strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung.
Whitman (1819-1892), Poet
Learning with e-Tutor
Last month, we shared with you the
Language Arts goals and objectives for the e-Tutor Virtual Learning
Program. e-Tutor lesson
modules focus on the
essential skills and concepts necessary to be successful
learners. Below are the goals and
objective for Mathematics, including the subjects of Computation,
Ratio and Percent, Measurement, Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis and
Estimation. The lesson modules are age-appropriate and include
information and skills that are necessary for success in
learning. It is important to note that at the high school
level, the e-Tutor lesson modules cover Calculus, in Algebra, and
Trigonometry, in Geometry.
Students will be able to perform the computations of addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers,
integers, fractions, and decimals.
Read, write and name numbers in several different ways.
Perform operations with numbers with and without a
Translate word problem situations to mathematical expressions
or sentences and solve.
Apply computational and problem-solving skills to common life
Students will be able to understand and use ratios and percentages.
Construct and solve proportions.
Apply ratios and proportions in real-life situations.
Interpret percents in various settings.
Apply percents in real-life situations.
Students will be able to make and use measurements, including those
of area and volume.
Measure in a variety of contexts using appropriate units.
Relate lengths, areas, and volumes in common geometric
Convert measurements within one system and from one system to
Apply selected measurement systems, instruments and
Students will be able to identify, analyze and solve problems using
algebraic equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs.
Describe general patterns with expressions, equations, or
Solve simple equations and inequalities and interpret the
Translate verbal descriptions into algebraic expressions,
equations, or inequalities and vice versa.
Evaluate, solve, and apply formulas with and without
Perform operations with algebraic expressions.
Students will be able to understand and apply geometric concepts and
relations in a variety of forms.
Understand simple geometric figures and patterns of
relationships in two and three dimensions.
Apply symmetry and transformations.
Apply the concepts or congruence and similarity.
Apply formulas and construct arguments and proofs to solve
Define common geometric figures and use deductive reasoning to
relate properties of those figures.
Students will be able to understand and use methods of data
collections and analysis, including tables, charts and comparisons.
Interpret data from an experiment.
Interpret tables, graphs, charts, arrays, schedules,
experiments, and surveys reported in media sources.
Construct tables and graphs to indicate selected trends or
Understand commonly used summary statistics.
Design and conduct an experiment or survey using sampling.
Students will be able to use mathematics skills to estimate,
approximate, and predict and to judge reasonableness of results.
Estimate present and future values from graphs or numerical
Apply intervals as estimates.
Apply problem-solving procedures to solve or suggest a solution
to a given problem.
Use mental arithmetic to estimate results of computations.
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by Eric Carle
Ages 4 to 8
Except for catching flies and
changing colors occasionally, this chameleon doesn't find life
very exciting. When a surprise visit to the zoo makes this
wistful lizard realize it can change its shape and size as
easily as its color, it ends up wanting to be like all the
animals in the zoo at once......with hilarious results.
this book to find out what happens this day to the chameleon.
Sharing Summer Reading
Summer reading is
invaluable for our children. Sharing books with others
encourages children to develop an independent reading habit while
motivating them to read about people and subjects that interest
them. The following ideas for sharing books are intended to
encourage children to express ideas in artistic and dramatic form.
These are wonderful ways for children to share with their parents,
siblings and friends what they have read.
Dress up as one of the
book's main characters and tell the story from his or her point of
Recreate the setting
of a favorite scene by constructing a diorama or a detailed
Make a puppet of their
chosen character and dramatize his or her role in a specific scene
from the book. Or, create two or more finger puppets and
have them act out a story scene.
Create a sculpture of
a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay,
sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other objects.
Construct a mobile to
illustrate the characters, setting, conflict and solution of the
from Ginn and Co.
is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.
Buffett, Investor and Business Leader
Delight in Silliness
you be a silly-willy or are you too far gone? If you can't act a
little goofy once in a while, it might just be that you've grown so
parental you've become disconnected from your mischievous, playful
side. It could mean that you've forgotten about having fun in
life. Are you more than likely to be slightly cranky? Or, worse
yet, are you on the verge of becoming terribly bored and boring?
