In The News                      January 2010   Vol. 13-01


President’s Message

Happy New Year!  2010!  It has a nice ring to it. The year promises great things!  The beginning of a new decade offers a blank slate to strategize and plan for the journey ahead.     

When we look at the past decade we are surprised at the growth and development that has taken place with Knowledge Headquarters and e-Tutor.  We have seen many companies in the online education arena come and go.  We maintain a small personal staff comprised of educators who know and understand the students and their parents who seek online learning.  We give personal attention to everyone in the e-Tutor world of learners.  And our success rate shows this dedication. 

Our expertise in online learning is sought by others.  And, we continue to learn and improve.  We believe that online learning will be the impetus to change what is happening in regular public and private schools.  But in order to do so, our efforts must be carefully planned. We  will provide our students with a student-centric curriculum that takes advantages of what the internet and modular technology has to offer.   

Our imprint around the world continues to grow.  While some students are looking for an English immersion program, others want the advantages of a curriculum based on U.S. standards.  e-Tutor is a rigorous program that both students and parents appreciate.  

e-Tutor is providing programs for school districts and schools that must provide instructional alternatives for a growing population of special needs students. Parents and educators find these students do best when not hampered by the time restraints found in regular school programming.  

Many of our e-Tutor parents have shared with us ways in which they use the program.  Some have offered valuable suggestions for changes they would like to see in future editions.  If you have ideas or suggestions, we would like to hear from you.  

Our goal in 2010 is to have a complete revamp of the program by the Fall.  This is a tall order as there is much to consider.  However, we want to take advantage of available new technologies that will enhance and improve the learning experience for our students.  

Wishing you all the best in health, success and happiness as we start this wonderful new decade!

 


Announcement ! ! !

This year you will receive the newsletter each quarter rather than monthly.  However, we will stay in touch with you through the e-Tutor blog at http://www.e-tutor.com/blog/.  We hope you will participate in the discussions. 

 

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Strive for perfection but settle for continuing improvement. 





Learning with e-Tutor

Tracking Student Work

e-Tutor gives the student an opportunity to be responsible for his or her own learning.  This is unlike regular school and some other online learning programs. Make sure your child understands his or her responsibility in the learning process. 

Although most of your student's learning with e-Tutor will be online, students will be asked to do some paperwork or off line work in most of the lesson modules. Where are you going to put those papers? We suggest folders. These do not have to be fancy…..we use four simple manila folders, one for each curricular area. As you complete the Activities, Extended Learning, Vocabulary and Resource work, place the papers in the appropriate folder. Parents or another responsible adult should review what the student has done each day. 

You may wish to print out the report card once a month. These can be put in the appropriate folder so the student can keep track of how he/she is doing. 

Finally, the student will keep track of the hours studied each day. It is nice to be able to see what has been accomplished each day, week and month. Give your child many opportunities to celebrate his or her own learning achievements.  

Learner's Day Planner:

  • Review how you spend your time.
  • Prioritize your goals and objectives.
  • Compare the two.

These steps may help you.  Determine how you spend a "typical" 24-hour day:                                                   

As you enter the hours or parts of hours for each activity, that amount is 
subtracted from the total:

Hours in your day:

24

Daily Activities:

Hours spent

Sleeping:

 

Personal Care/Grooming:

 

e-Tutor Virtual Learning:

 

Meal preparation/eating/clean-up:

 

Family Activities:

 

Socializing and Playing (with friends):

 

Relaxing - Reading/TV/video games, etc. (alone):

 

Exercise - Sports:

 

Art or Music Activities:

 

Other:

 


Thirty-eight New Lesson Modules  
were added to the 
e-Tutor Lesson Library this month!

Join the e-Tutor world of learning today to view 
over 2,800 lesson modules.  

www.e-tutor.com



   The Book Case            

The Cricket in Times Square 
by George Selden
Intermediate
Level
              

This is the story of Chester, a cricket from Connecticut who finds himself in a Times Square subway station. He is rescued by Mario, a boy who works at his parents' news stand. Mario thinks crickets are lucky and wants to keep him as a pet. His parents reluctantly agree and Chester's adventures begin.

