you can be yourself. No one else is qualified for the
was developed to provide students and parents a choice from
traditional schooling. It was not developed for fast track
learning. Each section of the lesson module provides a function which when
completed appropriately provides the learner important tools for
e-Tutor lessons are
grouped at Primary (about K-3), Intermediate (about 4-5),
Middle/Junior High (about 6-8) and High School.
This cross-aging of lessons has been very successful for e-Tutor
students as they can work at their own unique level.
Some lessons may be easier and can be used for review and some
will be more challenging. Students
should do no more than four lessons each day.
Each lesson should take from an hour to an hour and a half to
complete. We recommend
one lesson in each of the four major curricular areas for those in a
home school program. One lesson a day is sufficient for
those who use e-Tutor for supplemental work. e-Tutor
provides recommendations for subjects to be completed in the
instructional program at each grade level. All curricular
areas support one another.
There is much reading
and writing in the program and users will have excellent reading and
writing skills if the program is used consistently.
Parents are encouraged to review the completed Activity
and Extended Learning for each lesson.
This is required for those receiving credit or diplomas. These
are included with every lesson. They
are frequently off-line projects and so e-Tutor relies on parents to
review these. Use them for a springboard for discussion.
Parents will quickly
know which areas their children are struggling in and which topics
they favor by frequently checking their portfolios.
Parents might need to make recommendations to their children
about trying new subjects or topics.
New lessons are added frequently.
encouraged to keep track of the time they spend learning. They
can jot down the time they start to study and the time they finish on
a piece of paper or a calendar. Make sure and include time spent
in physical development and the arts.
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you. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate
to contact us. We enjoy hearing from parents, students and
During a recent conversation a
psychologist mentioned, "Raising children is not so difficult if
parents would realize one thing. Children need constant
praise. When the children cut their meat right.....great! Praise
them! When they tie their first shoelace....great! Praise
them! Even if they are just good all day....great! Praise
them! The human psyche seems to feed and thrive on praise and
attention." And people never really grow out of that
constant need for praise and appreciation.
One study of a number of large
corporations revealed the number one reason why people
quit their jobs was because, as they put it, "No one appreciated
what I did. " William James, the best known of America's
psychologists, said that the desire to be appreciated is one of the
deepest drives in human nature. So get in the habit of being
"praise minded." The way people dress, act, do their
jobs and express themselves as personalities can all be
characteristics for some words
of praise from you. Perhaps your own family and friends would be
a good place to start.
The Public School
ladder of success doesn't care who climbs it.
generally is thought of as a strategy for older students, lower
elementary pupils can be introduced to this strategy through simple
activities such as the following:
Have your child play the
roles of message-taker in a telephone-message activity. Have
someone be in a message-receiver role and leave the room. A
message-giver begins by reading the message aloud to the message-taker
at a normal rate of speech. Then the message-taker takes notes
of the pertinent information. Remind the message-taker to keep
and the purpose of the message in mind when selecting those facts
worth noting. Once the message-taker has the message, the
message-receiver may return to the room. The message-taker can
refer to the notes as he or she recounts the message. Others who
have observed the activity should determine whether or not the message
has been adequately conveyed.
The following will
introduce note-taking to intermediate students.
Select a short expository
passage and have a family member read the passage while another models
note-taking procedures on a pad of paper. Think aloud to clarify
your purpose for listening to the passage. Then, as the passage
is read, make notes relevant to your purpose for listening. You
might also vocalize why you are noting some points and not noting
others. Use indenting and skipping spaces to indicate the
relationships and subordination of ideas. Next, ask your child
notes over the same passage, but with a different purpose for
listening. Ask your child to explain as he or she takes notes
why he or she is noting particular facts and not
Silver Burdett and Ginn
and don'ts that will help you get the most out of the time you are
studying, whether completing an e-Tutor assignment, doing homework or
going through a lesson module.
- Invest in folders. Get
one folder for each subject, just for your assignments, activities,
extended learning or homework.
- Start with a plan.
Create a work schedule every day that outlines all of the work
that needs to be done and give each assignment 30 to 45 minutes
for completion. Do your work in small chunks and you will
find that it will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
- Go get a snack and take a
five-minute break to clear your head. This will help you
to stay positive and give you enough time to remind yourself that
the work is all just a part of the overall grade. If you are
still stuck when you get back to work, call for help.
- Work in the same place every day
and make sure you have a good source of light.
- Make a bargain with your parents.
If you work hard and finish your assignments and learning
activities in a decent timeframe, maybe you deserve a
little treat....like some time on the Xbox.
- Invest in just one big
mega-binder. Get separate binders for separate subjects
to help keep your papers organized.
- Beat a dead horse. If
you have been stuck on the same math problem for an hour and it's
not getting any easier, you'll burn yourself out and develop a bad
attitude. All you're doing is wasting time. If your
parents can't help you, call a friend. Or move along to the
next problem and ask e-Tutor about it the next day.
- Work yourself into a
frenzy. Don't get mad if you're stuck on a problem or
if one assignment takes longer than scheduled.
