has summer gone? Rainy, cold, gray days have filled much of the
last month in my part of the world. My garden loves the weather,
but I am anxious to have a a bit more warmth and consistency.
I'm reminded to watch out for what you wish for, as the months ahead
may be unbearably hot and dry. Nevertheless, I find my mood
changes when the sun appears and actually am more productive.
There must be a study somewhere that confirms this.
During the summer months
my Saturday mornings are spent at the Farmer's Market. I love
the fresh fruits and vegetable. There is also a camaraderie
among the people that frequent these markets that you don't find any
place else. Children sample, parents converse, dogs wander and
everyone smiles with the warmth and friendliness of bringing together
a diverse group of people to enjoy the bounty the land has
wrought. The last few weeks I have come home with
my arms full
of not only wonderful foods, but vegetable and herb plants as
well. My little garden by the side of the house already has
strawberries and peppers growing in abundance. I look forward to
what the rest of the growing season will bring to my
If you are traveling this
summer, don't forget to take e-Tutor with you. We have one
student who accesses the program through his mother's cell
phone. Students benefit by keeping their minds active during the
And what is so rare as a
day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
The Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.
From "The Vision of
Sir Launfal" James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
Happy Father's Day!
- I am
always ready to learn although I do not always like being
Learning with e-Tutor
Does your child know where
Afghanistan is? In what country is Tiananmen Square? What happened there? How are members of the Supreme Court
chosen? What does the Federal Reserve Bank do? With many other
subjects to cover, this area of the curriculum is often
neglected. Yet, Social Studies can be a springboard for all
other learning. In the e-Tutor program, students will find math,
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Students will be able to understand and analyze comprehensive
Analyze the basic principles government.
Analyze the structure and function of major political systems
in the world.
Evaluate the evolution and nature of rules and laws that
govern human interaction.
Analyze the structure and function of various political
Analyze the major political events in the contemporary world
and their impact on the changing structure and function of
Students will be able to understand and analyze comprehensive
Analyze the factors that contribute to economic development.
Analyze the economic interdependence among the world
Evaluate the economic impact of political decisions made by
federal, state, and local governments.
Analyze traditional, market, and command economic systems.
Analyze the basic economic concepts that have traditionally
shaped economic systems.
will be able to understand and analyze events, trends, personalities
and movements shaping the history of the world.
Know the chronology and significance of the major events in
Understand the historical developments leading to the present
similarities and differences among the world's people.
Evaluate the contributions of significant men and women in
Know the chronology and significance of the major social,
economic and political events shaping the American experience.
Understand the impact of urbanization, industrialization and
emerging technology on the world's environment as well as on its
social, political and economic institutions.
Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of world geography.
Understand the cultural and physical geography of each of the
Understand the concepts of absolute and relative location.
Analyze various map projections.
Understand ways in which people define, name and alter
Understand how maps, models and other graphics contribute to
an enriched sense of place.
Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the
social sciences to decision making in life situations.
Understand how individuals and/or groups effect change.
Evaluate sources of information in terms of selective criteria.
Evaluate the costs and benefits of a particular course of
Analyze the interdependent roles of an individual as a
consumer, a producer, and a citizen.
Understand various relationships between the individual and
others in the local community, state, nation and world.
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The Windy Hill
by Cornelia Meigs
of five Newberry Honor Books for 1922, the year the award was
first established, The Windy Hill is the story of
fifteen-year-old Oliver Peyton, who, together with his younger
sister Janet, comes to stay with his Cousin Jasper at his home
in Medford Valley. Resentful at Cousin Jasper's unprecedented
inattention, Oliver is at first inclined to rebel, even
setting in motion a short-lived runaway scheme.
a fortuitous meeting with the amiable "Beeman" and
his daughter Polly,
gives Oliver's thoughts a new turn, and he decides to stay. As
events unfold, the Peyton children become more and more
puzzled by the behavior of the hostile Anthony Crawford,
another cousin of whom they had never heard. Who is this
unpleasant man, and what strange hold does he have over Cousin
Jasper? Could the answer lie in the Beeman's stories about the
history of the valley, and their family?
View an electronic version of
this book @ http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26537
- The most
useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what
Summer Math Fun!
and other family members can influence their student's math
skills. Perhaps you do not realize it but much of what you do
provides a model of mathematical behavior. The best help you can
give your child is to simply make him aware of when and how to use
math. Here are a few activities you can do with your child this summer.
