eNews                                            April 2013   Vol. 16-5

esident’s Message 

What a difference a month makes! In spite of a late Spring, we are now enjoying warm, sunny days.  I told a friend that the buds were on the trees when I went to bed and woke up to leaves on the trees.  

Last weekend my youngest granddaughter had her fifth birthday. Her mother planned a party at a rock climbing center.  Not knowing what to expect, I had a lot to learn.  It was a delightful place and more than enough space for children at all levels to climb as high as they could go, use a zip line, scoot down slides and spin on rings. Staff were attuned to short attention spans and watched and manned ropes and guides as the children attempted things that just amazed me. I was worn out by the end of the afternoon just watching the energy these little ones expended.  This is an activity that would not have occurred to me, but one that the young children readily participated in and enjoyed while stretching young muscles. In spite of sugary snacks, later on, none of the party-goers exhibited "sugar highs!"  

Several months ago, I joined a group in conversational Spanish.  Over the years, I have lost most of the Spanish vocabulary I once knew.  Never very fluent, I think it incumbent upon ourselves to keep our minds active and constantly learning. The use of our memory is important for all of us.  While difficult and humbling, an hour or two each week is worth the effort to stir up the dust gathering in my brain.

During the summer months, we do not take a break. Students take summer school and credit recovery courses during these months. Many schools no longer offer summer school.  Companies like ours, are able to pick up where public and private schools leave off.  

Have a great month!


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our students and parents in Oklahoma!


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Teaching is not always bout passing on what you know, it is about passing on who you are.

Julia Loggins

Learning with eTutor


It is that time of year again, when subscribers are telling us about how they used eTutor during the school year.  Although most subscribers are individuals, there are many schools and school districts that use eTutor, as well.  We thought you might like to read comments from one school district. And you may even get some ideas about extending the learning for your child.


I really enjoy eTutor because I think that it helps me to learn faster.  Also, because I think it’s helping me with raising grades higher.  I also think it is an easier way of learning.  I like the way we have our own password, so no one gets in my property.

I hope eTutor stays the same.  I like all the real pictures.  I like studying about new animals.

I feel happy because I like to see pictures because they’re interesting.  I like to find out about oceans.  States very much. 

I enjoy using eTutor because it is easy to use.  It helps kids remember things.  You have to remember your passwords.  I like the way you can get to other web sites. 

I like eTutor because they have a lot of big words that I learned.

I like it a lot because there are a lot of links.

I like the pictures of the creatures. 

I think it’s teaching a lot more than a book.  With a book you can’t press a word and the book tells you about it.  I like this program.

I sometimes don’t like eTutor cause the on the quiz there are hard problems and I get bad grades. 

I like the pictures that are in the screen.  I like the web sites so much, but I wish they had more websites. 

I really like the Art Gallery at the top of eTutor.  I also like how on the study guides they have lots of pictures.

I think eTutor is an enjoying website.  I like eTutor because they teach you more words.  It even teaches you a lot of stuff. 

I feel that eTutor is making me get better grades.  I really enjoy e-Tutor because it is helping me learn what words mean.


We used eTutor for the geometry unit and the kids loved it.  Their favorite lesson was the one on tessellations.  I was able to follow up with an art lesson using the knowledge that they received from the site.  I personally loved the real math situational lesson on remodeling a room in a house.  They had to measure, visit other sites for paint formulas and prices regarding flooring treatments.  It was a multi-task lesson that really made them think.  I had them work in pairs.  We actually have a large bulletin board in the pod on tessellations and scale drawing that was an inspiration from the lessons. 

My experience with eTutor has been a very positive one.  I was able to select many lessons that correlated with our fourth grade curriculum.  Being able to bring my students to the lab four days each week, I delivered much of our science and social science through eTutor.  For each lesson I would have students complete a lesson preview to learn the vocabulary words and to discuss prior knowledge.  As they read through the study guide and web sites, students would take notes in an organizer I provided.  The lesson activity seemed to be the most enjoyable for students.  The variety of activities kept their interest from lesson to lesson.  Those who finished the activity before the majority of the class would complete the lesson extension.  Others could complete the extension at home for extra credit.  For my class, they needed to take four to five practice quizzes before taking the exam.  The immediate feedback is wonderful!