Are you a workaholic?
your children often see you laugh? Sadly some parents squelch
their children with too much seriousness, mistakenly equating teaching
responsibility with always being stern and hardworking. Perhaps
they don't know that silliness is a natural way of burning off excess
energy after learning a new task or feeling a strong emotion. If
you find yourself giving lectures about the good old days, you're
stuck in a rut. It's probably time to take a leap forward, let
your hair down, and see another point of view.
you've been feeling a little weary and have started noticing the frown
lines across your brow? If this is the case, you might need the
therapy that only a child can deliver: jump on a trampoline and
read Dr. Seuss out loud for starters. Ask yourself, "When
was the last time I goofed off?" "When was I slightly
foolish?" Yesterday, last week, last year: It's never too
late! If you find yourself full of negativity and worry that
nothing is going your way, stop to play a silly game with your child
for just a half hour. Try Simon Says, or follow-the-leader, or a
game of Crazy Eights. If doing it for yourself is not compelling
enough, do it for her....let her see the child in you for a change;
she'll be delighted.
silliness to your breakfast with cinnamon toast, hippopotamus
pancakes, and orange juice tea through a straw. At noontime slurp
root-beer floats and gobble heart-shaped mashed banana
sandwiches. For your silly dinner try veggies and fingers dipped
in peanut-butter sauce and sip hot chocolate soup. Silliness is
you've become a stodgy, old crank, ask a child to teach you to
play. When feeling uptight, worried, or in a stew, pause for a
silly moment; think silly, act silly, walk silly, talk silly. If
you're hopelessly out of practice, look to your child for a cue; you
won't find a more willing coach. Your child's laughter is the
best remedy for what ails you.
Wonderful Ways to Love A Child, Judy Ford
In Your Home!
To help your child
understand the importance of mathematics, it is necessary for parents
to talk about mathematics and identify how it relates to all aspects
of life....at home, at work and at play.
can help your child succeed in mathematics by......
Being positive about
your own and your child's mathematics ability.
Discussing with your
child the importance of mathematics in his/her daily life and
pointing out examples of how people use mathematics in daily
and objects that make mathematics interesting and fun at
home. Such as:
Constructions Sets - blocks, tangrams, attribute blocks, Legos,
puzzles, model kits, Etch-A-Sketch
oriented Books and Magazines - maze books, Highlights
Measuring Objects - measuring cups, rulers, protractor, compass,
tape measure, scales, balance, clocks, watches
Newspapers and Catalogs
Objects - buttons, coins, poker chips, dried beans, toothpicks
Encouraging your child
to ask questions, solve problems and to explain his/her solutions.
Modeling how to solve
Continuing to learn
mathematics with your child!
Adapted from Illinois
Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Keeping spirits high and
our children motivated and energized to help around the house is among
the most puzzling and critical to family harmony as the summer moves
on. Consider these approaches:
Match talents to
tasks. Put you child on a task where he can excel and then
help him refine their existing talents.
Give clear, frequent
feedback, negative as well as positive. When our children
don't know what we think of them, some will think the worst.
Others will do the worst. Clueing them in honestly and often
reassures the insecure while slackers will know you are
Set objectives that
inspire. Find a way to inject higher meaning and purpose
into your family's activities and goals and you will inject energy
and enthusiasm into your children.
children to reach their potential. No matter what the task,
those who enjoy what they are doing often feel energized by the
opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing ones.
Involve the entire
family in decisions. If you always make decisions
and order others to implement them, don't be surprised if the
implementers drag their feet. Children enjoy having some
control over what they are doing, even if it's only being asked
for their opinions.
information. If you involve everyone in making decisions,
everyone should know what he or she is talking about. That
means being open about family objectives.
flexibility. When you recognize and validate your child's
many activities, she will be more satisfied, productive and even
accountable. When children know they can get praise,
allowances and play time by blaming someone or something else for
poor performance, many will take that route. You will want
to take steps to make sure this behavior isn't
Adapted from Crain's
must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as
candles to be lit.