Encourage your child
to play games that involve counting, finding patterns, using
strategy and solving patterns.
Allow your child to
use a calculator and encourage "messing around" with it
to explore numbers, look for patterns, and investigate number
Relate sports and the
stock market to mathematics. The daily newspaper is full of
scores, schedules, statistics and graphs.
Card games provide
excellent opportunities for learning math concepts. Go Fish
and War for younger children helps them recognize numbers and
things that are alike, to group and sort, and to use strategy in
discarding to win. Gin Rummy, Casino, Canasta, and Cribbage
are more complex card games for older children.
Ask you child
questions that require simple mental math. Use questions such
as, "What are two numbers that add up to 7? What number
is two less that 17? Eighteen is twice as big as what
number? Can you name two numbers that multiply to 12 at the
same time they add up to 7?
"Jeopardy" with your child. Give your child a
number and ask him/her to find a question for which the number is
Plan art activities
that use measurement, patterns, and/or geometry.
Plan math scavenger
hunts and have your child look for lists of specific math related
items (i.e., geometric shapes, numbers of items, etc.) in the house,
yard, or in the neighborhood.
Have your child design
and make his/her own math practice games.
The most important thing
is to enjoy math in whatever you do. Have fun!
Adapted from Illinois
Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Keep Your Sharp Tongue in
It's tempting sometimes to
throw a quick, sharp barb at an annoying adversary. During a
neighborhood get-together discussing discipline, for instance, one
parent was fed up with the carping and criticism of a neighbor.
She finally put the whining parent down with this stinging put-down:
"Mary, what exactly is your take on discipline,
Sure, most in the group
laughed, and some laughed heartily. And the gibe got results:
"Mary, that's enough." But she looked so mortified
that others started to feel sorry for her.
That's the way it is with
humor: You can use it on a very close friend who can retaliate
with good-natured insults of his or her own. But pick on a new neighbor who
may not have good command of the language, and you
look like the villain. So before you target someone, consider
become wary of you. Some will feel guilty for
laughing at your joke. Others will worry about being on the
receiving end of some future jest. You could lose friends.
You could be
hurting yourself. If others get wind of your peevish
outbursts, they could mark you as insensitive and not a good friend.
There are perpetual "victims" who seem to set themselves up
to be the butt of other's witty one-liners. It's better to lay
of these easy prey. Remember it is smarter to pick strong
adversaries rather than weak ones.
Adapted from Working
Successful Students Become
Parents and educators
share one common goal...to help each child be successful. Each
one plays an important role in student achievement. Children
learn best when they, their parents and their educators work together. Studies show that the amount of time students
learning a skill directly affects their ability to master it.
Recently, researchers have
studied those who are successful in school. They have found that
successful students share some characteristics. They:
remember facts and
work without stress
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators
are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
- The Seed of New and Different Ideas
dreams or prophesies, highly impossible at the time they were first
suggested, have proved that predictions into the future sometimes
rocket into reality. The creative vision that sees beyond the
commonplace into strange and new vistas of unexplored areas gives the
inventive mind chances to soar.
is replete with inventions that have changed the habits of man because
individuals dreamed and were able to make their dreams reality.
Whetting the imagination may come from innumerable sources, but one
must always possess this ability to imagine; only then can the new and
different be forthcoming. Encouragement of imagination is
needed...encouragement of new and different ideas, new combinations of
materials, new arrangement of space concepts that give originality the
freedom of growth and practice that will only be possible if we allow
students their natural growth.
cannot be taught as facts are memorized but it may flourish under
conditions that give first consideration to understanding the
individual and her/his uniqueness. Aptitudes, including those
needed for creative thinking, are held to be determined by heredity
and by learning. Continual practice of creative aptitudes
develops skill. The talented musician must have hours of
practice in order to achieve prominence. Fluency and flexibility
come as a result of practice and constant use.
from The Public School Administrator
Are Wary About Too Much 'Me' on MySpace
wisdom holds that teens today are a privacy-shunning lot. They
bare their souls on blogs. They post their videos on YouTube and
their photos on Facebook. Their Hollywood counterparts on the
"The Hills" break up and make up and hook up, while
millions watch from their living rooms.
