In The News                           August 2011   Vol. 14-06

President’s Message 

Can you believe that September is upon us?  My how the time passes so very quickly.  I hope you have had a wonderfully, relaxing summer.  We have remained busy, but have found time to get away for a few invigorating...but always wanting just a few more days.  

This summer we have spent some of our efforts on developing our online social networks.  We now have three YouTube videos which explain our program.  And, we have created separate Facebook pages for parents and students so that you might dialogue with one another.  Over the years we have had many requests from both parents and students to be able to communicate with one another.  Now you have the chance.  Go to one of our Facebook pages now and add your thoughts.  

Do you have memorable visions of people or places that bring a smile to your face when you think of them?  Some of us carry many of such visions which are reminders that pleased us and warmed our hearts.  It is pleasant to have several of these that come to thought when you least expect. The remembrance makes for a pleasant moment or two.  I added another of these visions last week when I watched my son and his family participate in an evening bike ride with other parents and families through Boulder.  The children were so excited...two riding behind their mother in a trailer and the seven-year old intently riding her bike beside her father.  What a pleasant site as I waved them off on their ride.  Well, I'm smiling now thinking about their pleasure and enjoyment of sharing together this lovely experience.  


 Celebrate the month!


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Listen to your child read every day.

Learning with eTutor

Online instruction should follow a set format and needs to be consistent according to preset specifications across all curricular areas, while adhering to national goals for learning.  eTutor adheres to the these guidelines by including the following in each lesson module.

·    Introduction - A brief statement explaining the topic of the lesson.

·    Grade Level - Lessons are cross-aged at Primary, Intermediate, Middle/Jr. High and High School. Lesson modules provide for a range of learning levels across each of the levels to meet students’ needs.

·    Lesson Goals - Goals and objectives are aligned to national and state learning standards in the major subject areas.

·    Resources - Links to quality websites are provided so that students can find information that reinforces or expands upon the skills or concepts taught in the study guide.

·    Lesson Problem – This sets the stage for learning by posing a question(s) to be answered before and after completing the lesson module as a self check for the student.  

·    Vocabulary - Enriched vocabulary words, which may be new to students, are hyper-linked to an age-appropriate dictionary.

·    Study Guide – This section teaches the skills and concepts that students need to be successful learners.

·    Activities - Worksheets, experiments, projects, games that give the student practice in what s/he has learned from the Study Guide.

·    Extended Learning - Additional thought provoking activities are provided to stimulate logical thinking, creative reasoning and critical thinking.

·    Assessment - Opportunities to evaluate student work through immediate feedback for both parent and student.

Nearly 3200 Lesson Modules

are included in the 
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Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
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   The Book Case            

Princess Academy  
by  Shannon Hale 

Grades 5 - 9

Don't let the title fool you.  This is a well-developed story that you will enjoy with your child. 

Life is quiet in Miri's mining community until a delegate from the lowlands arrives and announces the prince will marry a girl from her region. Since the girls on Miri's mountain are considered rough and uncultured, the lowlanders establish a year-long preparatory princess academy, which every girl between ages 13 and 18 must attend. Initially, Miri and her friends are reluctant to go; the academy is located three hours from home and run by a harsh woman named Olana. But as Miri discovers the joy of learning, she begins to wonder what it might be like to be a princess. Amid events like sparring with her teacher, meeting the prince and surviving a bandit attack, Miri must decide whether she wants to become royalty or remain loyal to her mountain home.

2006 Newbery Honorable Mention

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Give your child a favorite book at least once a year.


Qualifying Quality Parenting

Here is a quick way to measure the quality of your parenting with your child. How would your child respond?

  1. I can ask for help without feeling embarrassed.

  2. My parent recognizes the good things I do

  3. I understand what my parent expects of me.

  4. I am aware of the reasons for the major decisions my parent has made this year.

  5. My parent understand my personal goals.

  6. I know at least two specific things I can do to get a positive response from my parent.

  7. My parent guides me toward improvement when I need it.

  8. My parent lets me know when I miss the mark, but without putting me down.

  9. I feel free to disagree with my parent when we talk.

  10. My parent is aware of the basic problems I have to cope with in my learning program. 

Adapted from Practical Supervision

Believe in Possibilities

As parents we have a tendency to think it is our role to guide our children toward worldly success, and although this is partially true, but it is not the entire picture.  Your children are spiritual begins; their souls as well as their bodies need your care.  Parents who put the emphasis on things...success, fame, possessions, and worldly thrills...are doing their children a great disservice.  

