eNews                                            July 2013   Vol. 16-7

sident’s Message 

Summer is in full gear....heat and all it brings is upon us.  Families are traveling.  Children are busy with summer activities and camps.  Some students are taking a rest from their instruction, while others are trying to catch up on classes they may have missed during the regular school year.  I remember the days when we lingered, watched clouds, spent hours playing table games and held off the night with "kick the can" tag. Oh, for a step back to those lazy, hazy days of summer.  But times have changed....things are different. 

During all this busyness, however, we have noticed something that is a concern...not enough time is set aside for special family time.  Between all the moving, traveling, and shuttling between activities and destinations, family takes a back seat.  And the extended family is often forgotten or an afterthought.  We suggest the family consider a more quiet contemplative time...listening to quiet music, puzzle time, hobbies such as sorting pictures, collecting stamps or coins, reading (each choosing his own), discussion (choose a different unexpected topic each time), or anything that slows the pace and brings down the tempo of an overloaded life.  When scheduling activities and outings, make sure and schedule for the family and don't let anything push aside this special clubs, sports, play dates or such.   

eTutor is expanding around the globe.  Last month it was India, this month it is China.  If you live in China, especially in and around Beijing, you will soon see and hear about eTutor Virtual Learning.  Online tutors will work with Middle/Jr. High and High School students to complete the high school course of study. If you would like to view the Course Guide, please email us (  and we will send it to you. 

      Enjoy the fruits of summer!



New School Year Registration

Registration for the 2013 - 2014 school year has started.  Make sure that your child is on the enrollment list for the new school year.  Student enrollment is growing weekly.

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


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The sure way to miss success is to miss the opportunity. 

Learning with eTutor

The difference between regular school and
online learning…….

Online education represents a new kind of challenge for students. Each student’s and parent’s expectations differ widely, and the e-Tutor response may not always meet expectations. There are some things all students can expect. Students can expect to be challenged academically. They can expect to not understand everything they experience in an online educational program. They can expect to not always see the relevance of what they are asked to do. But, they also can expect that resources will be available to help them.

It may seem obvious, but it sometimes comes as a shock to students that online learning will require increased academic skill.

Helpful Transition Tips

  • Empower your student to take the initiative and solve his or her own learning problems within reason.
  • Familiarize yourself with e-Tutor lesson modules and resources in the event you will need to assist your student in them.
  • Advise e-Tutor if you or your student experience difficulty
  • Remember that students often change their minds and this is okay
  • Avoid too much advice, too much supervision, solving their problems, and second-guessing your student
  • Stay positive


Eleven 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.

Summer Writing Opportunity

During the summer months, many teachers find the time to increase online instructional content for their students.  During the last month over 100 teachers have signed up to use the LessonPro template. A few of the interesting topics, about which writers have written. 

  • Solar and Lunar Eclipses
  • River Civilizations
  • Cell Death - How Does It Happen
  • Under the Sea
  • Vectors
  • Character Analysis
  • Localized Electron Model

You might want to take the last month of summer to create your own online learning lessons.  There is no fee for using the template. There is much interest and demand now for quality online instruction. There is no fee for using the template.. 

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


   The Book Case            

Clearing Weather 
by Cornelia Meigs 
Grade 8 and Up 

This is an historical novel opening in a coastal Massachusetts town shortly after the American Revolution.  It follows the circumstances of the building of a great sailing ship, the Jocasta, and its first voyage to the Caribbean. The novel is wonderfully illustrated by Frank Dobias and was first published in 1928. We loved the vivid vocabulary in this book and think that parents will enjoy it as much as children.

1929  Newbery Honor Book
Online Edition:

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If we want a thing badly enough, we can make it happen. 


 A Thirty Minute Plan

Sometimes we squander our time.  At the end of a day nothing has been accomplished and we scratch our heads, wondering "why?"   Experts say that you need only thirty minutes to plan your week. How to do it? Follow the OATS formula:

O. Objectives. What results do you want to see by the end of the week? Write them down, then rank them.

A. Activities. What do you have to do to achieve your objectives? List the necessary activities and put them in sequence.

T. Time. How much time will each activity require? To plan realistically, allow yourself more time than you think you will actually need. This gives you flexibility if unexpected problems develop.

S. Schedule. Look at your calendar and decide when you can perform each activity. Most people underestimate the power of a schedule, but you won’t get anything accomplished if you don’t schedule the time to do it.

