New Year!!! Do you remember when you were young and thought the
year 2012 was so very far in the future? You could not even
imagine that far ahead of time. It was inconceivable for me to
think of planning for the year ahead let alone several years....but
after many years of experience and having taken many wrong turns in my
life....the value of planning has become evident. We are what we
plan for ourselves. That is not to say that the road is
straight, but it is the direction that is important. If we focus
on important goals, we often make astounding progress beyond our
So take some time this month to plan
for yourself and help your child do some planning, as well. Make
sure your planning is realistic. Once you have decided on a few
attainable goals, write them down and post them somewhere in your home
where you can see them several times a day. You will be
surprised at what happens.
As we begin another year, I just want
to take the opportunity to thank each of you for your loyalty,
compassion and trust that you place in us each and every day. We
take our roles very seriously and strive to improve the online
learning experience on many levels for the children and parents we
serve. Thank you and have a rewarding and beautiful month!
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Homeschooling can be
both a wonderful and difficult task.
It is wonderful because you have the opportunity to truly guide
the instruction of your child. It
becomes difficult when you have to choose materials and a curriculum
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order to be successful. eTutor
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reasons for home educating:
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Close family relationships
Controlled/positive peer social interactions
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Ear, the Eye and the Arm
by Nancy Farmer
Grades 7 and Up
It is the year 2194 in Harare,
Zimbabwe. When the three over-protected children of General
Amadeus Matsika are kidnapped, they learn that their country is
a land of contrasts. Wealthy people live in homes staffed by
robots and protected by automatic dobermans, while the poor live
in a neighborhood known as The Cow's Guts, mining for plastic
within the tunnels of Dead Man's Vlei (a toxic waste dump).
Resthaven is an enclave for people who cling to the ancient
traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Shona tribe, but the
nearby MacIlwaine Hotel is a mile-high vertical city of
apartments, schools, clinics, and supermarkets. As the children
journey from one predicament to another, three unlikely
detectives from an agency known as The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
attempt to rescue them.
from the book.
1995 Newbery Honor Winner
Think for yourselves
and let others enjoy the right to do the same.
(1694-1778) Philosopher and Writer
To beat the
procrastination bug, place a task that demands your immediate
attention directly in your line of sight, squarely on a
table. Ten, take fifteen minutes to do nothing but stare at
the task...a closet that needs cleaning, laundry, windows, or
whatever, recommends the one author. While staring at it,
you will go from hating the task and forgetting about it to
deciding to finally get rid of it simply by doing it.
Adapted from Right
on Time: The Complete Guide for Time-Pressured Manages,
by Lester Bittel
Taking risks seems less
intimidating if you can make yourself focus on the process instead of
the result. Approach: Acknowledge, but don't overemphasize, the
downside. Try to see the risk as a chance to learn...whatever
the results may be. Take risks that are wee-thought-out and
reasonable, and strive to adapt to new challenges as the process
unfolds, rather than pressing doggedly toward your desired goal.
Remember, in the current business climate, change is a fact of
life. You can take part in the process and help control its
flow, or resist and have the change imposed upon you.
Build Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
Because raising a child is such a
complicated process, you need lots of other people in your life,
including grandparents, baby-sitters, a family doctor, neighbors,
teachers, coaches, friends, and advisers. You can raise a child
alone, but it is so much easier with a listening ear or a helping hand
from others like you who want the best for all our children and who
understand that we must pull together to create neighborhoods and
communities that are family-friendly. We all struggle from time
to time, and when the whole community pulls together, it is not only
easier, it makes all of our lives better. Many people are
recognizing in this fast-paced, achievement-oriented,
technology-manipulated world that simple kindness, togetherness,
understanding, and fellowship are fuel for the soul we all can
Family-friendly communities value
children and emphasize creating environments and services that ensure
that each family thrives. You can't wait for someone else to do
it...you must get active to make things happen for your
Reaching out to others puts our
priorities in perspective, and helps us to appreciate the comforts of
home which we so often take for granted. When we open our hearts
to others, we show our children that we share this planet with so many
other folks just like us. When we reach out to each other, we
find that we are more alike than we are different. Getting to
know the people in your community makes the whole place
friendlier...and that is good for every family.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
It is not genius, nor glory, nor love
that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness.
