eNews                                       January 2014 Vol. 17-1


President's Message

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that another year has gone by. How many changes we have seen since we began in 1997!  Early on, people thought we were crazy. Today everyone is embracing online learning.  The unfortunate thing is we don't see that much innovation and creativity in what is being offered. We would prefer that companies and individuals would have gone way beyond what we perceived and created so many years ago.  

I spoke with an individual not long ago who was praising the benefits of blended learning (where both online and offline instructional material is used for instruction).  Blended learning or as some call it, hybrid schooling, is a good bridge, but not as creative or as innovative as what we should expect.  For one, it can not be scaled to large populations.  It relies heavily on static practices not taking full advantage of real time learning that the internet offers. Further and most important, students are not part of the instructional process, rather passive receivers.   

Business is doing some very exciting things with current technologies. Why is education so slow?  We view what we do in the education arena differently. Traditionalists view education as a social process, yet it is in reality a personal process. The integration of knowledge is personal. Our work will be a continuing effort to assist those we serve to understand and adapt their learning and instructional programs by offering choices for personal learning. 

Are you tired of winter yet? In parts of our country, it has been a fierce and unforgiving year already and it is only January.  Wouldn't it be great if our children could have their learning delivered to them through the Internet, so parents would not have to worry about another gap in their instruction?  Between floods, blizzards, hurricanes, typhoons and more weather upheavals our students should be able to continue their learning.  The stability of an ongoing program would be invaluable for our children. 

Wishing you all the best in this fabulous New Year!




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 Connecting Students and Families to the Best in Online Learning

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A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. 

Learning with eTutor

The e-Tutor Virtual Learning Program consists of  over 3500 lesson modules. The Lesson Library contains lessons in twenty-five subjects. Each lesson module has several important sections that are included at each of four levels, Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle/Junior High (6-8) and High School (9-12). This cross-aging of lesson modules has been very successful for eTutor students as they can work at their own pace. Some lesson modules may be easier and can be used for review and some will be more challenging. 

Students should do no more than four lesson modules each day. We recommend one lesson module in each of the four major curricular areas. One lesson module a day is sufficient for those who use eTutor for supplemental work. All curricular areas support one another. 

Lesson modules focus on relevant and interesting topics emphasizing basic skills. Each section is important to learning and maintaining the skill or concept taught in the Study Guide. The content applies to real-life situations that students can relate to, such as creating a budget or reviewing a movie. 

The interesting topics and colorful graphics, make eTutor effective and inviting to the student. With the use of the many valuable online educational resources, no place is more than a few mouse clicks away. 


Twelve New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

 Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
the lesson modules.

Online Instructional Content

Are you stranded at home because of snow, rain or heat?  This is an opportune time to do some writing for your students. Take the time to be creative.  Write a lesson module for your students that will keep them engaged for hours.  Use the template at to create lessons that will motivate and inspire your students to really delve into the concept or skill about which you are teaching.  As an added bonus, your students will learn that the internet is useful for more than playing games or completing a research paper. Some interesting topics from LessonPro this month:  

  • Circular Motion
  • Changing States: Evaporation and Condensation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Cells - The Basic Unit of Life
  • Rotational Mechanics 
  • The First Greeks
  • Drawing Conclusions 

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!


   The Book Case            

Ginger Pye 
by Eleanor  Estes 

Ages:  Elementary 

 Written in 1951, this is a heartwarming, yet quirky, story about a boy called Jerry whose much-loved puppy, Ginger Pye, goes missing. Jerry and his sister begin a desperate hunt for Ginger, who they're convinced has been stolen away by the stranger in the yellow hat. After months of fruitless searching the children are about to give up hope when a chance gust of wind reveals the villain to the children and Ginger Pye is saved. * A book which has stood the test of time and deals with the special relationship between a boy and his dog in a fun and lively way.

1952 Newbery Medal Winner

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Set yourself on fire with enthusiasm. 

A New Application is On Its Way!

Perhaps you do not need a full curriculum  Last month we had several parents use the eTutor program just during the holidays. This happens during the summer months, when parents and/or educators want a way to keep student minds engaged.  Our developers are working on an application which will give more choice in learning the eTutor way. It won't be long now. We will keep you informed.  


What is Learning?

In an educational sense learning and behavior are inseparable. Learning is said to have occurred when there is an observable change of behavior. All learning results from exposure to stimulation.

The source of stimulation is referred to as the stimulus. For the newborn all stimuli are unique in that they have not yet been meaningfully associated with a personal response mode.