Adapted from Quill Newsletter

Honor Their Noes

I am sure you have noticed that two year olds spend a whole year saying no to everything.  Sometimes it is the very first word they utter.  This can be frustrating if you don't understand the significant purpose behind it. 

Saying no is the first way a child asserts himself as an individual and it is a sign that he is grasping the concept that he is a separate person from you.  Saying no is the first way a child feels powerful.  It begins around age two and surfaces again ferociously in the teenage years.  This is perfectly natural.  You can relax when you remember that sometimes no just means "not now" or "I'm not ready."  Respecting their no, even when it doesn't seem logical to you, lets your child practice his independence, learn that he can influence things. 

One way to avoid endless noes from your child is to give him choices like, "Would you prefer to take out the garbage or set the table?"  or "Will you mow the lawn Friday night or Saturday morning?" Allow your child control over his world by giving plenty of choices and you will have fewer noes.

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


A Strong Body 
Builds a Strong Mind

Exercise is important and walking every day, as well as using free weights has kept my energy up over the years. While I enjoy going it alone, most of my friends enjoy the companionship they find at a community center or sports facility. If you are considering joining a health club of some sort, here are some tips:

Pick one close to home. If you have to drive more than 20 minutes to exercise, the time cost will be too high, and you will end up not going.

Purchase a family membership. That way, you can take the kids, too. Many clubs have a children’s play area that they can use while you step on the Stair Master or make the rounds of the Nautilus machines.

Make sure the club has a swimming pool. Children love to swim, and there’s nothing better than having the whole family around the pool on a hot day. In the summer months, pack a picnic dinner and take the kids for a twilight swim....a cool way to cool off.

Ask other members if the club is "kid friendly." Some clubs are havens for the social set who believe that kids should be seen and not heard. You want to join a club where kids are welcome.

Finally, if a club is beyond your budget, use municipal facilities. Many towns and cities have a public pool and parks with fantastic facilities. Use them.....after all, you are paying for their upkeep, too.


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Failure is the line of least persistence.


Summer Activities

You may already be doing all or some of these.  But in the event you haven't thought of what to do, we thought we would share some of our favorites.

Encourage your children to join a community youth group

Visit the library with your child

Get your child a library card. It is a great gift

Check telephone listings for agencies and community groups that offer free parent and child materials. Don’t forget to check the Internet for these resources.

Take advantage of public recreation

Take nature hikes

Visit museums, zoos, and parks

Take your child to plays and concerts

When traveling with your children in a car or bus, discuss the sights you see along the way.


Can Breakfast Make Kids Smarter?

This crossed our desk this morning and we couldn't wait to pass it along. (We tweeted and placed a link on the Facebook page, as well.) Those of us who have worked with students over the years, know the value of a good breakfast in the learning process.  What was interesting, was the value breakfast had on family time, as many of us feed our children their breakfast, but we ourselves do not eat with them.  

New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal, and performance IQ test scores.
In one of the first studies to examine IQ and breakfast consumption, researchers examined data from 1,269 children six years old in China, where breakfast is highly valued, and concluded that children who did not eat breakfast regularly had 5.58 points lower verbal, 2.50 points lower performance, and 4.6 points lower total IQ scores than children who often or always ate breakfast after adjusting for seven socio-demographic confounders.

Read more @


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All good maxims are in the world, we only need to apply them. 


Great July Links:

The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook This very complete resource includes principles of aeronautics for different levels of learners (and in Spanish, as well), lesson plans, curriculum bridges, activities, tours and much more.  Information for adults as well, so learn along with your student.

Family Fun - Cool Off Games:  Whether you're at the pool, at the beach, in the backyard, or just hanging out on a lazy summer day, this site has dozens of hot ideas for kids games to play at your picnics or summer barbecues.

The Panama Canal: This is an extensive site, with videos, animation and more.  The site is offered through the Panama Canal Authority. There is much to learn.

Return of the Titan: Plant that is.  Said to be the largest flower in the world, Titan Arum is now preparing to bloom at the US Botanic Garden. You can view it live with the web can. Learn more about this remarkable plant.

Summer Solstice:  A Windows to the Universe website (National Earth Science Teachers),  this site explains in detail what happens during summer solstice.  But there is more to this website if you look around.  A great learning site for students and educators.

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 delightful month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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