needed for using music in leisure time.
  • Provide satisfying experiences with groups of peers.
  • Build the aesthetic and spiritual values that are so important in the overall development of both personality and character.
  • Enrich your child’s life for years to come.

Six Steps Online Students Need to Follow

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Online learning is gaining acceptance in school districts around the country.  However,  school districts want to know students are actually spending their time learning.  When asked about your online learning program,  if your student has taken the following steps, you will have evidence of a very strong program.

  1. Plan to spend approximately five hours learning each day.
  2. Keep track of when you start to study and when you stop each day.  Keep record of sport and art activity on your list, as well.
  3. Have a notebook, pencil, paper and any other necessary materials available before starting online learning each day.
  4. Establish a schedule for learning and start, as much as possible, the same time each day.
  5. Share with your parents or another adult the goals and time management plan you have established for yourself.
  6. Keep a record of activities, assignments, and testing completed. Include examples when possible.

Ten Steps for Parents Using Online Learning Programs

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Ten Steps Parents Can Take For Student Success with Online Learning

You and your student have decided that online learning is an alternative to regular public and private schooling that must be tried.  What can you do to insure your student is successful?  Here are steps you will want to know before starting online learning.

  1. Understand that you are your child’s instructional and academic leader/coach.
  2. Create an atmosphere for learning at home.
  3. Establish learning goals with your student focusing on the subjects appropriate for his/her grade level.
  4. Get to know your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Review, daily, completed learning projects and activities.
  6. Expect your student to spend a minimum of approximately four and a half to five hours learning each day.
  7. Provide your student with adequate equipment and materials to be a successful learner.
  8. Monitor and review assessment scores with your student.
  9. Work with your child in designating specific blocks of time for studying.
  10. Enjoy the learning experience with your student!

Online Learning Offers Solutions for Children of Military

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Nearly one million military children are in educational programs each year.  Many attend public school in districts operated by local educational agencies. Others attend schools established and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense.  There are many transitions military children must make when they have to move from one school to another because a military parent changes duty stations.  The children often find it hard to assimilate into new school situations.  It’s a struggle providing continuity in learning when going from one base to another and moving from one state or country to another.  It is a challenge for military parents, moving children and then trying to decide which educational program is best.

Online learning is a logical choice for military families who are looking for continuity in the teaching-learning process for their children.  DoDEA policy provides for allowable home-based educational programming expenses that include fees for curriculum-related on-line Internet services, such as study programs and distance learning.  They will pay tuition charges of on-line Internet instruction associated with a formal recognized home-study course or other authorized program.

Online military homeschooling offers real-time learning in a vast number of subjects and topics for individual instruction. The best online learning program provides students and parents the flexibility necessary for true knowledge to take place. Most online instructional programs provide a core curriculum that will prepare students to enter schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.

Informed parents in all the armed services, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard choose online military homeschooling for their children for many reasons. An accessible online instructional program may be the one stable thing the children may have.  Their learning program will always be there.  Students do not need to be time bound by their learning program.  The quality and range of instructional content determines the excellence of online instruction. Web-based, online learning gives students a unique opportunity to explore learning and gain knowledge at their own level.  Online learning offers a way to stay ahead of the information flow of an expanding knowledge base.

When students are in public or private schools, they must use whatever curriculum the school and teacher is using.  Online learning levels the playing field for children of all levels.  Military homeschooling parents have many ways to approach the teaching-learning process for their child when using an online educational program.  Learning doesn’t have to be with a textbook.  Parents enjoy the ‘aha’ moments when they actually see their child learning.

Military living has a way of testing the idea of schooling because everything is so unpredictable.  In this regard online learning is reinventing the idea of school.  The integration of knowledge is a personal process, rather than a social process.  By viewing schooling not so much as a place, but the act of learning, those who embrace online learning have forced us to look at a new paradigm for schooling.  Military parents, who homeschool, recognize that acquiring knowledge does not need to be a group activity, but is often more effective as an individual activity.  They know that how they, themselves,  learned as children, is not the best method of learning for their children.

Military families using an online instructional program have an incredible advantage. No matter what service the parent is in….Army, Navy, Marines,  Air Force or Coast Guard… moving is hard enough, adding traditional schooling to it is infinitely more difficult. A child who is free to learn in his own environment, doing what he loves, excelling where he can and seeing the world is a fortunate child.  Instead of feeling the insecurity of moving, they have that strong unmoving foundation of their online instructional homeschool program. They can thrive and be free to learn and achieve no matter where they are in the world.

The Beta is Almost Here…

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

We’ve been working hard with our web developers and designers to rebuild the entire eTutor school from the ground up over the last several months. We’re nearing the launch of eTutor Beta, which will be a big milestone in our progress. I thought I’d share a sneak peak:
beta.etutor.com
We’re very excited to share the rest with you.  Stay tuned…