eNews                                August 2015 Vol. 18-08

President's Message

Those 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. 

You 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 instructional programs.    

During the last month we took some time off from our regular work week to work with a couple of consultants in doing some strategic planning.  The 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 rewarding month.


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Enrollment For School Year 2015 - 2016

eTutor Guided One-to-One classes are filling up.  If your student plans to enroll in this program, you will not want to delay.   eTutor has open enrollment, so students can enter at any time, yet there is  limited number of spaces for this very popular program.  The number of school days remains the same for both the Guided and Independent program and is dependent on the entry date. While most students use eTutor for their full instructional program, the program is equally effective for students looking for a supplemental program to their traditional schooling.      

Call 877-687-7200 for more information


      The eTutor Community

 If you are like may be using your smart phone in more ways than you could have imagined a few years ago. I communicate more through text than through a telephone call; I check my emails and current postings; and listen to books while running errands or 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 join our community.    

   Facebook - Longer entries than what you see on Twitter. If you see something you like...let us know by clicking the "like" button.. 

   Twitter - Just a sentence that will we share with you about educational topics. You can learn more by clicking on the included link.  

   eTutor Blog - If you want to learn more about our interests and learn something at the same time, check out the blog. 

  Pinterest - You may lose yourself at this site, but take the plunge.  Feel free to add or "pin" something from our site to your own site. Can you find us on other Pinterest sites?

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Be somebody's best friend.

Learning with eTutor

The eTutor Self-Guided Program provides the following:

  • eTutor meets National Goals for Learning in the areas of
    Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Science and is
    designed for students from kindergarten through grade twelve.
  • Each lesson module has several parts including an introduction, vocabulary,a lesson problem, statement of curricular standards, resources, study guide, activities, extended learning, and quizzes and exams.
  • eTutor includes a wide range of topics, informational web sites
    and interesting activities that help to create a unique learning
    experience for students.
  • eTutor provides immediate feedback to student and parent.
    Multiple choice questions follow each study guide to check for
    comprehension and understanding of concepts learned. 
  • eTutor includes student and teacher/parent resources,
    discussion area, homework help, and unique email features.
  • eTutor lessons are written by educators in 27 subject areas.
    Students can work at their own ability level and at their own pace.
    The lessons emphasize achievement in basic skills for
  • The most important key to eTutor is student success and
    students are more likely to succeed if the information is interesting
    and relevant for them.
  • Content of eTutor lessons apply to real-life situations that students
    can relate to, such as, creating a budget or reviewing a movie.  
  • eTutor is a program that is fully accessible through the Internet.
    There are no plug-ins, or additional software with the program.
  • The depth of content, use of graphics, activities and inclusion of
    web sites make eTutor unique when compared to other educational
    sites on the Internet. 

The editing and updating of eTutor Lesson Modules is continuing.

Over 3500 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

 Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
the lesson modules.


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


Online Writers

We hope you have taken the opportunity to write great online content for your students this summer
.  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:  

Summer Vacation!
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 now!



   The Book Case            

Adam of the Road 
by Elizabeth Janet Gray

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

   Grades 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 Winner

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Challenge tradition.


At Home - Teen Parties 

Teenagers 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:

  • No coming and going from the party.

  • Make certain rooms off-limits.

  • Keep lights on.

  • No uninvited guests.

  • No smoking, drugs or alcohol.

  • Set a time limit when the party begins and ends.

  • Invite another parent to help deal with unexpected problems.

  • Know 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. 

Adapted from School Public Relations Service

 Defenses to Learning

When 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.

Dependent:  Conformers - Perfectionist Pearl; Poor Sally; Passive Paul
                   Non-Conformers - Sick Sam; Taunted Terrance; Depressed Donna; Torn Tommy

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 quietly slip between the cracks.  

Dominant:  Conformers - 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 appropriate direction.  

Adapted from Illinois Association of School Boards


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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 print. 

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. of Education

Code Word

Park district 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 know? 

Because your 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.

Practice the 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 Relations Association

Getting to the Basics - Self-Love

Loving 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.

What 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. 

Adapted From Wonderful Ways to  Love  A Child by Judy Ford

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Pay attention to things that are working and things that are not working well.

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.

Physics Classroom:  This site is loaded with cool animations that will help you visualize and understand major concepts in classical physics.

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 them! 

Snake Tracks: Forums, snake care sheets, conservation, field herping, and photographs and information on more than 2,000 species of snakes worldwide.


Enjoy a Great Month

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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