- Children have
to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate
Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928
Learning with e-Tutor
This month we want to
focus your attention on the Sciences. e-Tutor offers a broad
spectrum of science subjects. Many are not taught in public and
private schools. Lesson modules in each subject include
age appropriate content and materials and are taught across all grade
levels. Lab work is virtual in the e-Tutor
will understand the composition and structure of the universe and
Earth’s place in it.
Identify relative sizes and positions of bodies in the solar
B. Describe earth
as a sphere in the space and a part of the solar planetary system.
what is known about objects in the solar system.
Students will understand how living things function, adapt and change.
Identify orderliness in nature and the schemes we use to
express this order.
symmetries or patterns in the natural and physical world.
fundamental entities which are useful in expressing the structure of
cycles in which conditions or events are repeated at regular intervals.
organism as a system which can be characterized by the processes of
will understand how living things interact with each other and with
Identify the growth responses of plants under differing
Identify ways organisms adapt to life in various ecosystems or
the relationship of environmental conditions on the diversity of
plants and animals.
how a community interacts with its physical environment.
will understand properties of matter and energy and the interactions
Describe energy/matter and their various forms and
interactions of two or more things and the effect each has on the
how different atoms are categorized.
D. Understand cause
and effect relationships which allow predictions to be made.
Students will understand concepts that describe the features and
processes of the Earth and its resources.
Understand cycles in which conditions or events are repeated at
regular intervals .
B. Understand change
including its rate, stages and mechanisms.
structure and function.
D. Understand force
as push or pull.
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are in their educational progress. Many are graduating, others
are going on to public or private schools and yet others are taking
the summer off and just want to know how they are doing. It
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The Tale of Despereaux:
Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess,
Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo
3rd Grade and Up
Despereaux is a mouse. A very
small mouse with large ears, who lives in a castle in a
kingdom where soup and rats are outlawed. And he doesn’t
like to do mouse things. He’d rather read fairy tales in the
castle’s library than scout for crumbs. One day, he is
entranced by music and finds himself in the presence of the
king and Princess Pea. This one meeting sets in motion events
that lead to a death sentence, encounters with rats, and the
kidnapping of the princess.
The book was the winner of the
2004 Newbery Award. It has been made into a movie that was
released in December 2008.
View a discussion
guide for this book.
- I don't think
much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Questioning Reading Material
choosing books for children the following was recently found in a book
of poetry. Although aimed at boys of the period the guidelines
are worthy today of consideration by all parents:
Read your children's books
yourself. Or better still, get your child to read them aloud to
you. Ask yourself during the reading:
Does this book lay
stress on villainy, deception or treachery?
Are all the incidents
wholesome, probable and true to life?
Does it show young
people contemptuous toward their elders and successfully opposing
Do the young
characters in the book show respect for teachers ad other in
Are these characters
the kind of young people you wish your children to associate with?
Does the book speak of
and describe pranks, practical jokes and pieces of thoughtless and
cruel mischief as though they were funny and worthy of imitation.
Is the English good
and is the story written in good style?
from One Hundred and One Famous Poems (1958)
Get to the Truth of the
When other people behave
inconsistently and are contradictory, we tend to label them as
"two-faced," wishy-washy" or "phony."
Although it's tempting to accuse them of lying or to demand that they
say what they honestly think, such a response usually heightens
tensions and hurts feelings. Instead an informative
confrontation should be used. This is a technique counselors use
to inquire about discrepancies, conflicts and mixed messages they
receive from their clients.
Verbal and nonverbal
discrepancy. You're talking with someone you suspect is
having problems. The person says, "Everything's going
great" (verbal message) and at the same time is fidgeting and
clenching his fist (non-verbal message). Your confrontation might
be: "You say things are great, yet you're fidgeting and
clenching your fist.
Verbal messages and
action steps. Your spouse said he would call someone, yet a
week later reports that he did not make the call. Your
confrontation: "You said you would call, bust as of now
you haven't done so."
Verbal messages and
situation. Your teenager has had problems handling her
current responsibilities, yet proposes a plan for expanding her
role. Your confrontation: "You have had several problems handling the responsibilities you now have. Now
you're saying you want to do more. This will add to your workload. How do you put these two things together?"
Don't assume that someone
giving you a mixed message is being deceitful and respond with an accusation.
Instead, use an informative confrontation to bring to the surface
contradictions that need to be settled.
Adapted from The Pryor
When 'Bad Influence'
At a time when parents on
the whole have never been more involved in their children's
lives...selecting their pursuits, coaching their teams, scheduling
their play dates starting from the crawling stage...it might seem as
though parents could control even who their kids; friends are...and
Maybe at first. But,
as many parents can attest, children have their own way of making
friends and, researchers say, the process is more complex than one
might think and requires the child to master certain skills.
Deciding how to handle the friends you don't approve of should require
some work on your part as well, the experts say. And that work
ideally would start when a child first enters the social world.
Children even very young
ones, choose their friends based on a few core values that actually
don't differ much from how adults make friends, says Steven Asher,
from Duke University, studying peer influence and friendships among
Are they fun?
This starts as young as 2 or 3 and never goes away.
