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
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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Diligence is the mother of good
fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never led to good intention's
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Learning with eTutor
Are The Basic Math Facts?
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.
is appropriate for students to struggle once in a while with math
problems. This helps them learn from mistakes, practice persistence
and accept challenges.
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)
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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
1949 Newbery Honor
is only one degree of difference between hot water and steam.
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.
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:
- To present or receive information
- To entertain self and others
- To persuade self and others
- To solve group problems, for self
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
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
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.
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
Adapted from Parenting
Ever tried. Ever failed. No
matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Noticing and being grateful for positive things in your life can
boost moods and help dispel negative thinking.
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
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:
that they they will remember ("I never forget a face.");
that the information they remember is useful;
new information using specific techniques (essentially attaching a
"flag" to it) so they can draw it out when they need
the information regularly;
themselves when they get it right ("I knew I'd seen your face
from Next Steps
No When Necessary
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.
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
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 way...you 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.
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
important things to teach a child: to do and to do without.
Cox (1899-1998) Writer
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.
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.
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 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
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
Memory of All Those We Have Lost!
Knowledge HQ Staff
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