a month it has been! If you haven't done so already, you will
want to review our new e-Tutor home page. Over the past years we
have heard from you about changes you would like to see. We have
used your suggestions, added to them and deleted some, to create a
totally new look for e-Tutor. You will be able to access
information more easily, learn more about the programs we offer and
the range of students we serve and keep up-to-date on changes in the
company. We hope you are as pleased as we are with the new
look. We enjoy the work we do and look forward to
continuing to provide the very best in instructional programs for the
continue to get phone calls and emails from parents who have reached
the end of their ropes with the public or private schools their
children attend. Any child that is just a bit different from the
norm, just does not seem to be getting the education parents envision
for their child. "My child is just slipping through the
cracks," is a common complaint. Or, "My child is not
being challenged in her schoolwork," is another. There are just
no easy answers. It is unfortunate that schools today have so
many restrictions on them, that the needs of the student are sometimes
forgotten. In the broadest sense, that is why we have created
e-Tutor....to provide a choice for parents. When I talk to
parents, it is as if they have no alternative. Yet more than ever
there are instructional alternatives for parents and their children to
chose from. e-Tutor is one. We have worked hard to
maintain the quality, range of curricular areas and breadth of topics
that will provide simply the best Internet-based learning option
available for students. Our students can attest to our success
rate. Many have been with us for four and five years.
Others leave to try other programs, but then come back to
e-Tutor. A brother or sister will sign on because they have seen
what their sibling is doing in e-Tutor. We are successful
because of you! Thank you for the wonderful support for and confidence
you have in us!
you noticed a change in the weather this month? What a change we
have had in this part of the country. Flowers are nodding their
heads, green leaves are popping up on branches and the grass is
greening. For me Spring is always a surprise. I forget
over the winter what I have planted and then new plants just seem to
finally decide to grow. So, for me, a walk around the garden in
the morning or evening is a time of discovery.
this season of rebirth and growth. Happy Spring!
It's easy to tell one lie or have one peanut. The problem
is, each leads to another.
If Your Child Is Having Trouble with Reading
irritated and disgusted with her. Her difficulties probably stem
from factors she cannot control. Your anxiety will make her so
resentful and discouraged that her reading difficulties will
Don't compare his
reading with other, more successful young readers in his family or
neighborhood. Such comparisons make a youngster feel inept and
inferior and may keep him from reading at all.
Don't air your
child's reading difficulties in front of family or visitors. In
fact, the less you discuss them....except in private, with the
Don't try to
solve your child's reading problems yourself. Have a conference
with an educator. If she or he thinks they are serious enough for
remedial reading help, or for a consultation with a psychologist, take
the advice of an expert.
share their fears with you, share your courage with them.
Your Gifted and Talented Child
Often the gifted child
feels isolated from the rest of the world because of the exceptional
abilities he or she possesses. Facing these feeling of
difference alone can create emotional problems, disruptive behaviors
or withdrawal from the frustrating situation.
Discuss feeling of
difference with the child as they arise.
Help the child relate
to friends who may not be so gifted. Instead of setting
themselves above others, they should learn to look for strengths
in friends as well as for ways to share their abilities in a
difficulties that arise from too many viable choices. As
gifted individuals mature, they usually find that they are able to
excel in many areas, which at first may seem exciting and
Provide structure and
boundaries for behavior. Often gifted children are able to
argue very convincingly about their "rights" to be
excused from conventional behavioral requirements.
Encourage the gifted
and talented to challenge themselves. Because of their
superior abilities, the gifted often work at only partial capacity
in various areas and still succeed.
Help gifted children
set realistic self-expectations. Because of their
exceptional abilities, such individuals are often expected to
perform at high levels at all times.
Adapted from National
"I Love You" In Many Ways
Spend time with your
child doing what he or she want to do.
Give honest praise in
the presence of others.
Say I'm sorry"
when you are
Forgive when he or she
hurts or disappoints you.
Take time to LISTEN.
Respect your child's
affection...."Did you hug your child today?"
Let gifts be symbols,
not proofs of love.
and Science By The Numbers
57% of parents say that
"things are fine" with the amount of math and science being
taught in their child's public school
70% of high school parents
say their child gets the right amount of science and math.
