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|Just because it is summer,
does not mean that our students should take a vacation from
learning. Summer learning can be more experiential and
hands-on. Students can learn a new sport, a new art form, plant
a garden, plan a bike race, create a skateboard park, plan a trip,
develop a travel brochure or document birds and insects in their
neighborhood. Let their imaginations soar. You will be surprised
at their capacity for creating something new and different.
Summer also provides parents an
opportunity to change schedules and practices. Our days need to
flexible enough to adapt to our child's summer activities. Much
of what keeps us occupied during the rest of the year, can wait during
the summer months. If we are relaxed, our children will gain
more from a summer devoted to learning, as well as
Wishing you much happiness this month.
Don't forget to check out the resources and links at Homeschool
Corner. You will find interesting
information by reading through some of the postings on the
bulletin board. Homeschooling is a growing phenomena.
Students who are homeschooled have proven their expertise in
national spelling and geography bowls. They are being
accepted in top ranked universities and colleges throughout
the country. e-Tutor is a favorite educational program
for many homeschooling families. Learn more about the
homeschooling movement at Homeschool
trouble with the future is that it keeps getting closer and
The e-Tutor Report Card
One of the important features of
the e-Tutor Program is reporting student achievement. If
you have not been printing these out on a regular basis, you will want
to take time now to review the feature and print out reports for your
student. e-Tutor sets up individual portfolios for each student.
The report cards can also be emailed.
After logging in to
e-Tutor, using your unique ID
and Password, select
"Report Cards" on the menu at the left side of the
screen.. To review student progress, click on a curricular area
tab (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or
Social Studies). You will find a report similar to the one
below. This is a report for Science.
The table lists the lessons the student has
accessed. These can be reviewed by clicking on the title. Quiz and exam scores
may also be viewed by clicking on a given score.
In the example above, Carl has read the
first lesson but has not completed the quiz or exam. In the
second lesson he has taken the quiz several times. Each time he
takes the quiz the scores are averaged. In this case his scores
In the example below, John has taken a
quiz for the second lesson and his scores are going down. In the
third lesson he has taken an exam and received 80 percent. This
is the default score for quizzes and exams. We put a check mark
by the score if it is equal to the default. If it is higher
there will be a smiling face. If it is lower there will be a
In the example shown above, the student John Smith has read the
lesson "Antartica" but has not completed the quiz or exam. In the
event the student was not seriously thinking when taking either the quiz or
exam, you may clear the scores so the student can take them again.
To print the report card, click on the printer icon next to the
words "Print Report", located on the top of the page. You may also have the
report e-mailed to you. To receive the report card by e-mail, your e-mail program
MS-Outlook, Netscape communicator, etc.) must be able to read HTML code. Please
refer to your e-mail program help section on how to enable HTML emails.
The book icon, under the "Study Materials" column, will
launch a separate window that will list additional study materials on the topic of the
lesson as they become available. This feature has not yet been
activated. You will receive a message explaining this if you
click on the icon.
e-Tutor has many features that
stimulate and enhance learning for students. It was years in
planning and is continually being upgraded and improved
Summer is an ideal time
for students to begin exploring lessons at e-Tutor. Summer
learning opportunities keep important learned skills and concepts
Ten new lessons were
added to e-Tutor this month. Subscribe today for your child!
is not an act. It is a habit.
Your child's health is absolutely
critical to success.....in every stage of life, in every
endeavor. You can manage your child's health by seeing that
your child receives medical attention, by guarding her or his safety
and by providing balanced meals and encouraging physical
As 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 is
a gradual process....a learning process. No one can teach a
Through adequate education in health,
we can provide our children with:
- Opportunities to clarify values and
attitudes about health that develop a sense of personal health
- An understanding of growth and
- Pride in developing and maintaining
- Access to reliable
counseling....opportunities to discuss problems with an adult who
is interested and knowledgeable.
- A critical attitude toward health
services and products.
- An interest in health and safety
aspects of their daily lives.
- Needed information on the crucial
health problems we encounter.
art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.
Whether you have one especially vexing
problem to resolve or many small ones, you can ease the
decision-making process. Here's how:
- Consider all the
alternatives open to you. Look at both the negative and
positive consequences of each alternative.
- Base your decision on the
outcome you are seeking and your personal philosophy.
