In The News
                        June 2005   Vol. 8-6

 President’s Message

There is always a June time coming, 
There is always a June time here,
For June time means a good time, 
And a good time means good cheer.  
Your life can never be empty,  
Your heart can never have fear, 
If you know there's a June time coming, 
And always a June time here.

Woman's World, June 1918

My how fast the time is passing!  It is hard to believe that we have reached the mid point in the year.  These long days of warmth give me much more time for contemplation and planning.  The year is shaping up to be a busy one.  We have almost completed the transfer of Brilliant Learning into Knowledge Headquarters, Inc.  The transfer has kept us all busy, with questions and concerns from subscribers, while taking huge leaps toward providing the e-Tutor program to a larger audience.   There is much to do and we often find ourselves, in spite of longer days, without enough time.  So, the extra hours each day, give me that extra cushion to find the best plan to follow.  

During these summer months we will be putting a lot of emphasis on increasing the e-Tutor lesson bank.  There are over 1800 lessons now in the program, we want to increase that by several hundred by the end of the summer.  Each lesson is written by a teacher from around the country.  It is then edited and formatted before being submitted to e-Tutor.  It is a lengthy process, but worth the effort in providing an outstanding curriculum developed uniquely for the Internet.       

As the lazy, hazy days of summer descend upon us, may you find good time for cheer, for friends and family, and for relaxation.  Have a wonderful month! 

Curriculum Writers

Knowledge HQ is seeking Curriculum Writers for summer work.  If you have a college degree and are interested in earning a few extra dollars over the summer months please send inquiries to:


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There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.  There is always something to see, something to hear.

John Cage, Composer 

Learning with e-Tutor

e-Tutor One-2-One

e-Te-Tutor offers the best in online educational programming.  Since 1997 we have continued to offer students the high quality Internet-based curriculum they deserve.  Now, e-Tutor has added another program, giving students and parents a choice between a self-guided program and a tutor-based program.  

The e-Tutor One-2-One Program provides students with a greater range of the outstanding e-Tutor lessons while working with an assigned  tutor.  This addition to our online program provides the strongest program for students to date over the Internet.  Tutors meet with students during office hours  via a private bulletin board to discuss assignments and lessons assigned each week.   The remainder of the week, the tutor is available 24/7 via the e-Tutor email system.  Essays and assignments are submitted through an expanded version of e-Tutor.  Results are recorded in a student portfolio with which parents have access.   e-Tutor seamlessly integrates the Internet into learning by providing engaging educational content, assessment programs and communications tools that connect students, tutors and parents to create a customized online learning community. 

For Students:
  »  An extensive library of lessons created by teachers from across the country 
»  Lessons that range from remedial to advanced, allowing students to work at their own pace and skill level 
»  Immediate results, including scores with explanation of errors on completion of quizzes and tests 
»  Personalized work portfolios provide student progress for lessons, assignments and activities 
  »  Links within lessons that encourage use of Internet resources 
»  A communications center that provides access to a tutor's  home page, e-mail, bulletin boards and buddy lists 
» A personal password that allows access to lessons and activities from any computer with Internet access, from any place, at any time  

For Parents:
»  Active involvement in your child’s educational progress 
»  Links to safe, reliable Internet sites 
»  The ability to view your child’s lessons and scores and monitor assignments, due dates and progress
»  Access to Knowledge HQ calendars and class and tutor's home pages 
»  Communication resources that facilitate contact with tutors and Knowledge HQ, as well as message posting to your child’s message board 
»  Additional family and parent resources 

For Tutors:
»  Access to an extensive library of teacher-created lessons and assessment tools 
»  Tools to customize lessons to meet student's  individual needs are supplemented by Internet resources that are integrated into each lesson 
»  Tools to collect, analyze and archive individual performance data, including quizzes, test scores and assignments 
»  The ability to create home pages for each student and bulletin boards 
»  Student sessions , school calendars and chat rooms created and monitored by you and Knowledge HQ 
» A communication loop connecting tutors, students,  parents and Knowledge HQ

This increasingly popular program has a limited number of slots available for the 2005-2006 school year.  Go to http://www.e-tutor.com/et100/html/ind_subs.htm to subscribe to the One-2-One Program.

