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eNews                                            June 2013   Vol. 16-6


Pr
esident’s Message 

It has been another busy month. Friends and family think that because it is summer, we will have vacation time.  Our activity lasts for twelve months of the year.  We actually are busier during the summer months than during the rest of the year because of credit recovery and summer school courses.  Online learning provides a perfect solution for many students, since they can work at their own pace and have access 24/7.

 

We have spent a great deal of our time this month exploring new innovations in education.  We recently participated in NYC Challenge for Innovation in Education and although we were not one of the finalists, it got our creative juices flowing. We also responded to a request for innovative education programs from the National Science Foundation.  In writing these proposals, we explored data that confirmed what we have seen through the eTutor program -  the trend in the preference to use notebooks and smart phones by students. However, this use is not translating to regular in-school use.  Why not?  The simple answer is cost....but also - security, cheating and lack of instructional content to name a few.  Those of us in online education are not facing some of these same issues.  But it is important to take another look,  if online learning is to take its legitimate place in the education of our young people, we must engage educators as well as students.  So, that gives us concern....and excitement as well. We will keep you posted as we continue to explore creative options.

If you live in India, you will soon see and hear about eTutor Virtual Learning.  Tutors in India will use the eTutor program when working with their students.  We are pleased to work with and assist students and companies throughout the world. 

The summer has just started and our climate continues to hamper some of our students and parents as they deal with hurricanes, flooding and fires.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all peoples in those affected areas.

Happy Fourth of July!   
Let your patriotism fly this month!

 

 

 


Summer Courses Are Winding Down! 

Although it is too late for credit recovery course work, we are still accepting some students for summer school. It is a good way for students to prepare for a new year of learning and keep their brains well-fueled. 

If you would like more information call 877-687-7200.


     

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The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.

Albert Einstein





Learning with eTutor

The eTutor Curriculum

The eTutor curriculum meets National Goals for Learning and Common Core Standards in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, including twenty-three subjects.  It is designed for students from kindergarten through grade twelve and can be adapted for the adult learner. 

eTutor provides age appropriate lesson modules which teach ways to understand more difficult concepts.  When the student approaches a more difficult problem, perhaps in Physics, Economics or Politics, they may recall earlier learning that can provide a way to solve such a problem.  Often students have difficulty linking previous learning to newer concepts.   

The eTutor curriculum is a continuum that begins in the early years and progresses through a life time.  While there is much overlap in subjects, we find it helpful to know that the simple task for the young learner of pushing a truck up a ramp (inclined plane) is a basic concept of physics that he will revisit many times in his educational experience.  Although our students may find the words physics, economics and politics hard to know and understand, we as educators must be aware that these are subjects to be included in any well rounded curriculum.  We want students to have a solid foundation in all subjects in order to meet success in their later learning experiences. 

In Physics for example - Simple machines teach about principals of physics.

In Economics - Most young children play store and, the boys especially, like to play with trucks.  Transportation fits into Economics, as does going to the store. 

Politics - The idea of choice is not new to our young learners and although we might not call it politics, the idea that they might choose one pet over another or one friend out of many, is an example of politics.  Our young children vote every day on things in their every day lives.

As the student progresses through the eTutor curriculum the courses required may be somewhat different than what they would experience in a regular public or private school.  Subjects are integrated across the curricular area.  For instance, Algebra is often labeled….pre-Algebra, Algebra or Algebra I and II, or Advanced Algebra.  In the eTutor curriculum, algebraic concepts are taught throughout the subjects, Computation, Estimation, Data Analysis, Measurement, Ratio and Percentage, and Geometry.  eTutor recommends Algebra at the eleventh grade, as the course covers the basics to calculus. 

Curriculum Development
Knowledge Headquarters has developed a unique and innovative model for creating the eTutor educational content.  The company launched LessonPro at www.lessonpro.net in 1999 as a new and promising application for writing online K-12 educational coursework. The purpose of the web site is to promote the highest standards for Internet-based instructional content to the educational community.  Teachers from across the nation write lesson modules using the LessonPro template and can use their lesson modules, without cost, for their own teaching. Only those lesson modules that meet the standards of excellence for eTutor are used in the eTutor Program.  The result of this innovative approach to curriculum development is a curriculum that is rich and varied, where each lesson module has its own voice. 

