eNews                                           August 2013 Vol. 16-8

esident’s Message 

The summer is quickly blowing by. It is hard to keep up with the months and seasons. I've heard that the passage of time is sensed as a ratio to your age.  Oh dear, if true, then I am really in trouble!  

We have had inquiries from several businesses this summer that want to move into the educational arena. They are dedicated, conscientious, hard-working people who have the interests of children at heart. Their ideas sometimes have trouble getting off the ground because they think that all "education" is the same, or they have an idea that just doesn’t move the envelope far enough. In other cases these businesses will do well, because they have the support to keep going. As parents and educators, we often support them when we don’t take the time to carefully examine the service or product, instead we are persuaded by the glitz. We don’t know the right way for businesses to serve education......their probably isn’t one. We do know that education has had its share of "shufflers" over the years. Merely moving the parts around, is not going to get the job done in this era of technology. Profound change, through business or the public system, will probably scare us to death, but I believe it will be necessary to prepare our young people for a world that is constantly changing.

As summer draws to a close, I feel most fortunate to have had a steady stream of visitors pass through my home. There are many activities and functions which occur during the summer months here close to the mountains.  I was pleased to play host to some of those who came from out of town. What fun it is to share with others. Unfortunately the visits are not long enough or frequent enough. But, none the less, these occasions provide fond memories of an enchanting summer.

Activities have a way of stretching and growing. Not to be left behind, I have begun to attend a Spanish conversation group in the past months. It has been too many years since I had occasion to use any Spanish, however, here in Colorado there are many who speak Spanish, several who help me in and around the house.  I want to better communicate with them.  So, as humbling as it is, I am trying to recall, relearn and use what I was never very fluent at in the first place. 




eTutor  Enrollment Growing

Registration for the 2013 - 2014 school year is in full swing. If you haven't enrolled your student(s), do so now.  The accredited private online school is giving new enrollees a ten percent decrease in tuition costs for the first month until September 30, 2013. Payment plans are adaptable to fit any budget.  

Call 877-687-7200 for more information.


 Keep Connected! 

Even if you or your student is not enrolled in the eTutor Program you can still connect with us and take advantage of news and information and connect with others involved in online learning. Choose one or more of the connections below and hang out with us::  

   Here is a plethora of information which you will find interesting.  Add your own comments, as well.  Those who "like us" grows each month.  

   eTutor has several videos on YouTube. However don't be fooled there are several who are using our name.  

   We enjoy quickly adding something to eTutors on Twitter that interests us or strikes our fancy.  If you like what you see, retweet us. 

   Parenting and instructional tips and ideas are part of the interesting topics on which we focus in the eTutor Blog.   

  The children's books we list on Pinterest are of much interest by others.  

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

Learning with eTutor

An Historical View
eTutor was originally conceived to be initiated by parents and to provide learning experiences for students needing extra practice in various subject areas, or for those involved in the home schooling movement. The website is the brainchild of Strategic Studies, Park Ridge, Illinois a precursor to Knowledge Headquarters. As the program was being developed, however, it became clear that eTutor was indeed multi-functional and useful in a variety of settings. eTutor provides an effective tool for educators and institutions to use with students at all levels of functioning.  Parents and educators can monitor the progress of students, communicate with them through e-mail and provide assistance where needed.

The original programming for this major initiative was completed in November 1997. However, updates and revisions of the program are being made as it is fully utilized. A data bank of five thousand lessons will be necessary in order for eTutor to be fully operational.

Technology is being adopted at a rapid rate in school districts throughout the United States. Many lessons are available on the Internet and schools are preparing more. Our research has determined, however, that these lessons are lacking in many areas. There are no programs that give students immediate feedback about their work, that are customized to students progress, that provide a report of progress, that honor parent input, that are consistently linked to national standards, that provide lessons for students from kindergarten to high school and that ask students to use multiple Internet links in order to complete a lesson. We were also unable to find any programs that offered meaningful structure to assist students in maneuvering through the vast resources on the World Wide Web.

