eNews                                            April 2013   Vol. 16-4

President’s Message

We are anxiously waiting for Spring in our part of the country. In spite of my welcome 'Spring" sign at the door it has yet to settle in. Many days we have had to shovel wet and heavy snow to get to our door.  Yet, I know that in a few months, I will be anxious for  a few days of cooler weather.  Our trees and gardens need the water....which helps our attitude. 

Last week I took several days off to attend the annual Conference on World Affairs held in Boulder. The conference provides attendees the opportunity to interact with and question many important individuals of influence who had had a part in the highest decision-making and reporting for our country and world organizations. I always come away from the panels and discussions with a greater understanding of the importance of the individual.  We often think that we cannot have influence, but we is just a matter of taking the first step.  

Last evening I went to a talk by novelist, Salmon Rushdie.  He pointed out that our purpose in life was not to sit in the middle of the road but to push to the edges.  As a writer, he described how most people create in their own mind a character for us. Yet when we act differently from how they created that character, stress occurs. As most often at these events, I reflect on what is said and how it relates to students and learning.  There was much of what I heard last evening that could benefit both educators and students. Our learning never stops, does it?

Enjoy a marvelous month!




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  • Macroeconomics
  • Completing the Square
  • Victor Frankenstein -The Modern Prometheus
  • Gingerbread Men
  • An Introduction to Poetry

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   The Book Case            

Waterless Mountain
by Laura Adams
Grade 4 and Up 

Younger Brother, called Little Singer by his medicine-man Uncle, was an unusual child, attuned from a young age to the deeper realities of the world around him, and observant of all its beauty, both natural and man-made. Marked out as a future medicine man himself, and tutored by Uncle in the traditional songs and beliefs of his people, the young Navajo boy came of age in the small circle of his loving family, living with them under the great Waterless Mountain. The rhythms of their daily life - Younger Brother's shepherding of the sheep, Mother's weaving, and her cooking for the family, Father's silver-smithing - and the interruptions to those rhythms - Elder Brother's marriage to their neighbor's daughter, Younger Brother's epic journey to the far western water, in search of Turquoise Woman's house - are depicted here in a gentle, contemplative narrative that is suffused with a quiet joy.

1932  Newbery Medal Winner

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I am a part of all I have read.  

John Kieran

A Sensory Brain

The brain and skin are the first organs to develop in a fetus. They emerge simultaneously out of the same layer of embryonic tissue. The skin is often called the outside layer of the brain. Let your child "experiment" with touch as a sensory system of the brain.

-----Gather 16 samples of different textures....sandpaper, cloth, carpet, wood, etc.....and two large pieces of cardboard.

-----Cut two 2-inch squares from each of the textured materials so that you have two identical sets of 16 pieces.

-----In rows of four, glue one set of 16 onto each cardboard. Be sure to arrange the textures in different order on each cardboard.

------Blindfold your child. Find four matches on the two cardboard sheets using his/her fingers. See how long it takes to find four matches.

-----Try using palms or elbows.

Talk about what the child has learned.

Say Yes As Often As Possible

Yes is one of the most important words you can use with your children. Say yes to them so they can say yes to life. A child raised with yes feels positive about himself and the world awaiting. A child who has been given the go ahead to explore her world learns to be naturally optimistic and a self-starter.  "Yes children" are naturally motivated and believe they can make things happen. They are willing to find out and take charge. Unfortunately some parents are fearful, thinking it is better to control the child with no...they automatically say no to everything; but this approach soon backfires. A child raised with lots of no's is defeated before he starts. He feels frustrated and, in extreme cases, hopeless. He stops trying, gives up, and becomes depressed. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford

Quality Instruction

Five basic components of a quality instructional program:

Sense of Community

At the heart of every effective instructional program is a shared vision, a spirited feeling that generates strong bonds among students, educators, parents and the community.

Language is Central

A deepening understanding of the words, numbers and arts that make up a language provides the best possible foundation for adult life:

     Words as the system of symbols to express feelings and ideas;
     Numbers as a universal system of communication about quantities, space,  time and energy;
     The arts as expression of our most evocative ideas and feelings.

