has been another busy month, not only for us, it seems. I have heard
on more than one occasion that it is as busy or busier than December.
With graduations, holidays, end of
school year and more everyone seems overwhelmed. And if you
throw in a few birthdays and regular monthly meetings it is over the
We had good news this
month, as we were accepted in the grant proposal we were working on
last month. With the wind at our backs, we have struck out again and
this month submitted two more
proposals. With the upgrades and changes in the eTutor program we are
easily able to scale the online learning program to tens of thousands
week I met with a number of international business representatives who
are trying to expand U.S. businesses overseas. While
manufacturing and other products and service organizations attended to
explain their business, I was the only one representing education. I
was surprised at how enthusiastic other nations were about e-learning.
In meetings with representatives from Mexico, Brazil, Japan, India,
UAE, I was able to share with each of them a little about eTutor. Time
did not allow me to meet with everyone....but hopefully there will be
Can you believe that
the month is almost over? I always get anxious for warmer
weather and the opportunity to work out in the yard....but the month
has not given many days for favorable outside work. So
transplanting, trimming and putting in annuals are on hold. It's just
as well...I put in some seeds in a spurt of anticipation very early
this spring...too early...and try as they might, I see very little new
growth popping up through the soil. Needless
to say, I am
looking forward to June.
This month, we
celebrate and remember all our Veterans who have sacrificed so much to
keep us safe and secure.
Have a fantastic
Summer School and Credit
Our phone has been
continually ringing this month. Many schools and districts are
not offering summer classes. Therefore, parents are looking for
ways to keep their student engaged in learning over the summer
months. eTutor offers both supplemental and credit recovery
courses. The eTutor summer session is two and a half months
long. Some classes are quickly filling. If you haven't
done so, you will want to enroll your student
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Learning with eTutor
is essential to comprehension. Students need to apply strategies
before, during and after reading to understand the written word.
word in the Vocabulary section is hyperlinked to the e-Tutor
Dictionary. The words should be reviewed and used in a variety of
ways. Students might use the following ideas to build and extend
Use definitions of words
to create word riddles.
Group words based on
similarities and/or differences.
Draw pictures that
illustrate the vocabulary word.
Play a variation of the
card game, Go Fish. Prepare a deck of word cards with five or more
sets of four related words in each set (the same word can be used
for younger children). Duplicate the cards so that at least each
child has a deck for the game. Try to build sets of like words.
Go beyond definitions in
the dictionary. Explore ways to describe the associations that
cluster around the word.
Choose a vocabulary word
and then answer the following questions: How would a scientist
describe this word? How would a judge describe this word? How
would a poet describe this word? How would you describe this word?
Organize a collection of
Book: Create vocabulary pages for a three-ring binder.
Wall: Display collected words and definitions on a bulletin board.
File: Record words, definitions, and context-rich sentences on
them in a recipe box that organizes the words alphabetically.
should not skip this important section of each Lesson Module. Learning
new vocabulary is essential to learning.
The editing and
updating of eTutor Lesson Modules is continuing.
Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the
eTutor Lesson Library!
Join the eTutor world of learning today to view
the lesson modules.
A perfect solution to keep your
student engaged in learning throughout the summer months.
Summer is the perfect
time for you to create an online component to supplement your regular
instructional program. There is no cost for you to create engaging
instructional modules when you use Lesson Pro. The
easy to use template makes creating online instruction for your
students a snap! Your lesson modules are available to you and your
students to use in and out of an instructional program. Interesting topics from LessonPro this
Applications of Derivatives
Human Digestive System
The Monkey and the Crocodile
Of Mice and Men
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
Blue Cat of Castle Town
by Catherine Coblentz
Ages: 5th - 7th Grades
book is out of print and so the cost is high. However, it is a
wonderful heartfelt story that even adults will enjoy. The
book tells the story of a
kitten born under a blue moon whose destiny was to bring the
song of the river, with its message of beauty, peace and
contentment, to the inhabitants of Castle Town. The book,
illustrated by Janice Holland, was inspired by Coblentz's visit
to Castleton, Vermont in 1946 with her husband, who was
interested in seeing a nearby wind turbine then being used to
generate electricity. A librarian told her of a local girl who
had made an embroidered carpet that hung in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art. Among its motifs, inspired by the natural world
of its creator, was a blue cat. Coblentz, a Vermont native, drew
on real people from the town's history to tell the story of the
blue cat's adventures.
1950 Newberry Honor
Remember that sometimes all of a little just isn't enough.