50% of children grade 6 to
12 say understanding sciences and having strong math skills are
essential for them to succeed post-high school.
62% of parents
theoretically say it is crucial for today's students to learn
32% of parents say their
child's school should actually teach more math and science.
32% of parents in 2006
consider a lack of math and science in their local schools to be a
Study by Public Agenda (Chicago
You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving.
Stereotypes are often
based on generalizations. For example, we might have met one
teenager who squanders money and behaves in a disrespectful,
irresponsible manner. We may then conclude that all
teenagers are like this. A child whose grandmother has gray hair
may conclude that all women with gray hair are
People stereotype other
people for a variety of reasons. We may stereotype people so we
don't have to think too much. Research shows that stereotypes
may arise from the very way our minds work. Each of us receives
hundreds of impressions and pieces of information every day. To
make sense of all these impressions, we tend to put things into
categories. Events, ideas and people all get sorted and put into
convenient slots so we can deal with them.
The problem with
stereotypes is that they hurt people. Stereotypes are harmful
because they can lead to prejudice and discrimination. Some
people have been denied jobs, or friends, or a place to live based on
stereotypes and the discrimination which too often follows. It
is even possible to victimize yourself with stereotypes. Suppose
you are having trouble with math. Suppose you then say, "I
must be stupid." You would be making a generalized
statement about your intelligence based on your ability in one
Not all generalized
statements are stereotypes. Some generalizations are based on
scientific facts. For example, "People who smoke cigarettes
risk cancer and other health problems." Other
generalizations are based on commonly accepted definitions. For
example, "Teenagers are people between the ages of 13 and
19." So how does one distinguish between a fact and a stereotype?
And how can you avoid stereotypes? Here are some suggestions:
Learn to respect,
rather than fear, differences.
Get to know all kinds
Use your critical
You might also try
replacing some popular stereotypes with more factual statements.
"Americans are inherently superior to citizens of other
More factual statements: "Americans can be proud of
being Americans. But Canadians can be just as proud of being
Canadians. Japanese can be just as proud to be
"People with disabilities are helpless and must depend on
others to do everything for them."
More factual statements: "People with disabilities may
require some assistance from others. However, they also are
capable of doing many things for themselves if given a chance.
Perhaps the best weapon
against stereotypes is to respect each person as a unique and
individual human being. By respecting each person's
individuality, you can avoid stereotypes of all kinds.
Adapted from School
Public Relations Service
Friends For Life
giggly group of girls you drive around every weekend or those boys who
gather in the basement to play video games are doing more than
entertaining your son or daughter. They are helping shape who
your child will be someday.
According to experts in the field,
friends do matter and it is appropriate to pay attention to that
aspect of your child's growth and development. Children who form
good, sustaining friendships and who are accepted and valued within
their peer group will generally do better in school and better in
Parents can steer children in the right
direction by teaching basic social skills, such as tolerance and how
to start conversations, as well as building up the child's
self-confidence. Research has found that children who choose
good friends are supported by parents who spend time with their
Parents of toddlers can encourage them
to smile and use eye contact with other kids. By age 3 or 4, try
the two-praise rule: Anytime your child goes out, remind her to praise
other kids with similar values and interests at least two times.
Repeating "You are sure good at that" is certain to attract
a new friend.
During the stressful middle school
years, in particular, kids worry about where to sit in the lunchroom
or about not being picked for a gym team. Easy tricks may help
your child connect with others, such as saving a seat on the bus for
someone or saying "hi" to someone in the hall. These little
courtesies build a sense of belonging....even among middle schoolers.
Adapted from Executive
To handle conflict:
Ask those who
disagree to paraphrase each other's comments. This may help
to know if one understands the other.
Work out a
compromise. Agree on the underlying source of conflict, then
engage in give-and-take and, finally, agree on a solution.
Ask each one for a
list of what the other side should do. Exchange the lists,
select a compromise that works for both parties.
