In The News                                 June 2012   Vol. 15-6

 President’s Message

Congratulations to all graduates this year!  We have been so pleased to hear of the many successes you have achieved.  Whether graduating from Junior High, High School or College, we applaud your efforts.  We wish you much happiness and success in the future and that you will continue to learn from  the challenges ahead.    

We've been busy during the month serving our subscribers and parents, editing lesson modules and preparing for a great future.  We continue to grow in spite of the economy.  While most of our subscribers are those educating their children from home, we have worked with many schools and tutoring agencies and continue to be called back to provide services for them. 

So at this mid-year we wish to thank all of you who have provided support and encouragement to us.  Our mission remains simple, to provide choices for parents and children for learning.  We believe the Internet offers educational solutions that we haven't even thought of yet and that in time it will completely change the way we educate students.   The Internet is still in its infancy and with it comes growing pains and some of the abuses we hear about and many experience.  We are learning to handle this growing giant.  How exciting to be a part of something that few have a chance to be a part of in their lifetime!  And you are a part of this growth and expansion also, as you continue to use and value the services the Internet offers.  We look forward to a dynamic future with our students as the focus with the guidance of parents and educators.  

Without fail, once June descends upon us, cold weather is a long ago memory and indeed we may wish for cooler temperatures again.  We seem to be either too hot or too cold There are times I shake my fist at the weather.  But truth be told, I love the seasons of the year and what each has to offer.  This time of year, my garden is full of blooms.  I hope your life is full of blooms, as mine is.  Have a great month! 



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We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny.  But what we put into it is ours.

Dag Hammarskjold, (1905-1961), Statesman


Learning with eTutor

Parent Participation 
 =  Student Success

If this is your first time using eTutor, you no doubt have many questions about how to effectively guide your student in a daily learning program.  Through the experiences we have had with the many students who have used e-Tutor over the years, we know that parents who actively encourage their students to engage in daily learning activities and take full advantage of  the e-Tutor curriculum, assistance, services, and opportunities are the most likely to be rewarded by seeing their children reach their academic goals.  

Online education represents a new kind of challenge for students. Each student’s and parent’s expectations differ widely, and the eTutor response may not always meet expectations. There are some things all students can expect. Students can expect to be challenged academically. They can expect to not understand everything they experience in an online educational program. They can expect to not always see the relevance of what they are asked to do. But, they also can expect that resources will be available to help them.

Helpful Transition Tips:

  • Empower your student to take the initiative and solve his or her own learning problems within reason.
  • Familiarize yourself with eTutor lesson modules and resources in the event you will need to assist your student in them.
  • Advise eTutor if you or your student experience difficulty
  • Remember that students often change their minds and this is okay
  • Avoid too much advice, too much supervision, solving their problems, and second-guessing your student
  • Stay positive

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   The Book Case            

Adam of the Road 
by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Grades 6 - 9  

This is a story of thirteenth-century England, so absorbing and lively that for all its authenticity it scarcely seems "historical." Although crammed with odd facts and lore about the time when "longen folke to goon on pilgrimages," its scraps of song and hymn and jongleur's tale of the period seem as new minted and fresh as the day they were devised, and Adam is a real boy inside his gay striped surcoat.

Set in England in the early 1290s, Adam of the Road describes the maturation of Adam Quartermayne as he faces a personal crisis and works toward a positive resolution. This coming-of-age narrative shows how Adam’s determination, courage, and perseverance are evident in his quest to find his lost father and stolen dog.

1943 Newbery Medal Winner

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Life is an attitude.  Have a good one. 

Eric L. Lundgaard


Everyday Heroes

Everyday heroes don't let life's challenges bring them down.  Instead, they stay positive and find a way to overcome their obstacles.  Everyday heroes don't always succeed, but they consistently act on the belief that they can do something to improve their situations and those of the people around them. 

  Noah Blumenthal, Be The Hero

Brag About Them

Children thrive on heart-felt praise and recognition from their loved ones, and those who grow up knowing they are valued and enjoyed are more receptive to love; they are comfortable with positive feedback and they can give and receive affection naturally and easily.  Some children grow up never hearing honest words of love from their parents.  They are suspicious of compliments and uncomfortable with positive recognition; they lack self-esteem. Children who are accustomed to constant negativity in the home have difficulty accepting the slightest praise; they get anxious and nervous as though they are unable to let love in.  A child needs to hear that you enjoy being his/her parent. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford

Creativity: The Seed of 
New and Different Ideas

Creativity 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.  

Be familiar with what has been done so as to utilize past discoveries.  This implies that education and research must not dull the creative spirit or inhibit the imagination of the individual.  Cultures and subcultures frequently tend to impose a bias through what they believe they know and may insist on passing down information and assumptions that hinder creativity.  Children need background knowledge but they also need to be taught to ask continually,  What do you mean?" and "How do you know?"  

Accurate information, authenticity and being current are necessities if creativity is to be nurtured with background knowledge.  As one researcher points out, "Tradition gives us a sense of stability and continuity, innovation a sense of discovery and adaptation to new problems...we first start to solve any problem whatsoever by seeing whether we do not already possess the answer...The next step would probably be that of attempting to solve it in terms of knowledge already acquired, that is, through tradition or custom.  If this does not work, then one can either resign oneself to mystery or set up a new hypothesis to cover the matter. The painter, the sculptor, the musician, the scientist, always has the choice of accepting the problems of his predecessors, stating them and solving them in their terms or of perceiving new problems as real and solving them in new terms."  

