hardship many of our subscribing families have been
facing....flooding, tornadoes and unseasonable weather patterns!
While our hearts and thoughts go out to those families who are
impacted, these abnormal happenings also provide for teaching moments
for our students. There is much information about the
Mississippi River, tornadoes and extra-ordinary weather events on the
Internet (see links below). The opportunity for discussion,
charting, illustrating and problem solving should be on all our
agendas, whether our students homeschool, attend private or public
school or are on vacation.
Like the rest of the
country, the weather in our part of the country, has been
unseasonable. In a part of the country that sees sunshine almost
every day of the year...we have missed the light and brightness more
days than we would like this year. While the rain and clouds
have put a frown on many a face, the gardens and mountain plains are a
beautiful green. The abundance of water has given plants that
normally struggle to reach beyond the soil level a boost and we are
seeing green shoots coming up everywhere (another teachable
moment). So, what is taken away is often given back in abundance
in other ways....the flowers, fruits and vegetables will be
extraordinary this year.
I had one of those 'aha'
awakenings this past week. My three year-old granddaughter was
visiting. I had the radio on in my office and she could hear the
sound through a baby monitor I use when they are here. She was
confused with the sound and wondered where it came from. When I
told her a radio, she wanted me to explain to her a radio. This
is a family who listens to lots of music, but through wireless
equipment. They do not have a television nor a radio. It
occurs to me that radios, televisions, land line telephones and many
other things that we grew up with may soon be antiquated things of the
past. Can you remember when you last used a floppy disk?
Times are a-changing!
We remember, especially
this month, the service our veterans have given to each of
us. Happy Memorial Day!
eTutor has been on the
Internet for fourteen years now. Each year we have published
eNews, sometimes once a month and other years just a few times.
You may be interested in looking at some of our early editions.
It might give you a perspective on how we have changed and adapted
over the years.
your children to discover wisdom rather than expect you to provide it.
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Treasure of Glaston
by Eleanor Jewett
Jr High/High School
This historical fiction book takes
place in the year immediately following the murder of Saint
Thomas Becket (who died in 1170 AD). Hugh, the young crippled
son of one of the knights who committed the dreadful dead, is
left in the care of the Monastery of Glaston, allowing his
father to flee the country in the wake of riots and uprisings
against the nobles who were involved in Becket's death. Although
Hugh is haunted for a time with painful memories of the riots,
he has inherited a love for books from his mother and settles
down rather happily into a position of assistant to the
scriptorium monk where he learns to make the beautiful inks and
dyes used for illuminated manuscripts.
Life gets more interesting when
Hugh teams up with Dickon, a young oblate at the monastery, to
investigate secret underground treasure caves. A mystery unfolds
involving the monastery, King Arthur, Joseph of Arimathea and
the Holy Grail.
1946 Newbery Honor
See things that
haven't been and ask why not.
Their Art and
Hang It on the Wall
Have you ever noticed that all
young children are artists? Creative geniuses ready to bloom
and be discovered. Children can teach us so much about
creativity...just watch them when they paint a picture. They
become completely absorbed in the drawing and put their complete
attention, concentration, and love into that one picture.
They don't worry about what others think...they give it their
Creativity takes many forms.
A four-year-old boy I know can take a watch apart and put it back
together almost exactly the way it was. When his father
discovered this curiosity, he recognized his son's mechanical
ability. He buys old watches and clocks at garage
sales; the little boy loves them better than toys.
With art children learn to solve
problems. When your child is angry, frustrated,
or scared, drawing a picture and telling a story can help him work
it through. Always encourage creativity, for you never know
where it might lead. A top Seattle department store carries
jewelry designed with the drawings of a twelve-year-old
girl. One mother used her son's pictures to make greeting
cards; he now works on movies. A father designed his
business cards using a logo that his daughter had scribbled on
paper. It gave her quit a boost...today she is a graphic
When a child explores her
creativity she discovers her potential. When her potential
is recognized and acknowledged, her future is secured. Frame
their art and suddenly it looks suitable for any gallery.
Hang it on the walls and they are ready to fly.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Childe, by Judy Ford
Math: Traveling Activities
Will you be traveling this
summer? Here are a few math activities that you can do with your
(north, south, east, and west) to give your child a sense of
coordinates. Use street maps to find travel routes and
addresses. Have your child estimate the time of your arrival
and compare that to the actual time it took to arrive at a given
Have competitions when
traveling. Count red cars or see who can find the largest
number formed by the numerals on a license plate.