 

Eight New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

Over 3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
the lesson modules.  

www.etutor.com


Creating Web-Based Instruction

Writers continue to submit interesting and engaging lesson modules. Just a few this month: 

  • Polymers
  • Economic Markets
  • Expressions and Equations
  • The Processes of the Water Cycle
  • The World of Solids
  • Lateral and Surface Areas - Volume
  • Methods of Proof

We hope you will take the opportunity to use LessonPro.  There is no fee for using the template. We want educators to begin to see internet learning as the source for all of their instruction. 

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!

www.lessonpro.net
admin@knowledgehq.com
877-687-7200

 


   The Book Case            

Thimble Summer
by Elizabeth Enright 
Grade 4 and Up 
              

A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet's father. Garnet can't help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman, for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways.

1939  Newbery Medal Winner 


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We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.  

Madame Curie

 

Persuasion

 If you are talking to someone who doesn’t usually react favorably to new ideas, consider these approaches:

  • Shape your idea so that it meets with approval by your listener. If your listener has to get approval from someone else, it may never happen.
  • Discuss the idea with your friends and others who might be affected. If your listener says, "Others won’t like it," note that you have obtained support of friends who might be affected also.
  • Find some guidelines or policies that will support what you want to do. Some people love to follow someone they perceive is more important than the two of you.
  • Explain how the change will help both of you get where you want to go faster, easier and perhaps cheaper.
  • Show how the change will make everyone look good and more reputable.
  • Use language and terms that your listener understands and will inspire him or her. If possible, relate the change to something that is one of the listener’s goals or objectives.
  • Use illustrations and examples to persuade.
  • Offer three reasons why your idea should be accepted. Two may not seem like enough and four may be too many.

Adapted from Communications Briefings, Vol. 8, No. 5


The Joy They Bring

Parenting is hard but children are a joy. When you love a child, it changes you!  You have a new focus. When you become a mother or father, you have a new role and a new responsibility. Fortunately parenting is a two-way street...you walk together, as you take them by the hand, they take you by the heart.  You give to them and they give to you. And although parenting is demanding, intriguing, frustrating, frightening, and confusing, children are joyful, entertaining, enlightening, and heartwarming. We show them the ways of the world, and they show us the ways of the heart.  We try to love them unconditionally, then we forget, and make demands.  We want them to succeed, we push and have expectations, but, even so, our children forgive us and love us unconditionally.

You can choose to focus on the difficulty or on the joy, but when you concentrate on the special delights, the little heart-melting moments of raising a child, you realize what a magnificent path you have chosen. 

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


Fine Arts for a Fine Education

Summer is a wonderful time to catch up on some of the fine arts activities that are so often skipped during the instructional year.  After all most of the greatest human achievements in the history of the world are in the arts.  Think of the Mona Lisa, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the Taj Mahal, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake.  

A civilization is often defined by its arts.  Think of the Egyptians and you think of the pyramids.  The French boast their left bank artists; the Germans, many fine composers; the Russian, superb corps de ballet.  We communicate with one another through the arts; the arts hold a society together.  

How does a new generation tap into the vast treasure of artistic expression in the world and in its own society.  Certainly, a home environment that strives to enrich the lives of its children helps.  Trips to museums, concerts and plays are a good start.  Playing different kinds of music, encouraging children to read classics or to notice nuances of architecture also help.

But there is little question that a formal education in the fine arts is necessary as well.  In the primary grades, students sing songs (music); create watercolors (art); dabble in play acting (drama); and write compositions (literature).   By high school, their understanding of those subjects can become more sophisticated as they study the theory and history of art and music. 

Another benefit of studying the arts is that they can serve as a doorway to understanding other disciplines.  Experimenting with shapes and forms on paper helps a student better understand geometry as well as space, dimension and balance.   There is a relationship between reading music...a symbolic, numerical system of notation...and math.  Art also teaches students to be more astute observers, a skill that will help them them study science. 

Even if your child never becomes a great artist or musician, it is important for him to find a way to express what is in his heart.  The arts will give him that opportunity.  For children and adolescents, who particularly strive to find their identity and their relationship to the rest of the world, the arts are an important vehicle of self-discovery. 

 

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Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller

 

What a Language!

