we are having a stretch of warmer weather. What joy it is
to get out for a walk, to hear the sound of birds and the warmth of
the sun. I am enjoying planting flowers and replacing shrubs,
During the month I have
spoken with several people, who are willing to listen to me, about the
benefits of scaleable educational programming. Traditionally we have
thought of education to be necessarily in the hands of a teacher with
a student or group of children. While one on one education is no
doubt the best, I like the possibilities offered by an educational
program which is scaleable to hundreds of thousands of students.
We have the technology to do such a thing. However, we have to
view schooling as something different than what it is today. With
exceptional use of present-day technology, we can offer students
throughout the country, indeed, the world, a first class educational
program based on high standards, outstanding content and of
high-interest to students. While there are pockets of innovation going
on around the country, these still consider the classroom as the place
of education. If we begin to look at learning space as different,
perhaps we can view a future educational system that addresses the
needs of all students, no matter the state, city or neighborhood they
come from. Today's learning space consists of a school and classroom
with teacher. Why are we still bound by this tradition?
We are failing a majority
of children we purport to educate. Over the last many years, our
work has been to provide students and parents an alternative to
traditional schooling. With the onset of our latest program, eTutor
Unplugged, we have released instruction from the constraints imposed
by current techniques and programs. No matter what community or
circumstance a students comes from they can access quality instruction
over the internet.
Levels playing field
for all students
Aligned to academic
others, peers, mentors, educators
Less expensive than
So, time and space seem to
be the stumbling blocks of such a program. Are classrooms really
necessary? What role, if any, would teachers play?
Administrators? We need to trust student desire to learn in order to
get past traditional thinking regarding schooling.
Consider that ninety-five
percent of young people have a very powerful micro-computer in their
hip pocket or purse. These young people are proficient in the use of
technology and the programs such technology offers. Yet when they go
into a school/classroom, they are asked to put these aside and go back
to a way of schooling from yesteryear. We can do better. We must do
The month has been one of
remembrance, from Mother's Day to Memorial Day. We have so
celebrate, so many to thank and so many to remember. May we not
forget what has been given us by so many. Enjoy a beautiful
summer school and credit recovery courses 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.
Special pricing is available for a two and one half month program.
you would like more information call 877-687-7200.
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To be able to fill
leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
Learning with eTutor
It is that time of year,
when students and parents are looking for ways for learning to
continue through the summer months. Online learning has become a
wonderful choice where traditional summer school is not offered or
where an alternative to regular schooling is desired.
The student role is one
that can change and evolve as a student progresses through the
curricular levels. Starting as early as possible, students should
begin to take responsibility for their own learning. This means
applying oneself to his or her studies in a focused and serious
manner, working hard, becoming engaged in the lesson modules and
activities, exploring their personal interests, improving areas of
academic weaknesses and capitalizing on individual strengths.
should consider that an online course requires additional time and
effort. Time management is essential. Online courses are definitely
more convenient and flexible, but are in some ways more demanding.
Students should plan on spending twenty (20) hours a week working on
their lesson modules for a full curriculum and 8-10 hours a week for a
supplemental program. At a
minimum, students are required to login and perform work in their
online lesson modules at least five times a week, dispersed throughout
the week (i.e., not five visits in one or two days.
should verify to parents their ability to pursue online learning by
stating that they are:
highly motivated, and self-disciplined.
e-Tutor and send email.
Able to manage
their time wisely.
Always able to
finish what they start.
We continue to
edit eTutor instructional content to make it more adaptable for
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
As educational programs
break for summer, it is an ideal time to create online instructional
lessons for the next school year.
the template at lessonpro.net
to create online lessons to motivate and inspire your
students to really delve into the concepts or skills about which you are
teaching. Interesting topics from LessonPro this
- The Art of Listening
- Variables and Expressions
- How To Solve Liner Inequalities
- The Bluest Eyes
- Completing the Square
- Voices of North Carolina 1861-65:
Call to Arms!
- Common Themes Across Cultures
- Hook Sentence
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
String in the Harp
by Nancy Bond
Ages: 9 - 12
In an ideal blend of absorbing
fantasy and realistic fiction, A String in the Harp tells the
story of 12-year-old Pete Morgan who, on a visit to Wales, finds
a harp key that shows him scenes from the life of the ancient
bard Taliesin. Set in both present-day and ancient Wales, this
Newbery Honor title has become a contemporary classic.
what happens to three American children, unwillingly
transplanted to Wales for one year, when one of them finds an
ancient harp-tuning key that takes him back to the time of the
great sixth-century bard Taliesin.
When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened
your learners engaged during the summer months. At only $1 per
lesson module, it is a rare opportunity to experience the broad
range of instructional content from eTutor.
The Good Life......
Washington Irving once wrote:
"Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." His
insight leads to the realization that without expectancy, we lack
purpose. Achievers, in particular, exhibit this attitude of
expectancy. This shows itself most forcefully in the way they
minimize their losses. They do not grieve over failures or what
might have been. Rather, the achiever looks around the corner in
anticipation of the good things that await him. All he has to
do, he believes, is show the determination to get there. He
rejects the notion of "can't." As a result, he is able
to open more doors than others, strike better deals and attract more
energetic and resourceful people to work with him. He sets
higher standards and gets others to help him meet them. He wins
confidence and nurtures vitality in others. He expects to
succeed. When combined with desire, expectancy produces hope.