Cleric and political activist
Saving the Family Meal
Parent consider family
meals important. Once parents establish that there will be a
meal, the way it actually happens can be negotiable and
flexible. Use everybody's ingenuity in adjusting times,
locations, and types of food. One family, for example, has
Wednesday night supper at a fast food restaurant after the soccer
game. Another family eats dinner right after the children get
home from school because dad is oof work at that time and everybody is
hungry. Yet another family has a substantial family breakfast
instead of dinner. Both mom and children are active in sports,
and morning is the one time they can all be together.
enjoyable. The family table has to be a nice place to be or
nobody...not even parents...will want to be there. Keep it
pleasant, keep it light, include everyone in the conversation, and
don't use mealtimes for disciplining or airing grievances. It is
all right to talk about touchy issues, just don't try to come to any
conclusions. Use mealtimes for listening to each other's
Expect good behavior at
mealtime, and excuse children from the table if they won't behave
properly. Being at the family table is a privilege that children
have to earn by helping to make it pleasant for everyone. If
they don't like something, teach them to say, "no thank you"
and pass it. The meal has to be pleasant for you, too, and if
you are listening to complaints or worrying about getting your family
to eat, it won't be.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. of Public Instruction
Education a Priority
who want successful students need to show their children that
education is of the utmost importance. The best way to do
this is to be a partner in the educational program. Know what
your child is expected to be able to do by the end of the year, and
help her work towards those goals. Let your child know that your
are keeping track of her performance.
make sure that your student has a "studying space" in your
house. It should be a writing surface in a quiet area of your
home, away from distractions. She needs pens and pencils, line
and graph paper, a calculator, and a dictionary. Her study space
should be far away from the TV or phone but close to you in case she
needs help. Let your child decorate this special space to her
liking to make it her own. Then, decide with your child how much
time she will allot to learning activities each day. Setting a
regular schedule helps her develop a routine. Even if she
doesn't have much work to do, encourage her to use the time to read or
complete extra practice problems.
be sure to focus on what your child is learning rather than the grade
he is getting. While grades can be a measure of success, it is
more important that your child is acquiring good study habits and new
skills. And focusing on the grade can tempt you to
"help" too much with the activities and projects. Let
your child know you are proud of the progress he has made, and the
grades will follow. Soon, your child will become a star
from Pioneer Press
Art of Listening
there those of you who feel ill at ease trying to hold a conversation
in a group. It may even extend to a concern about entertaining
in the home because of a feeling you would not be able to give the
guests a "good time.
feelings stem from the false belief that the only way you get along
with or impress others is by the things you say. Actually, if
you can get others to talk instead of you talking:
are more favorably impressed by you
enjoy themselves more
opinions and behavior are more apt to be changed
grow and develop to a greater extent
from The Public School Administrator
hesitate to ask for help. No one succeeds alone.
Jazzy January Links
Rights at Work: A
unique digital adventure, 3Plus-U will introduce you to the importance
of work and the need for protecting people in the workplace. This
Flash-enabled site illustrates through stories, quizzes, challenges,
and adventures how the world of work affects everyone. Also includes a
glossary and a downloadable curriculum guide.
Operation Montserrat is based on a real historical event. The volcano
on the normally tranquil
has come to life. As flaming pebbles and lava begin their devastation,
emergency response teams learn a hurricane is approaching. Using
real-time hurricane and seismic data, teams of specialists assist
Mission Control in saving the residents from certain destruction. You
will apply your science and math skills to an authentic crisis
situation. During the two-hour e-Mission, as a student specialist you
will serve as a member of a team: volcano, hurricane, evacuation, or
communication. You must apply and be selected to participate in the
actual e-Mission. Doesn't say how many are selected; but there are
enough resources on the site to make it worthwhile.
This is an interactive website with music theory tutorials by
Ricci Adams. Lesson topics include: staff, clef, and ledger lines;
note duration; measure and time signatures; rest duration; dots and
ties; simple and compound meter; odd meter; steps and accidentals and
more. A chord calculator, staff paper generator, and matrix generator
are available for online use. You can download the stand-alone version
of the trainers and utilities. There is also a forum for sharing
information and asking questions.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
The Arctic is a vast, ice-covered ocean, surrounded by
tree-less, frozen ground, that teems with life, including organisms
living in the ice, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals and
human societies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
NOAA, provides Arctic information and a set of reputable indicators
that describe the present state of the Arctic ecosystem and climate.
This comprehensive, near-real-time Arctic Change Detection Product has
been developed by the US/NOAA Arctic Research Office to track physical
and biological changes for presentation on the web.
you a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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