students who have taken the summer off from the eTutor Virtual
Learning Program are coming back as children around
the country return to their traditional classrooms. Many are
returning for the sixth and seventh
year. Although online learning provides many
options that traditional schooling cannot, like a shorter school day
or full year instruction, we find that many students and their parents
prefer to use the traditional model with which many of us are familiar.
eTutor had many students graduate from the program this year. We are
very proud of students who have continually remained engaged in online
learning. It takes motivation and commitment.
parents also know the commitment it takes on your part for online
learning to be successful. It is no small feat to decide that a
different way of learning is the best option for your child. The
eTutor Program requires parents to be active participants in the
learning program....coaching, modeling, guiding, and reviewing.
Much applause for all you do to aid in the success of your
student. And also, thank you, for the many words of praise
you have given us over the last few months. It means much and
provides the impetus for adding new and better additions to our
the last month we took some time off from our regular work week to
work with a couple of consultants in doing some strategic
weather was warm and beautiful so we took the opportunity to take our
charts, markers and sticky notes to the patio. It
is amazing how this little action was able to free up our thinking and
allowed the creative processes to take over. Most often we are
so overburdened with everyday responsibilities that there is little
time to plot new endeavors. During the next year I hope to take
advantages of opportunities to speak about our experiences and the
changes we have seen over the years in providing online learning for students.
All the best for a
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effective for students looking for a supplemental program to their
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through text than through a telephone call; I check my emails and
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working around the house. And, I am an old-timer....your
children can no doubt show me a thing or two. I hope you will
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We hope you have taken
the opportunity to write great online content for your students this
Some writers have written several lessons for their groups. Remember that the lessons you create are yours to use with students in
and out of class at no cost to you. You can use the language of your country
as the template accepts all languages. Here are a few of the lessons we found
in LessonPro this month:
Symbols of Inclusion
Perimeter of Polygons
Diameter and Radii of Circle
Understanding the Unit Fraction
Patterns and Classification
If you have questions or comments,
please contact us. We hope you will join The Writers' Circle
of the Road
by Elizabeth Janet Gray
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
5 - 10
Set in 13th century England, this
Newbery Award winner tells of the adventures of Adam, the 11
year old son of a minstrel, as he travels around Southern
England. He begins the journey with his father and his faithful
cocker spaniel, Nick. However, when an unscrupulous minstrel
steals his dog, Adam tries to recover him, losing track of his
father in the process. This leaves 11-year old Adam alone on the
roads to take care of himself, using his harp and minstrel
skills to gain food and shelter as he seeks his lost puppy and
father. 317 pgs.
1943 Newbery Medal
Home - Teen
often run into serious discipline problems in connection with parties
they attend or host. Parents can help avoid these problems by taking a
few precautions each time a party is planned. Experts suggest
agreeing to certain rules ahead of time. You may want to consider some
of the following:
coming and going from the party.
certain rooms off-limits.
smoking, drugs or alcohol.
a time limit when the party begins and ends.
another parent to help deal with unexpected problems.
your responsibilities: Remember that as an adult you are
legally responsible for anything that may happen to a minor who
has been served drugs or alcohol in your home.
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children don't have the confidence to achieve in their learning
environments, they protect themselves by using defense mechanisms that
work for them temporarily. They adapt by using dependent or dominant
patterns. Parents and educators may accidentally reinforce these
defensive habits. Below is a list of prototypical children who reflect
the characteristics of under-achievement. These labels re not intended
to represent actual children. Underachievers usually combine a number of characteristics.
- Perfectionist Pearl; Poor Sally; Passive Paul
Non-Conformers - Sick Sam; Taunted Terrance; Depressed Donna;
The words and body
language of these children say, "Take care of me."
"This is too hard." "Feel sorry for me." "I
need help." Adults in these children's lives listen to
their children too literally and unintentionally provide more
protection and help than the children need. As a result these
children get so much help from others that they lose self
confidence. They do less, and parents and educators expect less.
They become overanxious, oversensitive, and even depressed. They
slip between the cracks.
- Social Sally; Jock Jack; Academic Alice; Dramatic Dick
Non-Conformers - Manipulative Mary; Creative Chris; Hyper
Harry; Rebellious Rebecca; Bully Bob
These children select only
those activities in which they feel confident they'll be
winners. They argue or debate about almost everything.
They manipulate by trapping parents and educators into their thinking.