Once Mario leaves for the night, the cricket gets to meet the other denizens of Times Square, primarily Harry the Cat and Tucker Mouse. Both become fast friends with him and the trio gets itself into no end of mischief.

Chester, though, has a special gift that keeps him from being dumped in the trash. He is able to play music like no other creature Times Square has ever seen. He has perfect pitch and is able to recreate everything he hears on the radio. This, as you can imagine, creates quite the sensation.


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Take children the way they are but expect them to change. 


Your Attention is Needed! 

By using techniques for paying attention, you can help make sure that the time you spend studying will be productive.  For example, try pausing after reading each section or chapter to ask yourself some questions about what you've just read.  If you are still unclear about the main point of the section, go back over it. 

When you use learning techniques like asking questions and finding the main idea, you are elaborating on what you have learned....making connections between what you already know and what you are learning.  This helps make the reading material more understandable and easier to remember. 

You don't always have to wait until you come to the end of a section to elaborate on the material you have studied.  You may need to stop more frequently in some subjects.  A study method that is great for history may not work in science.  Try several different methods and see which ones work best for you.  

American Association of School Administrators


Stop the Train From Crashing!

With the recent emphasis on "turnarounds," some believe a good manager can rescue any organization in dire distress.  If you're asked to fix a situation that has deteriorated beyond repair, use this story that President Lyndon Johnson related when asked what he would do in such circumstances.

A man applied for a job as a flagman at a railroad crossing.  He was told he would be given the job if he could answer a single question correctly.  

Agreeing, the applicant was told to imagine he was standing at a crossing with only a single track.  From the north, a passenger train is approaching at 100 mph.  From the south, a freight train is coming at 60 mph.  He sees the trains when they are only about 100 yards apart.  The question is:  What should he do?  Without hesitation, the applicant replied he would go get his brother-in-law.

Puzzled, the railroad examiner inquired what good that would do.  The would-be flagman replied, "He ain't never seen a train wreck!"

The Pryor Report


Getting Them to School?

Do early mornings at your house resemble a zoo?  You scramble to find matching socks, and slap two slices of bread into a quasi-sandwich.  While grabbing a pen to sign a permission slip for who-knows-what, you mentally flip through the afternoon's activities and wonder how to fit in a nutritious dinner...one that doesn't come in a box or bag.  Consider the following tips:

  • Speed up breakfast for reticent kids by serving them special foods such as pastries, bacon or fruit that make them eager to start the day.

  • Give kids control.  Let them choose clothes or lunches, knowing that if choices aren't made in a timely manner, you'll decide for them.

  • Promise your child ten minutes of one-on-one time if she gets ready early.  Follow through with a story or quick activity and you'll both be more relaxed when it's time to head for school.

  • Walk your child to school, if possible, for a combination of exercise and chat time. 

Adapted from Parenting

 

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Do things even if they don't appreciate them.  

 

Word from China

We thought you might like to hear from one of our parents who lives in China.  She is homeschooling her three children.  

The kids have learned how to enjoy learning and with E-tutor they have had the opportunity be exposed to many things that they may not have been able to otherwise. I thank you for that!! Most of the lessons are informative and enjoyable, while others have been frustrating and slow (that's life)!  I, as a parent, appreciate the smattering of things that they have had to learn about. We have been quite pleased with your program and speak highly of it to our friends.

                                                                                   
The Far East Momma


Creativity, A Lifelong Possibility

Learning activities that encourage imagination, uniqueness, curiosity, inventiveness and the drive that carries through creativity with unlimited zest need to be continued throughout all of life.  Experimentation need not stop.  Stopping a process of development in hopes that it may be revived at a later date often stifles the creative urge.  Mindsets reinforced by repeated copying often hinder creativity beyond redemption.  It is possible to possess the power of creativity and then through disuse, ignorance, and lethargy entirely lose the spark.  

