has been another busy month. There are times when I would just
love to stop all the comings and goings in my life....but it is just
those comings and goings that make my life so stimulating and in the
long run enjoyable. I rail at
the many things that seem to be
required of me, yet it is just those many things that give vibrancy to
each and every day. I read a book this week that said to
instead of think. I know I over think things sometimes. I
will endeavor to remember to be thankful for my active and full
Do we ever get tired of
being proud of our children? This month, one of my adult sons
finished a very long triathlon he had been practicing and in training for
almost a year. I can't tell you how proud I was to see him
running toward the finish line. The ability to set high goals
and carry through on them is something that all parents want for their
children. While we admire athletes and those who perform, our
children often forget it takes time, dedication, and patience to reach
success. I want our students to know that similar to preparing
for a triathlon or any great event, learning takes time and is
sometimes grueling, but the rewards are great.
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changes. Over the years, there have been some face-lifts and
constructive surgery. Technology today is far more advanced than
when we began and we want to take advantage of what today's
programming can do for online learning. So, please take a few
minutes and send us email with your thoughts and ideas. Working
together, we will continue to offer the strongest and most effective
online educational program on the
Best wishes to all
those starting another year of learning!
Encourage your child to be an expert at something.
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Millions of Cats
by Wanda Gág
This charming book first published
in 1928 is about an elderly man and woman who are
lonely. The woman tells her husband that a cat would
make her happy, the man searches for one cat, and much
to his surprise, comes to a hill covered with "hundreds
of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and
trillions of cats." He looks for the prettiest cat
to bring home. Each time he chooses one, he sees another
that looks prettier and decides to bring that one home
too. By the time the man arrives back home, he has all
the cats with him.
The woman is overwhelmed by the
number of cats and says that they can keep only one.
Meanwhile, the cats fight among themselves as to which is the prettiest,
the one to be kept by the man and woman. Eventually, one
lone scraggly cat is left. The man and woman bring the
cat into the house and care for it. The cat becomes as
beautiful to its owners as the others.
Set high expectations
and hold your children to them.
Help Your Teenager Get
responsibility: Encourage your teenager to plan out a
daily routine and stick to it.
time: Post a family calendar that schedules study time
and school project deadlines, athletic activities, mid-term dates,
exam periods and assessment deadlines.
Keep track of
assignments: Turning in assignments on time is essential
and an assignment calendar is the key. Encourage your
teenager to mark on a calendar the dates due and check this
regularly to keep the work on schedule.
activities and extended learning: Giving help does not
mean doing, but helping to understand required work, listening to
reports and proofreading first drafts or discussing a
Provide a study
place. Provide your teenager with a desk or table in a
quiet place with a bright light and a comfortable chair.
Keep a supply of paper, pencils, pens, ruler, tape and stapler on
hand to avoid lost time. Handy paperback reference books are
for organizing; Successful students keep materials for
each subject separate. Some use notebooks with folders,
others us color-coded notebooks. Whatever system your
teenager likes, provide the supplies and work with them to make
certain the system works.
Adapted from Minnetonka
Start Where You Are
not make the mistake of thinking the way to quick and sure success is
to change what you are doing. Because of rapidly changing
environment, material possessions, and scientific knowledge, people have come to think of change as progress. So they change
"things" or "places" when they should start by
changing themselves. Only by changing themselves will they mold
the habits of thought and action that will project them into taking
advantage of the limitless opportunities all about them. Start
today to change yourself into being opportunity minded about your own
environment....your own "acres of diamonds."
from The Public School Administrator
need to make sure that children have strong foundations for
learning. Parents can begin to build their children's literacy
skills when they're young.
your child to interact with adults and peers so he can develop social
skills. Teach your child to be responsible. Maintain
organization and structure in your child's life at all times. As
your child grows take an interest in and oversee his learning
all, talk with your son to learn about any difficulties he is having
in learning. From then on, the essential ingredient for success is
communication, with both your child and the adults in his world.
