In The News                                 July 2012   Vol. 15-7


 President’s Message
 

Are there things you have been planning to do,  but never get around to doing them?  Well, my list has grown too long over the years.  This past month I decided to try to reduce the list, by completing some of those long overdue tasks.  But the somewhat mundane tasks have begun to take on a life of their own...growing... even before starting.  As I begin my work, another "something to do, here" crops up.  At this point I'm not sure that I will get very far on the  "to do"  list, but I'm feeling good about the few things I have done.  Painting, patching and repairing....things I haven't had time for in many, many months.  It feels good to use skills I thought I had lost. 

Our children should see us working with our hands, hearts and heads.  It reinforces that learning is not something that is done just one way.  Learning and applying what has been learned uses many skills and tools. 

Reading should not stop for summer, either.  I can hardly wait to get back to another chapter in one of the novels I am reading.  Our children should find the same fascination in reading and an impelling need to read.  It starts with setting a good example and providing material at the child's level and interest.  In other words, let them choose what to read, but make it a daily habit.  

Thanks to all who called or wrote to express their concern for us as the fires have raged through Colorado this summer. We appreciate your thoughts, prayers and kindness.  We have been safe, but for smoke and the worry for friends and family in harm's way.  It has been an unusual summer for many of us. Our best wishes to each of you in these turbulent times. 

Have a great month and enjoy the warmth and color that this month brings!  

 

 


 
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Dignity is fighting weakness and winning.

Lola Falana
                                   





Learning with eTutor

What does it mean to “fully complete a lesson module" ?

e-Tutor lesson modules have several sections.  Each section is important to student learning and should be completed before moving on to the next section.  To fully complete a lesson module follow these guidelines:  

  • Problem Statement: Respond in writing to the problem statement before and after completing each lesson module.  This acts as a self check.  The student will be able to quickly see how much you have learned.    

  • Vocabulary:   Keep a notebook with new words to learn and remember.  Be sure to write a short description next to each word.  Use the vocabulary words for writing sentences or creating word puzzles.   Or, if you find writing difficult you can always draw a picture to go with each new word.

  • Study Guide:  This teaches the concept or skill of the lesson module.  Carefully read the Study Guide and take notes.  Then study the notes.  The Study Guide may be read several times.  Some words are blue with a line under them.  These are very important to learning.  Click on these links.  They will give more information that will help in remembering what has been introduced in the Study Guide.   The information in the Study Guide and in the links will be part of the testing at the end of the lesson module.  

  • Resources:   The student will be disappointed if she didn’t check on every one of the resources!  These give more information about the topic of the lesson module.  These might include a game or a song or something that really interests the student.  Take time when reviewing the resources.  They are important to the learning.  Write a short description of each of the resource links. 

  • Activity & Extended Learning Exercises:  These are most often completed off line.  The student may be asked to write a story, draw a picture, complete an experiment, do a project or create something of their own.  This is where they get to practice what they have learned.  No skipping!  Complete the activity and extended learning for each lesson module.

  • Quiz/Exam:  Finally, it is time to let eTutor know what has been learned.  If he has fully completed everything up to this point the student will ace both the quiz and exam.  There are no shortcuts to learning.  Students should take their time and do their own best work! 

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If you are interested in being a part of our Circle of Writers login to www.lessonpro.net and sign up to write lesson modules.  Every lesson module you create can be used by you and your students at no cost.  

Knowledge HQ reimburses writers for exceptional lesson modules that follow specific guidelines and will add value to the eTutor program.  For more information email: admin@knowledgehq.com


   The Book Case            

Roller Skates 
by Ruth Sawyer


Grades 3 - 6  
              

Lucinda's year in New York City began when her family went to Europe and left her -- not, thank Heaven, with Aunt Emily and her four docile, ladylike daughters, but with Miss Peters, who understood that a girl of ten wanted to roller skate to school, and stop and chat with Patrolman M'Gonegal, and make friends with Mr. Gilligan, the cabby, and even play with Tony, whose father kept a fruit stand down the street.

Roller Skates is a delightful story of old New York, about a tomboy who could not help being a lady at the same time, who was both quick-tempered and sympathetic, both stubborn and astute.

