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   eNews                                January 2015 Vol. 18-01


President's Message

The month is passing fast....nevertheless....Happy New Year! May the new year bring you health, happiness and much success in all that you do.  

At this time of year we plan for activities and projects for the coming year. Our initial plans are to reach out to more students who can benefit from online learning in India, China and the Philippines. New features will be added to the online school, such as more robust assessment measures, group communication, and enhancements for tutor/educators. In addition, administrative upgrades will allow us to manage placement and track progress of students quicker and easier. Our work in updating and editing current lesson modules (over 3500) will continue.  

Online learning programs are experiencing spectacular growth. There are many well-heeled competitors. We are up to the challenge with our experience and track record from years of offering online instruction to students.  Our plans are to take advantage of the current interest and to set a new standard for universal and complete online instructional programs that students can access from anywhere, anytime.  In that regard we will entertain partners and resellers who have a similar philosophy. 

We anticipate 2015 to be fast moving and exciting! We look forward  to sharing with you our activities each month.  We encourage you to give us feedback and your advice about our plans and work ahead.  What changes should we be making?  What would you like to see in online learning programs? What affect has online learning had on you? Should we continue to seek accreditation? etc. Let us know what you think.

May all your visions for the New Year become real!

  


    

Connect to Us

 We all like to stay connected with one another. Instead o a phone call, try one of these.    

   Facebook - Don't forget to "Like" us. We offer reminders and glimpses of what is important in education today.

   Twitter - Sign up to receive our tweets. Although short phrases, we find we are able to keep up with current educational news through Twitter.  

   eTutor Blog - Find parenting tips and more on our blog. You are welcome to make comments on an article or write your own.   

  Pinterest - You may lose yourself at this site, but take the plunge.  Feel free to add or "pin" to your own site. 

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The most important thing about goals is having one.




Learning with eTutor

Fun Pages at e-Tutor Student

e-Tutor provides for the student beyond studying.  e-Tutor offers students more than lessons.  At the top of the window at the Student site are buttons that offer the student a variety of options.  One of those options are the Fun Pages.  Each  student level is offered age appropriate resources.

Online Projects

Here you will find a list of links that take the student to activities, experiments and projects that are interactive and fun in which the student can participate. 

Games

e-Tutor provides you with a list of links to games that you can play after your work is done. Games are added regularly and are targeted at each individual grade level.

News and Sports

Get the latest scoop by clicking on "News and Sports."

e-Read

Keep your mind sharp by visiting e-Read links. Reading material of all sorts and kinds are included.                                                               

If you are not an e-Tutor subscriber, we are waiting to hear from you.  Parents and students, alike are excited about this great way of learning!

The editing and updating of eTutor Lesson Modules is continuing.

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

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

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Free Lessons @ eTutor Unplugged.com

Curious? Or, Are you looking for some online lessons you would like to try with your child? 

We offer a broad selection of topics, subjects and grade levels for you to experience.  Try eTutor Unplugged today!

 


Writers' Circle

The number of writers signing up on LessonPro grows each month.  Some are interested in online tutoring.  And while they can certainly use any lessons they write for their own programs, eTutor only interviews those who are going through the application process and use LessonPro to submit writing samples.  

The easy to use template makes creating online instruction for your students a snap. Remember that there is no cost for using the template.  Your lesson modules are available to you and your students to use in and out of an instructional program.   Interesting topics from LessonPro this month:  

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

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admin@knowledgehq.com
877-687-7200


   The Book Case            

The Hundred Penny Box  
By Sharon Bell Mathis


    Ages:  9 - 12 
              

Michael loves his great-great-aunt Dew, even if she can't always remember his name. He especially loves to spend time with her and her beloved hundred penny box, listening to stories about each of the hundred years of her life. Michael's mother wants to throw out the battered old box that holds the pennies, but Michael understands that the box itself is as important to Aunt Dew as the memories it contains.  This is a timeless story of the relationship between a boy and his elderly relative

1976 Newberry Honor Winner 

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Attitude is contagious.  Is yours worth catching?

 

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.


