Is there building going on
in your part of the world? Here, it seems to be
everywhere! A beautiful new home is going up on my block.
Trucks, cars and vans have choked the street. Here in the office
we have had construction across the street. Big steam shovels,
backhoes, rollers, cranes, machinery and men have distracted us for
weeks. All during this going and coming, I have thought what a
delight to have children be able to watch and talk about what is
happening. The sounds and sights are not what we are used to and
we often rush by a building project as a nuisance. But our
children can learn by watching, modeling and talking about such
events. And, even the oldest of us, can try to figure out what will
come next or how it could have been done differently. The next
time you see construction, take the time to stop and watch from a
distance. Your child will benefit and you may, as
the blue sky and warmer weather.
I hope you are too. Have a great month!
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get everything that we want, we will soon want nothing that we
Learning with e-Tutor
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 further learning.
Problem Statement, Vocabulary, Resources, Study Guide, Activity,
Extended Learning, Quiz and Exam
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.
e-Tutor makes recommendations for subjects that students should
concentrate for each grade 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. 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.
Students should respond to the Problem Statement before and after
completing the lesson module as a self check. They can write a
few sentences about each of the Resources. Vocabulary words should be
used for spelling, writing sentences or creating word puzzles.
Parents are to review
the completed Activity and Extended Learning for each
lesson module. These are
frequently off-line projects and parents can use them as a
springboard for discussion....."What did you learn by doing
this?" "How could you have done this differently?"
"Explain this concept to me." To help students keep
track of their work a simple filing system can be created using four
manila folders. As the student finishes an Activity or Extended
Learning, they can put them in the appropriate folder.
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 education and the arts.
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.
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Where The Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
Ages 7 and Up
|This is a book
about a man who helps a dog and remembers his childhood with his
dogs. Billy remembers his longing for two coon hounds. Not just
one coon hound, but two! His parents couldn't afford this, but
he was determined to get his hounds. From berry picking in thorn
bushes to doing odd jobs to earn a few coins that he can add to
his "jar". Finally, once he has enough money, he
orders the puppies. But how will he get them home? Where does
the red fern actually grow? Find out in this book!
novel is full of descriptions of how things are done. We learn
how Billy earns his money; we learn where he found the can that
he puts his money in. These details do more than teach us how to
do things. They do more that embellish the plot. They serve to
demonstrate what kind of character Billy has. By seeing his
persistence and his willingness to do hard things, we learn that
he is full of determination. Later, we will learn about Old Dan
and Little Ann by seeing how they do things. The author, Wilson
Rawls, tells us about his characters by showing in detail how
they accomplish simple tasks.
still time to sign up for the opportunity to take automotive
courses! We are exploring ways to offer electives for our
students and have an
opportunity for a project with www.todaysclass.com
for online automotive technical training. The course modules
include automotive electronics, brakes, suspension and steering, and
more. Students can print summaries for each of the modules. The program is used by career-based schools and
community colleges. In addition, a technical instructor will be
available online or by toll free phone when needed.
pleased to offer a limited number of this trial automotive course
to our high school subscribers. If you would like to sign
up for the course or would like more information, please call
Knowledge Headquarters at 887-687-7200. Call quickly! Registration
closes May 31, 2007.
no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one..
Aurelius Antoninus, Emperor and philosopher (121-180 A.D.)
You Cannot Touch It
is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came
out. You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the
rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have
it after a hot day.
cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours
into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to
Anne Sullivan, Educator
Smart Consumers Read
Studies indicate that
reluctant readers learn to read most rapidly when their instruction
relates to their lives and to real-life situations or materials they
might encounter. Here is an idea you can use with your child.
Find a label from each of
these products: an article of clothing, a food item and an
over-the-counter medication. Ask your child the following
For the article of
clothing, what is the brand name?
Who manufacture the
What is the best way
to care for the garment?
Of what kind of fabric
is the garment made?
For the food item,
which ingredient is present in the largest quantity?
How many servings does
the food item contain and what is the cost per serving?
What is the expiration
date on the food item?
Does the food have any
additives? What are they?
What illnesses or
symptoms is the medication designed to treat?
How often should you
take the medication and how much is each dose?
Who should not take
What warnings are
included on the medicine label?
Adapted from Illinois
Association of School Boards
Discipline - Know Your
When it comes to
discipline, the task for the parent boils down to this:
Do not allow yourself
to be fooled by the surface appearance of a discipline
problem. What a child does and how he acts are not clear
indicators of the real source of the discipline problem.
You can find the
trouble by analyzing your discipline problems with these
What does the
behavior really mean?
To what extent is
the behavior produced by past experiences of the child?
involved and to what degree?
On this basis you will
want to add these further questions, into your calculations:
What do I plan as
an effect on the child and how can I
respect his need for growth?
In which direction
do I have to aim....the change of surface behavior or the
modification of basic attitudes?
How can I evaluate
whether what I want to do will work without false
comparisons and without neglecting subsurface
effects over a more visible result?