I think my students enjoyed using eTutor.  It worked well because 90 percent of my students had computers at home, which was a big advantage.  Of course, some of the time constraints made it difficult to use as much as I would have preferred.  I did find it useful on several levels.  The resources provided and the opportunity to regulate my students work and progress were very beneficial.  My students were more apt to pay attention to deadlines and seemed more engaged by the computer tests than other forms.  I did find myself using more essay questions however, which was a little more time consuming to grade.  Also, I spent more time adapting the lessons to my classroom than I had anticipated but the resources and background material were very helpful.


Ten New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

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

Creating Web-Based Instruction

Many new instructional content was created this month using the template at LessonPro. Several that caught our eye: 

  • Visualizing Algebra
  • Motion in One Dimension
  • Using Prior Knowledge
  • Web Programming with php
  • Surface Chemistry

There is no fee for using the template. We want educators to begin to see internet learning as the source for all of their instruction. 

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!


   The Book Case            

Jumping-Off Place
by Marion Hurd McNeely 
Grade 4 and Up 

In the early 1900s, four orphaned siblings, the eldest being seventeen, set out to fulfill their uncle's dream of homesteading in Tripp County, South Dakota, and although they face drought, discomfort, and sabotaging squatters, new friends and inner strength help them carry on.

If you loved the Little House on the Prairie, you will love this book too. A beautiful story about a different United States and the strength of character it took to be a settler.

1932  Newbery Honor Book 
Online Edition:

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The flowers of all tomorrows are in the seeds of today.  

Chinese Proverb


Just Ten Minutes!

Leisure-time reading outside school is a key to superior classroom performance, according to a study which examined the reading habits of 155 ten-year-olds. The most surprising finding was not the link between outside reading and classroom proficiency, but rather the low amount of outside reading that is actually needed to better school performance.

Astonishingly, ten minutes a day of outside book reading makes a vast difference, according to the study published in Reading Research Quarterly. Improvement tends to level off as outside reading time increases beyond 20 minutes a day.

Unfortunately most students read very little on their own. Therefore, the study suggests, parents and schools should make sure children have access to interesting books at a suitable vocabulary and comprehension level, and that adults read aloud to them and provide time for reading during each day.

Call Them Love Names

Love names are those little monikers that make your heart melt.  Using pet names like skookums, sweetie-pie, honeybunch, smoochie-girl, lovey, or pookey-poo is like sharing  special, heartfelt secret. Love names tell your child that you enjoy her company...that she is extra special and this is the name you use for only her.  It is a simple, lighthearted way of reaching out to bring your children close, to tell them they are precious and valuable.

Love names tell your children they have a corner of your heart forever. Love names re reassuring and fun. Remember, however, that because love names are terms of endearment they are best used in private.  Never use the name to embarrass or ridicule your child, and it is probably best not to use love names in front of their friends, unless you have checked it out with them beforehand and they truly don't mind. 

If you have ever been called a love name by a parent or grandparent, you know how heartwarming that can be.  Isn't it amazing that no matter how old you are, upon hearing your love name warm shivers run through you and suddenly you feel cared for?  If you haven't already, bestow on your child a special love name now for  lifetime full of gladness.

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

Spring Cleaning

As spring brings out all that is fresh and new, thoughts turn to spring cleaning and packing away our winter hats and gloves. But as we look forward to getting ready for spring, we should not forget all of the progress we have made throughout the school year. It is important to look back so we can see how far we have come. Consider setting up a filing system for your student. These files can prove to be a rich source of inspiration and reflection for any student.

Grade school students may wish to save cherished artwork and see the progress they have made. With a quick flip through their file, they can see how their cursive writing has become neater, how they can read books with chapters, and how their artwork has improved.  Middle school students will be able to track the development of their skills. Simple addition and subtraction give way to geometry and pre-algebra. Essays extend beyond a page; science projects involve complex equations and chemicals.