Thirty new lessons were added to the 
e-Tutor Lesson Library this month. 
Join the e-Tutor world of learning today to view the Lesson Library.  


Say "I Love You" in Many Ways

  • Spend time with your child doing what he or she wants to do.

  • Give honest praise in the presence of others.

  • Say "I'm sorry" when you are.

  • Forgive when he or she hurts or disappoints you.

  • Take time to LISTEN.

  • Respect your child's opinions.

  • Show physical affection..."did you hug your child to day?"

  • Let gifts be symbols, not proofs of love. 

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If we would be guided by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold. 

Louis Brandeis, Jurist


Comprehension and Reading

The majority of students who come into the Knowledge HQ Center list reading comprehension as their major problem.  Sometimes it is just a matter of helping the student organize the process of reading.  

Reading comprehension involves the reader's efforts to understand what is being read while he or she is reading.  Children who do well in reading comprehension ask themselves questions about the content of a selection as they are reading.  They analyze and modify their interpretations and ask themselves if what they are reading makes sense. 

Self-checking comprehension connects all reading strategies and is an essential part of the reading process.  Strategies such as making inferences, predicting outcomes, visualization and story mapping involve the type of active questioning integral to comprehension.

Children can use the following strategies to solve comprehensions problems.  

  • Reread with a purpose.  Seek the meanings of unfamiliar words or ideas from studying the context.
  • Look ahead in the selection for clues.
  • Question a knowledgeable person (peer, parent, teacher).
  • Continue reading while remembering the question or confusion.  Search for clarification while reading.
  • Adjust the reading rate (slow the pace).

Children may have difficulty self-checking their comprehension for the following reasons:

  • they may not be able to admit they don't understand what they are reading;
  • they may be reluctant to ask questions; or 
  • they may tend to jump to conclusions rather than attempt to logically analyze a comprehension problem.

Adapted from Silver Burdett and Ginn

A Writing Time Line

Instruction in writing begins early and lasts until graduation from high school.  It is a continuous process aimed at making students functional and totally literate in communication skills.  

The e-Tutor Virtual Learning Program places a great deal of emphasis on the development of students' written communication skills.  Exactly how is written communication developed?  What specifics do we look for?

At the kindergarten level children are eager to tell stories.  May it is something they saw or something they did or something they have herd.  We suggest giving them pencils and paper and urging the to write their stories, draw pictures, or dictate what they want to say.  These children believe they can write their stories.  They make "scribbles" and draw pictures.  A parent or older sibling may write some words on a child's story, but it remains his or her story and the child holds it proudly as he or she "reads" it to others.

By the beginning of first grade the children are learning sounds that the symbols of the alphabet represent.  They may write the letters that represent the sounds in a word.  They write what they hear.  They may write "dg" for dog and "awa" for away.  More accurate spelling will come later as their understanding of the structure of the language increases.  At this stage of the process, the emphasis is on developing fluency in recording thoughts and on communicating by the written word.  

By the intermediate grades, spelling, as well as punctuation, have taken on increased importance.  These students are aware of and conform to the rules of form and style.  They are using word lists and dictionaries to help with spelling.  They are also using reference books and resource materials as they learn to write reports, outlines and bibliographies. 

In high school, those writing skills, which began as scribbles in kindergarten are now polished and continually refined as the students use them.  From "talk written down" at the kindergarten level, students in high school, use skills in report writing, creative writing and letter and memo writing so necessary in today's "Information Age."

Adapted from the Master Teacher

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The beauty of the day is found in the heart. 

Thomas Hardy, Writer and Poet


Jump Into Learning This Summer!

Your child learns in many place and in many ways.  As a parent, you have an opportunity to make an enormous difference in how much and how well your child learns.  Using the summer months to expand and enhance your child's skills for learning will benefit your child year round.  Some ideas to get you started might include the following:

  •  Select safe, educational toys...such as those that need to be put together. 
  • Play games---especially those that have educational value, like number games, guessing games, word games.
  • Encourage your child to do projects with other children.  He/she will learn to cooperate and his/her social skills will improve.
  • Take your child on the train, bus, streetcar or airplane.
  • Listen to your child...encourage him or her to ask questions, discuss ideas and tell stories.
  • Select activities that fit your child's level of development, ones that he or she can learn from and enjoy.
  • And be sure to set a good example.  If you are interested in learning, your child probably will be, too.  For instance, set a family reading time or some other organized learning activity and share experiences. 
  • Learning is a skill and like other skills it improves with practice...so give your child the practice he or she needs to develop learning skills!