Strategic Studies sought to solve these problems and   determine how students can harness the vast resources of the Internet to increase learning. e-Tutor has been developed to increase the knowledge base of those students who use the lessons provided at their grade levels. The online curriculum fully implements the educational promise of technology as a strategy to assist students in learning. e-Tutor is, therefore, a valuable and innovative type of virtual learning.


Five 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.

Writing Opportunity

Increase online instructional content for your students as others have done.  During the last month over 68 teachers have signed up to use the LessonPro template. A few of the interesting topics, about which writers have written. 

  • The Treasure of Lemon Brown
  • Newton Laws
  • Shells: A Short Story
  • Food Chains and Food Webs
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Preparing to Write
  • Photography Introduction

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            

Secrets at Sea 
by Richard Peck 
Grades 3 to 6 

Helena and her three siblings are the current representatives of a very old mouse family inhabiting the Cranston home in the Hudson River Valley. Sudden change looms when the Upstairs Cranstons (the humans), having failed to find a suitable young man for older daughter Olive, take the notion to sail for Europe in search of husband prospects willing to overlook her deficiencies in favor of Papa's money.  As the oldest, Helena has other worries -- sister Louise insists on being friends with human Cranston Camilla (perilous, in the centuries-old relationship in which the human family tends not to know about its rodent counterpart), sister Beatrice is sneaking out at night to meet an undesirable boy, and brother Lamont is forever getting into life-threatening scrapes. After consulting the local mouse granny, she realizes there's nothing to be done but to pack up her little family in Camilla's trunk and stow away on the transatlantic voyage -- even though they're all mortally terrified of water -- in search of a better future for themselves and the human Cranstons, as well.

Published 2011


"Have you ever noticed how shore birds and gulls face into the wind when they are at rest on the beach? Of course, it keeps their feathers in perfect position. A good philosophy in life is to face your troubles. Don't let them ruffle your feathers."

Eleanor E. Dater


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


 Summary of the World

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be nonwhite
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual

11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the U.S.A.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education

1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such an incredibly compressed perspective, the need for both tolerance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.

Originally Submitted by Marilyn Belcher, 5th Grade Teacher
Brookfield, Illinois
Updated from


Home As The Learning Place

  • Provide a quiet appropriate place to study.
  • Encourage children to complete homework assignments by providing help and by answering questions.
  • Monitor TV time and contents.
  • Set consistent bedtime and wake-up schedules.
  • Engage your children in discussions on a variety of subjects.....current events, hobbies, nature, sports.


Oh, We Skeptics!

As we continue to grow and change we have met with some skeptics. We find the following helpful when someone has tried to "pop our balloon." It is far better to give an idea a chance....or at least to not immediately shoot it down....than to be one of those who always says "Won’t work," "Bad idea," or "Too risky;" and so, never doing anything great!

  • This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." Western Union internal memo, 1876
  • "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920's.
  • "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible." A Yale management professor in response to Fred Smith’s proposal for an overnight delivery service. Smith is the founder of Federal Express Corporation.
  • "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." Response to Debbi Field’s idea about starting Little Debbi Cookies.
  • "We didn’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Decca Recording Company rejection of the Beatles, 1962.
  • "If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this." Spencer Silver on his invention of the Post-It Notes
  • "So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or, we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’  So, then we went to Hewlett-Packard and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t gotten through college yet.’ "  Apple Computer Inc. Founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times on Goddard’s revolutionary rocket work.
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the U.S. Office of patents, 1899.

    Phi Delta Kappa

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Failure is the line of least persistence.


101 Ways to Praise A Child

We have published this before, but it can not be repeated often enough.

