eNews                                          March 2013   Vol. 16-3

President’s Message

What happened to February? It flew by in our part of the world. Did it go by quickly for you as well? Perhaps it is the time of year, but I find myself wandering out in my garden looking for the new shoots of growth that are beginning to push their heads through the brown earth. I am anxiously waiting to see if the rewards of my work last Fall have been worth the effort. A visual reminder of the work is a wonderful way to evaluate what one has done.

This month we have been evaluating and realigning the direction in which eTutor is going. This is part of our regular work of evaluating our systems and programs so that we continue to provide the type of service that our students and parents expect.  The eTutor program gives immediate feedback for analysis yet there is much more to evaluating the worthiness of an online program.  The recent interest in online learning finds us doing a lot of self evaluating and planning based on how we view the future. The old paradigms of evaluation and analysis are changing, yet they are vitally important to those who will retain a place in this ever-changing environment. We hope you will help us in the evaluation process by letting us know your expectations as more and more students move to online learning. Review our most recent data in the "Learning With eTutor" section. 

We have heard from many of you during the past month and are delighted to learn about the successes your sons, daughters and pupils are having in their learning.  We continue to add new programs and lessons to our programs which will help you and your students.

Enjoy  this month of transition from one season to another.  May each season in your life be filled with joy and harmony. 



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Genius is initiative on fire! 


Learning with eTutor

Taking Our Temperature

It is that time of year again, when we review how students are learning while enrolled in the eTutor program.  We looked specifically at 530 students enrolled during the last three years, we surveyed only those students for whom we had prepared official transcripts.  We believe the information is representative of all students in the program. Here is the latest information from those eTutor students surveyed eTutor.  Forty-five percent (241) were enrolled in the Guided One-2-One Program. One-third are International students representing every continent in the world (except Antarctica). 

40% students are female 
60% male 
20% are multi-year students 
27% are high school students 
43% are middle-jr. high students 
21% are intermediate students

Average high school eTutor exam scores:
English Language Arts - 90%  
Algebra/Geometry - 81.5% 
Chemistry/Physics - 88%  
W./U.S. History - 89.5%

Average Middle/Jr. High school eTutor exam scores:  
English Language Arts - 72% 
Algebra/Geometry - 78% 
Science - 75.5% 
Social Studies - 80.5%

Fifteen New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

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

Creating Web-Based Instruction

If you have recently signed up for writing lesson modules at LessonPro, you are not alone.  Did you know that every month from 50 to 70 new writers sign up to use the template?  Take the time today to try your hand at creating web-based instruction for the students you work with.   

A few titles this month:

  • Solve for "X"
  • Atomic Model
  • Maisy's Piggy Bank
  • Jeopardy Review
  • The Odyssey

There is no fee for using the template. However, you can earn a few extra dollars if your lesson module is accepted for use in the eTutor program.  Knowledge HQ offers a small stipend for lessons of quality.  

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


   The Book Case            

Rabbit Hill
by Robert Lawson
Grade 3 and Up 

“New folks coming!”  That’s the important news that the young rabbit, Little Georgie, has to share with all of his neighbors, from the stately deer to the excitable field mouse on Rabbit Hill. Will they be good providers or “slatternly” like the last batch? Most everyone hopes for a garden, but Phewie, the skunk, is hoping for some quality “garbidge.”  All of the residents of Rabbit Hill have an opinion and a hope about what will come.

This largely gentle book won the Newbery Medal decades ago, and it has a lot of old-fashioned charm. The writing is rich in tantalizing vocabulary, some of which is provided by Father Rabbit:

1945 Newbery Medal Winner

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Life happens when you are busy making other plans. 

Send Them Love Letters

Love letters are personalized little notes to your children that let them know you are fondly thinking of them. They are little messages of sunshine to brighten up their day. They are surprises that pop up when and where your child least expects.  Put little notes under pillows, paste them on bathroom mirrors, or, for noontime pick-me-ups, stash one in their lunch boxes. 

Tuck one in a pocket or a shoe for an unexpected thrill. Drop them in drawers or pin them inside of jackets.  Consider sending one through the mail...receiving one's first letter delivered by the mailman can bring so much excitement to a child that it's well worth the cost of  stamp.  

Get in the habit of note writing when they are young. As they get older note writing can come in very handy for solving disagreements or conflicts by avoiding lengthy discussions.  Children of all ages frequently respond better to a note reminding them to get a chore done, than to mom's voice nagging them once again. 

Sending notes is another way of letting your children know how important they are.  Letters written from your heart will perk up your child's day. Write that you love them and thank them for what they have taught you and for the chores they do.  

  Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford

Constructive Thought

Goodwill to others is constructive thought.  I helps build us up.  It is good for your body.  It makes your blood purer, your muscles stronger, and your whole form more symmetrical in shape.  It is the real elixir of life.  The more such thought you attract to you, the more life you will have.  

Prentice Mulford (1834-1891)  Philosopher

Parents Make the Difference

You can help your child succeed in school by building his or her self-confidence at home. Use these guidelines:

  • Respect your child by treating him or her with the dignity you would a friend.
  • Have faith in your child. Don’t be afraid to give your child increasing responsibility and independence.
  • Concentrate on the positive; avoid using discouraging words or actions.
  • Recognize your child’s efforts, not just his or her accomplishments.
  • Build self-esteem and feelings of adequacy by using positive phrases such as...
"I can tell you worked very hard on that."
"You are getting much better at that."
"I appreciate what you did."
"You really handled that situation well."
  • Discourage competition (in all forms) between brothers and sisters.

And, remember, don’t feel guilty if you "blow it", but use your energy to try again more effectively.

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A determination to succeed is the only way to succeed.

Say What You Mean

Here is a tale to remind us of how tricky communication can be if we don't choose our words carefully.

"I need a huge favor," said a woman to her friend.  "I promised I'd take this pair of penguins to the zoo today, but an emergency just came up and I need to be across town in the next half hour. I can't possibly do both."

"Not to worry,"  assured her friend.  "I'll take the penguins to the zoo for you, and you just deal with the emergency."

Once the woman finished tending to the situation across town, she drove to the zoo to make sure the delivery went as planned. Much to her dismay, neither her friend nor the penguins were anywhere in sight. The zookeeper said there'd been no deliveries in the last few hours.  

So the woman got back in her car to look for the wayward group.  Just as she was about to give up her search, she spotted her friend coming out of an ice cream parlor...with the penguins in tow!

"Hey, where have you been? I thought you were going to drop off the penguins at the zoo for me?  I've been worried sick!"

"I did take them to the zoo.  But we saw most of the animals there...the penguins sure do like monkeys.  And since you weren't done yet, and they were so well behaved, I thought I'd take them out for sno-cones and sundaes until you came back."

Adapted from Energize, Inc. 

The 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 Restaurants)

Spring - Man is a creature of the his leisure habits, in his clothing, his shelter, his occupations. The farmer’s year is governed by the season, because the products of nature are governed by the seasons. Even in an age where we build domed, heated, air conditioned structures to defy normal seasonal climate, there is a seasonal cycle. We follow it with the school year, or the crop cycle. But if nature has created the climate and the natural conditions that identify each season, man has provided artificial characteristics. Christmas in the Northern hemisphere is a winter holiday, Easter a spring one. Thanksgiving is an autumn highlight in the United States. January is the time of department store white sales, September or thereabouts the time for the new model cars.....and so forth. For every single thing, there is a season. HAPPY SPRING!!

(Spinrad and Spinrad, 1987)

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Nothing is easy to the unwilling.


Magnificent March Links:

Paper:  The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features. Learn how new materials, new methods and new ideas are transforming traditional origami. Watch videos of a master origami folder create his unique pieces. Learn how to make your own paper and how to fold your own paper airplanes. In Japan, legend says that a person who makes a thousand origami cranes will live a long life. All the more reason to explore this site!

Odyssey of Life: This companion to PBS's NOVA Odyssey of Life series includes embryo morphs, a virtual tour of the microscopic organisms that live in your body & house, an interview with photographer Lennart Nilsson, a debate between a creationist and an evolutionist, and a teacher's guide.

The Bright Future Trivia Game:  Learn more about what you can do to help our planet.  The Tech Museum, Applied Materials, Inc., and are working together to open young minds to concepts of clean energy, global sustainability and the importance of collaborating to make our world a better place.  The Bright Future Trivia Game provides a global, digitized experience for kids all over the world, ages 9+.

The MysterySpot: Great online and offline activities that allow you and your students to solve mysteries using science. Find out what happened to the local frog population, explore Arctica, or use a microscope to solve a mystery. These fourteen activities are designed to show science in a whole new light.

Ancient Egypt:  Let's hear it for the British Museum. Their staff has created a website dealing with many areas of study of Ancient Egypt. Explore Egyptian Life, Geography, Pyramids, and Time. Find out where writing was used in Ancient Egypt. Shockwave activities are included for each area of study. Check out the Staff area for a complete glossary and descriptions of resources.


These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Happy Spring!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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