eNews                                          June 2014 Vol. 17-6

President's Message

Happy Summer! Finally we are getting a taste of warmer weather.  We have been experiencing as many warm weather activities as we can....farmer's markets, garden shows, concerts in the park, barbecues, runs, walks and rides.  And I just enjoy a stroll around my garden.  With so much rain this Spring, the flowers and shrubs have burst forth with a fullness that our dry climate has not produced in the last several years.  Why, just this morning I found an unusual large mushroom among the rocks and plants.  I wish I knew is different than what I usually find lurking in the grass. 

Last month I shared with you the benefits of scaling education to large populations of students.  Surprisingly, during the month, the state of Nevada called with a query asking about pricing for an online learning program for all students in the state. While our regular pricing, although lower than most, would still be too high for most states, where costs from traditional programming continues, the cost for a scalable program can be offered at surprisingly low costs.  For instance, the full program at eTutor Unplugged can be scaled for tens of thousands of students quickly and efficiently for just dollars. 

This month we are spending time with family and friends. Sleepovers and cookouts are on the agenda most every week.  It is a relaxing and pleasant time of year.  Each summer a few of us in the neighborhood are selected to house musicians who play in the local summer musical festival.  Last summer I had the pleasure of welcoming a harpist who filled my home with the sounds of angels.  This summer, I will welcome a cellist and look forward to the sounds of glorious music once again.

Wishing you a happy and fun-filled month. 



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Personality can open doors but only character can keep them open. 

Learning with eTutor

Tracking Your Learning:

Although most of your learning with e-Tutor will be online, you will be asked to do some paperwork in most of the lesson modules.  Where are you going to put those papers?  We suggest folders.  These do not have to be fancy…..we use four simple manila folders, one for each curricular area.  As you complete the Activities, Extended Learning, Vocabulary and Resource work, place your papers in the appropriate folder.  Make sure your parent has a chance to review what you have done each day. 
You can ask your parent to print out the report card once a month.  Put these in the appropriate folder so you can keep track of how you are doing.   
Finally, keep track of the hours you study each day.  It is nice for you to be able to see what you have accomplished each day, week and month.  You deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work.


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Writers' Circle

Are you preparing for next school year and want your students to enjoy lessons and content that you have created? Use LessonPro! Use the template at to create online lessons to motivate and inspire your students to really delve into the concepts or skills about which you are teaching.  Interesting topics from LessonPro this month:  

  • The Two Sides of Tension
  • Arithmetic Progressions
  • Successful Time Management
  • Relation Between Electric Field and Potential
  • Introduction to Romeo and Juliet 
  • Basic Aircrew Orientation
  • Mutation 
  • Classical Mechanics

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

   The Book Case            

Jane's Island 
by Marjorie Allee 

Ages:  9 - 12 


Ellen, a college freshman, spends the summer with twelve-year old Jane at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where Jane's father is a marine biologist. The girls enjoy light summer adventures while fishing and picnicking. Jane is a great naturalist and shares much scientific information throughout the story.   

1932 Newberry Honor  Book
This book is best found in a library.

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You can't get lost on a straight track. 


We have made few changes at eTutor Unplugged, making it easier to select lesson modules. Make sure and try the sample student page. The use of tiles to introduce lesson modules makes lesson modules more inviting. We hope you will give us your feedback.

Play Together

It has been said that play is valuable work for children, and if you have ever watched a three-month-old baby intently involved with hand play, you understand why.  The baby examines his hands closely, noticing patterns, colors, shapes, and sounds. Play is meaningful, creative, and  vital component of a child's development. Through play children develop social skills, interact with playmates, resolve conflicts, and express their thoughts and feelings, gain knowledge, and use their imaginations.  They will do this alone, with siblings, friends, strangers, and with you.  From peek-a-boo to marbles to hopscotch, playing with your children will lighten your day. 

Wonderful Ways To Love A Child,  Judy Ford

The 'Helping Spirit'

Helping others is such  simple thing to do. We loved this creative, easy way of helping others.  

Sincethe18th century, fishermen, travelers, and merchants who have sailed through the Galápagos Islands have been stopping at Floreana.  On the beach of this island stands a wooden barrel that serves as an international post-office.

No stamps, no workers, no rules. Just an honor system be which everyone understands that once a letter is dropped into the barrel, every visitor thereafter will check the barrel's contents for correspondence that's headed in their direction. If it is, it travels with that visitor until it is either delivered or posted near its final destination. Though this system can take longer than any other, the letters have always made it to where they were going.

Even in today's high-tech, fast-paced, multi-connected world, the barrel is still in service on Floreana. Some cars reach their destinations in days, while others take months to arrive. Yet no matter where the recipients are located, the system continues to work as it has for centuries....dependent on the kindness of strangers.  

