eNews                                February 2016 Vol. 19-02

President's Message

How does it happen that we are into another month? Hard to believe, although we have many families who would like to see this winter end. Another month or so and we will all be outside enjoying the warmth of the sun.  Here in Colorado, snowy days and colder temperatures are relished as it means more skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing.  Wherever you are, we hope you enjoy what each day brings to you. 

January is always a busy month for us, as we welcome new students, plan for the year ahead and complete tasks which escaped us during the holiday season. So, we feel quite content this month as, all things considered, we have accomplished much and are ready to tackle what lies ahead.  

Those of you who access our instructional content, may have noticed some dramatic changes in lesson modules at the Intermediate and Middle School levels. Editing of instructional content is an ongoing task which is on our daily schedule, but this year we are updating and making changes to original content.  More graphics and pictures have been added, including more engaging tasks in the Activity and Extended Learning sections of each lesson. The changes give more "punch" to instruction viewed from the mobile devices many of our students are using.  If you want to watch our progress, you can view many lessons at eTutor Unplugged without logging into the main program.

IoT  Have you seen or heard this term before....The Internet of Things?  The term refers to the network of interconnected things or devices which are embedded with sensors, software, network connectivity and the necessary electronics that enable them to collect and exchange data making them responsive. Okay...that means all of our connected devices...Think about your smart phone, your newer car or those wearable wrist bands.  We use QR (Quick Response) codes to give access to lesson modules from eTutor Unplugged....another form of IoT.  We see a vast horizon of opportunities for education. We hope you will follow us as we explore and develop new technologies for your students. 

Have a most wonderful month! 





The Community

 We hope you will join our global community this month.  There is so much to learn from our friends around the world.     



   eTutor Blog  


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The most important thing about goals is having one.


Your eTutor

eTutor offers two programs for students, the Independent Program and the One to One Guided Program.  Of the two, the Guided Program is the most popular. Students develop a close relationship with their tutors and continue through the program for many years.   

Special Instructional Techniques:  
Knowledge HQ tutors have a host of tools built into the eTutor program that create a unique learning environment for the student. 

·   Home Page Template – Each tutor creates a home page for each student s/he works with.  Lessons and assignments can be posted online.  No knowledge of HTML programming is required.

·   Lesson Creation – Tutors can “tweak” eTutor lessons or create new lessons.

·   Assignments – Tutors create assignments and post them on their Home Pages. Assignments submitted by students are then automatically scored.  Short essay questions are graded and scores are entered by the tutor into the system.

·   Daily Planning – Tutors plan for daily instruction using the most popular planning format.  Time slots and subject blocks are easily added to daily schedules.  eTutor lessons, tutor created lessons and assignments are easily dropped into a period or time slot on the schedule.

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!

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

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

Free Lessons @ eTutor

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

Try Seedless Plants a Botany lesson at the Middle/Jr. High level. 

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


Writers' Circle

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: 

The Life of a Drop of Water
Writing a Research Report Easily
Math 2
Phylum Porifera 

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


   The Book Case            

Like Jake and Me  
By Mavis Jukes

    Ages:  6-9 

Like Jake and Me is a picture book for young children by author Mavis Jukes. This book is about a young boy whose mother has remarried and is expecting twins. Alex is a small boy who feels as though he has little in common with his stepfather, Jake. However, while helping Jake find and dispose of a spider that frightens him, Alex discovers that everyone has fears and that even strong, confident Jake occasionally needs someone's help. Like Jake and Me is a sweet story of self discovery.

1985 Newberry Honor Winner 

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May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, 
and peace in your heart.

Indigenous Arctic Proverb

Lighten Up!

When you find yourself overloaded with responsibilities and ready to scream because the trash can is overflowing, the checkbook is unbalanced, the dog is unfed, and no one is helping out, stop for a moment and ask yourself, "Will this matter tomorrow, next week, next year?" Chances are it won't, but what will matter is the quality of your relationship with your family.  No one will care that the floor needed mopping, but someone very well may remember being yelled at by a frazzled mom.  Seriousness and unhappiness are habits that you can change with a shift in perspective.  When your toddler "helps" you with the dishes, look at her beaming face rather than the puddles on the floor. Remember your priorities.  You can do your daily routine with a grudge nd a gorn or with a cheerful spirit.  The choice is yours.  

Adapted from How to Love a Child by Judy Ford


The Reading Home

Learning to read is much like learning any other skill. It requires a combination of instruction, experimentation, and practice. But the first step must be motivation. The child must want to learn to read. Parents can encourage their children to read  by demonstrating that they think reading  is important. Parents can help their children discover the benefits of reading: new

• Buy as many children's books as you can afford.
• Give books as gifts.
• Visit the library regularly.
• Allow your children to choose their own books.
Don't rush them.
• Show your children that you enjoy reading. Make sure they see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books.
• Set up a special place for reading.
• Encourage older children to read to younger children.
• Surround your child with words; point out street signs; label objects in
the house such as table, desk, and stove.
• Play word games like Scrabble, Anagrams, and Ad Lib.
• Watch educational TV programs together. Some stress reading development.
• Read to your child, especially at bedtime. Reread favorite stories.
• Ask you child to read to you.
• Stress the things your children do well in reading rather than any mistakes they make. Remember: Success breeds success.

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

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.


A 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

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


Fabulous February Links:

Ocean Portal:  A beautiful website containing these sections: Ocean Life & Ecosystems, Photo Essays, The Ocean Over Time, Ocean Science, and The Ocean & You. There's also an Educators section that has lesson plans, activities, and ways to use the Ocean Portal's features.

Energy Kids: This website from the U.S. Energy Information Administration is chock full of information about energy; from energy basics to forms of energy, and from using to conserving. Visitors can go on virtual field trips across the country with Energy Ant through engaging photo journals, and teachers can find lesson plans, guides, links, and suggested ways of using the website in the classroom.

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

One In Eight Million: Heart warming. A photo/audio journal of 54 ordinary people telling extraordinary stories. Elegantly and intuitively presented from the NY Times.

We Choose the Moon:  An interactive recreation of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The site is divided into 11 stages containing animation, archival photos, videos, and mission audio that bring the launch to life.


Have a GREAT month!

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