to believe that July is almost over. Time, as always, races by
without our noticing it. There are still many days for fun and
recreation with family and friends. This month our family will
be getting together from far and near for a family reunion. We
miss seeing each other face to face and these gatherings give us a
chance to laugh, cry and enjoy the stories and tales of current and
past adventures. In this age of instant communication, the many
it easier to stay in touch, but there is something special about a
hug, a smile, a hand from a family member. We treasure the times
we have together and take delight in the newer and younger members of
This year, with the help
of loved ones, I saved a small section of my garden for vegetables and
strawberries. And, they are growing tall and strong. There
is one slight problem, no fruit or vegetables. The birds and
squirrels are feasting on my harvest! I know the foods could be
saved with adequate cover, but somehow, I don't mind nature's creatures
enjoying themselves...so far. I probably take as much enjoyment
in the growing, as in the eating. So, I will continue to share,
until my stomach aches for my own homegrown harvest.
Summer gives me a chance
to work on planning for the business. One would think there
probably is not much planning that needs to take place after thirteen
years in the business. But, the instructional needs of students are
changing. And in order to continue to offer the
"best place to learn online," we want to know how the latest
technologies can improve our instructional offerings. Our
research tells us, we are still ahead of the curve.
The vision we had thirteen
years ago for educating K-12 students over the Internet, is still
current and the concept is being actively pursued by most states in
the country. Our concern remains, however, that any online
instructional program for these younger learners must differ
dramatically from that offered in regular education. You cannot
take a typical instructional program and fit it into the online world
and hope that students will take an interest in a new way of
learning. Because, it won't be new and students, and parents,
are smart enough to know it.
At Knowledge HQ, we will
continue to look for the latest advances that will enhance and improve
the learning quality for our online students. We find the
planning exciting, in the sense that there remains so many options to
change the way instruction is delivered to students. We will
keep you posted as we move ahead.
Stay cool and enjoy family
times this month!
At least once a month, toss out your plans and do what you
Learning with e-Tutor
content is aligned to standards created by e-Tutor as well as State
and National Goals for Learning.
Over the last months, we have shared with you the goals for each of
the four curricular areas offered in the e-Tutor program. Students
benefit from the customized approach to learning that is based on
achievement, interest and learning style.
Each e-Tutor lesson
module has several important components that the student needs to
finish before fully completing the lesson module. Each component
is a useful tool unto itself, but powerful when combined in the lesson
interactive program is designed to increase knowledge in a
collaborative, seamless learning environment that promotes
intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
e-Tutor requires no plug-ins or complicated downloads for users;
it is designed for the basic computer user.
The benefits of
e-Tutor are significant:
access to education
access to best content
instructional materials costs
student and instructional effectiveness
motivation for learning
resources of the entire wired world
Registration for summer school is
now over. Fall registration is now open.
you noticed how many lesson modules are added to the e-Tutor system
each month. The bank of lesson modules will continue to grow
New Lesson Modules
were added to the
e-Tutor Lesson Library
Join the e-Tutor
world of learning today to view
over 2,700 lesson modules.
We have just a few more weeks before we
submit our report to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on
Education about the Supplemental Education Services section of the No
Child Left Behind Act. Our goal is to show how technology, and explicitly online education, has
not been widely used in SES
programs across the country. Yet, at a minimum it is cost effective,
tracks student achievement, and provides for an instructional program
available any time day or night.
Thank you to those who have provided
your ideas for this important work. If you have not provided
your input, please do so. Leave your
comments on the blog @http://www.e-tutor.com/blog/.
It's Like This, Cat
by Emily Cheney Neville
This book is a 1964 Newbery Medal
winner. This is the story of a
young man, Dave Mitchell, and how he grew to maturity, helped
along indirectly by a stray cat that he brought home from
Crazy Kate, the neighborhood Cat Lady. Dave lives in New York
City with his lawyer father and his mother, who has bouts of
asthma brought on by family strife. The cat, named “Cat”
lives a wild life that brings Dave in contact with a future
friend and girl friend. Dave’s adventures take him
throughout areas of New York City, and the reader is treated
to descriptions of famous city landmarks. With Dave’s new
cat-related experiences comes an increased appreciation for
his parents and deepening care for his new friends.
View an electronic version of
this book @
When playing games with children, let them
win more than once in awhile.
Reading for Meaning
week I have been reading a book written in the early 1800s. It
is written in old English style, mixed with Latin and French. The book is a difficult one to read, but the story has
much to tell about the culture of a much earlier period. In
order to understand what I am reading, I depend on clues that provide
meaning for me. From time to time we all need help with
read for meaning, we must simultaneously utilize clues from all cueing
systems. Readers bring knowledge and past experiences to the
reading task to construct interpretations and to determine if the
print makes sense to them. It is easier for readers to
understand print when the content is relevant to their personal
experiences. Familiar content and topics convey meaning or clues
through the semantic cueing system. When we are
comfortable and familiar with the content of a passage, we can predict
upcoming text and take greater risks in reading. Research has
repeatedly shown that fluent readers risk more guesses when
interacting with unfamiliar print than poorer readers. They
derive more meaning from passages than readers who frequently stop to
sound or decode words by individual phonemes or letters.
of word order and the rules of grammar which structure oral language,
guide readers' predictions for printed language. Such
language-pattern clues comprise the syntactic cueing system.
