of my favorite things to do each evening is to delve into one of the
books I have picked up from the local library. I long ago stopped
buying books for myself as my shelves would not hold more. However, I
still can't resist an early edition of classics or a well known
author. So, although current books are not on my shopping list...I
continue to watch for old favorites at estate and garage sales and
flea markets. To make room for these delightful finds, I recycle
books to centers that circulate reading material for those who have a
I'm fortunate to be part
of a reading group that encourages me to think outside the box when
selecting reading material. So often, we focus on just one genre or
author. I have learned to enjoy all types of writing, topics and
interests, as this group has pushed me .well beyond what I thought was
my reading comfort zone. And.. what a surprise?...I am learning
and my mind is expanding. Isn't it wonderful what are brains are
able to do? Reading new and different material has once again
illustrated to me, that we continue to learn, grow and expand no
matter what our age.
looking forward to
this weekend, as I have the privilege of having my three
granddaughters stay with me while their parents take a well-deserved
mini-vacation. While reading expands my mind in one way,
show me different ways of thinking and doing things. Their sense
of imagination and innovation is delightful to watch. They teach me
new ways of seeing what I thought I knew. It is a refreshing
time that I cherish and to which I always look forward.
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Learning with eTutor
Tracking your Work
Although most of your learning with e-Tutor will be online, you will be asked to do some paperwork in most of the lesson modules. Where are you going to put those papers? We suggest folders. These do not have to be fancy…..we use four simple manila folders, one for each curricular area. As you complete the Activities, Extended Learning, Vocabulary and Resource work, place your papers in the appropriate folder. Make sure your parent has a chance to review what you have done each day.
You can ask your parent to print out the report card once a month. Put these in the appropriate folder so you can keep track of how you are doing.
Finally, keep track of the hours you study each day. It is nice for you to be able to see what you have accomplished each day, week and month. You deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work.
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by Margery Bianco
Grades 4 and Up
This story of a young family
""winterbound"" in the Connecticut farmhouse
they had taken for a year while a limited budget found itself
again. It is about two girls, still in their teenage years, who
are called upon to assume adult responsibilities in caring for
their young siblings, when the parents have to go away suddenly.
One feels that some of the adventures and misadventures have
roots in personal experience, for they ring very true. It is a
good story for a snowy winter. The author also wrote The
best single social test of a nation's regard for the future is the way
it treats its children.
Perhaps the individual
who wrote the following paragraph was voicing the anxieties of
most people in an age of rapid change:
"The world is
too big for us. There is too much doing, too many crimes,
casualties, violence and excitements. Try as you will, you get
behind the race in spite of yourself. It is an incessant
strain to keep pace and still you lose ground. Science
empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath
them in hopeless bewilderment. The political world witnesses
new science so rapidly that you are out of breath trying to keep
up with them. Everything is high pressure. Human nature cannot
endure much more"
Those words were
published in the Atlantic Journal in 1837. Probably the same
sentiments were expressed when the wheel was discovered and the
sail was used to move a ship. So what is new about how
people feel today. There
is nothing virgin or modern about this problem of change. It
probably existed when man started cooking food with fire. It
is not change but a person's reaction to change that is the
problem. Change is a fact of life. Society, culture,
technology is going to change. Why fight it? Why not accept
it and learn to enjoy it as part of the adventure of life?
Adapted from the
Public School Administrator
One of the most
pressing problems confronting societies worldwide is how to promote
better relations among people who are diverse in background,
appearance, and culture. An educated society works to promote
inclusion that comes from recognizing the interdependence of groups
and countries, and the "value added" that flows from
diversity, particularly in today's era of increased technology,
communications, and globalization. Internet learning offers a
change from the past through the exchange of ideas and information,
ensuring equal opportunity for students and the promise of an educated
population. Online learning levels the playing field for students no
matter who they are or where they come from. The future depends on
each of us, and what we are willing to do to make the ideals of
equality in learning a reality for all students.
Higher Order Thinking
Critical thinking involves
logical thinking and reasoning, and creative thinking involves creating
something new or original. The following re higher order critical and
creative thinking skills.
Application - The
ability to use learned material in new abstract and concrete
situations. This may include the application such things as rules,
methods, concepts, principles, laws, and theories.
Analysis - The ability
to break down material into its component parts so that its
organizational structure may be understood. This skill may
include the identification of the parts, analysis of the
relationship between parts, and recognition of the organizational
Synthesis - The
ability to assemble elements or parts to form a whole; combine
elements into a pattern not clearly there before.
Evaluation - The
ability to make a judgment about the value of material or methods
for a given purpose or situation.
Educational Objectives of the Cognitive Domain, Benjamin Bloom
Hats off to the past; coats off to
You Want to Tutor Your Kids...
Parenting is a full-time job, of
course, but many parents include the role of part-time teacher. What
follows is a list of quick tips for tutoring your child. We suggest
these when using eTutor with your child.
- Designate routine homework time
- Set up an environment conducive to
- Help plan, organize assignments
- Avoid procrastination and
- Be encouraging
- Establish open dialogue with eTutor
- Determine a starting point
- Understand you child's learning
- Encourage independence
- Sty involved
- Explore alternative resources
Sometimes, despite the best of
intentions, a parent working extensively with his or her child simply
isn't going to work. Tutoring is not an easy task, and, especially as
your child gets older, it becomes more difficult to stay involved in a
A joke sent in from one of our
A mother and son are talking. The boy
asks his mother, "Mom, did you have computers back when you
were a kid?" "No" answers the
mother...."Mama, did you have DVD's when you were a kid?"
....The mother stops to think...."No-o-o" she manages to
say. "Mom, did you have CD's in your
childhood?" "No, no, no, son!" she
answers...."Mom, did you get to see the dinosaurs when you were
a kid?" "NO-O-O- I DID NOT SON!!!"
submitted by Lana
less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.
Mad Scientist Lab: Free science experiments for kids,
parents, teachers, and children of all ages. Kick off your shoes, pull
up a chair, and make yourself comfortable. Be curious, explore
and above all - HAVE FUN because - science rocks!
Brush With Life: Presented by The National Museum of Wildlife Art,
create a wildlife picture with the help of animation and a wildlife
artist. This site requires Flash.
Make a Rocket: From Alaska Science, students can learn to
build a rocket, discover the mystery of the Aurora Borealis and enjoy
some lectures. http://www.alaskascience.com/rocketmain.htm
of our students are preparing for required State testing of learning
skills. Although you may not live in one of these states, the
information and skill drills are helpful for all students. These
links to reinforce learning are suggested by eTutor editors:
Arts Skills reinforcement in preparation for Minnesota State Testing,
yet applicable for all testing. -
More Language Arts reinforcement for Minnesota testing:
Reinforcement for the Reading Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
a Lovely Month!
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