1937 Newbery Medal Winner


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Unkindness almost always stands for the displeasure that one has in oneself. 

Adrienne Monnier

 

Expectancy and the Good Life......

Washington Irving once wrote:  "Great minds have purposes; others have wishes."  His insight leads to the realization that without expectancy, we lack purpose.  Achievers, in particular, exhibit this attitude of expectancy.  This shows itself most forcefully in the way they minimize their losses.  They do not grieve over failures or what might have been.  Rather, the achiever looks around the corner in anticipation of the good things that await him.  All he has to do, he believes, is show the determination to get there.  He rejects the notion of "can't."  As a result, he is able to open more doors than others, strike better deals and attract more energetic and resourceful people to work with him.  He sets higher standards and gets others to help him meet them.  He wins confidence and nurtures vitality in others.  He expects to succeed.  When combined with desire, expectancy produces hope.  And hope makes all things possible.  Living the expectant life is simply an act of good judgment.

The Making of An Achiever,  Allan Cox


High Standards

In the discussion of setting high standards and goals, it is important to remember the value of standards and why we set them.  In education we often speak of minimal standards.  But do we ever go beyond those established for us?  Have we lowered our standards so that everyone will fit under the umbrella? The following quote reminds us of the importance of high standards and how they can effect reputation.

"We sometimes speak of a winning reputation as though that were the final goal. The truth is contrary to this.  Reputation is a reward, to be sure, but it is really the beginning, not the end of endeavor.  It should not be the signal for a letdown, but rather, a reminder that the standards which won recognition can never again be lowered.  From him who gives much, much is forever after expected."  

Alvan Macauley


Admit Your Mistakes

As parents we have made all kinds of mistakes; we've made some poor choices.  Growing up, we messed up a time or two; perhaps we have some skeletons in our closets.  As adults and as parents we have also failed and have frequently been misguided.  We may have acted in haste and not been very loving.  Yet knowing this, why is it so difficult to sincerely admit our mistakes to others, especially to our children?  Perhaps we were taught that parents are to set good examples and that admitting mistakes would make a bad impression.  We think we must be perfect, but inside we know we are not.  

If we all were truly mature, we would instantly recognize when we've wounded someone else and quickly and freely apologize.  To the extent we can do that, we model the behavior we want our children to adopt.  But whether we admit it or not, children know when we have blown it; so when your child confronts you with your misbehavior, acknowledge that it is true. 

A courageous parent follows an apology with sincere soul searching, to discover if a change in behavior is warranted.  When you can admit your mistakes and ask forgiveness, your child will respect your humility. When you change your behavior, he will see your inner courage.  No matter how small or large the injustice, when you admit it, you have taken the first step toward rebuilding the bridge between yourself and your child.  When you've messed up, don't justify or back peddle; don't hide or disguise.  Admit it, apologize, change your behavior, laugh about it, and move on. 

Adapted from  Wonderful Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford 

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Close your hand...do you feel an absence or a presence?

Brenda Hefty

 

Taking a Trip to the Beach?  Add Safety to Fun

For many of us, nothing beats a day at the beach. If your leisure plans include enjoying some sun, sand, and water, these tips will help you have a safe outing:

  • Pack plenty of liquids to drink, but skip those with alcohol or caffeine.  Fluids can help prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion, which can cause cramps and lead to potentially life-threatening heat stroke. 

  • Put foods that can spoil in a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs.  Keep the cooler in the shade.  Toss any food that sits out for more than two hours.  Discard it after one hour when it's more than 90 degrees outside.  

  • Use sunscreen.  Reapply every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating.  Choose a sunscreen labeled SPF 15 or higher. 

  • Swimmers should stay in view of the lifeguard and stay in water less than chest deep.  Never go swimming alone.  Obey warning signs related to high tides, strong currents, and waves.  Keep an eye out for people enjoying water sports such as jet skis or sailing close to where you are swimming. 

  • Keep small children within an arm's length of you in the water.  Approved life vests...not "floaties"...may be an option for kids or inexperienced adult swimmers. 