Otherwise, whatever the merits of your decision, it will add
little to the big picture.
- Take the feelings of those
involved into account. When family and friends know you do
this, their responses to unpopular decisions are often
- Realize that your decision
must please you, not necessarily enhance your popularity.
- Once you have considered the
information, make your decision in a timely
fashion. Procrastination can be costly.
- Announce your decision with
- Act on your decision without
waiting for praise to validate it. You can't always count on
- Remember that not all
decisions will prove to be successful, even though you based them
on the best information available. But no decision is
irrevocable; new paths can be charted. The success of what
you have planned, not just one aspect of it, is what counts.
Adapted from Executive
Female, Connie Sitterly and Beth Duke
Tips on How to Tip
With summer here, many of us have
planned much deserved vacations. I'm always in a quandary about
just how much is enough. Your own common sense is probably just
fine, but in the event you need some help, here are some suggestions:
- Bellhop. Tip $1 per bag
if your bellhop shows you to your room or takes your bags down
when you check out. Tip more for heavy or large bags.
- Concierge. Tip only for
certain services....such as making airline or restaurant
reservations or getting tickets for a show. Tip either when
you are serviced or before you check out.
- Doorkeep. Tip $1 or $2
if the doorkeep carries your luggage and 50 cents to $1 for
flagging a taxi. A tip is not required for opening a car
- Maid. One dollar per
night is the suggested tip for a maid. Leave the tip in a
- Parking attendant. Tip
$1 or $2 when your car is delivered.
- Room-service. Tip the
room server the same as any restaurant server....15 percent of the
bill. If a room service charge is added, still tip.
This is not a gratuity. (Check the bill to see if a gratuity
- Musicians. Tip
strolling players $1 per request; a small band combo, $2 or $3;
larger bands, $5.
Adapted from Resorts
can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to
learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as
long as he lives.
the Key to Good Writing
Although we are taught early in school
to edit our writing, it usually consists of grammatical and
punctuation errors. Some of your children or students may be
writing to Universities for entrance or to employers seeking
jobs. Experience shows that few people know how to write well
and even fewer understand what it takes to edit their own copy.
These general editing suggestions may help you and your students:
- Put your work aside for a while
before editing it. if possible, allow 24
hours to pass before looking at it again. You will view it
with a fresh perspective.
- Edit only typewritten or hard copy
that is double- or triple-spaced. This format invites you to
- Be completely brutal with your first
draft. Nothing should satisfy you. Delete.
Substitute. Rearrange. Insert.
- Be especially critical of the first
few paragraphs. You probably had not warmed up at that
- Look for special problems in any
section you wrote while bored or tired. The section
just before the close often needs careful editing for
- Read aloud for content and
style. When it comes to detecting errors, the ear is more
efficient than the eye.
- Keep a list of errors to help you
improve. Often you will find the same types of errors
appearing....and studying the list should help you
eventually eliminate them.
Adapted from Communication
to read begins at home. Just as your children naturally learned
to talk by following your example, they may naturally learn a great
deal about reading before they ever begin a formal reading program. Even if you are not familiar with the
technical side of
reading instruction, much of what you do with your child at home
parallels and reinforces good reading instruction. Following are
pointers on helping children of all ages improve reading skills:
- Read aloud to them. Stretch
older children's understanding of words and ideas by reading
stories that are on their interest level but slightly above their
- Have them read to you.
- Ask questions.
Thought-provoking questions stimulate the curiosity needed for
success in reading.
- Talk about events, especially past
and future events. This requires the child to use his memory
and reflect on experiences, which in turn helps him to learn about
concepts and build vocabulary.
- Practice phonics. Have small
children label objects such as the clock, dresser, chair, curtains
and toys to help relate the sound of the word to the written
word. Teach rhymes and alphabet songs. Beginning
readers can point out letters and words on signs, food cans and
cereal boxes. All children like to find the letters in their
- Let them practice their
- Make wise use of the TV set.
Educational programs can encourage learning.
- Visit the library.
- Take them other places. Go on
trips, walk in parks and visit museums and zoos to provide good
background knowledge for reading.
- Use records and tapes to provide
variety to reading activities.
- Give books or magazine subscriptions
as gifts. Also, allow your child to subscribe to their own
magazines. Children love getting their own mail.