With a solid learning foundation and a support system in place, your
son should succeed in life, no matter what his standardized test
Set high expectations and hold yourself
you addicted to your daily workout? The problem is that you
could wind up over-stressing your body without providing enough time
for it to rest and recover. This could be you if you answer yes
to any of the following questions:
you worry if you miss a workout?
you obsess on making your scheduled exercise session?
you concerned that an injury will cause you to miss scheduled
you experience wild mood swings after a workout?
a bad workout depress you?
Your Ideas Across
boost your chances of convincing others if you know how to deal with
four personality types:
These decisive, take-charge, get-things-done types want fast
decisions and are "time-disciplined." Always give
them the bottom line. Make sure they feel they're in
charge. If you must disagree, argue facts, not personal
These entertaining, persuasive dreamers have their cluttered
offices and inspirational posters. Move fast, entertain them
compliment the, paint the big picture and let them fill in the
They're caring and loving and make up sixty percent of any
organization. Relationships are more important to them than
the task at hand, so compliment them on their relationship
skills. Use a steady, calm approach, listen actively and
talk with, not at, them. If you disagree, discuss opinions
Accurate and organized, they pride themselves on their
follow-through. But they're also picky
procrastinators. To win them over be systematic, exact and
prepared...and don't rush them.
from Virgil Beasley, Investor's Business Daily
Speak to Their True
As a parent
you have a big job in understanding what is going on inside your child
and yourself; it's especially difficult if you were scolded,
ridiculed, or shamed for your feelings as a child. If this
happened, you probably became disconnected from your emotions in some
way and now, as a parent, it is easy to be confused when your child
expresses something you don't understand. But to raise a fully
functioning person, you must be attuned to all of your child's
feelings, including those he doesn't understand himself. You
will often have to use your intuition to discover what is going on,
because your child won't always say it with words. This is one
of the most challenging aspects of parenting.
a child is unreasonable, unmanageable, uncooperative, anxious,
withdrawn, fussy, moody, or behaving in ways you don't understand, he
is struggling with feelings he cannot express. It is your job to
help him discover what they might be.
tend to treat their children in ways they were treated growing up.
Children are little mirrors that reflect our emotional life. If
you don't understand what your child is feeling, tune in to your own
feelings first. Step back and ask yourself, "What do I
feel? What is going on inside me?" You might discover
that all along you are the one who is upset and your child
is reflecting that by acting out. When you change your behavior,
so will your child. By tuning in to your inner voice, you will
be better able to respond to your child's true feelings.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
adage: You don't have to be sick to get better.
Awesome August Links:
Secrets @ Sea:
This fun online game explores topics in ocean
science. Students meet interesting characters, uncover amazing ocean
facts and face challenging learning activities. The story weaves
together topics such as tides, food webs, salmon, whales and more.
Designed for use in grade 4-8, the site provides an online teacher's
guide and requires Macromedia's Flash plug-in.
These simple Shockwave games are fun activities for your little ones
based on popular Dr. Seuss books.
The Food Timeline:
Here's an interesting way to spice up an
interdisciplinary unit. As the site introduction states, "Food is
the fun part of social studies! The tricky part is finding recipes you
can make in a modern kitchen, with ingredients bought at your local
supermarket. " Be
sure to stock up on ideas in the teacher resources section.
From the Morris County Library in New Jersey.
The Symphony - An
Interactive Guide: Enjoy the music and
learn from the listener's guide. Users can browse, alphabetically or
by country, composer biographies and hear the most famous works of
each. Take a "crash course" in symphonic forms, and take
quizzes to test yourself. RealAudio is to listen to the music, which
was performed by The Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
Zoo: A flashy site (Flash plug in required) for artists and
creative thinkers. High school students can have fun trying to figure
out how they did it. Beginning animators may get some wonderful ideas,
all surrounding the basic alphabet.
the Beginning of Another School Year!
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