Believing in possibilities means trusting in the divine nature of your child and seeing the divine nature in yourself.  Parents can light the way to deeper fulfillment in little ways, the most important of which is by your example.  Live more simply, treat every living thing lovingly, learn to live in the moment, and take time to enjoy the things in life that truly matter.  Spend time with your children in nature.  Whether or not you go to church, you can add a spiritual practice to your life.  

A vital part of our spiritual quest is coping with the down times, the hard times, the turmoil, the anguish.  Children too feel blue and feel the longs of their souls.  As parents we sometimes jump in too quickly to make it all right.  Sometimes it is wiser to be with them in spirit and let the answers unfold.  Believing in possibilities, we know that although touch times come, we can transcend them and survive.  That with each struggle, comes a lesson and a fresh possibility.

When you recognize that your children have their own destiny and their own divine nature, when you trust that this is so, endless possibilities for spiritual comfort will come to you. 

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love A Child by Judy Ford


Communication skills cannot be left to chance.  They must be taught and carefully followed to insure clear lines of understanding.  Whenever thoughts are not effectively communicated, time needs to be spent in clarification so progress may be made.  Communication skills:

  1. Communication means that a person sends a message to another person using some form of symbol system which has common meaning to the group.

  2. Speech involves the use of audio and visual symbols...various media:  handouts, overhead screen, chalk boards.

  3. Whenever a human being uses speech for the purpose of securing some kind of response from those people who are a part of the group, we say that information is being shared. 

Adapted from Public School Administrator


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Value compassion, discourage obsession.


The Importance of Writing

In the cell phone and computer age, writing may seem like a lost and useless art to young people and adults.  Parents can help justify the need for learning to write will by showing children that writing is a part of their lives. 

  • Share your own writing with your children.  Show them some personal, business, or consumer letters you write, as well as the responses you receive. 

  • Discuss with your child writing you do on your job...memos, purchase orders, business letters, or receipts.  Children need to be convinced that writing has some application in the workaday world. 

Adapted from National Education Association

Pleasurable Work

Every kind of work can be a pleasure.  Even simple household tasks can be an opportunity to exercise and expand our caring, our effectiveness, our responsiveness.

As we respond with caring and vision to all work, we develop our capacity to respond fully to all of life.  Every action generates the energy which can be shared with others.  These qualities of caring and responsiveness are the greatest gift we can offer. 

Tarthang Tulka, Tibetan Teacher 

No Excuses

Well....not so fast.  It is easier to accept excuses from people with whom you are unhappy.  If you understand the real function of their excuse.  They allow people to preserve their self-esteem and reduce the stress of failure.  They are a tool for maintaining harmony in the face of errors.  People use excuses to acknowledge the validity of standards they may have violated.  The freedom to offer an excuse allows people to take risks they otherwise might avoid.  

Adapted from Working Smart

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Blame success on ability and effort.  


Awesome August Links:

300 Women Who Changed the World: For millennia, women have left their mark on the world, at times changing the course of history and at other times influencing small but significant spheres of life. Only in the past century, however, have concerted efforts been made to represent women's contributions more fully in history books. This site by Encyclopedia Britannica gives an overview of important women of history. 

Jefferson Macaroni Machine: Thomas Jefferson was a man of many interests. While serving as the American minister to France in the 1780s, he developed quite a taste for pasta. Learn more about what he liked to eat..

The Kindergarten Kitchen: Need some craft materials for your child.  Here is a website that offers recipes for finger paint, play dough, and dyed pasta.  And if you don't know what oobleck is you will certainly want to check this site out.

Library of Virtual Manipulatives:  Manipulatives allow students to visually examine, explore and develop concepts.  The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) at Utah State University has transported these powerful teaching tools into the virtual dimension of the computer. The NLVM collection of over 100 interactive software programs, called “applets,” are an effective means for accelerating and deepening students' understanding of math.

Food Chains:  A food chain shows how each living thing gets its food. Some animals eat plants and some animals eat other animals. For example, a simple food chain links the trees & shrubs, the giraffes (that eat trees & shrubs), and the lions (that eat the giraffes). Each link in this chain is food for the next link. A food chain always starts with plant life and ends with an animal. (Some ads are on this site.)

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.


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