And hope makes all things possible. Living the expectant life is
simply an act of good judgment.
The Making of An
Achiever, Allan Cox
The Value of Play
Everyone senses on some level that the
ability to be spontaneous and to play is a basic need and an important
characteristic of healthy human beings. However, not everyone
can channel this force for ultimate health and happiness.
Unfortunately, learning to play is something we must do as children;
if we do not learn how to play as a youngster, often it is a skill
that cannot be learned as an adult. Teach your child how to use
her brain, body, emotions and imagination as vehicles for celebrating
her higher self. When you teach your child to play, you are
showing her the path of intellectual, social and emotional
transformation...a path which ultimately leads to self-actualization!
For our young children, everything they
do is learning. Adding fun to the doing and learning will make
even the tedious seem like a game. The more your child plays and
does, the more opportunities, she has for finding favorites.
Imagine if you will, what would have happened if Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart's family had never set him on a piano bench and place his
little hands on the keys? Nothing. What a loss that would
have been for the world. One of your most important jobs as a
parent is to find out what natural talents lie within your child.
When a child is born, he has over a
hundred billion brain cells. Through play, trillions of synapses
develop connecting these hundred billion cells in the brain.
Each time your preschooler plays a game, listens to music or stories
from picture books and interacts with you, new synapses develop and
the child's intellect is enhanced. Play, although it sounds
simple, must be taken seriously. Play is your child's work!
Adapted from The
Playful Preschooler, Instructional Fair
Youth is the trustee of posterity.
Disraeli, English Prime Minister
An Investment That
Will Not Return Void
Sure, the stock market may
continue to fall or your new car could break down. There's
even a good chance that the expensive French shampoo you purchased may
leave your hair dry and lifeless. Many investments can leave you
wondering why you ever invested the time or the money.
Believe it or not, there
is an investment that will not return void. In the words of
Garrison Keillor, "Nothing that you do for children is ever
wasted." The stories, songs, chauffeuring, dance classes,
soccer coaching, model cars, recitals, concerts and lessons and even
the sleepovers....are investments of time and care that will reap a
lifetime of fullness and value for the child who benefits.
Adapted from School
Public Relations Service
Your Child From Crime
children of all ages are victimized by crime. You can help make
sure your child stays safe. Following are some tips from a book
on ways to protect your child:
your child comes home to an empty house after school, have him or
her empty the mailbox. Most burglaries occur during the day,
when the house is empty. A full mailbox tells a burglar
there is no one home.
sure your child knows how to find a police officer or other
responsible adult when necessary. The authors say they spoke
with one child who believed that police automatically show up when
there is trouble. Good sources of help are store clerks,
outdoor work crews or anyone wearing a uniform.
children to avoid back stairs, deserted buildings and secluded
not to frighten your children or be overly anxious yourself.
The authors note that making children overly fearful can do as
much long-term damage as a brush with crime.
Ways to Protect Your Child from Crime, Jerry Simmons and George
When reading orally,
children must not only decode the printed words on a page, they must
also communicate the author's meaning to others by varying the voice
volume, pitch, phrasing, pauses, tone and reading rate. When
reading orally, children must understand what they are reading in
order to communicate the meaning successfully. As a result, the
regular practice of oral reading boosts children's comprehension,
producing gains that will transfer to their silent, independent
reading of fiction or nonfiction.
Oral reading also provides
opportunities for those not reading to sharpen their listening skills
and become active, involved listeners. Some activities to
increase oral reading skills:
Sentences Aloud. Have your child read a passage
silently. Ask questions and direct him/her to locate and
read the sentence that has the answer.
Play records and tape recordings of poetry, prose and plays.
Encourage discussion of the way the speakers use their
voices to convey meaning.
Have your child choose a reading partner. Alternate the
partners as readers and listeners.
One Minute or Less
Oral Reading Fun. Provide daily opportunities for your
child to read orally, such as reading notices, signs or
Choral Reading and
Play-Reading. Select poems, dramatic scenes from
stories or story description to rehearse for choral
readings. Model the chosen selection. Have your child
choose a part to practice reading orally.
Reading. Tape or video record plays, choral readings or
radio dramas that your child has prepared and practiced.
Adapted from Silver
The teacher, whether mother, priest or schoolmaster, is the
real maker of history.
Marvelous May Links - Inventions:
Step-by-Step Collaboration: Find out how to make millions of
cool things such as a pinball machine table and a 3-D scanner! You can
also add your cool projects to the site.
Power Play: A fun online game
to "capture power" by putting together some crazy virtual
machines. You'll need the free Flash Player.
The Grid on Try Science: What's
"grid computing" and how can it solve huge problems like
finding a cure for cancer? You'll learn through several online and
offline activities available on this site. You'll need the free Flash
Invention At Play: Play
exciting interactive games and learn how play connects to the creative
impulse of inventors. This site was developed by the Lemelson Center
at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in
partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota. You'll need the free
First Flight: This visually
attractive site explores the Wright brothers' first flight. You can
check out the experiments that lead to the successful flight. The site
includes a flight simulator that requires the Shockwave Player.
want to hear from you even during the summer months! Happy June!
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