In The News                           January 2012   Vol. 15-1

sident’s Message 

Happy 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 wildest imagination.   

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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Comfort comes as a guest, lingers to become a host and stays to enslave us.

                                                                                                                               Lee S. Bickmore

Learning with eTutor

Homeschooling at the Click of the Mouse

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 that will target all the many things that a student needs to learn in order to be successful.  eTutor makes homeschooling wonderful every day of the week!  We make a difficult task, a wonderful task!

Key reasons for home educating:

1.       Transfer beliefs and values to children

2.       Close family relationships

3.       Controlled/positive peer social interactions

4.       Quality academics

5.       Alternative approaches to teaching and learning

6.       Safety

Fifteen New Lesson Modules were added 
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   The Book Case            

The 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.

Excerpts from the book.

1995 Newbery Honor Winner

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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the right to do the same.

Voltaire (1694-1778) Philosopher and Writer


Getting Started

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

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.  

Adapted from Working Smart

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 use.  

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 must get active to make things happen for your children.  

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 

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It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness.

Jean-Baptiste-Henri Lacordaire (1802-1861)
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. 

Keep meals 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 views. 

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

Make Education a Priority

Parent 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.  

Also, 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.  

Finally, 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 student! 

Adapted from Pioneer Press

The Art of Listening

Are 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.

These 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:

  1. They are more favorably impressed by you

  2. They enjoy themselves more

  3. Their opinions and behavior are more apt to be changed

  4. They grow and develop to a greater extent

Adapted from The Public School Administrator

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Never hesitate to ask for help.  No one succeeds alone.

Micheline Bouchard
Business Executive

Jazzy January Links

3Plus-U: 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:  e-Mission: Operation Montserrat is based on a real historical event. The volcano on the normally tranquil island of Montserrat 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.

National 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.


These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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