Have your child practice
record and read the large number on license plates viewed.
Find the largest number in a given time period of travel.
Estimate, then time
how long before a street light changes. Estimate, then count
how many stores are in a block.
Point out speed limits
and distances between towns. Talk about the
time it takes to get from one town to another when you drive at
Have your child check
the odometer in the car to determine distances on a
trip....starting point and ending destination.
Find the differences
between certain distances traveled. Find out how much
farther you traveled on the first day than you did on the second
Practice reading the
numbers on the odometer.
Adapted from Illinois
Teachers of Mathematics
Do you know how to get
what you want from your family and friends without ordering them
around or begging? And do you know how to refuse a favor that
you don't want to grant without antagonizing anybody?
Too many of us don't
because we are leery of using manipulation to gain an end. It's
a mistake. Our daily interpersonal relationships are tailor made
for effective manipulation.
Mostly, it is a matter of
approach and language and the use of the proper skills. Here's
one approach psychologists use that has merit. It's call
DEARMANN and her is how it works:
him focused on what you want.
keeps your both out of a corner and leaves a way out.
is the tone your should use.
over again if the first try falls flat
The point here is to be
effective, to ask for things in a way that brings results, even if it
does take you two or three passes to succeed. In the end, you
are lining up the other's support so that he wants to help you, thinks
the whole thing is his idea.
Adapted from Executive
Don't worry about being wrong, just be
right more often.
at Home: Phonics
In phonics, the child
learns individual letter sounds and how to blend them to form
words. Where the sight approach is visually oriented, the
phonics approach is auditory-oriented. Children learn beginning and
ending consonant sounds, short and long vowel sounds, and rules for
putting these sounds together. They start by blending such words
as "cat," "top," and "mud."
What is so
nice and so unexpected about life is the way it improves as it goes
along. I think you should impress this fact on your children
because I think young people have an awful feeling that life is
slipping past them and they must do something...catch something...they
don't quite know what, whereas they've only got to wait...it all
Novelist and biographer
The part of your mind that plays the
greatest role in achieving the things that you want from life is that
part of your mind that imagines. It is a strange fact, in view
of this, that this part of your mind is the one that is developed and
controlled the least. You spend years developing the part of
your mind that stores knowledge, reasons, analyzes, judges, memorizes,
and learns but almost no time in developing the immense power of your
imagination. Here are some interesting facts about this enormous
personal power and the benefits you will receive by tapping its
Fact No. 1: Your imagination
affects your emotions. Scientists have discovered there is a
kind of "hot line" running from the part of the mind that
imagines to the part of the mind that controls your emotions.
This explains why you can imagine yourself in a frightening situation
and actually get emotionally upset. It is simply because your
imagination is sending pictures directly to your emotional control
center which, in turn, affects the feelings and functions of the body.
Fact No. 2: Your imagination is
more apt to act destructively rather than constructively unless
managed by you. All of your problems in living are rooted in
your imagination. It is the imagination acting negatively that becomes
congested by fear, doubt, worry, and makes you feel inferior, unhappy,
and depressed. It even keeps you from getting along with others
and is the breeding place for jealousy, envy, suspicion and
hate. Letting your imagination run wild can be one of the most
destructive forces in your life.
Fact No. 3: The untapped
power of your imagination is almost unlimited. Psychologists say that,
at the very most, people use only 10% to 20% of their mental potential.
They must certainly be referring to the imagination. Your
imagination is a rich source of ideas, mental pictures, and dormant
forces that yu can use to develo9p0 your life into abundance and
Adapted from The
Public School Administrator
Remember, positive lessons are not always
learned in positive ways..
Peep and the Big Wide World: Look behind all the fun! See
which science and math concepts are being explored as kids play our
online games. If you want to take that exploration into the real
world, we also suggest a few Anywhere Science and Math Activities to
Monstor: Created by Goobo, this site has several games that
students can entertain themselves with. One of the games
What is so fascinating about
bubbles? The precise spherical shape, the incredibly fragile nature of
the microscopically thin soap film, the beautiful colors that swirl
and shimmer, or most likely, a combination of all these phenomena? Why
does a bubble form a sphere at all? Why not a cube, tetrahedron, or
other geometrical figure?
Music: The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) created this site to
share their love of music and are committed to music education, within
the community and beyond. The website, in conjunction with live
performances, provides a great way for people of all ages to hear,
learn, and have fun with music.
Diego Virtual Detective Agency: Presented by the publisher,
Houghton Miflin, the site offers several games that students can play
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.
the Bloom of a
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