- Each morning
the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed....The happiness of
the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to
pick it up.
Benjamin (1892-1940), Critic and Philospher
Learning with e-Tutor
Race to the Finish
Learning is NOT a
marathon. Yet, we still have parents and students who are
looking for the quickest and easiest way to get to the end of
schooling. Why is that so?
Learning is a slow gradual process. If our children are to
contribute to their own welfare and to society as a whole, they must
be guided to understand the value of learning. And, often
learning what they perceive will not be of use to them. All
learning increases the capacity to learn more. The more we learn
the more we are able to challenge our own thinking and those of
Why would we not want to
exercise the most important part of our bodies....our brains?
Yet, there are those who would take the easier route. Most
things of worth take practice and repetition (think athletes).
Our children are worthy of receiving a strong and challenging learning
experience with guidance and encouragement for adequate time in order
for learning to take place. To help you here are some tips:
e-Tutor students usually
spend 4˝ to 5 hours learning each day. Not all of this time is on the
computer. Students should
spend approximately half of their time off line completing activities
and projects included in each lesson module.
It is recommended that students complete no more than four
lesson modules each day. This
means students spend about 23 to 25 hours each week on e-Tutor lesson
modules. An additional two hours each day should be considered for
physical activities and the arts.
A student signed up for the full curriculum should allocate 35
hours of learning time for each week.
We cannot emphasize enough
the importance of parental involvement in the learning experience for
our children. Parents need to be involved each and every day in
their child's learning experience. The e-Tutor Program provides many
opportunities for parents to be involved. It is expected that
parents will take advantage of the opportunity to open a learning
dialogue with their students.
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by Jane Langton
Grades Intermediate -
Have you ever wished you could
fly? Really fly, not just by using an airplane or other
device, but as naturally as a bird does? Georgie Dorian, the
young protagonist of this book, has this wish come true
when a Canada goose lands on her roof one night and offers to
She soon finds, however, that
being granted your dearest wish doesn’t mean that everything
will go smoothly.
The Fledgling is set in
Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau’s hometown, and
he is practically another character in the book, embodied by a
bust in Georgie’s house and by the Goose Prince
The author treats all her
characters, even the villains, with a wry, understanding humor
that makes this book interesting for adults even though it is
aimed at children. The heart of the story, however, is the
author’s love of nature. As Thoreau wrote, and as Langton
quotes, “In Wildness is the preservation of the World.”
- Faith is not
trying to believe something regardless of the evidence; faith is
daring to do something regardless of the consequences.
Eddy (1871-1963), Evangelist
boys were walking along a street when they encountered a large dog
blocking the sidewalk. "Don't be afraid," one of
the boys told his more timid companion. "Look at his
tail...how it wags. When a dog wags his tail he won't bite
may be," admitted the other, "but look at that wild
gleam in his eye. He looks like he wants to eat us alive.
Which end are we going to believe....?"
can often feel the same way about their parents....those who are tough
one moment and soft the next. Especially confusing are those who
say one thing and do the opposite.
is one of the essential requirements of good parenting. Parents
who can't present a consistent set of values, both in words and
deeds, betray an inner confusion. And whether they mean to or
not, they will pass this confusion on to their children.
lack of consistency is not to be confused with the ability to change
or grow. Nothing remains the same very long in this life.
Parents must possess flexibility...the ability to roll with the
punches, to change when change is necessary.
on the other hand, is more fundamental. It has to do with
attitude, the fundamental honesty parents have about themselves and
their children. Most parents are not trying to fool their children,
exploit them for their own selfish ends, or otherwise hoodwink
them. If parents are honest and consistent, they are trying to
lead their children toward a specific goal for the common good of
from Bits and Pieces
Experience with Books
grandchildren are fortunate to have a parent who thrusts a book in her
child's hand before they are one year old. Children who are
exposed to books during the preschool years will be better readers
when they start school, say researchers at Clark University and the
Harvard Graduate School of Education. Experience with books
helps children reflect on units of language such as words,
syllables and phonemes, familiarizes them with the language found in
books, helps them learn how books convey meaning, encourages
development of vocabulary, and introduces ways of talking about books
that they will encounter in school.
Public Relations Services
Watch What You Say!
was first published in our newsletter in 2004. But the advice is
In the course of your
conversation each and every day,
Think twice, try to be careful of what you have to say;
Your remarks may be picked up by someone's listening ear,
You may be surprised at what some people think they hear.
that you innocently say, or try to portray,
Can be changed, and greatly exaggerated along the way;
Many stories change for the worse as they are retold
So try to keep any questionable remarks "on hold."
I give all of you some very sound advice?
When you speak of others, say something nice;
Try to say good things, regardless of who is around,
If you have nothing good to say, don't utter a sound.
may find that an innocent remark, in the end,
May lose you a close and valued friend.
- The measure of
a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he never
would be found out.
