eNews                                July 2015 Vol. 18-07

President's Message

It is hard to believe that July is almost over and we are nearly into August.  In spite of my constant efforts to have less on my plate, it just seems to get fuller.  There just is not enough time in each day for everything I want to do....projects, writing....painting....reading....gardening.....everything!  There is the satisfaction of being busy and for that I am grateful.  But I suppose one should be able to find a middle ground....I have yet to find it.   

Last week my three granddaughters spent several days with me. What a treat! Although we did not go on any excursions, we had plenty to do.  While I work, they busy themselves at their own desks and computers in my office.  They are quite inventive with their games and play. I often marvel at their inventiveness. They like to help with cooking and baking. While one helps me measure, another stirs and another writes the recipe for their own use.  No game or planned activity could have been as much fun for them.  Supplied with measuring cups, spoons and paper and pencil they proudly went about their tasks.  They instructed me and I helped them.  What fun it was for us all.  It takes so little to make us happy.  I hope you find frequent, happy moments like this in your days.   Smiling and the gift of sharing are easy.  Troubles just seem to melt away.       

During the past two months we have had an explosion of interest in online learning.  Organizations and businesses are looking to expand their offering to clients  looking for alternatives and help in the learning process.  We work hard to meet the needs of those who have found traditional learning challenging.  While some online learning programs are too game-like or have tried to mimic traditional schooling, we have concentrated  on using the strengths of the Internet, with the strong capabilities of fantastic teacher-writers and the inherent desire to learn in all students in providing a program that is unique, rigorous and successful.  We are proud to be a leader in establishing high standards for educational content  provided over the Internet.  Our brand of educational content continues to be sought after by parents and students, and now businesses and organizations as well.  If you haven't done so already, I hope you won't delay in enrolling in eTutor.

Thank you for your continued support, enthusiasm and interest in Internet-based learning.



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We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Madame Curie

Learning with eTutor

eTutor lesson modules take from one hour to one and a half hours to complete. Some may even take several days to complete. The default for passing quizzes and exams is set at eighty percent. Students are expected to fully complete lesson modules. Parents are asked to review the finished Activities and Extended Learning with each lesson module since these are most often completed off line. These can be used as a springboard for discussion, ‘What did you learn by completing this,” “How could you have done this differently,” "Explain this concept to me," etc.  

There is much reading and writing in the eTutor program and users will have excellent reading and writing skills if the program is used consistently. We suggest the student respond in writing to the Problem Statement before and after completing each lesson module. The vocabulary words can be used for writing sentences or creating word puzzles. Younger students can create their own dictionaries or illustrate new words.  Students should write a short description of each of the resource links. Don't let your student skip these....often games, diagrams and more interesting facts about the topic of the lesson can be found here.

eTutor is a Pass/Fail program. Completed lessons are reflective of those where the student has successfully completed Quizzes and Exams. Students are expected to spend approximately four to five hours studying each day when using eTutor for their full curriculum.  Although the program tracks the day and time of login for each lesson, we suggest that the student keep track, on a piece of paper or a calendar, of the hours of study each day.

The editing and updating of eTutor Lesson Modules is continuing.

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The Unplugged Program is becoming a valuable asset to school districts which need to provide services to special needs students in private schools. Look for eTutor Unplugged in your community.

  • High interest lesson nodules.

  • Includes grades K-12.

  • Both online and offline activities

  • Optional testing

  • Resources


Create Online Learning for your Students!

Each day between five to ten writers sign up on LessonPro. While not all of them write fully developed lesson modules, there is certainly interest in creating great content for students around the world.  Remember that the lessons you create are yours to use with students in and out of class.   You can use the language of your country as the template accepts all languages.  With a new school year approaching, don't waste time, sign up to write lessons today.  Look at a few of the lessons we found this month: . 

Lines and Angles
The Kinetic Theory of Matter

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



   The Book Case            

The Secret River  
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon

    Ages:  4 - 8 

There’s just not enough…not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land —with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore….You caught catfish when catfish were needed…you will not find the river again.” This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches—stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful. This is an unforgettable picture book.

1956 Newberry Honor Book

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Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir

Home Alone Emergency Kit

At this time of year, many older children are home alone. The following suggestion may help with your children. Fill a large zip-top plastic bag with all the little things your children might need in an emergency: a flashlight with batteries that work; band aids; cotton balls; mild antiseptic; several quarters; safety pins; at least six direct-dial telephone numbers of relatives, neighbors, or co-workers; a piece of candy or some sugarless gum.

Have your children help you pack the bag. Talk about each item as you include it. Have your child decide which phone number they would call first, second, and so on. Then put the bag in a place that is easy to find.

Even when children are old enough to be home alone (most experts say that is at least age 10), minor emergencies can crop up. Having a focal point within the household for emergencies helps the child…and the parent…feel a little more secure

Adapted from Parents Make The Difference

Make Reading Fun!