As their studies become more complicated, students may find their files have grown dramatically in size, an indication of the increasing complexity of their knowledge. They may be surprised to learn how much material they have studied.  High school students may wish to save long English papers which can be revised and turned into college admissions essays. Favorite books can be a source of inspiration; an essay about The Great Gatsby from the 9th grade could be the source of an inspiring AP essay for college credit. Chemistry and biology experiments may be the basis for scholarship applications for science programs.

Over the long run, students can examine these saved files and see how their interests develop. A science fair project from the fifth grade could spark a lifelong interest in chemistry, reflected in more and more complicated projects throughout junior high and high school. History papers about the Civil War can spark an outside interest in re-enactments.  As they look back on these files, students can see how much they’ve improved year by year. The 3rd grade book report about Old MacDonald’s Farm may be a far cry from Animal Farm in 11th grade, but students will be able to see how they have developed into mature young adults with a broad range of knowledge. These school files show students how they’ve grown and where they are heading.


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Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

Gypsy Teague, Writer


A Costly Habit

Decision-makers frequently under estimate the costs of doing nothing, of maintaining the status quo. The price of not changing is often less obvious and harder to quantify than the expense of change.  In an ideal world, improvement and new opportunity decisions are made on a rational basis: cost effectiveness. Accurate estimates of costs and benefits for each proposed alternative must be calculated. The costs are relatively easy to isolate.

But what about the alternative that doesn’t involve change, the status quo option? Under estimated costs of doing nothing include downtime, clinging to outgrown systems, incompatible mixes of old and new programs and procedures, or using outdated procedures.

The demands on education have increased greatly in recent years. Student populations have changed, and community complexity have all increased. Instead of adopting new methods and procedures, some organizations stretch their old systems to accommodate the change they have experienced. Eventually the organization slows down, becomes less efficient or effective, and gives poor service. The costs are public dissatisfaction, more complaints and pressure for privatization.

If an organization prefers to maintain the status quo, it will only change when forced to. This will result in a mishmash of new, old and totally obsolete practices. One way to be prepared for change is to have procedures to respond to new requirements and opportunities......built into the organization. There is no such thing as cost-free status quo.

Adapted from School Administrator. 


Helping Children Cope with Disasters

Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, or has seen the event on television or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur.

Here are some suggestions to help reassure children:

  • Provide factual information about the recent disaster and current plans for insuring their safety along with recovery plans;
  • Encourage your children to talk about their feelings;
  • Re-establish your daily routine for work, school, play, meals and rest;
  • Involve your children by giving them specific chores to help them feel they are helping to restore family and community life; and
  • Praise and recognize responsible behavior.

For more information, visit disaster#4 and parents-teachers.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Though we travel
the world over
to find the beautiful,
we must carry it
with us or we
find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The only normal people are the ones we haven't gotten to know yet..

Harold H.Bloomfield, Physician


Marvelous May Links:
        This month we have focused on games that will interest your student      through the summer months.

Games for Change:  Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. Unlike the commercial gaming industry, the organization aim tos leverage entertainment and engagement for social good.

iCivics:  In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation. Securing our democracy, she realized, requires teaching the next generation to understand and respect our system of governance. iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.

Practomime:  The Pericles Group’s practomimetic courses give students the chance to explore learning as a narrative and as a game. When students explore that way, their attitudes and behaviors change along with their level of knowledge, and they become active learners, on their own mission to use their learning to make the world a better place. The metaphor of a practomimetic course...that by learning the material the student will save the universe–becomes a reality through the power of imagination.

CSI: Web Adventures: Funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institutes of Health the website is a collaboration of many scientists.

Trainer: This game had the honor of winning two awards from the White House as part of Michelle Obama's Apps for Healthy Kids competition. The awards included Grand Prize in the Games Category as well as the GE Healthyimagination Student Award.

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.

Have a beautiful month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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