In The News                                 May 2012   Vol. 15-5

President’s Message

Transforming online teaching and learning for K-12 students throughout the world. The new vision statement is the result of preparation for the quality assurance review for accreditation. The month was busy in preparation for the review. After two days of questioning and examining from the outside, four-member, certification team, we were re-certified for accreditation.  All aspects of the online school were questioned.  Although the standards for the review focused on traditional schooling, the strong protocols in place for the eTutor program were accepted.  We are pleased to give students and parents the assurance of high quality education that eTutor offers as a result of going through the accreditation process.   

In spite of an end to schooling for many at this time of year, learning continues to take place.  Some of our students take this time for a breather from school work, while others are just beginning or continuing on.  What ever we chose, the process of learning goes on.  Some of what we learn is not useful, while other learning will find a place in our memory to be called upon to connect with future learning.  It is important that the skills and concepts that we have learned are not put to rest for too long.  It takes a period of time to refresh our skills and get back on track again.  For that reason, we encourage students to continue some form of academic work during the summer months.  Recall how difficult it is for you to resume life after an extended vacation....mail, laundry, cleaning, etc.  

The flowers in my garden have surprised me with their vibrancy and abundance this year.  It is a joy to stroll through and see what new bud has popped since the previous day.  For a period, I had a family of birds 'renting' a spot on my front door wreath.  They have now flown off and a new family has taken up residency in my hanging basket.  Their songs throughout the day cheer me and are a reminder that all life is precious.  

                           Enjoy a beautiful month.


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  • Are you looking for a program to keep your child involved in learning over the summer?
  • Does your child need a refresher course? 
  • Would you like to try online learning for a short period of time?

Registration for Summer Course Work is taking place now.  Continued learning over the summer months keeps student minds active and there is no learner gap when they return to studies in the Fall.    

If you would like more information call 877-687-7200.


 Our Connected Community! 

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Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention's goal.

Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote


Learning with eTutor

Where Are The Basic Math Facts?

eTutor's curriculum calls for the quick recall of basic facts by children at the end of third grade.  Learning of these skills is done best by teaching students about numbers in relation to everyday life activities and not exclusively by rote drills and memorization.  Their math horizons are expanding to include problem-solving skills, ratio and proportions, algebra, geometry, measurement, data collection, analysis and estimation.  eTutor challenges students to balance a strong knowledge of basic skills with the ability to solve day-to-day math problems with confidence.  

It is appropriate for students to struggle once in a while with math problems.  This helps them learn from mistakes, practice persistence and accept challenges. 

Numbers and operations on numbers play fundamental roles in helping us make sense of the world around us.  Operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as the ability to find powers and roots, extend the notion of numbers to create tools to model situations and solve problems in our everyday lives.  Discussing and solving problems related to budgets, comparing prices on merchandise, understanding the nature of interest charges, measuring fuel consumption and calculating the trajectory for space travel would all be impossible without a sense of numbers and numerical operations.  All people must develop this sense of numbers and operations and be able to use it to solve problems using mental computation, paper-and-pencil algorithms, calculators and computers. (from eTutor Goals for Mathematics)

Eighteen New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

More than 3200 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
the lesson modules.

Writers Unite!

Do you enjoy writing?  Are you looking for ways to earn a little extra this summer?  Have you got topics of interest you want to teach to your students and share with others?  Summer is the time when Knowledge Headquarters expands, rewrites and improves upon the instructional content of e-Tutor.  

If you are interested in being a part of our Circle of Writers login to and sign up to write lesson modules.  Every lesson module you create can be used by you and your students.  Knowledge HQ reimburses writers for exceptional lesson modules that follow our guidelines and will add value to the e-Tutor program.  For more information email:

   The Book Case            

My Father's Dragon 
by Ruth S. Gannett
Grades Pre-school - 2nd 

Although it was written more than 50 years ago, My Father’s Dragon succeeds in keeping today’s readers intrigued and involved in the story.  It is an exciting read-aloud for younger readers and will also keep adults entertained. It is inspirational to see how Elmer thinks “outside the box” to get through some sticky situations.  Elmer is clever and brave although he does disobey his mother to go on his adventure.

Despite a few scary moments, this story is a beautiful one, highlighting the excitement of exploring new worlds and making new discoveries.  Throughout the story, Elmer comes to know himself better and what he is capable of handling.

My Father’s Dragon is a classic that should definitely be on your child’s bookshelf so it can be read again and again.  (Online at Gutenberg Library)

1949 Newbery Honor Book

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There is only one degree of difference between hot water and steam. 

Author Unknown


Summer Reading

Your involvement in your child's learning should not cease during the summer months.  To keep reading skills sharp, a child should read for at least fifteen minutes a day. Reading also can be built into everyday activities. A child can help a parent prepare a meal by reading recipes to the parent.  Locating names, emergency numbers, or ads in the newspaper or magazines requires reading. While grocery shopping, your child can find specific items on shelves or read label information.  A child can read a restaurant menu to the parent.  If the family is planning a vacation, your child can read maps and tour guides.

Finally, parental involvement means instilling the values of self-discipline, hard work, and responsibility in your child.  It means an emphasis on the importance of education and learning. 

  Adapted from Silver Burdett and Ginn

Communicating - Learning and Listening

Human beings live together in order to help others and to secure help from others.  To do this, they must communicate. When we examine all of the reasons why human beings communicate, we find they include:

  1. To present or receive information
  2. To entertain self and others
  3. To persuade self and others
  4. To solve group problems, for self and others

Good communication skills help us become more direct, concise and clear in presenting our ideas and in listening to the thoughts of others.  Length of discourse does not measure success; it is the productiveness of the conversation or the clarity of the explanation that really matters. 

