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
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
Learner's Day Planner:
how you spend your time.
your goals and objectives.
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:
e-Tutor Virtual Learning:
Socializing and Playing (with friends):
Relaxing - Reading/TV/video games, etc. (alone):
Exercise - Sports:
Art or Music Activities:
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Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden
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.
Take children the way
they are but expect them to change.
Your Attention is Needed!
By using techniques for paying
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.
of School Administrators
Stop the Train From
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
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
Them to School?
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.
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
Adapted from Parenting
Do things even if they don't appreciate
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
A Lifelong Possibility
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.
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
to seek the new and different
experiences with keen awareness of uniqueness and strive to find a
your imagination daily.
willing to experiment and let others do likewise.
unafraid of change. Think boldly.
uncharted fields. Try something different. Don't be a
natural curiosity and enthusiasm to provide zest in everyday
living. Spontaneity often triggers ideas.
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.
Public School Administrator
Mathematics in Daily Life
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....
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.
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.
Ask you child to
determine how much time he/she will have to wait until his/her
favorite TV program comes on.
Have your child
estimate how many minutes or hours he/she spends watching TV each
evening, weekend, or during an entire week.
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
Illinois Council of
Teachers of Mathematics
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
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.
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!
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.
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.)
your New Year be filled with happiness!
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