Wow • Way to Go • Super • You’re Special • Outstanding • Excellent • Great • Good • Neat • Well Done • Remarkable • I Knew You Could Do it • I’m Proud of You • Fantastic • Super Star • Nice Work • Looking Good • You’re on Top of it • Beautiful • Now You’re Flying • You’re Catching on • Now You’ve Got it • You’re Incredible • Hot Dog • Dynamite • You’re Beautiful • You’re Unique • Nothing Can Stop You Now • Good For You • I like You • You’re a Winner • Remarkable Job • Beautiful Work • Spectacular • You’re Spectacular • You’re Darling • You’re Precious • Great Discovery • You’ve Discovered the Secret • You Figured it Out • Fantastic Job • Hip, Hip Hurray • Bingo • Magnificent • Marvelous • Terrific • You’re Important • Phenomenal • You’re Sensational • Super Work • Creative Job • Super Job • Fantastic Job • Exceptional Performance • You’re a Real Trooper • You Are Responsible • You Are Exciting • You Learned it Right • What an Imagination • What a Good Listener • You Are Fun • Beautiful Sharing • Outstanding Performance • You’re a Good Friend • I Trust You • You’re Important • You Mean a Lot to Me • You Make Me Happy • You Belong • You’ve Got a Friend • You Make Me Laugh • You Brighten My Day • I Respect You • You Mean the World to Me • That’s Correct • You’re a Joy • You’re a Treasure • You’re Wonderful • You’re Perfect • Awesome • A+ Job • You’re A-ok-my Buddy • You Made My Day • That’s the Best • a Big Hug • a Big Kiss • Say I Love You! 

P.S. Remember, a Smile Is Worth 1000 Words!


Choosing Better Day Care!

Mothers who stay home can provide children with their continuous presence and love, but as many families know, sometimes the choice to work outside the home becomes imperative. The Working Parents Help Book contains common-sense advice from working parents who are experts at helping others choose the "right" child care. They list 10 steps parents should consider before choosing a facility.

  1. Plan on spending several hours, in at least two visits, observing a center before deciding. One visit should be unannounced.
  2. Observe the staff relating to children and find out the employees' qualifications, education and child-development training and experience.
  3. Learn about the turnover rate in staff.
  4. Note class sizes and child-to-staff ratios.
  5. Is there active and quiet play, as well as, rest time?
  6. Are there age-appropriate materials and toys, and an outdoor play area?
  7. Is the facility clean, cheerful and well-maintained? Do staff wash hands frequently?
  8. Notice safety features, such as, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, covered electrical outlets, stair gates, playground cushioning.
  9. Parents should be allowed to visit their child's class whenever they want.
  10. Does the center have accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children?



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


Awesome August Links:

Canadian Peregrine Foundation: The organization believes that informing the public about conservation issues is critical to the continued recovery of the peregrine falcon and other endangered species. This site offers information, projects, resources and webcams of peregrines.

Whootie Owl's Stories to Grow By:  Once upon a time...A friend to kids and grown-ups! Whootie Owl presents fairy tales that promote positive ethics. The stories are nondenominational. There are some ads.

Studying Ancient Rome? Don’t miss this site. An official source of information on the archaeological site of the Imperial Forums, where "Roman civilization began and evolved throughout the centuries." The web cam views from the mayor’s balcony are fabulous!

Stephen Hawkings Universe: The site goes along with the PBS Stephen Hawking's Universe series of programs. Sections devoted to answering mysterious questions of the universe such as "What are quarks and quasars?" and "Is time travel possible?"  This is a great site for high school physics and undergraduate astronomy instruction.

Famous Trials: The Famous American Trials site provides an exceptional tool for teaching American history from the perspective of landmark legal battles. Each case has an overview of events, a timeline, transcripts of the testimony, photographs, audio clips (when available), biographies of the participants, and other important information about the individual cases. A great resource for learning about the evolution of the American legal system and important events in U.S. history.

How Our Hawaiian Islands Were Formed: Here is a fun and interactive way to learn about the volcanic formation of islands in the Pacific, specifically the enchanting Hawaiian Islands. The site includes an animated learning module, a game, a set of Hawaiian legends, and more!

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.

Enjoy the little things this month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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