Lack of Knowledge
novice parachutist couldn't open his chute on his first jump. As
he was falling toward the ground, he saw another individual flying
upward past him. Calling out to the passerby, he said, "Do
you know anything about parachutes?" The man going up
replied, "No....do you know anything about gas stoves?"
Children Learn In Many
Places and In Many Ways
at home is very important to your child's development. As a
parent, you have an opportunity to make an enormous difference in how
much and how well your child learns. You are your child's most important
teacher. What you do as a parent helps your child:
You child is never too
young to learn. The early years of a child's life provide the
foundation for later learning and they can be some of the most
fruitful years of all.
Summer activities and
family trips are good chances for a child to explore and see new
things, like the ocean, mountains, cities, farms.....in fact anything
that's different from what he or she normally sees at home.
Vacations provide a great chance to broaden your child's horizons.
Point out new
things....like animals, plants, historical places, etc.
Help your child relate
new things to familiar things...for example, a new kind of bird
can be compared to familiar birds.
Listen to your child's
reaction...discuss the experience.
Have fun helping your
child learn! Learning is fun for everyone...you and your
child. Enjoy it together!
Adapted from National
School Public Relations
Television Violence Is Harmful
A growing body of data indicating that
television violence is harmful can no longer be denied, according the
Catherine Walters, author of Cultural Violence. Films and
television programs provide male role models who use physical force or
weapons to solve problems or achieve goals. Violent movies are
called "action movies," and the most popular television
shows have countless murders and assaults every hour.
The media have also glorified war,
gangster killings and murder as ways to resolve conflict. The
most popular sports are the most violent ones....notably
football. "We have become so accustomed to violence in the
media that increasingly extreme acts must be portrayed to generate
audience response," Walters says.
Adapted from Illinois
Association of School Boards
a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have
Fabulous July Links:
Ancient Stones of Scotland:
This fascinating site is part of SCRAN, a searchable archive of
history and culture. Links lead to pictures of natural and
manmade stone outcroppings, with the local lore included. The
glossary can pump up your vocabulary a bit, too. http://www.stonepages.com/ancient_scotland/
What is Photosynthesis? A
hot list of photosynthesis, courtesy of Arizona State
University. Some articles are geared to elementary and middle
school, other articles are appropriate for college students.
Learn about photosynthetic pigments, preparing starch slides and how
photosynthesis rates are measured in nature.
Visual Thinking: Sketchbooks
from the Archives of American Art: Although it would be more
effective if many pages from these sketchbooks were shown, this
website gives examples of sketchbooks from thirty American
artists. Examples will give students in studio art classes ideas
for their own sketchbooks, and samples of different styles. http://www.aaa.si.edu/exhibits/pastexhibits/sketchbk/sketchbk.htm
All Magic Guide: The
magician in all of us will enjoy this website devoted to slight of
hand and illusion. Streaming video allows you to see how some
basic illusions are created. Articles explain how to
do-it-yourself. Links are available to Magic TV (TV picks having
to do with magic), books and videos. http://allmagicguide.com/
Exploratorium: Global Climate Change
Research Explorer: At this website, you can explore
scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas
covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these
domains. Study the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere,
biosphere and global effects and access current research of our
changing world. There are great links included for student
California Academy of Sciences:
Anthropology Collection Database: Searching for Anthropological
artifacts is a snap with this website. Choose Search the
Database, then choose the category. Be sure to check the box for
image if you want the items returned in your search to include an
image. For a test, try the category 'Raw Materials,' check
image, then take a look at some of the materials humans have used in
their creations. http://www.calacademy.org/research/anthropology/collection/collintro.htm
Best of History Web Sites:
This U.S. - based website reviews some of the best history websites
available. Top level categories include Prehistory, Medieval,
U.S. History, Early Modern European, 20th Century, World War II, and
Art History. Many of the websites we have selected before, but
sometimes it's just good to have more.
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