has the time gone? I'm sure you have wondered where we have
been. Actually we have been very busy working to develop a new
edition of eTutor. We had hoped to have the new program ready
many months ago....but alas, we have run into some problems along the
way. Little did anyone guess that so many years ago we would
develop such a far reaching and involved program that was well before
its time. And, the best part is that many of you have been using
it for years. Yet, the comprehensiveness of the program has
given headaches to those who are trying to recreate and emulate
features that even today are innovative. So, there are delays
and until I am comfortable with the presentation of the new program,
it will not be released. We apologize for the delay, but we want
to make sure that our students are receiving an educational program that will
keep them engaged in the wonderful world of learning.
If you have not already done so, I encourage you to see the movie,
'Waiting for Superman.' The movie has been out for several
months now and is still being referred to in news and media
outlets. It is a commentary on what is happening in today's schools. It saddened me, alarmed me and made me
angry. For, what we have
known for too many years, and in some small way have tried
to change, has come to naught. This business
of pointing fingers and placing blame does not benefit our students.
It seems we are losing the battle. There are not many, speaking
for themselves or their children, who have not struggled with
schooling somewhere along the line. This is unacceptable from a
nation such as ours. We
are wasting our student’s time and cheating them of a productive
will not be educators and politicians who will bring about change or
it would have been done before. The
responsibility for making the drastic changes needed, if we are to
improve education, will come from parents and the students themselves,
with the support of those of us who still believe in a brighter
I am often asked
why I started eTutor. It
was because, after many years in public and private schools, I felt
students and parents needed to have a choice in education.
I recognized that online learning may not work with all
children, but it could provide an alternative to traditional
schooling. We sought to
capture the strength of the technology that the Internet offered.
In so doing, over 10,000 students have benefited from a new and
different learning environment.
you for your support and your patience as we continue to improve the
teaching, learning process for
Enjoy the first
harbingers of Spring,
Please welcome Bing Chou
to the eTutor team. Some of you may have already had an
opportunity to hear from him. Bing's main responsibilities are
sales and marketing. He will be in charge of search engine
optimization and creating 'buzz' about eTutor. You can learn
more about Bing at http://www.e-tutor.com/blog/.
If you have suggestions for Bing, he would like to hear from
is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
Homework - When is
According to a national survey,
kids are spending twice as much time on homework as they did in
1981. And elementary school children account for the brunt
of that jump. It is controversial as to whether this is good
or bad and whether there is such a thing as an ideal amount of
Alfie Kohn, author of "The
Homework Myth," thinks giving homework is a tradition based
in folk wisdom and that, in reality, it does more harm than
good. "The amount of homework is increasing, at least
for younger children at precisely the same time that more research
is failing to show any benefit whatsoever." He believes there
is no evidence showing that homework is beneficial academically,
but it may be the single greatest extinguisher of children's
curiosity yet invented. "It's all pain, no gain," he
On the other hand, Harris Cooper of
Duke University defends the worth of homework in measured doses
and for certain grade levels. He used available research
showing the success of homework to frame what is called "The
10 Minute Rule." It stipulates 10 minutes of homework
per night, per grade level beginning in 1st grade. So 1st
graders should get no more than 10 minutes of homework each night,
2nd graders 20 minutes, etc.
For parents who see homework
eroding their child's sleep, affecting their health or eliminating
their free time, experts encourage them to take the issue back to
the school or pulling in like-minded parents. The idea is to
help parents and educators advocate for saner homework
Adapted from Chicago
Do you remember when you
were a kid and pretended to have a stomachache or the flu? You
weren't really sick, but you needed the day off. So you stayed
in bed moaning and groaning, hoping your mom would show you mercy by
not insisting you go to school. You felt guilty, but desperately
needed a mental-health day. Sometimes your mom would give you a
break, other times she'd call your bluff.
If you want to avoid such
unnecessary hassles with your kids, why not play hooky together?
Surely you, too, could use a break once in a while. If it makes
you feel better, remember, one of the ways a child feels loved is when
you take time from your busy schedule to give him your undivided
Wonderful Ways to Love
A Child, by Judy Fordt
Have Fun Indoors
It is getting to that time
of year when the weather is warming up, but does not give us the opportunity to spend as
much time out of doors as we would like. What to do with children (and parents)
who need to release some energy?
