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.
World, June 1918
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
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
is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is
always something to see, something to hear.
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.
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
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
Access to an extensive library of teacher-created lessons and
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.
"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.
sorry" when you are.
Forgive when he or she
hurts or disappoints you.
Take time to LISTEN.
Respect your child's
affection..."did you hug your child to day?"
Let gifts be symbols,
not proofs of love.
we would be guided by the light of reason, we must let our minds be
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
- Look ahead in the selection for
- Question a knowledgeable person
(peer, parent, teacher).
- Continue reading while remembering
the question or confusion. Search for clarification while
- Adjust the reading rate (slow the
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
- they may tend to jump to conclusions
rather than attempt to logically analyze a comprehension problem.
Adapted from Silver
Burdett and Ginn
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
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
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
beauty of the day is found in the heart.
Hardy, Writer and Poet.
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
- Play games---especially those that
have educational value, like number games, guessing games, word
- 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 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
- 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
Can Make A Difference!
Parents play a major role
in building confidence in their children by encouraging them in these
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
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
Your attitude toward education and involvement in the learning process
makes a strong and lasting impression on your child.
Keep skeletons in the
If you want your youngster to succeed, don't provide such excuses as,
"I was never any good at math either."
Show interest in
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
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
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
Students Are At Risk of Dropping Out?
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.
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.
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.
Public Relations Service
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.
Hayakawa, Educator and Politician
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.
You a Relaxing Month!
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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