Readers should constantly question the text to ensure that what they
are reading makes sense and sounds like language.
experiences that focus on relevant and familiar content, vocabulary
and language patterns increase one's chances of constructing meaning
and being successful readers. For early readers, successful
reading experiences reaffirm one's confidence as language users and
learners. The holistic approach to the reading process
stresses the importance of presenting one with whole and meaningful
reading passages. This approach is based on the principle
that the readers' understanding of an entire sentence, passage or
story facilitates the reading and comprehension of individual words
within those passages.
graphophonic cueing system relates sounds to printed
symbols. When print is translated into words that are in their
listening vocabularies, readers will recognize and comprehend the
words. If the sounded words are unfamiliar to readers, they must
rely on the other cueing systems to construct
Saskatchewan, Canada Education Dept.
Time Saving Tips
this day of email and instant messaging, isn't it strange how a
telephone call or snail mail seems to have a sense of urgency, yet it
rarely is urgent? Why, then do we take some of our most
productive hour to read the mail, most of which is junk? It it's
unimportant enough to have taken several days to reach you by mail,
why can't it wait a few more hours until you have completed the
important functions on your day's schedule.
for phone calls, should there be a presumption that an incoming call
is more important than the task you happen to be working on? If
you were to keep a log of all incoming calls for one week, you would
probably be surprised to see how few were really relevant. If
the call is important, the caller will say so. If it isn't, the
caller can return the call at a prescheduled time or you can do the
These tips are
only as good as the discipline you use in making them effective.
You just have to remember that any time you save becomes valuable for
you and all the people with whom you come into contact.
from The Public School Administrator
Teach Values by Example
learn their values from watching you. Values are not taught
directly but rather assimilated and absorbed, and by this subtle
process of identification your children will imitate you. For
example, if you value polite manners but speak to your children
rudely, they will never get the hang of it. If you value
gentleness, be gentle with your children. They take note of what
you do more than of what you say. The old cliché, "Do as I
say, not as I do" is not only ineffective, it sends mixed messages
that are both confusing and unfair to a child.
values is a very delicate undertaking. What values do you want
to impart to your children? Do you practice what you
preach? Do you value honesty but when they tell the truth, do
you in some way punish them?
that you are teaching by your example in your daily life.
Practice emotional honesty by embodying the values you want to instill
in your children. If your home is a peaceful, nurturing, safe
place to grow up, you are doing your part.
Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
Strive for doing things right, not jus doing
the right things.
on the Child, Not the Score
best advice for student success in learning is: read, read,
read! Read together. Read what you enjoy, including
stories, poems, and comic books. Talk about what you read with
your children. Reading helps in mathematics with word problems
and math journals. Many children's books also focus on
there tricks for getting high scores on standardized tests? Sure. But we can kill children's enthusiasm for learning with
pressure to perform well on these tests. Often students who have
not 'shown aptitude' on standardized
tests have become successful
doctors, lawyers, teachers, and scientists. Standardized tests
don't measure commitment, work ethic, motivation, or passion. If
we are doing what we love, we are a success. if we respect
knowledge and learning, we have passed the most important
from Classroom Leadership
can help your child succeed in learning by building his or her self-confidence. Use these guidelines:
your child by treating him or her with the dignity you would a
faith in your child. Don't be afraid to give your child
increasing responsibility and independence.
on the positive; avoid using discouraging words or actions.
your child's efforts, not just his or her accomplishments.
self-esteem and feelings of adequacy by using positive phrases
"I can tell you worked very hard on that."
"You're getting much better at that."
"I appreciate what you did."
"You really handled that situation well."
competition (in all forms) between brothers and sisters.
remember, don't feel guilty if you "blow it," but use
your energy to try again more effectively.
from National Education Association
Know the Odds
was an excellent golfer whose obnoxious ego and lack of sportsmanship
made him unbearable. Because his game was good, many players
still wanted to compete against him. But he would only agree to
play lesser opponents for cash...$50 a hole. Needless to say,
this practice earned him a nice purse and the disdain of other golfers.
afternoon, an elderly gentleman, wearing dark glasses and sporting a
white cane, approached Sam in the clubhouse.
goodness! Is that the great Sam Nelson I hear?"" asked
the old man.
wants to know?" snapped Sam.
an old man who would give anything to play 18 holes with you."
got to be joking." replied Sam. "You're blind."
I am blind," said the old man. But I played the pro circuit
before I lost my sight. I'm pretty sure I can beat you.
And I'd be willing to put down $100 a hole.
chuckled. "Now let me make sure I heard this right.
You're blind and you want to challenge me to $100 a hole?"
replied the blind man.
got yourself a deal, old man. Just pick the time and place...and
promise not to whine when I take your money."
said the man and they shook hands.
when do you want to tee off?" asked Sam.
night," said the blind man. "Any night at
be afraid to make mistakes but be sure to learn from them.
Juicy July Links:
Black Hole Gang:
Created by teacher and author Stephen Kramer, this
site introduces four kids and a dog named Newton who are crazy about
science, and points kids and their teachers to some of the best
kid-friendly science on the web.
the winning combination of statistics and politics, this Annenberg/CPB
Website offers an original, educational, and entertaining online
experience. Visitors follow a fictional race between two candidates by
reading news bulletins, then learn basic statistical concepts in a
real-world context. Find out what a random sample really is, what
"margin of error" means, and why polls aren't always right.
Science: Momentum, gravity, friction, and
centripetal force have never been so interesting. This online exhibit
from the Exploratorium explains how skateboarders seemingly break the
laws of gravity with tricks shown and explained in physics terms. The
site includes a video webcast, glossary, and information about
practical sign language online dictionary. Contains some signs not
found in other online dictionaries. Approximately 2800 signs and
growing daily. Formerly known as the Sign Language Dictionary Online.
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.
Something Different This Month!
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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