Of course, part of the barrel's attraction today is simply its novelty. But another part is the sense of connectedness and responsibility visitors feel toward one another. They become part of a unique community that's based on helping people. 

And there lies the newest challenge facing the Galápagos post office.  There are more visitors who want to help than there is mail for them to help with. 

Adapted from Seth Godin's Blog

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To avoid criticism,  do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.


Phonics - Old Notions

No issue in the field of reading conjures more emotion than the teaching of phonics. So often the question is often asked, "Do you believe in teaching phonics?" The questioning is always surprising, of course children must have knowledge about phonics in order to read. 

A report comparing the reading achievement of citizens in more than twenty industrialized nations.  Scandinavian countries were at or near the top of the list of those with high literacy rates. Many of those countries don't begin the formal teaching of reading until about age seven.  In the United States, many schools begin teaching reading at five or six years of age.

In selected research over the years, it found that children who begin formal phonics instruction before it makes sense to them become confused.  The instruction is therefore useless and counterproductive. Years ago in my coursework, I was told that formal phonics instruction shouldn't begin before age six and a half.  Maybe it's time for us to revisit some of those old notions about the early teaching of phonics.  

Adapted - Maryann Manning, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Learning to Learn

Some children do well in learning....others don't.  What makes the difference?  Many studies show that one of the most important factors is the way parents or guardians interact with children. That makes sense when you consider that parents have the child for several years before he or she begins a  learning program. Even after school age, a child spends more hours at home than at an educational program.  This doesn't mean that you need to teach your child specific information or that you need to be a professional teacher.  Research shows that one the most important things you can teach your child is to have a good attitude toward learning.

Help your child learn to take an active approach to learning. Instead of providing solutions, help your child find them for himself or herself.  When Jenny faces a new a complicated game or puzzle....point out ways she can use what she already knows to learn new skills.  For example: "This new game is really a lot like (a game the child has previously enjoyed)."

Make sure your children have the basic information they need, then offer support and help as needed.  The best way to help a child learn is to keep adjusting the level of help you offer....that is, don't step in and help until he has stretched a little beyond what he thinks he can handle. But do offer support, encouragement and tips along the way.

For example, if Bobby is trying to learn a new skill, he might become discouraged and demand, "Show me how. "Instead of jumping in and showing him exactly how to do it,  try using this kind of approach:  "Do you remember how you learned to (name a skill Bobby has mastered or a problem he has solved)."  Or, ask questions.  "How do you think you might do that?"  You can also invoke Bobby's heroes, whether these be fictional characters or real-life people:  "What do you think (hero) would do?"

Questions are valuable learning tools because they force a child to think and become actively involved in learning. With older children, you can explain that working out problems for themselves is an important step toward becoming a self-sufficient adult. Asking children of all ages to take part in family problem-solving gives an important boost to their self-esteem.  

As you teach your children how to learn, you are also teaching them how you feel about learning.  If you regard learning as an adventure, so will your children. 

"The Role of Parent Involvement in Children's Academic Achievement" by Janice Bempechat 


Fostering Resilience

Resiliency is defined as the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity. An increasing body of research is showing that most people...especially kids....can bounce back from risks, stress, crisis, and trauma, and experience life success.

When kids are asked who and what has contributed to their resilience, they most often name individual people in their lives first....then they go on to mention activities, opportunities, classes or...occasionally...programs.

The key to fostering resilience is for parents and educators to decrease the number of risk factors students encounter and in turn, increase the number of protective factors or positive environmental, behavioral, and emotional circumstances that buffer kids from the challenges in their lives and encourage them to succeed. 

Adapted from Military Kids and Families Work Group

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Luck is what you have leftover after you give 100 percent.

Links for June:

Peep and the Big Wide World: This site, which features Flash-based games starring Peep and his friends, entices three-to-five-year-olds to explore science. While kids may be having too much fun to realize it, these games will help them learn to estimate distances, mix colors, exercise their memory, and explore basic physics. The site also includes a collection of science resources.

Molecularium: What lives in the nano world? You'll find out here through interactive activities, a gallery, and more! By Rensselaer’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures.

Count Us In: The games on this Web site are geared to younger children, with fancifully-illustrated exercises to help them grasp basic number concepts. Addition, subtraction, and number recognition are conveyed through cartoons of everyday activities such as bowling, boarding a bus, and visiting the beach.

Haring Kids: Making use of cutting-edge animation plug-ins like shockwave and flash, this site creates a colorful and compelling whirlwind of art, with beautiful images from artist Keith Haring.

Atoms Family: The Miami Museum of Science uses a very spooky theme to teach about different forms of energy.

Enjoy this wonderful month! 

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