Adapted from  Public School Administrator 

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Real maturity is the ability to imagine the humanity of every person as fully as you believe in your own humanity.

Tobias Wolff, Writer and Educator


Reading Begins at Home

Reading is an interactive process; it involves combining information inside the head (i.e., prior knowledge) with information outside the head (i.e., the written message) to create meaning.  From birth on, parents can develop a child's prior knowledge.  The development begins with oral language.  A parent can model movements and words for an infant.  Simple activities, such as "pat-a-cake" and "This little pig went to market "will encourage infants to imitate the parent.  Some parents choose to perpetuate "baby talk "by responding to an infant with baby talk.  Natural speech prepares the child for language she or he will meet on the printed page.  The use of natural speech does not negate parental warmth and affection.  Infant attempts to imitate words should be praised. 

As a child begins to talk,, the parent should help the child broaden his or her vocabulary.  Sensory experiences provide opportunities to introduce descriptive words ("This peanut butter is sticky").  Even a mundane outing, such as going to a supermarket, can expand vocabulary ("This is celery," "Look at this big peach").  Simple outings do more than increase vocabulary.  They give a child important background knowledge requisite for understanding stories that the child will encounter in school.  

As the child builds background knowledge through experiences, the way in which a parent talks to the child about the experiences can affect vocabulary acquisition, concept development, and the ability to remember the experiences.  

Experts agree that the most important thing a parent can do to build prior knowledge (requisite for later success in reading) is to read aloud to a child.  Reading aloud is most beneficial when the child actively participates.  Set aside a specific time every day to read to your child. 

Adapted from Silver Burdett and Ginn

It's the Message....Not the Medium

Kathleen was like many a headstrong teenager:  She avoided direct heart-to-heart talks with adults, which flummoxed her mother.  How would Kathleen learn important life lessons?  Whose values would she adopt?  How could her daughter navigate all the influences in her life without a little guidance?  Finally, a solution surfaced.

One day on her dresser, Kathleen found an index card with the phrase "Rules of Conduct" written on the top in her mother's handwriting.  The "rules" were simple:

Think the best of others.
Believe the best of others.
Be considerate of the tender feelings of others.
Listen and weigh matters before speaking.
Do kindness to those in your realm.

Kathleen cringed.  She didn't like her mother being in her room and she didn't like her mother knowing that she hadn't always followed those "Rules of Conduct."  She quickly hid the card in her sock drawer.

Yet the "Rules of Conduct" lingered in Kathleen's memory, and more than once she took the card out to read them again.  In fact, she has the card even today. "That card has moved with me and my socks many times in the years since Mom place it on my dresser," Kathleen says now.  "The card has aged, as we all have, but it is still in my sock drawer."

Shaping our children's character and communicating our values to them can be challenging. But it doesn't have to be complicated.  As Kathleen and her mother discovered, even an index card can do the job. 

Adapted from the  Detroit Free Press

Ready for a Walk?

Walking is a great way to add exercise to your family's day.  With the warm summer weather, maybe your are thinking about stepping up the pace.  Here are some ways to do it:

  • Use a pedometer to measure how may steps each family member usually takes in a day, including regular walks.  To increase math skills and boost exercise - add 200 to 300 steps a day each week for each family member until a daily goal of 10,000 is reached.  

  • Try using walking poles (also called trekking poles) to work more muscles and burn extra calories.  The poles are like ski poles with rubber tips.  They use your arms to help the body keep moving forward.

  • Walking up hills is a great way to tone leg muscles.  Vary the work load by walking up more slowly or more quickly.  Not a hill in sight?  Try stairs.  One study shows that eleven minutes of stair climbing is equal to about thirty minute walking. 

  • Every few minutes, walk faster for a few minutes, then slow down again.

Looking for a pretty setting for a hike? For suggestions, visit the Rails-to-Trials Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization. Once on the site, scroll down to "Find Trails by State."

Adapted from Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Clarity is not a thought process but a way of life.

Keorapetse Kgositsile, Poet and Political Activist

Juicy June Links:

Mr. Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle: This site features an interdisciplinary Web-based project designed for middle school math students to determine how much it would cost to build an Egyptian pyramid today.

MathMol From the New York University Scientific Visualization Laboratory, MathMol (Mathematics and Molecules) is designed to serve as an introductory starting point for those interested in the field of molecular modeling. Includes Hypermedia Textbooks and K-12 Activities. You and your children can make online, interactive jigsaw puzzles. If you just want to access the examples given by the website, feel free to play with the puzzles in many different configurations. If you subscribe (no charge at this time), you can create your own puzzles from images uploaded from your computer.

Global Sun/Temperature Project: Collaborate with schools throughout the world to determine how temperature and hours of sunlight per day are affected by your location and the equator. Involves general science, mathematics, language arts, and geography. They recommend upper elementary, middle school and high school students (ages 11-18). Students will: a) measure the temperature and record the number of minutes of sunlight per day; b) compare and contrast the results; and c) determine how proximity to the equator affects average daily temperature and hours of sunlight. There is NO FEE required to join this project. Sponsored by Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE).

Linear Algebra Toolkit: Tools designed to help a linear algebra student learn and practice a basic linear algebra procedure, such as Gauss-Jordan reduction, calculating the determinant, or checking for linear independence, solve linear systems of equations or transform a matrix to row echelon form. Created by Przemyslaw Bogacki, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Old Dominion University .

These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Happy Summer!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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