They know they're smart because they've been told that by almost
everyone. They just don't know how to be productively
smart. If they put forth effort, they no longer have an excuse
to protect their fragile self-concept. They've defined smart as
"easy," and anything that is difficult threatens their sense
of being smart. The competition
problem is less obvious because underachievers often declare that they
are good sports. It is their behavior that tells you that losing
experiences make them feel like losers. They avoid any risk of losing
and choose only activities or interests at which they're unique or
best; but when they hit the proverbial "wall," they
quit, dropout, or choose something else.
We can and should listen
to our children's messages and reframe their views to give them more
Association of School Boards
Remember, there is no right way to do a wrong thing.
A Word About Phonics
Phonics refers to the alphabetical
principles that describe the relationships between the sounds and
printed letters and symbols of language. Reading involves a
complex process of obtaining meaning from print. Emphasis on
phonics to the exclusion of other word recognition systems and
meaning-making strategies encourages students to become so fixed on
sounds and letters that they have little interaction with the printed
message and get very little meaning, information or enjoyment from
Children do not learn to speak by
initially perfecting the word order and enunciation of all sounds of a
language. They do not learn to read and write exclusively
through practice drills and skill exercises which focus on letters and
sounds. Students must acquire and use many strategies and
a vast knowledge of the English language to become efficient readers
and competent writers.
Adapted from Canada Dept.
programs and school activities have started again this month. With the
many activities in which our children are involved we find ourselves
going from one function to another. What if you have no choice but to
send someone else to pick up your child....someone he or she doesn't
children have been warned to keep away from strangers, work together
on a "Code Word" system so they will know for sure the person was
sent by you. It can be, for example, the name of the child's
favorite stuffed animal or storybook character. Caution them
that it isn't enough if somebody just knows their name. They
could have learned it in many ways. In fact, experts advise not
to display a child's name on books or clothing for that very reason.
Code Word frequently with your children so they won't forget it, and
go over the types of situations when you might have to use it.
Warn them never to accept the answer, "Your mother told me the
word but I forgot." In
this way, if you have to send someone else to pick up your child at the
supermarket or after a sports activity, you can be confident that
person will be the only one he or she will go with.
Adapted from NSPRA, National School Public
to the Basics - Self-Love
yourself is the basis for all that is beautiful and meaningful in the
human experience, and parenting is no exception. Simply put, because
self-love is the basis of individual responsibility and joy, you
cannot be a good parent if you don't love yourself. For it is through
discovering how precious you are that you are able to have the courage
and self-confidence that parenting requires; by loving yourself you
will have an internal sense of well-being so that, rather than looking
to your children for validation, you have your own identity.
does it mean to love yourself as a parent? It means taking time
for yourself daily. Respecting yourself. Pampering yourself once
in awhile. It means learning about your unique talents and
enjoying whatever makes your heart sing. It means sticking up
for yourself when you know you need to. It's a daily
process in which you come to know yourself as you are, forgive
yourself for the not-so-loving parts you uncover, and, finally, take
whatever loving action is needed for your personal growth. When
you love yourself you are able to admit your short comings, knowing
that although things have not always been easy for you, you have done
the best you can. When you love and accept who you are, you will not
be afraid to grow, to learn, to change. You will feel alive and have
the energy you need to enjoy and nurture your family. Because
children learn by example, you are the greatest teacher of what loving
yourself really means.
From Wonderful Ways to Love A Child by Judy Ford
attention to things that are working and things that are not working
Awesome August Links:
Athropolis: Imagine a
place where the sun shines every hour of every day - for almost half
of the year! Then - darkness for the rest of the year. This is the
home of the Throps - rulers of the long summer day. This is the home
of the Squallhoots - rulers of the long winter night. Story, songs,
games, learn about the Arctic, and MORE!
Mind Lab: A really great
interactive exploration of seeing and perception using well-known
optical illusions. Folks familiar with the Exploratorium exhibitions
Seeing and Mind will note the similarities. http://www.jst.go.jp/csc/virtual/find/mindlab/english/index.html
Physics Classroom: This
site is loaded with cool animations that will help you visualize and
understand major concepts in classical physics. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/index.html
Kite Aerial Photography: It's
hard to imagine that such beautiful photographs were taken using a
kite! Go see the pictures and learn about the equipment used to take
Snake Tracks: Forums, snake care
sheets, conservation, field herping, and photographs and information
on more than 2,000 species of snakes worldwide.
a Great Month
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