Have each one write
ten questions for the other. This will signal concerns about
the one side to another's position. The answers may lead to
Convince both sides
that they sometimes may have to admit they are wrong. Save
face by convincing each that changing a position shows strength.
advice. Give their opinions more weight when a conflict
involves their expertise, but don't rule out conflicting
You may hate to hear
criticism....everyone would rather hear "You are Great!"
than "We have a problem." But if your self-esteem is
low, you could react defensively, passively or simply overreact.
Conflict can arise when a controlling figure looking for status tries
to find it by putting down another person. A person who seeks
agreement or approval may want to avoid conflict, causing his
self-esteem to suffer.
When you question your
self-worth because of what someone has said or done, you will need to
boost your self-esteem to avoid losing ground at work or to appear to
be intimidated easily. Instead of letting your confidence waver,
try reacting to criticism using these techniques.
more. If the criticism is valid, you will learn what
behaviors you can change. Avoid being confrontational, but
ask the critic specific questions like, "What about my remark
was dumb?" If the remark is simply a ploy to put you down,
you can quickly dismiss it.
Strive to learn about
yourself. While some people may criticize you unfairly,
others often are able to see more about us than we know about
ourselves. Value your own opinion of the situation and ask a
trusted friend or family member to help you determine what is a
valid critique and what could be improved.
Determine the real
critic. Your self-esteem may be so low that you can't
bear to hear anything negative about yourself. Look for ways
to enhance your self-esteem by giving yourself credit and praise
for work done well. Soon you will find that your own
recognition of your success will help others notice, which may
quiet your critics.
Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps
Rebels Into Allies
unchecked, bad attitudes can infect everyone. But you can lift
spiritis and open minds to more positive outcomes by asking the right
questions. Try these:
What should ideally
happen to fix this situation?
If you could
start from scratch, how would you proceed?
What is the
biggest obstacle blocking a solution? Why is it hard to
will help us move on?
The Bad Attitude
Survival Guide, Harry E. Chambers
Don't Buy It: By dissecting
pop culture and advertisements, media literacy education can help
students build critical thinking and analytic skills, become more
discriminating in the use of mass media, distinguish between reality
and fantasy and consider whether media values are their values.
Activities are intended for children ages 9-11 and are designed to
touch on the six levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: knowledge, comprehension,
application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
Chevron Cars: Chevron Cars
are toy cars. The site is colorful and fun. Divided into
several sections including eh Playground, Kids Shop, Meet the Cars and
Free Stuff. The site features games, many in Flash and
Shockwave, biographies and multiple views of the cars, coloring and
sticker pages, jigsaw puzzles and connect the dots games,
screensavers, desktop themes, musical tunes and more. There is
also educational content covering oil and gas refining and subjects
ranging from famous people and history to animals and science. http://www.chevroncars.com/wocc/
This site is part of the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. The
website provides a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators,
including lesson plans and reviewed Internet resources. All site
content is organized around Benchmarks for Science Literacy. You
can subscribe to receive free weekly updates.
Flight-History: This site
has developed an extensive on-line archive of aviation history. The
site offers stories, photos, plane details and the ability to send an
electronic postcard. The website is a division of Ghosts of
Aviation Inc., which is located in Canada.
The Projects and Reports section is part of the much larger ClassBrain
website. It will help students create reports by providing
access to specific resources and is divided into several different
website features a set of original interactive mysteries designed to
foster literacy and problem-solving. Created by children's book
author and illustrator/educator Peter H. Reynolds and his creative
team at Emmy Award-winning FableVision and funded by Verizon.
This site takes a creative approach in order to engage every type of
learner, using sound, animation, words, images and
interactivity. The Super
Thinkers site offers a variety of activities and suggested reading, as
well as games.
Microbiology Information Portal:
This web site is designed to bring useful and interesting microbiology
informational resources to you. It covers: General, Environmental,
Food, Industrial, Medical and Veterinary Microbiology. It also
includes sections of Education and Learning, Employment and Careers,
Organizations, Companies, News, Articles and more. http://www.microbes.info/index.html
The Toxic House: This site
provides a quick and interesting overview of the dangerous chemicals
in our very own homes! As you explore various rooms in the Toxic
House, you discover bad things. Links take you to more
information about the toxin. It's simple, yet engaging. http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/toxic_flash/toxic_house_flash.html
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