With the passage of time the child begins to associate specific stimuli with specific personal reactions. By way of example a child may relieve personal discomfort by moving the head away from an intensely bright light. Conversely the child may associate auditory sound patterns made by an adult with the satisfaction of his need for food.

Through continual exposure to stimulation, the child begins to accumulate a pool of stimulus bound information. In this way he is ultimately able to predict his personal reaction to any stimulus which he has previously experienced in some meaningful way.

A stimulus is not sufficient unto itself. A stimulus must be sensed or received if it is to have instructional value. Some sensory organ on the body must be able to detect the stimulus. Having a stimulus and the process of receiving it cannot complete a learning sequence. The received stimulus must be processed by the brain to cause some form of expression. The final part of the learning model which must be considered is what actually happens as a result of having detected a stimulus, or the terminal behavior. By combining all of these elements the basic learning model, in its simplest form, looks like this:

Stimulus óĽ Reception ó| Processing |óĽ Terminal Behavior (Expression)

The learning model graphically represents a chain type of reaction commencing with receptive skills, proceeding to process skills and concluding with some form of expressive activity.


Quality Time

Busy parents......especially those who are working or are single working parents.....have a limited amount of time to spend with their children. Spending time with your child, no matter what the age, is extremely important, but research suggests it is the quality of the time spent, not the quantity of time that is important.

The quality of the time you spend together can be enhanced by talking with and listening to your child. Communicating with your child encourages him or her to express ideas, improve vocabulary and develop thinking skills......all of which are important for success in school.

Quality time can occur at any time or any place. Driving in the car or riding in the bus, taking a walk in the park or a stroll through the neighborhood or going for an ice cream after dinner are all good opportunities for talking together. Cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, or washing the dishes together provide time to communicate with each other and keep in touch with each otherís activities. Children of all ages especially enjoy having your full attention at bedtime when you can read or talk together.


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Fortune favors the daring.

Handle Stress

To develop a strong self-image that can handle stress that seems to accompany bad days, you might want to consider these suggestions:

  • Remember that itís not what happens to you in life...good or bad...that matters. Itís how you react to it.
  • Strive for at least one success each day.
  • Donít rush. Schedule appointments with 10 minutes to spare so you can gather your thoughts.
  • Compliment someone every day. Youíll feel better about yourself and those you are around.
  • Listen to audios that offer positive suggestions. Injecting yourself with someone elseís positive convictions might help improve your self-esteem.
  • Make a list of 10 key life goals; then visualize yourself accomplishing them.
  • Spend at least one hour a week on a hobby or something else you just enjoy doing. Be a little selfish and block out at least one hour out of the 168 in the week for yourself.
  • Find a 40-hour block of time each month and get away from pressures. But schedule that weekend just the way you do everything else. You owe it to yourself


The Last Word...

One night at sea, the shipís captain saw what looked like the lights of another ship heading toward him. He had his signalman blink to the other ship: "Change your course 10 degrees south." The reply came back: "Change your course 10 degrees north." The shipís captain answered: "I am a captain. Change your course south. " To which the reply was: "Well, I am a seaman first class. Change your course north." This infuriated the captain, so he signaled back: "I say change your course south. I am on a battleship!" To which the reply came back: "And I say change your course north. I am in a lighthouse."


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There is no education like adversity.


Great January Links: 

Access Excellence: The Mystery Spot:  Great online and offline activities that allow you to solve mysteries using science. Find out what happened to the local frog population, explore Arctica, or use a microscope to solve a mystery. These fourteen activities are designed to show science in a whole new light.

A Math Dictionary for Kids:  The Math Dictionary is animated, interactive, and will allow you to practice your math skills. Over 500 terms are explained in simple language. Click on "billion" and discover that you have 10 billion brain cells working for you right now. Roll your mouse over the world time zone chart and you instantly know the time for that part of the world.

Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story:  Anne's diary, published in 1947 and eventually translated into almost 70 languages, is for many young readers the first encounter with the history of Nazi Germany. Between the ages of 13 and 15, Anne wrote short stories, fairy tales, essays, and the beginnings of a novel. Five notebooks and more than 300 loose pages handwritten during her two years in hiding survived the war. This website presents an in-depth look at her writings through the use of a narrated exhibition, interviews, an opportunity for site users to respond, artifacts from the museum, and links to other recommended sites.

Benís Guide:  Ben's Guide provides information and interactive activities specifically tailored for learners. The resources can help teach about our government and how it works. Ben's Guide provides access to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.

Power Play: An Activity about Capturing Power:  A fun online game to "capture power" by putting together some crazy virtual machines. You'll need the free Flash Player.


May the New Year bring you Joy and Prosperity! 

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