Babington Macaulay (1800-1859), Historian and Statesman
all things you want to or must do this month. This list will
contain both personal and business activities because time spent on
one activity is time that can't be spent on another. Any time
you think of something that you want to do or must do, it goes on
your list if it can't be done immediately. Writing a list
accomplishes two things; First, you can't forget to do what you
have written, and second, because it's written down, you don't need to
keep papers or notes lying around as reminders.
day, preferably in the late afternoon or evening, scan your list to
determine what you should accomplish the following day. List
those activities on your daily sheet in order of priority. The
most important gets done first, and the items still not done at the
end of the day can be shifted to the following day.
several things in mind when you're making the list. Remember to
distinguish between what's urgent. Often, the seemingly urgent
task is not important, and even if it were totally overlooked, you
wouldn't face dire consequences. However, because it's obvious
and others may prompt you to get to it, the urgent task too often gets
attention to the detriment of the important one.
from The Public School Administrator
Making Excuses To Justify Your Behavior is Not An Apology
broke an expensive lamp. You started an argument with your
sister. You were caught gossiping. Sometimes kids screw
up....and discover it doesn't feel so good to be in the wrong.
Here's how you can make it right if....
were caught talking trash
You owe the person you were gossiping about an apology, so be sincere
and accept blame. Don't say, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean
it." In a lot of cases, you did mean it.
Saying you didn't mean it is just a way of dodging blame. Kids often
make excuses to justify their behavior. You've got to get over yourself.
Don't lie to yourself.
intentionally broke your brother's toy
Poor Spidey. You got mad at your brother so you broke the head
off his favorite action figure. Not cool. Make it right by
apologizing and then fixing the problem. Yes, it's totally up to
you to either repair the toy or buy your brother a new
kids are taught to apologize, so they think simply saying sorry is the
end of the conflict. It's just the beginning. You have to
be responsible for your actions. In a lot of cases, you can
never make it totally right, but you have to do your best.
struck out and the team lost
Sports losses can be hard, especially if the whole team was depending
on you. But before you take the blame, it might not
actually be your fault. Did you try your best? Did you do
the best you could? If you did, you are not to
blame. You're never going to catch them all or hit a home
run every time you're up at home plate.
spilled your drink on someone
You're walking through the cafeteria and whoops! You slipped and
doused another student with fruit punch. Is saying sorry going
to cut it? It's OK to explain you didn't mean it while you
apologize. But even though it's an accident, it's still
your responsibility to make it right. Help the other person clean
up, or get paper towels to mop up the mess. Just apologizing for
something is never enough. You need to fix what you did wrong
and try your best to make it right.
from Life's Not Fair.... , Bill Bernard
Walk in the Rain
is a good reminder of how our attitude can affect everything.
Some folks let it destroy their day; others consider it a
blessing. Children seem to like the rain. They like to get
wet and slosh around in puddles.
it comes to enjoying the simple pleasures of life, children are our
best teachers. Adults forget quickly and get caught up in the
stupid little things that don't matter very much. So what if
your shoes get wet when walking in the rain? By worrying about
it you miss the fun of the moment. Kids can remind us to keep
our attitude positive and our thoughts focused on what really makes
our hearts sing.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
- The actions of
men are like the index of a book...they point out what is most
remarkable in them.
Civil War Ethnography: Thom Caswell has performed a service
for any Net-connected student getting ready to study the U.S. Civil
War. By gathering links by subculture / category (such as
"Letters," "Slave Narrative," "Female
Perspective," and "Civil War Photos"), a robust hot
has been created. The outlines of conducting an ethnography are
sketched out by Caswell, but there are more tips than step-by-step
lesson plans. Use them as a springboard for further learning.
Musical Life: Students will love this
interactive biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The storybook is
embellished with pictures, hypertext links to details, and audio files
of Mozart's compositions. http://www.stringsinthemountains.org/m2m/1once.htm
Six Paths to
China: Building on his original WebQuest,
for China, Tom March has fully revised this popular site to
provide more scaffolding for student cognition and more effective use
of the Internet. Tom also created "Six Paths" to China which
incorporates five more Web-based activities on the topic. Students can
target their learning by using a topic hot list, subject sampler, multimedia
scrapbook, treasure hunt, or WebQuest. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/China/
African-American Life: This site offers
created as models to integrate the Internet and videoconferencing into
the teaching/learning process. African-American History was chosen as
a topic because of its importance, popularity and the wealth of
resources available. The Black History hot list is a starting point for
anyone studying African-American events and issues. Use the interactive
treasure hunt if you want to test your knowledge of
African-American history. If you don't feel personally connected to
African American issues, try "Sampling African America" to
engage in the topic and explore things about it that personally
interest you. Finally, two webquests: 1) In the Little Rock 9, students learn about nine African-American students who,
back in 1957, chose to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock,
Arkansas and 2) In Tuskegee Tragedy, students explore the issues of
the Tuskegee Study and question the comparisons some people make to
the study and such topics as abortion, gun control, and concentration
camp experiments. http://www.kn.att.com/wired/BHM/index.html
Moonlit Road: Take a walk down The Moonlit Road if you want
to read or listen to interesting folktales presented at a
state-of-the-art Website. Producer Craig Dominey and his team have
taken a simple concept and created a quality contribution to the Web
community. Beginning with compelling stories of the American South,
then adding RealAudio versions read by celebrated storytellers and
appealing graphics, The Moonlit Road can be a satisfying detour for
young children and lifelong learners alike. This is a good example of
how artistically presented sites can also be user-friendly and
Music: This site, a collaboration of Sony
Music and W. W. Norton and Company Publishers, is like having a music
textbook online. Check out the glossary, where you can read the
definition for saxophone, then click to hear an example of a tenor sax
in Ravel's "Bolero." Eras and Composers round out the
offerings on this great site. Not all sections have audio files
linked, but the variety of information and audio clips offer students
of all ages a wonderful resource.
Wishing you a Fabulous
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