Logical Curriculum

Every student needs to develop a core of essential knowledge with which to negotiate the world. From the very beginning, students need to see connections.....not a slice of science, a slice of history, a slice of literature.

Climate for Creative Learning

An effective instructional program offers opportunities for active, not passive, learning; where students are encouraged to be creative, not just conforming; opportunities for cooperation as well as competition.

Character Development

Students need to grow in mind, body and spirit. Instructional programs should help students develop both reason and conscience; to affirm the core virtues that guide our lives: honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, perseverance and service.

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Health and intellect are the two blessings of life.


Communication = Speaker + Listener   

Human communication, whether private or public, is a process.  The idea of process is an important one. The importance of listening cannot be stressed enough. Actually there can never be a complete act of communication unless there is a listener. A spirit of respect and mutual trust is created. 

Interpersonal communication is a process requiring at least two people.  If you take away one you destroy the process.  There can be no such thing as a speaker without a listener. 

If we examine the essential factors of speaking little more closely, we find:

  • There is a person speaking, who is worthy of respect.

  • The speaker has a message to share with others.

  • The speaker uses symbols, composed of vocal sounds and bodily actions, in order to send the message through space to those with whom s/he wished to communicate.

  • There is a listener, an audience, who receives the message.

  • The audience, the listener, responds to the speaker in such a way as to let the speaker know if the message is being received, and the degree of understanding the listener has. The messages that the audience sends back to the speaker are called the "feedback" messages.

Adapted from School Administrator. 

Real Life Mathematics

A good understanding of math begins with real-life experiences. Here are some ways to help your child excel in math:

  • Get your child involved in measuring things around the house. Give her practice in using a calendar, a ruler, scales, a clock, and a thermometer. At the store, have her weigh fruits and vegetables and compare prices.
  • Ask questions that involve math: How long until your favorite show begins? How many days until your birthday? How much change should we get back? Give her materials she can pick up and move around while doing her math homework. Use pennies, toothpicks, plastic chips, or straws.
  • When you are helping with math, stick with the way she has been learning the skill. Showing her a new way or a short cut may confuse her. Many games involve counting and problem-solving. Some examples are Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Battleship, card games, Chinese Checkers and Uno.

If she doesn’t understand a concept, encourage her to ask for help.

Practicing these suggestions will make math come alive and will help your child see herself as a math learner.


Skipping Class

One bright Spring morning four high school boys decided to skip classes.  Arriving after lunch, they explained to the teacher that their car had a flat tire on the way. To their relief, the teacher smiled understandingly and said, "You boys missed a test this morning. Please take your seats apart from one another and get out your paper and pencils."

When the boys were seated, she continued, "Answer this one question: Which tire was flat?"


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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Derek Bok

Wonderful  April Links:

The Mint:  The name attract mostly people looking fort the history of the U.S. currency...or breath fresheners.  The site provided by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company offers good information and exercises for middle-and high-school students with information for parents and teachers, as well.

Rembrandt House:  Tour the Dutch master's Amsterdam residence, where he worked and courted clients in the 1600s "with a glass of chilled wine."  Personal tidbits (he collected stuffed animals) and numerous reproductions complete the portrait of the artist.

Boohbah Zone: An amazing kids' site derived from the television show, a relative of "Teletubbies."  But it's better on the Web,  blend of intuition, exploration, surprise and psychedelia.

Homestar Runner:   Somewhere between Japanese anime, old video games and an anarchic sitcom lurks this deliriously inventive and funny site, a sort of loose chronicle of the life of the childlike title character and his nemesis, Strong Bad. You will go with your kids, but you will comeback on your own.

Twenty Questions:  Sometimes some of the best websites are simplest. That is the beauty of the Twenty Questions home page.  You think of an object and the computer behind the Web site tries to guess what it is.  The first of the20 questions is always to identify whether the object you have chosen is an animal, vegetable, mineral or unknown.  After that, the computer asks 19 more questions trying to guess what you have in mind.


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.

Enjoy the budding warmth this month!

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