Can they share,
cooperate and get along?
Can they count on each
other for advice and emotional support. This grows in importance
With those core values in
mind, parents and other adult caretakers can do a lot to help their
children make and keep good friends. For example, when parents
sign their child up for an activity based on what the chi8ld is likely
to enjoy, it exposes him or her to others with similar interests and
Adapted from Chicago
- Man's mind,
once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original
dreams. We dream when we sleep, and everyone has daydreams,
wishes, and secret longings as well...children, too. Everybody
thinks about tomorrow. Like you, children imagine how their life
will be. Planning and wishing, visualizing and dreaming are the
first steps toward becoming who we want to be. Dreams and wishes
long to be shared, and dreams shared out loud take on new
dimensions. Sharing your dreams unlocks the door to
sharing a nighttime dream, it isn't important what the dream might
mean. When sharing a daydream, it doesn't matter if it will come
true. What is far more valuable is placing the emphasis on the
sharing, the unfolding, the learning, and mutual insight that
comes. Share your dreams as a way of knowing each other
dream maps works well for this. A dream map is a poster with
pictures and words that represent what you are wishing
for. Cut out pictures and words from magazines that symbolize
what you want for yourself. Make a collage on poster board, hang
your dream maps where you can see them daily, and watch what
starts with an idea, a dream, a vision, and when shared and
encouraged, your children's dreams and aspirations can become a
reality. One night you might wake up to find your child sitting
on your bed, telling you of plans to be an actor. Share your
dreams...they will help you discover yourself and each other in new
and wondrous ways.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
for the World of Work
parents want their kids to find work that will give them a satisfying
and secure life. There are some important things parents can do
during the school-age years that can lead to a brighter
your child to describe her life as an adult. Then have her
research what she needs to do now to prepare for that
career. A student who wants to become a doctor, for example,
needs to take challenging science courses in high school.
your teenager understand that even if he doesn't have a specific
career goal, the decisions he makes now can affect his
future. Insist that your child take challenging
courses, including the higher-level math courses that can make the
difference in whether or not your child will be able to attend
jobs can teach a teenager responsibility. In some
these jobs are a necessary part of the family security. But
make sure your child isn't placing too much emphasis on work and
not enough on school. Most experts feel that teenager should
work no more than 15 to 20 hours a week, and never after 10 p.m.
on a school night.
every young person needs to go to college. But to be
successful, every American worker needs some advanced
training. If your child is not interested in attending
college, find out about vocational schools or other training
courses that offer preparation for a rewarding career.
from American Association of School Administrators
A young woman made an
appointment for an interview with a prestigious corporation.
She asked if she could get into their well-respected training
program The very busy personnel manager, besieged by applications,
said "Impossible now. Come back in about ten
applicant responded, "Would morning or afternoon be
is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Magnificent May Links:
How Far Does Light Go?
From U.C., Berkeley, this debate project engages
students in an examination of the scientific properties of light using
relevant evidence from the Web. It culminates in an informal debate
where groups present their arguments and respond to questions from
other students. The activity works very well as a culminating project
where students have spent significant time learning about various
properties of light through previous instruction." Be sure to see
the extensive project description for teachers for goals, lesson
plans, technical requirements, and more.
Mr. William Shakespeare
and the Internet: Shakespeare has been
dead nearly 400 years, but thanks (in part) to Web sites like this,
his popularity has never been greater. Created by Terry Gray,
"Mr. William Shakespeare" is an annotated, scholarly guide
to William Shakespeare, his works, life, and times. Features of this
outstanding site are a Shakespearean Timeline, Works (synopses of
plays, study guides, canons and more), Criticism, Critical Resources,
a bibliography, and even a Shakespeare Biography Quiz.
1900-1999: This Website extends a PBS
television series that "offers new insight into the turbulent
events of these hundred years through the revealing personal testimony
of the people who were there." Thematic overviews, timelines, and
a teacher's guide all help put the episodes into perspective. Readers
are also encouraged to submit their own stories, which could provide a
broader audience for students doing oral history projects.
Times: "Dateline, Little Planet.
Yesterday, in the meadow at the edge of the Old Forest, two friends
were pulled apart just before they were going to fight. And what the
two friends were ready to fight over was ..." You'll have to
visit this site to find out what made Porky and Dorky so mad. This
original web site encourages kids to read and write with The Little
Planet Times, a newspaper created by and for kids. Top stories
creatively present monthly themes, like conflict resolution. Readers
can find out what's new in the "School Spotlight" or check
out the Entertainment section for movie reviews or sports news.
"Creative Corner" invites readers to view work of others or
submit original poems, stories or artwork.
Art Capades: This
site has easy, fun, educational activities for young students (K-3),
including monolingual Spanish speakers. The site distributes the
activity to the student without linking to external sites. Hypertext
links provide flexible navigation within the application for browsing
and art selection and elaboration.
Roger's Neighborhood: Mister Rogers' Web site includes
articles for parents, activities for kids, and a booklist of stories
that correlate with the television program's themes. A
"sing-a-long" section provides lyrics for the songs on the
television show. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
your month be wonderful!
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