We are encouraged to think through
discipline problems instead of applying techniques without critical
examination. Parents are often troubled about their
consistency. We seem to fear that it is somehow wrong to
temper consequences for a child because of his anxieties and
sensitivities. At other times we wonder if we are right to hold
to penalties that have been agreed upon in advance.
does not lie in a set of standard penalties. Our children vary in security and insight
and are motivated by many dynamic influences. Consistency comes through
the analysis of causes and a clear definition of the purpose
toward which action is directed in any given incident.
Adapted from The
Public School Administrator
imitate only what we believe and admire.
Aris Willmott, Editor (1809-1863)
Your Child and Books
our children grow beyond the "read me a book" stage, we
begin to be concerned about what they choose to read and what is
available for them to read. We want them to enjoy reading, to
experience our culture through books, and to find in books the
information they seek. At the same time, we have concerns about
wise reading choices and about the place of books and reading in their
a part of our concern about our children and books centers around our
fear that they will choose to read no books at all. In today's
world, where it seems that our children and youth spend all of their
time with television, high-energy music, the Internet and video games,
it comes as a surprise to many to learn that our students are also
tremendous readers of books. Of course, the amount of reading
varies from one student to another and changes a great deal at
different stages of growing up, but for the most part, our children
are readers of books of all kinds.
love to go the library in the early grades, enjoy having stories read
aloud to them and like stories they can read for themselves. By
the intermediate grades, students are branching out into choices that
include adventure, mystery and fantasy. In the seventh and
eighth grades, the volume of books read reaches its peak.
Choices made by these adolescents and early teens are unpredictable
and cover a broad spectrum of interests and reading abilities.
The number of books read at the secondary level decreases as students
become more involved in activities that take up increasing amounts of
their time. But they still read books.
from Master Teacher
Fill Your Home With Talk
may be the most difficult thing your child can learn to do.
Youngsters need a great deal of help in juggling all the learning
involved in the complicated skill. You can do much to support and encourage their
children's success in learning to write well.
child who is raised in an environment rich in words knows the power
and joy of language.
Talk with your
child. Share your experiences, feelings, favorite stories,
Listen when your child
talks. Children must believe their words matter before they
are willing to put them on paper.
Encourage wordplay in
your children....rhyming, role playing and making up
stories. These activities give children a sense of control
Provide a wide variety
of experiences....trips to zoos, parks, museums, worksites, sports
events, concerts.....to enrich children's background, knowledge
from National Education Association
Build Lots of Blanket
noticed that little children like to play and sleep in cozy
places? It seems to be a natural instinct that little folks
have. Forts in the house and tents in the backyard bring delight
to every child. Some of my fondest memories are of may mother
taking the cushions off the couch and letting us use blankets to
design our hideaways.
provided hours of entertainment for the kids in our neighborhood as
well. One mother let the kids build forts in the basement.
One child built a ship in the bathtub, complete with rugs so he
wouldn't slip. A fort is fun, be it a tree house or a cardboard
box; imagination unfolds and children spend hours creating an exciting
new world. It's possible that imaginary playmates might join in
can turn a rainy day into an adventure, or a bored and cranky child
into a creative genius, like a blanket fort in the dining room; and eating
lunch or spending the night in one is pure luxury. In the
summer, tents in the backyard or on the deck are great for
sleepovers. Try it, you'll see what I mean.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a
Kemp, Poet (1883-1960)
The Cave of Lascaux: A Webby
Award 2000 winner (the oscars of the Web), this site from the Ministry
of Culture in France lets you take a virtual four of the Paleolithic
wall paintings of Lascaux. Students of all ages can explore the
caves, learn more about the images in the paintings, and discover the
materials used by the artists 15,000 years ago. http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/
Windsor & Newton: Attention
all art teachers....this site has some great areas you can use to
supplement your studio art classes and to draw other disciplines into
your class. See factory tour for the history of Windsor and
Newton and how to make the paints. "How did you do
that?" has basic information on how to paint picture frames,
paint on fabric, tint photos, etc. http://www.winsornewton.com/index6.html
Learn Spanish: A free online site
that lets Spanish language learners study a variety of terms.
Access the tutorials, verb drills, vocabulary practice, and idiom
generator (try it out if you don't remember what an idiom is).
Easy to navigate, with lots of useful information.
A Century of Physics: Let's bring
physics into the real world...this site highlights advances in physics
over the last hundred years. Review the Panorama pages to view
highlights, decade by decade. View these discoveries in context
with political and artistic movements of the time. For a list of
all the events listed, consult the Index. Entries are color
coded to differentiate between discoveries on a cosmic scale, a human
scale or an atomic scale. http://timeline.aps.org/APS/Timeline/
Perseus Online Coin Catalog: From
the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, this coin catalog has something for
coin collectors and historians, tracing the use of coins through
time. Use the search to find certain types of coins and images
(try Caesar or Crete). Includes thumbnail images which can be
enlarged with a click of the mouse.
Fire Wars: This Nova program
looks at wildfires and how they work. There is a fire-growth
computer model, used to simulate conditions such as wind, speed and
direction. A virtual laboratory lets you explore the basics of
combustion, including how a fire ignites, what a flame is made of and
how burning molecules rearrange themselves.
Sunshine This Month
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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