- Set regular reading
- Let your child choose her own
reading materials. Even if you disapprove of an occasional
choice, allowing your child this freedom encourages reading as a
leisure activity, which encourages more reading.
- Set an example.
Adapted from Becoming
a Nation of Readers: What Parents Can Do
A Soldier's Prayer
I asked for
strength that I might achieve....I was made weak that I might learn
humbly to obey.
I asked for help that I might do greater
things....I was given infirmity that I might do better
I asked for riches that I might be happy....I
was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the
praise of men....I was given weakness that I might feel the need of
I asked for all things that I might enjoy
life....I was given life that I might enjoy all
I got nothing that I asked for....but
everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers
were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed!
This prayer was reported to have been
found on the body of a Confederate soldier, killed during the Civil
War. Its true origins, however, have never been
person who makes the 'impossible' possible is the true special
the Rod, Spoil the Child?
Most parents want to raise their
children to be responsible, caring members of society. In order
to attain that end, they must soon or later use some form of
discipline. The question of what constitutes appropriate
childhood discipline is the subject of widespread debate among
educators, parents, doctors and society as a whole. The parent
as implementer is often caught in the middle. Spare the rod and
spoil the child? Or indulge the child with unending kindness and
patience so as not to damage the psyche?
Experts tend to agree that physical
punishment is harmful to the child and,
moreover, does not accomplish
its apparent objectives. A better course of action, they say, is
to use physical reinforcement, rather than punishment. Physical
reinforcement may mean hold a child back from something or physically
moving the child from one place to another, but it never means
striking or shaking the child.
Experts also agree that rewards can be
just a fruitless a method of discipline as physical punishment.
Constantly rewarding a child for good behavior simply establishes in
the child's mind a belief that she or he need not behave unless
something specific is offered in return....something the child desires
more than misbehaving. As time goes on, the rewards a child
demands for behaving properly can become quite unrealistic.
Adapted from the National
Your Sky: Working with map skills? Help your students build a sky map. This
program lets you choose a nearby city, or enter your latitude and longitude, to find out what is in the sky presently. Using fairly
easy-to-use controls, you can then manipulate the data to find a star map for the next
night or the next week.
Eyewitess: The theme for this website is "History through the eyes of those who
lived it." Until modern times, this entailed reading portions of diaries
and other writings. For modern history, hear audio clips of famous speeches, entertainment of the era, and news clips. The snapshots allow
you to view the times in a whole new way.
Yahooligans Almanac: Yahooligans teams up with Infoplease.com to provide a pint-sized almanac
of facts for younger students. Categories range from Animals to World, with
information on the body, language, and sports.
Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation: Part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, this center
can inspire students with stories of inventors and the history of inventions. Centerpieces
features online exhibits about science and technology in the textiles industry, Thomas Edison, the electric guitar, and the quartz watch.
Articles about modern day inventors are available in Innovative Lives.
Make a Weather Station: The interest in storm prediction is much more than simply academic in southern Florida, so this
handy educational site from the Miami Museum of Science doesn't need to add incentives to the
online study of home-based meteorology. The heart of the site is a series of illustrated instructions
on how to build basic weather forecasting and measuring instruments from simple items found
around the house and similarly constructed and equipped experiments to demonstrate and
observe the properties of moisture, air pressure, temperature and wind.
Learn about the conditions that are present when stormy weather is in the forecast.
Plants in Motion: If watching plants move is your idea of a good time, here's your chance to go to town watching
your favorite blossoms grow, twist, respond to light and gravity, and germinate in a series of ten
time-lapse films (QuickTime format) from the Department of Biology at Indiana U. There are also
printable flipbook movies, tips on making time-lapse
films and sample laboratory exercises.
FireWars: This Nova program looks at wildfires and how they work. There is a
fire-growth computer model, used to simulate conditions such as wind speed and direction. A virtual laboratory lets you explore the basics of
combustion, including how a fire ignites, what a flame is made of, and
how burning molecules rearrange themselves.
Braillebug: The American Foundation for the Blind created an age appropriate site
for students to learn about braille. Under games, students can see what
their name looks like in braille or figure out words with a braille alphabet close by. Students can also change the colors on this website
to make it easier to read.
Enjoy a June!
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