a more nuanced look at the issue suggests that the teenage experience,
no less angst-filled than ever, is still shrouded in a layer of
secrecy...a thinning layer, but one that teens say they're committed
to protecting. With 80 percent of teenagers using the Internet
regularly, and 55 percent of online teens using social networking
sites like Facebook or MySpace, the issue of privacy is one that
likely comes up at many a dinner table. Researchers from the Pew
Internet and America Life Project,
offer parents a bit of encouraging
news: Your kids are listening. Teens
are relatively savvy about it. The messages from media, parents
and others are getting pretty heavy-handed say the researchers.
majority of online teens (66 percent) block some or all of their
profile information so it's not accessible to all Internet users,
according to a recent Pew study on teens and social media. Among
teens who allow their profiles to be accessed by anyone online, 46
percent say they fake some of their information, in part to protect
themselves and in part to be pranksters.
to researchers, privacy is an evolving notion. Teens are wanting
to share more with their peers...a known audience...than previously
seen. But, they are more privacy-conscious in terms of wanting
to control their representation in front of adults. In fact,
teens could probably teach their parents a thing or two (surprise,
surprise) about protecting themselves online. Teens certainly
protect their privacy a bit more than adults do, say researchers.
Anyone who has even a modicum of tech-savvy can track down a
tremendous amount of information about you. We all leave digital
from Chicago Tribune Magazine
Planning Your Future
At the age of forty-two,
George Sand, the famous 19th century French novelist, was a broken and
depressed human being. (She had adopted the male pseudonym to
cover the fact that her novels were written by a woman.) Her
personal life at this time had fallen apart and she was the victim of
severe personal criticism from powerful and influential people in
feeling low and melancholy, she wandered into the woods near her home
were she had played as a child. Seated there on a boulder she
thought over the past, pondered her future, and tried to analyze her
personal situation. After some time she reached a conclusion
that was to enable her to go on and write another 50 plays and
novels. That decision was this:
shall accept what I am and what I am not. With my limitations
and my gifts, I shall go on using life as long as I am in this world
and afterwards. Not to use life...that alone is death."
walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.
Jazzy June Links:
Get your feet wet with this ocean resource that
integrates Edward Lear's book, "The Owl and the Pussycat,"
with Internet activities for K-3 students. Includes links to other
online resources. http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/proj/owl/
you know how many crayons a North American kid wears down by his 10th
birthday? You can find out at the recently redesigned Crayola Site.
You'll also find craft ideas, stories, games, and pictures to print
and color. Be sure to see the teacher section for product and
technique information, educational programs, and more.
Water Science for
Schools: From the US Geological Survey,
this site is for anyone who wants to find out more about the many
aspects of water, from what it is, to how we use it. The site uses
pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center to help convey
information. A glossary and links are also included. http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/
Little Horus: With
its rich history, fascinating culture and famous pyramids, Egypt is
appealing to even the youngest internet explorers. Now there is an
Egyptian web site for children that is both educational and fun. Tour
guide, Little Horus, takes visitors on a whirlwind tour of this ancient
land, where they learn about Egyptian history and geography. This site
features over 300 pages of information and illustrations and is bilingual
(English and Arabic). http://www.horus.ics.org.eg
K-8 Aeronautics Internet
Textbook: NASA's Learning Technologies
Project and Cislunar Aerospace have taken a potentially dry subject,
The Principals of Aeronautics, and created this outstanding
educational web site. The illustrated textbook includes sections on
history, mythology, fundamentals and more. Before "opening"
a chapter, visitors select a reading level, from beginner to
instructor. The text is also available in Spanish. Other highlights of
the site include curriculum bridges, lesson plans, activities, and an
Internet guide. http://wings.avkids.com/
Middle Ages: What
was it really like to live in the Middle Ages? Inspired by programs
from The Western Tradition, a video series in the Annenberg/CPB
Multimedia Collection, this site explores multiple perspectives of the
Middle Ages. Online quizzes and links help make this a useful and
interesting resource. http://www.learner.org/interactives/middleages/
Exploratorium has crafted this memorable set of online exhibits,
articles, activities, features, and links. Don't miss the Sheep Brain
Special Tribute to Fathers this Month!
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