A Learning Model

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.

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To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act. 

Can-Do Kids

You can motivate your child for successful learning by building self-esteem. Ask your child to describe himself. Do bright, positive, upbeat words come out....smart, good, nice, popular, happy?

Or do you hear.....dumb, fat, mad, broke, and a list of "canít do" things like canít read very well, canít run fast, canít make friends, canít do math?

Before a child can achieve learning success, he needs to believe in himself.....have an image of self-worth.....a sense of being capable....a sense of self-esteem. He needs to see himself as a "can-do" kid.

Research shows that these feelings of confidence contribute to success in learning, success in social relationships, and high self-esteem.

 


Choosing Books for Your Child

One of the best ways to encourage childrenís reading is to give them books of their very own. With so many childrenís books in print, however, making the best selections may seem like a formidable task.

Since all children should have books they can handle freely, durability is important, says the U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Pick well-constructed board books for infants and toddlers, so they can help turn pages without damage. Consider paperbacks and plastic covers for older kids who are not quite ready for expensive hardbacks.

Next, let your childrenís interests guide your selections, suggests the Department of Education. When children ask you endless questions about where they came from or why the sky is blue, chances are good there is a book with answers they can understand. If a child expresses an interest in cars, sports, computers or dinosaurs, find books on those topics. If you will be reading aloud together, remember to choose books you can enjoy too.

Quality is as important to children as it is to adults, according to the Library of congress Childrenís Literature Center. Well-written fiction with a satisfying plot and strong characterization will motivate your children to keep reading. Good illustration and design are essential to picture-story books. Critical to non-fiction are accuracy, organization and clarity of presentation.

Also keep in mind your childrenís reading ability. Books should be challenging enough to stimulate their thinking skills but not so difficult as to overwhelm them. The Department of Education suggests school-sponsored book fairs as an excellent source of offerings geared to your childrenís ages and reading levels.

Is cost a factor in your selection? Many second-hand bookstores offer very reasonable prices. Some even allow you to bring in books your children have outgrown and trade them for others. Many public libraries also have periodic used-book sales. Ask a librarian for dates and details.

If you are still not sure what is appropriate, take advantage of available help. Teachers and childrenís librarians can suggest books that are good for reading aloud and books of interest to a particular age group. Most libraries have book lists and journals that regularly review and recommend childrenís books.


Handling Stress

To develop a strong self-image that can handle stress that seems to accompany bad days, you might want to consider these suggestions from a national speaker on management and sales:

  • 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 before you leave the office each day.
  • Donít rush. Schedule appointments with 10 minutes between them so you can gather your thoughts.
  • Compliment someone every day. Youíll feel better about yourself and those you work with.
  • Listen to cassettes 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 office pressures. But schedule that weekend just the way you do everything else. You owe it to yourself.

 

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Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

Jumping January Links:

Incredible Art Department:  This arts Web site includes a slew of activities for formal and informal learning; links art, math, and science; and much more. Caution - this website includes advertisements which can be annoying.
http://www.incredibleart.org/

Cool Cosmos:  Learn about infrared light through fun games, cool movies, images, and more. Classroom activities and a Spanish-language version of the site are also available. You'll need the free Flash plug-in to access the Flash version of the site. HTML version also available.
http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/

A Chemical Jigsaw Puzzle: Learning basic chemistry is even more fun when it's a puzzle! Learn the concept of valency and how to balance equations using this fun visual and tactile method.
http://www.harmsy.freeuk.com/jig/index.html

Wakulla Spring - A Giant Among Us:  The site is an in-depth interactive presentation about Floridaís Wakulla Spring, one of the worldís largest freshwater spring systems. The site includes information about natural and cultural history and focuses on threats to the aquifer that feeds the spring. The free Flash player is required.
http://www.floridasprings.org/expedition/wakullaflash/

National Geographic Maps - Tools for Adventure: This site immerses the user into the dynamic world of maps and introduces kids to the essentials of mapping and geospatial representation through engaging (and fun!) games.
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/mapping/kd/?ar_a=3

 

Wishing you a grand New Year!

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