The following points are suggested for use in different dosages to ally the stagnation of unnatural death of potentials once possessed.  There are many means and methods that may help in this retention of our natural creative urge and only a few are included here.  

  • Continue to seek the new and different

  • Approach experiences with keen awareness of uniqueness and strive to find a different content.

  • Stretch your imagination daily.

  • Be willing to experiment and let others do likewise.

  • Be unafraid of change.  Think boldly.

  • Investigate uncharted fields.  Try something different.  Don't be a repeater.

  • Allow natural curiosity and enthusiasm to provide zest in everyday living.  Spontaneity often triggers ideas.

The scope is unlimited with hundreds of pathways open for those willing and daring to leave the well-worn road and explore a new uncharted course.  Be adventurous, keep sensitivity alive while letting each individual exercise the spark of creativity.  It is the experiences which occur and the insight which is gained during the creative process that develop sensitivities for the works of others as well as one's own productivity.  Being creative is something that must be fostered and cultivated, but not forced;  it must be experienced to be understood. 

The Public School Administrator



Mathematics in Daily Life

The best help you can give your student in math is simply to make your child aware of when and how to use math.  Here are a few estimation activities that you can do with your child....

  1. Young children can estimate by using items like pencils, crayons, or parts of their own bodies.  Older children can use regular units of measurement like rulers or measuring cups and spoons.

  2. Ask your child to guess the number of items in your home.  Make a list.  Then count them together.  Examples may include pillows, windows, doors, chairs and shoes.  Then compare estimates with an actual count.  Make comparisons between items to help young children understand the concepts of "more" or "less" and put them into categories. 

  3. Ask you child to determine how much time he/she will have to wait until his/her favorite TV program comes on.

  4. Have your child estimate how many minutes or hours he/she spends watching TV each evening, weekend, or during an entire week.

  5. Have your child complete his/her own height and weight charts.  Begin by estimating, actually measure, and then graph the information.  Keep a record over a period of time.  

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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Try something new at least once a month.  

Jamming January Links:

Weed Patch Camp:  This site is a wonderful 'companion' to John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. While writing the book, John Steinbeck visited Bakersfield, California and based his book on Arvin Federal Government Camp which he portrayed as "Weedpatch Camp." This site includes the history and pictures of the camp as well as personal reminiscences and music of the time. 
http://www.weedpatchcamp.com/

Tardigrades:  This site is dedicated to the little-studied phylum of animals, also called water bears. This site is filled with scientific images, videos, facts, and useful research geared towards education. It's sponsored by the Goldstein Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
http://tardigrades.bio.unc.edu/

Paper:  Learn how new materials, new methods and new ideas are transforming traditional origami. Watch videos of a master origami folder create his unique pieces. Learn how to make your own paper and how to fold your own paper airplanes. In Japan, legend says that a person who makes a thousand origami cranes will live a long life. All the more reason to explore this site! 
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exploring/paper/index.html

Odyssey of Life:  This companion to PBS's NOVA Odyssey of Life series includes embryo morphs, a virtual tour of the microscopic organisms that live in your body and house, an interview with photographer Lennart Nilsson, a debate between a creationist and an evolutionist, and a teacher's guide.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/odyssey/textindex.html

Reporting Civil Rights:  This site  presents the reporters and journalism of the American Civil Rights Movement and the efforts of various journalists, activists, and others to secure civil freedoms and liberties for African - Americans. An interactive timeline that chronicles the years 1941 to 1973. The Library of America companion site is a two-volume anthology that brings together nearly 200 newspaper and magazine reports, book excerpts, and features by 151 writers. (Use the Table of Contents to efficiently navigate the anthologies.)
http://reportingcivilrights.loa.org/

May your New Year be filled with happiness!

From the Knowledge HQ Staff

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