Have a dirty-sock
fight...Got cranky kids? Take the socks right off your feet
and challenge them to a throwing battle and watch the whines turn
to giggles and squeals. Make up teams to help out your
Play Simon Says, redux...Put
a twist on the game with Spider-Man Says...or whoever's popular in
the house that week...and everyone can take turns being their
favorite superhero. Mix it up every time: "Spider-Man
says, 'Pretend to spray a web on the wall!"
Go on a free field
trip to the pet store...It's too cold or rainy for the zoo; spend an hour
checking out the cute puppies and kittens. If your kid's
really into wild things, look for a store with exotic creatures.
Jazz up "Head,
Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"...Keep a pack of stickers in your
purse; when your toddler's getting antsy in a restaurant, stick
them all over her body. Sing the song, then ask her to find
them, and name the body part each sticker is on together.
What is your best time of the day?
That is when your are capable of your best work.
Improve Your Memory
tips really work to increase how much sticks with you!
Design some rhyming pegs to hang facts on. The classic
is: one=run, two=shoe, three=tree, four=door and so on.
Think of the first thing you want to remember as running toward you,
the second is stuck in your shoe, and so forth.
Take the first letter of each thing you want to remember and create
a word or phrase that is easy to remember. For example, the
colors of the rainbow spell out Roy G. Biv. Try this ASAP.
a Story When you want to remember a spelling or a
sequence, use a goofy story. For example, here's a story for
the spelling of "arithmetic": A real individual
thought he might eat turkey in
Steve's last name is Wallis. To remember his last name, I
visualize him scaling a wall. The more outrageous the
association, the better you'll remember it. (Just don't tell
people how you remember their names; it might get weird.)
Next Steps Magazine
important part of the eTutor Virtual Learning Program is the Problem
Statement. This is a question which we ask that students respond
to before and after completing each lesson module. This ability
to test themselves is an important skill for improving
sometimes spend too much time studying information they already
know. So that study time is used to best advantage, students
should test themselves to find out what they do and do not know.
Then they can spend their time studying the challenging
addition to using the problem statement, students can use their notes
to draw up a series of their own questions about the material they
have studied. After writing down the answers to the questions or
having someone listen to the answers, they can use their notes once
again to check their answers.
All in This Together
How can you, the parent,
have a positive effect on your child's learning? Here are some
suggestions to consider:
Be involved in your
student's learning program. Parents' support and frequent communication
help children learn.
Ask your child what he
has learned each day. If your child says "nothing,"
don't give up. Ask questions about specific activities.
Become familiar with
instructional practices so that you will know what is expected of
your child. If you have questions or concerns, discuss them
with the educational facilitators.
Help your child see
that instructional learning each day is important and desirable.
Make TV watching and
computer use a constructive force in your household. You
might give your child an "allowance" of TV and computer
programs and promote high-quality programs. Watch what your
child is viewing and discuss what you've just watched.
If you child announces
that he or she "hates" a certain subject, find out
why. Then enlist the instructional facilitator's help in
changing the negative feelings.
Adapted from National Education
I hear, I forget, I see, I remember, I do, I
purpose of this website is to simplify access to useful and high
quality information services. Lookup rhyming words, artists,
maps and definitions. The goal is to help simplify your life.
Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids:
A host of activities to keep your student involved including weather,
sky, history, pets, and much more. There are activities and games and
a smattering of advertisements. http://www.almanac4kids.com/
GeoHive: A world of
information about population, statistics on the world's water, surface
area and population density, nature statistics, and historic
data. For those interested in our world whether for fun or
study, you will want to know about this site.
Stately Knowledge: ipl2
is a public service organization and a learning/teaching website that
provides answers to all sorts of questions. Students and volunteer library and information science
professionals answer reference questions for the Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating
and maintaining the ipl2's collections.
Fun With Spot:
This site, for primary students, includes games, writing activities and
geography fun. The main character is a dog with which younger
students will enjoy interacting.
Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Plate
This site, by the US Geological Survey, includes maps and descriptions of
active areas around the world. The descriptions provide wonderful
information that is useful in understanding the earth's surface.
for signs of Spring!
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