  • A flock of ships is called a fleet.
  • A fleet of sheep is called a flock.
  • A flock of girls is called a bevy.
  • A bevy of wolves is called a pack.             
  • A pack of thieves is called a gang.           
  • A gang of angels is called a host.

  • A host of porpoise is called a shoal.

  • A shoal of fish is called a school.
  • A school of buffalo is called a herd.
  • A herd of seals is called a pod.
  • A pod of whales is called a gam.
  • A gam of lions is called a pride.
  • A pride of children is called a troop.
  • A troop of partridge is called a covey.
  • A covey of beauties is called a galaxy.
  • A galaxy of ruffians is called a horde.
  • A horde of rubbish is called a heap.
  • A heap of oxen is called a drove.
  • A drove of blackbirds is called a mob.
  • A mob of worshippers is called a congregation.   
  • A congregation of theatergoers is called an audience.
  • An audience of peacocks is called a muster.
  • A muster of doves is called a flight.
  • A flight of larks is called an exaltation.
  • And if there are starlings it's a murmuration.
  • A murmuration of bees is called a swarm.
  • A swarm of foxes is called a skulk.
  • A skulk of pigs is called a stye.
  • A stye of dogs is called a kennel.
  • A kennel of cats is a nuisance.

Boston Sun

 


Smiling....Did You Know....?

  • There are eighteen different kinds of smiles?  The most revealing is the smile of enjoyment.
  • It takes thirteen muscles to smile and fifty muscles to frown?  So avoid facial wrinkles....smile
  • Your face is your billboard to your philosophy of life?
  • Laughter boosts the immune system by decreasing the level of cortisone, an immune suppressor in the body?
  • Hearty laughter speeds up the heart rate, raises blood pressure, accelerates breathing, and increases oxygen consumption?
  • Charles Darwin claimed that emotions can be intensified through facial expressions?  So smile!
  • Laughing for fifteen seconds adds two days to the life span?
  • Laughing one hundred times a day is equal to a 10-minute session of rowing?   So, why sweat when you laugh?

Laughter Works Newsletter, Vol. 2, Spring 1990

 


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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

      

Jumping June Links: 
This month we have focused on math games that will prepare your student for another year of learning.     .


KnowRe:  No one is born being good at math, it has more to do with how you build your skills.  KnowRe is designed to make sure you understand concepts which you have learned in the past, so you can better apply them in the future.  Anyone can build sand castle if you start with the right sand.  Everyone has the potential to be great at math.
https://www.knowre.com/

Fraction Planet:  This is a game-based curriculum, with instruction and assessments, for mastering fractions at any age. Students can play Fraction Planet on a PC or tablet and on a parent's computer or smart phone. Fractions are recognized as one of the biggest barriers to student achievement in math. The games are highly motivating learning experiences that have proven validity.
http://www.fractionplanet.com/

The Lost Function - A Math Game:  The game, developed by Advanced Training & Learning Technology, LLC is an innovative 3D, adventure quest style video game used for pre-algebra/algebra assessment, learning, and remediation. Pi and the Lost Function™ can be used for self-directed, independent learning; and as a mathematics remediation tool. The game’s learning process model includes strategies and instructional techniques that effectively integrate student assessment with precisely focused interventions. The game includes an embedded Intelligent Tutoring Agent (ITA) to monitor student performance and initiate interventions upon detection of a deficiency. The ITA presents the student with guided practice problems, videos and narratives accessible in the game via a “pop-up” virtual learning tablet.
https://www.atltgames.com/nyc-schools-gap-app-challenge/

Reasoning Mind:  Students in grades 2–6 learn mathematics on a computer, guided by powerful artificial intelligence that adjusts to each student based on his or her own needs. Reasoning Mind’s world-class curriculum prepares students for higher-level courses, builds critical thinking skills, and changes the way students think and feel about math. The curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards.
http://www.reasoningmind.org/guest/

Abbey Explorer Math Worksheets:  Great for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. Generate custom worksheets for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. Scratch board for students to work out the problem. Automatic grading and star ratings. Track progress and review completed worksheets.  Create pre-made worksheets to be taken later. (i.e. Create a week's worth of worksheets so your child can practice everyday.) Printable PDFs (along with answer keys).
http://www.abbyexplorer.com/OurApps/MathWorksheets.aspx

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.

Sail away this month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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