Students who get good grades agree with teachers on at least one point. The better you read, the fewer problems you will have with schoolwork. What’s more, reading provides an excellent way to relax after a stressful day. Students who read well have discovered a secret: pleasure reading. Not sure how to get started? Here are some suggestions on how you can learn to make reading a pleasure rather than a chore:

Ø       Set aside a special time, devoted solely to reading, and do this on a regular basis. Even if you only manage 15 minutes a day or an hour on the weekend. This can be enough to get the reading habit established.

Ø       Aim for comfort. Stretch out on the sofa, lie on the floor, or sit under a tree. Many people find bedtime reading to be enjoyable. Add a little music to the background if you wish…at low volume. (You may want to stay away from the TV set, however, since this can be distracting.

Ø       Make this individual reading time your time, not someone else’s. In other words, don’t  read a textbook or anything else connected with schoolwork. Read only what you enjoy. Your choice could be a romance novel, a detective story, an article about how to relate to the opposite sex, or even a comic book.

Ø       Not sure what you would enjoy? Read about something that interests you. Do you like tinkering with cars? Do you want to dig up some trivia facts about your favorite football team?

Ø       Do you want to know what’s hot and what’s not on the fashion scene? Would you like information about a career? No matter what the subject is, chances are you can find dozens of books and articles about it. If you don’t know where to look, a librarian will be glad to help you

Ø       Finally start small. You don’t have to read a whole book in one sitting. Read a short newspaper or magazine article. If you want to tackle a book, read one chapter a night or a certain number of pages. If the story line compels you to keep turning the pages, that’s fine too.

The more you read, the better you’ll read. The better you read, the more you’ll enjoy it. In fact, those who read well often report that reading is one of their hobbies. And while homework may never be your favorite pastime, you might find that it gets easier.

Adapted from Illinois Association of School Boards

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Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller

Work is a Beach!

While vacationing recently, I took long walks on the beach. The wind in my hair, the sun on my face, the sand under my toes... pure bliss. After a few days, I began to look around at the other folks enjoying their time on the beach as well. What I noticed was shocking... not a single person was on their phone. I didn't see a soul on an iPad. I didn't even see a Kindle. What I did see were people talking to each other. I saw people playing games together and building sand castles with their kids. I saw people napping, eating, reading and working. Yes, I did say working....

After sitting on the beach for a while, your mind wanders. You look around to see the surroundings and, lo and behold, inspiration strikes. People made some of the most beautiful sand castles, wrote inspirational messages in the sand, collected sea shells and created art work. They were working. The word "work" means "an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result". And at the end of the day, people were satisfied.

Work has literally become a four-letter word... something that we have to endure in order to live. I think work is a beach. When we are inspired by our work, we create and innovate. We are more willing to try new things, and we sometimes make mistakes. We are learning! 

Shared by Beth Smith, A-List Interviews, Boulder, CO

More Activity = Greater Self Esteem

For the first time in our evolution, an entire generation of children has the opportunity, or misfortune, of living a sedentary lifestyle. The habitual activity level of our children may be insufficient to provide the health protection that was inherent in the lifestyle of previous generations. This is problematic, because the lack of activity could result in the accelerated onset of chronic disease and a premature loss of human resources and productivity.

Findings in research as part of the Elementary School Climate Study, in New Brunswick based on a large representative sample of grade six students, show that increased physical activity is related to higher self-esteem. The self-esteem of many children, particularly females, declines during adolescence. These results suggest that participation in physical activities may help children traverse this difficult period. Some children, especially those in lower socioeconomic families, have less access to recreational and sport facilities outside of school, and face other barriers to participation.

Atlantic Center for Policy Research, University of New Brunswick

Smiling….Did You Know?

¨      There are 18 different kinds of smiles?  The most revealing is the smile of enjoyment.

¨      It takes 13 muscles to smile and 50 muscles to frown?  So avoid facial

¨      Your face is your billboard to your philosophy of life?

¨      Laughter boosts the immune system by decreasing the level of cortisone, an immune suppressor in the body?

¨      Hearty laughter speeds up the heart rate, raises blood pressure, accelerates breathing, and increases oxygen consumption?

¨      Charles Darwin claimed that emotions can be intensified through facial expressions?  So smile!

¨      Laughing for 15 seconds adds two days to the life span?

¨      Laughing 100 times a day is equal to a 10-minute session of rowing?   So, why sweat when you laugh?

Laughter Works Newsletter

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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

Jumping July Links:

Kaboom, Anatomy of a Firework:  The Fourth of July weekend in the US gives Americans an excuse to engage in an explosive frenzy - of the friendly fireworks kind.

Summer Reading:  Classic Bookshelf presents texts that you can customize by font size and color to suit your tastes. The site offers readers access to a large collection of public domain e-texts.

Bug Bios: Shameless promotion of insect appreciation. This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

So You Think It Is Safe To Eat:  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has built a thorough and user-friendly Web site that covers all aspects of food safety. Links are provided to all relevant government publications and the best non-government publications.

Have a fun-filled summer month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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