Adapted from The Public School Administrator

When Your Child Won't Talk to You

Remember when you had a toddler who never stopped talking and asking questions?  There were days you probably wished you could wear earplugs, just  to get a little peace and quiet.  Then, almost overnight, your child clammed up.  Or perhaps he was a little on the quiet side to begin with, then bloomed into a full-fledged introvert. 

A common side effect of not being little anymore, the tween and pre-tween stage, talking with a parent may be the last thing on your child's mind.  Try things your child likes... playing video games, watching cartoons, reading comics...things you may not normally do.  Seek common ground with your child.  When talking about these things you can slip in something else. Try to notice other times your quiet child seems receptive to conversation...such as a car ride or working on a project together. 

Just remember to let your child start the conversation...and then  to listen without judging or jumping right in to offer advice.  Even if your child complains about friends or school, don't dismiss what he is saying or try to talk him out of what he is feeling.  Let him know you are actively listening, or say something neutral.  You want your child to know that you really do get what he is trying to tell you.  

Adapted from  Parenting Magazine 

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Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.

Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho


Add Joy to Your Life

The secret to happiness, like the secret to success, has long been studied and debated.  What makes one person happy could well stress out someone else (take skydiving, for example).  Still, psychologists and other researchers find that some activities and mind-sets appear more than likely to increase joy and contentment.  Here are some to try:

  • Help others.  Doing things, both large and small,  for other people obviously helps them, but research shows it can also increase your happiness. 

  • Share a laugh.  Not only is laughter the best medicine, it brings people together, increases joy, and counteracts conflict and stress.

  • Take time to play.  Playfulness helps anyone of any age be more resilient, happy, flexible, and creative.  

  • Strengthen social ties.  Close relationships with family, friends, and coworkers are a key factor in happiness. Tell others how much you appreciate, respect, count on, and love them.

  • Do something you enjoy.  It doesn't matter if it's a hobby you've been doing for years or something you've never tried but have always wanted to attempt.

  • Become more resilient.  Your ability to bounce back from adversity, relationship problems, trauma, serious health problems, or work and financial setbacks is called resilience. Accept that change is part of life.

  • Be grateful.  Noticing and being grateful for positive things in your life can boost moods and help dispel negative thinking.  

  • Seek support.  Self-help and support groups, books, online resources, and mental health professionals can offer ideas about how to find more joy. 

Adapted from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Life Times

How Disciplined is Your Memory?

It is truly a joy to remember fun and satisfying things.  Then again, it is really awful to be plagued by negative memories.  People with undisciplined memories will recall things randomly.  They may also have trouble remembering specific things when they want to.  People with disciplined memories:

  • Believe that they they will remember ("I never forget a face.");

  • Believe that the information they remember is useful;

  • Integrate new information using specific techniques (essentially attaching a "flag" to it) so they can draw it out when they need it; 

  • Review the information regularly;

  • Congratulate themselves when they get it right ("I knew I'd seen your face somewhere.").

Adapted from Next Steps

Say No When Necessary

Of course there are times when you must say no.  As a child grows and learns about himself, he needs to know the guidelines for his behavior and will look to you for direction.  You must be willing to set the limits.  

A nurturing parent says no in a clear, honest way, finding the right time and taking care not to shame or embarrass.  To be able to say no appropriately, you must practice emotional honesty, which means following the same guidelines yourself that you set for your children.  

Use your no as a gentle tool for teaching and guiding.  Thoughts, feelings, and wishes are okay, but undesirable behavior is not.  Avoid being overly permissive, allowing your children to do whatever they please.  When your children are misbehaving, they need your help to get themselves under control.  Strive for agreeable limits and creative individualized solutions.  You are not being mean when you discipline this are doing your child a service.  Remember that the goal of discipline is self-discipline.  Children feel an inner freedom and security knowing they have learned to guide themselves...a strength they will surely need to be fully functioning adults. 

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

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Two important things to teach a child: to do and to do without.

Marcelene Cox (1899-1998) Writer

Marvelous May Links:

A Sunken Ship's Tale: The Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History proudly presents ‘A Sunken Ship’s Tale’; an archaeology game for kids and young adults. This interactive online archaeology game is based on the discovery of the wreck of the Elizabeth and Mary. Kids will experience the discovery of actual artifacts found on this famous shipwreck and gradually unearth a secret buried within this archaeological treasure.

Cyberchase:  A fun math related game is available every day at Cyberchase. Use the show to reinforce a concept you are learning. Pump up math skills and have a little fun at the same time. Take the poll (and apply your knowledge of graphs) or have a peek at the next day's show.

Cartoonster:  This site has tutorials that provide step by step instructions for drawing and animating. Techniques are simple and can be done with no special materials. The site is totally flash-driven and full of examples that make sense.

Low Life Labs:  Low Life Labs is an imaginary environment where cockroaches, ants, and similar creatures are studied. Robots are then built using the knowledge gleaned from these creature's natural adaptations to their environment.

Surf Swell Island :  The Surf Swell Island site is a quiz-driven adventure game. Internet safety material is presented in a series of three games, each featuring a classic Disney character and focusing on an area of concern: privacy, viruses, or netiquette (guidelines for behavior on the Internet). Each of the three games is followed by a mini-quiz reinforcing what was presented in the game. The final quiz brings together the content from the first three games and answering correctly will give you access to a collection of fun Surf Swell-themed activities located in the password-protected Treasure Palace.

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.

In Memory of All Those We Have Lost!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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