eNews                                February 2015 Vol. 18-02

President's Message

Have you noticed that after we turn the corner in January, things just seem to pick up. There just does not seem to be enough time to get everything done. Perhaps it is the shortness of the days or, just perhaps, we really are getting busier. Nevertheless, it is an exciting time for us at Knowledge Headquarters as we put the final touches on a new addition for student assignments in the eTutor Guided One-to-One Program.   

The winter months provide many times to stay in and curl up with a good book.  There is nothing I enjoy more than paging through an engaging plot with good prose. It is often hard to drag me away from the page. But, this past year I have enjoyed learning to listen to audio books.  They give me the opportunity to do chores around the house, work in the garden or shovel snow while listening to a good book.  There is still nothing like holding a book and turning pages, but this gives me another option.  

Another activity I have learned about are movies from the local library that I can download onto my computer and watch at my leisure.  The titles and genres provide options for documentaries, children's titles, television shows and popular hits.  With a bowl of popcorn and my feet up....I create my own in-house theater.

We've heard from parents this month about how effective eTutor has been in teaching their children basic skills and knowledge base.  One father reported how his son's conversation far out ranked those of his peers who attended regular schools. It pleases us to hear about student successes and the enjoyment in learning.

Stay warm and healthy this month.  Enjoy the beauty the winter months have to offer!



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The most important thing about goals is having one.

Learning with eTutor

Portfolios are powerful because they help students learn about their learning.  They provide an opportunity for students to share the responsibility for collecting proof or evidence of learning.  Portfolios are worth doing well because they are a rich resource for reporting…they help student and parents see the results of student learning for themselves.

All portfolios are a collection of evidence of student learning.  They become powerful when they have a purpose.  There are three major purposes for portfolios:  to display student work around a theme or subject, to show the process of learning and to show growth or progress.

e-Tutor provides a portfolio for each student that the parent can access.  The portfolio gives a report of the lessons completed and the results of quizzes and exams.   We also encourage our students to keep their own  progress portfolio.  We suggest that the student create a folder for each one of the major curricular areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  As the Activity and Extended Learning sections are completed for each lesson,  these are placed in the folders.  Parents know where to find their child’s work, they can review what their child has done,  the child can refer back to what has been achieved and they provide a basis for discussion.

As time goes by other things can be added to the portfolio, such as a time sheet to record the time the child began and ended a learning session.  Parents can add copies of the e-Tutor portfolio, so that comparisons can be made between accomplishments in  the two types of assessment.

Such a portfolio showcases the learner and his or her own learning, rather than who they could be by making comparisons with others.

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.

Have you tried it yet?   eTutor

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

LessonPro provides a template for creating online lessons for your students. Subject matter standards are automatically entered and aligned to Common Core Standards.  

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:  

Teaching Propaganda Using Animal Farm
Rounding Up and Down
Reading Korean
German Basics

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

   The Book Case            

Amos Fortune, Free Man  
By Elizabeth Yates

    Ages:  4th - 6th Grades 

Amos Fortune was born the son of an African king. In 1725, when he was 15 years old, he was captured by slave traders, brought to America and sold at auction. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom, This is a moving testimony of his faith and love.

1951 Newberry Medal Winner 

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Attitude is contagious.  Is yours worth catching?

Family Pledge

  • We will sit down as a family for some of our meals.
  • We will build a family library, including some of our children’s favorite books.
  • We will make family visits to libraries, museums, zoos, and other learning places. We will talk about what we see.
  • We will set aside enough time to finish the day’s homework assignments.
  • We will have family "study" time when parents read and children do their homework.
  • We will balance our time between reading or other creative activities and watching TV.
  • We will all share in the excitement and joy of learning.
  • We will take time to visit with one another and to show our love and appreciation for each other and for our family.

(Provided to Parents by Hardees)


The only constant in life is CHANGE. Change permeates everything we are and do. People change, plans change. Organizations change. Change is natural, it is normal. Yet, the resistance to change is also just as normal and natural a part of human nature as the acceptance of change. The secret of growth and advancement is learning how to deal with the pressures of change.....turning positive actions to our advantage, while blunting negative ones.

The capacity to be alone is a valuable resource when changes are necessary. In a culture in which interpersonal relationships are considered to provide the answer to every form of distress, it is sometimes difficult to persuade well-meaning helpers that solitude can be as therapeutic as emotional support.

Personal change is the most powerful route to system change. Individuals today can leverage change far more effectively than most institutions.  We at Knowledge Headquarters have been fortunate to see change come in a variety of ways to acceptance and adoption of online learning. Our greatest challenge has been convincing individuals that they do have power and can initiate change, not only for themselves, but for the organizations and individuals they serve.

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

Test Anxiety

Spring traditionally signals test taking time in many parts of the United States. Research shows that being "test wise" improves a student’s scores. To help your child become more comfortable with test taking:

Talk about the tests ahead of time with your child.

Build your child’s confidence through study and practice at home.

Show a positive attitude toward taking tests. Tell you child:

I know you will do the best you can, or
The world won’t end if you are not number one.

Encourage your child to listen carefully to spoken test instructions. You can provide practice by giving simple, then gradually more complex, instructions for things to be done at home.


Tired and Listless?

Here are some tips to help you when you are feeling tired and listless:

  • Go for a 10-minute walk. Research has shown that a short, brisk walk will give you a better energy boost than a candy bar. Why: The walk will elevate your blood-sugar level slowly and provide energy for up to two hours. The candy bar will tire you within an hour because it will raise your blood-sugar level too quickly.
  • Take a shower. The negative ions created when falling water hits your body will make you more energetic and cheerful. The temperature of the water doesn’t matter.
  • Take a 2-minute, deep-breathing break every 45 minutes. Why: When doing mental work, most people tend to take shallow breaths and get insufficient oxygen. Be sure to breathe from the diaphragm....not the upper chest. Caution: Avoid too much deep breathing....or you will get light-headed.



I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day,
And as my fingers pressed it, still
It moved and yielded to my will.
I came again when days were past;
The bit of clay was hard at last,
The form I gave it still it bore,
But I could change that form no more!
I took a piece of living clay,
And gently pressed it day by day,
And molded with my power and art
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.


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

Fabulous February Links:

Arthropolis: Imagine a place where the sun shines every hour of every day - for almost half of the year! Then - darkness for the rest of the year. This is the home of the Throps - rulers of the long summer day. This is the home of the Squallhoots - rulers of the long winter night. Story, songs, games, learn about the Arctic, and MORE!

Mind Lab: A really great interactive exploration of seeing and perception using well-known optical illusions.How is our consciousness connected to the world?  Explore the unconscious functions of the brain with visual illusions and mysterious perceptual phenomena.

The Particle Adventure: Find answers to the eternal, fundamental questions of physics: "What is the world made of?" and "What holds it together?" The information on this site is clearly presented and well organized, with fabulous resources for teachers, including student activity sheets and links to particle physics education sites. (This site uses Flash and Shockwave.)

Picturing Modern America: 1880 - 1920: Fun, interactive activities will help deepen critical thinking skills by encouraging students to "…actively read, question and discuss the photographs and other documents that give us fragmentary evidence of American life at the turn of the last century." A project of the Center for Children and Technology/Education Development Center.

The Adventures of Echo the Bat: This site offers an excellent interactive activity for grade school students. By following the adventures of Echo the Bat, they can learn about bat migration, echolocation, and even satellite imaging and remote sensing technologies. This is a clever and compelling site.

Have a Fabulous Month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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