National School Public Relations Assoication

 You Can Make A Difference!

Parents play a major role in building confidence in their children by encouraging them in these ways:

Be generous with praise
A good rule of thumb is five positive comments for each negative one.  Don't be insincere, but look carefully for things the child does right to comment on first...then approach the negative in a positive way.

Encourage "personal best"
Help your child by encouraging him or her to do their "personal best" in school and at home.  Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect," and learning is not the same as high grades and children like adults must have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them.

Let your priorities show
Your attitude toward education and involvement in the learning process makes a strong and lasting impression on your child.

Keep skeletons in the closet
If you want your youngster to succeed, don't provide such excuses as, "I was never any good at math either."

Show interest in learning activities
Talk about learning each day.  Ask to see learning activities, encourage your teenager to discuss new ideas and defend his or her opinions.  Express your pride in thoughts expressed and skills shown.  Show interest and appreciation.

Avoid pressuring your teen
Pressure results from comparing one person against another.  Inspiring a young person to perform to his or her own "personal best."  Have specific suggestions about how your child can do better.

Help set goals
At the beginning of each month or quarter ask your teenager to identify three or four goals.  (You could settle for just one!) Put the goals where the teenager can frequently refer to them. (Many parents find the refrigerator an excellent spot.)  

Minnetonka Public Schools

Which Students Are At Risk of Dropping Out?

In a paper presented at a convention of the American Association for Counseling and development, researchers pointed out ways to identify early those students most at risk of dropping out of school.  School-related predictors include being behind in grade level, low perceived relevance of school, dislike of school and teachers, truancy and tardiness, non-involvement in activities, suspensions, poor study habits, poor grades and failures, misbehavior in school, lack of basic skills, low motivation, boredom and alienation.

Personal predictors include friends who dropped out, disabilities, pregnancy, depression, lack of goal orientation, poor social and coping skills, drug use, basic needs not met and impulsiveness.  

Family factors include low socioeconomic status, lack of parental monitoring, low parental education level, parental unemployment, negative parental attitudes, family mobility, family conflicts, economic problems and divorce or death of parents. 

School Public Relations Service

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It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. 

S. I. Hayakawa, Educator and Politician

Juicy June Links:

MathNerds:  Created by the Center for Advancement of Teaching, Xavier University, MathNerds isn't a "problem solving" service for all things math. What this site will do is give hints, suggestions and explanations to help your child (or you) figure out math problems. Team members who respond to questions are generally professional mathematicians holding advanced degrees in mathematics. Important: You must read and agree with their terms and conditions before you submit a question. 

POMP- The True Story of the Baby on the Sacagawea Dollar:  Who is that baby on the  $1 (US) coin? This is an ebook about Pomp (Jean Baptiste), son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. Learn about the child and the man he became. Also, discover the decision-making process involved in the design of this coin.

ESkeletons:  Now every student can have their own skeleton to study. View the bones of the human anatomy from different angles. Compare those bones with the bones of a chimpanzee or a baboon. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this resource allows students to access clear, detailed images that they can observe, describe, and compare. Note: for best results viewing this site, you will need to increase the operating memory of your 

Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans:  Although this URL leads to a document in PDF format, with the recent change in dietary guidelines you will want a copy. The newly revised goals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture attempt to guide the public back to reasonable weights and eating habits by stressing fitness, a healthy base of foods, and making sensible choices. Look at revised weight charts, exercise recommendations, then dietary recommendations to see how you measure up and what you can do to improve your chances of living a long and healthy life.

Ancient Egypt -- The British Museum:  Let's hear it for the British Museum. Their staff has created a website dealing with many areas of study of Ancient Egypt. Explore Egyptian Life, Geography, Pyramids, and Time. Find out where writing was used in Ancient Egypt. Shockwave activities are included for each area of study. Check out the Staff area for a complete glossary and descriptions of resources.

Your Sky:  Help your child 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.

Wishing You a Relaxing Month!

From the Knowledge HQ Staff

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