- Listen to music or watch TV
while you're studying. Even if you think you can multi-task,
it's not a good idea. By working in a quiet zone, where you
are really focused, you will be able to shave off time in those
math and English assignments.
is oft times nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
To cope with the many
changes ahead, the successful person will have to exhibit four traits:
The successful one must possess an intuitive insight into what
styles, fashions and technologies will be hot weeks, months...or
even years...in advance
Successful individuals will have to act on hunches, even when
everyone else says they are crazy.
Technological change is rapid and trends are short.
Successful individuals will have to act quickly, before the window
of opportunity closes. And they won't have the luxury
of time to wait for consensus in decision making.
character. Knowledge value will be burned up and
disposed of rapidly. Those in the work force will be asked
to be "artists," racking their
brains for tiny improvements to be more "cutting-edge"
than a competitor. To make it all happen the successful
person will have to inspire others to exert themselves to their limits
Adapted from Success,
New York, NY.
Science of Memory
The brain is all about creation,
connection and control. Electrical charges flowing from axons to
dendrites create chemical packages in nerve cells. These
chemical packages are like little buckets of memory juice.
Whenever we want, we can dip into these buckets to access our
memories. Cells in the brain and body are constantly creating
new packages and recreating old packages.
Scientific studies affirm what seems to
be common sense: if you are extremely busy, don't get enough
sleep or are nervous or anxious, your power of memory will fade
rapidly. Low self-esteem and poor self-image also inhibit
memory. Many drugs can influence the memory process. Drugs
like serotonin, adrenaline, dopamine and the endorphin group (created
by the body itself) enhance memory. Alcohol, marijuana and
nicotine can greatly decrease the ability to remember. Even
prescription drugs to reduce blood pressure, eliminate pain or induce
sleep interfere with the memory process.
Finally, here are a couple of
- It is difficult to remembers something you have never
- It is hard to remember something that has no meaning or
significance for you.
Benefits of Volunteer Work
Nearly everyone agrees that volunteer
work is a nice thing to do for others. But, as more young people
are discovering, you benefit yourself as well as others when you
donate your time to a worthy cause. Here are several ways
volunteer work can help you later, in a paying job or career:
with no employment history gain that all-important "previous
- Volunteers learn basic skills needed
- You can establish contacts.
- Volunteer work lets you explore
Here are some other ways you can use
volunteer work to serve yourself as well as others:
- You'll meet people. Volunteers
who work on the same project together often share common interests
and can form lasting friendships.
- You gain self-esteem. Those
who do volunteer work learn to see themselves as productive
citizens who are valued, needed, respected and have something
important to contribute to society.
- You gain a sense of personal
power. Volunteer work lets you know you can make a
difference in our society and helps you realize that you do have
the power to make changes.
- You can explore your own
values. Many volunteers must confront issues like hunger,
illiteracy, homelessness, poverty and environmental pollution.
- You can improve academic
skills. Volunteer work lets you practice skills like
reading, writing and math in the "real world."
Many learn these skills more effectively when they can be applied
in real-life situations.
Illinois Association of
greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of
responsibility and the wings of independence.
Stately Knowledge: Facts
about the United States. This site will help you find out the
basic facts of any state in the Union, including Washington, D.C. Need
to know the capital of Alabama? Want to know which hockey teams are in
California? How about the size of Montana? All that information is
here — and more!
Periodic Table: The Visual Elements Periodic Table is
an arts and science collaborative project which explores the diversity
of elements in a unique and innovative manner.
The website includes:
Data on the elements,
patterns in the periodic table,
downloadable movies, screensavers and soundtracks, e-postcards,
wall charts, jigsaws and more.
How Volcanoes Work: This
website is an educational resource that describes the science behind
volcanoes and volcanic processes. The site is sponsored by NASA under
the auspices of Project
ALERT (Augmented Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching).
Each section in the menu builds upon previous sections. For users who
lack fundamental knowledge of volcanological principles and terms, it
is best to proceed through the website in a progressive manner. More
advanced users will find each section self-contained and can navigate
through the website as their interest dictates.
NCES Kids' Zone:
National Center for Educational Statistics provides information to
help you learn about schools; decide on a college; find a public
library; engage in several games, quizzes and skill building about
math, probability, graphing, and mathematicians; and to learn many
interesting facts about education.
Constellations - Stories and Deepsky
Atlas: The Hawaiian
Astronomical Society Storybook and Deepsky Atlas is a long term effort
to provide a good online atlas of the heavens, combined with
photographs of significant objects, and their descriptions.
Each constellation has a wide area map.
There follows more detailed maps of the constellation, beginning in
its northeast quadrant, and moving counter-clockwise around the
constellation. Included are story(ies) behind the constellation. Many
good stories from both Greco-Roman, and other civilizations enrich our
Crayola: Crayola.com is
home to thousands of Free Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Lesson Plans.
Find out about the latest Crayola products or play fun creative games
in the Play Zone! To experience all that Crayola.com has
to offer you will want to have the latest version of the Adobe Flash
A Wonderful Quarter!
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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