Listen....So They Will
Listening is an
art that requires practice. Here are some ideas to help you
become a better listener for your child's sake.
attentive. Stop what your are doing as soon as you can and
give full attention. Focus fully on your child's words, using
eyes as well as ears. A youngster may say nothing is wrong when
dejected looks tell you differently. So be sensitive to tone of voice
talk. Eye contact, a smile, a nod and one-word responses
indicate understanding if not agreement. Keep questions brief, open
and friendly, and try to avoid "why" questions. Children
don't always know all the reasons behind their actions and feelings
and open-ended questions won't help.
repeating an important idea your teenager has expressed, but in
tentative way, draws the child out. "It sounds like your
feelings were hurt when she said that. "You must feel very proud
to have done that. Am I right?"
to empathize. Understanding others begins with empathy,
putting yourself into another's shoes. Empathizing with your teenager
may take imagination and patience, but try to focus on underlying
feelings the child may be having difficulty in expressing.
with respect. React to your teenager as you would to an
adult friend. Grownups tend to do most of the talking when
conversing with young people. LISTEN as much as you talk. After
speaking for half a minute or so, stop and let your youngster
have a chance. Accept the fact that teenagers are complainers. Let
them get their grievances off their chests. Try not to interrupt or
push a topic they don't want to discuss.
from National School Public Relations Association
Good Health Covers a Lot
Your child's health
is absolutely critical to success...in every stage of life, in
every endeavor. Parents can manage a young child's health by
seeing that the child receives medical attention, by guarding her or
his safety, and by providing balanced meals and encouraging physical
As a part of growing
mentally, every child must gradually learn to become the custodian of
her or his body by taking on the responsibility of individual
well-being. It's a gradual process, a learning process. No one
can teach a child alone.
Talk openly about
problems related to health.
Provide an example
that values health and well-being. Children learn most from their
families and environment. In acquiring a concern for dental
care, proper nutrition, exercise, preventive medical care, proper
rest, etc., children learn what they live.
safety, especially in regard to drugs, cleaning fluids, and toys.
Adapted from National
Be careful the things you say; children will listen.
Time is the inexplicable raw material of
everything. With it, all is possible, without it, nothing.
The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely
astonishing when one examines it.
wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with
twenty-four hours of the un-manufactured tissue of the universe of
your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions....No
one can take it from you. And no one receives either more or less than
have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it
you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the
evolution of the immortal soul. Its right use, the most effective use,
is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling
actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness...the
elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends...depends on
If one cannot
arrange that an income of twenty-four hours day shall exactly cover
all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one's whole life
from The Public School Administrator
Becoming Effective Writers and Communicators
Spelling serves the writer in recording
ideas, and assists the reader in comprehending the message. The
purpose of learning to spell becomes evident to students as they try
to transcribe ideas into written symbols which can be read by
themselves and others.
Able spellers employ many strategies.
Some students easily internalize and apply knowledge of complex
patterns of print during reading and writing experiences. However, the
majority of students require guidance and encouragement to:
- sustain an interest in language and
a curiosity about words;
- develop confidence as
communicators and writers;
- extend their listening, speaking,
reading and writing vocabularies;
- continually increase their memory
repertoires of common, irregularly spelled words;
- use visual imaging to imprint words
and letter combinations to memory;
- use auditory (sound) cueing such as
rhyming words to spell by analogy or similarity of
Adapted from California
Bd. of Education
The Memory Game
It is truly a joy to remember fun and
satisfying things. Then again, it's really awful top be plagued by
negative memories. The more emotion that is tied to an event,
the more likely it is to be remembered....whether that memory is
accurate or not.
Observe how your memory works as you
respond to the following questions. What do you think of first,
second, and so forth?
- What did you have for breakfast last
- What is the nicest thing anyone ever
did for you?
- What is the song of a
robin? A crow? A swallow?
Tell yourself: "I have great
memory, and it is getting better. I always remember what I want
Adapted from The
Next Step Magazine
Be careful the things you do; children will see...and learn.
Science Toy Maker: This
non-commercial site features projects that use easily-available,
inexpensive materials, and don't require special skills, tools
materials or facilities. Activities are thoroughly tested to work, yet
also have the potential to be improved by creative inventors and
The Grid on
TryScience: 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 Player.
The Mind of
Leonardo: Web site for the new exhibition “The Mind of
Leonardo” at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in
Florence, Italy. Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s mode of thinking and
his unitary conception of knowledge as the effort to assimilate,
through bold theoretical syntheses and inventive experiments, the laws
that govern all of the wondrous operations of man and nature. You’ll
need either Window’s Media Player or the QuickTime player to access
the video elements.
Citizens: This site is chock full of links to research
projects needing your help. This is citizen science: It's your
participation that helps scientists collect and analyze data. Perfect
for everyone from the backyard scientist to the diehard storm chaser.
Harmony: A wonderfully colorful Flash interactive site
containing articles, videos, data, and research to get us thinking
about energy, education, sustenance, health, the earth, flora and
fauna, connectivity, exchange, and coexistence.
all of our Dads a Happy Father's Day!
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