  • Stay calm if you get caught in a rip tide, which can carry you into deeper water.  Swim in line with the shore, not against the current, until you are free from the rush of water.  Wave at the lifeguard if you need help.

  • Don't touch marine animals, live or dead, and avoid protected wildlife areas such as sea turtle and seabird nesting locations.  Heed posted warnings about jellyfish, stingrays, or other dangerous sea life.  When wading in the water, watch where you walk and shuffle your feet.  

Adapted from Blue Cross/Blue Shield


Learning Writing Skills

The rapid expansion of knowledge, the use of computers and the advancement of electronic communication have placed new focus on writing skills and written communication.  The development of writing skills begins as early as kindergarten.  The young child is eager to tell about what he or she knows.  Your child has seen things, heard things, experienced things that he or she is eager to share.  The eagerness to tell about things is the springboard from which written expression begins.  This is the time to urge your child to write his or her story...complete with illustrations.  Your child's "scribbles" and pictures become his or her first written story.  This story is an important first step in the journey toward written communication literacy. 

When your child learns the symbol system of the alphabet and the sound-letter relationships, he or she can be urged to use letters to represent the sounds heard in the word.  Your child will write the word the way he or she hears it.  When he or she writes "cnd" for candy and "km" for come you may be concerned about spelling.  But at this point in the development of writing skills, the goal should be to get your child to see that written expression is "talk written down" and to develop in the child the concept that words are written with letters that represent the sounds heard.

Correct spelling will come into focus when the child has mastered more of the phonetic structure of the language and when he or she has learned some of the rules of how letters are strung together to make words. 

By the time your child has reached the intermediate grades, correct spelling, punctuation, form and style are the focus.  Creative writing should still be emphasized and encouraged, but nonfiction and research-based writing should be of equal importance.  Report writing, letter writing and summary writing, as well as paraphrasing, paragraphing and outlining material and acknowledging resources by means of a bibliography become a part of the child's skills.

During the secondary years, the emphasis is on the expansion and refinement of  written expression.  Creative writing is highlighted as the student studies the writing of others.  Reading and writing go hand in hand as students are given more opportunities to use a variety of resource materials.  The student refines their skills in report writing and business communication including technical writing and memo and letter writing.    

Beginning as a small story recorded in "scribbles" and pictures, your child's writing skills develop continuously from early years to high school and beyond.  The goal for proficiency in written expression is to develop communication skills that will enable students to develop to the maximum of their ability. 

The Master Teacher


An Investment That Will Not Return Empty 

Sure, the stock market may continue to fall or your new car could break down.   There's even a good chance that the expensive French shampoo you purchased may leave your hair dry and lifeless.  Many investments can leave you wondering why you ever invested the time or the money. 

Believe it or not, there is an investment that will not return empty.  In the words of Garrison Keillor, "Nothing that you do for children is ever wasted."  The stories, songs, chauffeuring, dance classes, soccer coaching, model cars, recitals, concerts and lessons and even the sleepovers....are investments of time and care that will reap a lifetime of fullness and value for the child who benefits. 

 

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To go fast, row slowly.

Brendan Kennelly

 

Great July Links:

Wild Birds:  Follow that bird.  At this site there are links to identifying a species by location, behavior, color size and habitat.  There is also a baby birds and eggs link.    
http://www.wildbirds.com

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The Smithsonian's museum of modern and contemporary art has developed this site to help students learn about different types of art while providing them with an opportunity to explore the nature of their own artistic creativity.  
http://hirshhorn.si.edu

Flashy Myths:  The Big Myth is an experimental learning module designed for use in primary school classrooms.  The site examples myths from different cultures about the creation of the world using Flash animation and cultural overviews, a pantheon of the cultural gods and educational exercises.  http://www.bigmyth.com

Food Facts and Creations:  Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the history of food at the Food Timeline.  The site also includes links to related web pages. 
http://www.foodtimeline.org/

News Hour Extra:  All news on this site is geared specifically toward a youthful audience.  On the main page, students can read top stories and peruse daily headlines.  On "Daily Buzz,"  kids can catch up on other important issues, including finding employment, the state of terrorism and peace in the Middle East.  
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

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.

Have a HOT July!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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