August 1998 Issue - Volume 1.12
Strategic Studies e-News
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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

President's Notes

As the summer winds down, teachers are preparing for new students, administrators are rushing to make sure buildings are ready for students, parents are checking supply lists and purchasing needed items, and our children are trying to pack into the remaining days of vacation as much fun as they can imagine. Our anticipation grows also, as we look for positive change in the educational organizations we work with. Education seems so very slow to change, but as we work with other institutions we see the same reticence to adopt new policies and procedures and ultimately a new philosophy. Because a majority of parents view technology as the vital link between the classroom and the work place, technology will continue to serve as the agent of change in public education.

TechnologiesThis summer we had the opportunity to work in several school districts with administrators and teachers on incorporating technology into the curriculum. We were surprised to find that there were few computers in the classrooms, and if they were, they were old. Most of the schools had computer labs or media centers with computers, but few had more than one computer connected to the Internet. Now, these were elementary districts, we assume high school districts are better equipped. We have heard a lot in the press about the growing numbers of computers in our schools. Our findings indicate there is a long way to go, especially in using the Internet to support instruction.

 

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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

Technology is changing rapidly and it is not going to wait for our slow moving institutions to catch up. I hope that our schools do not get hopelessly behind in this exciting, information revolution. Please let us know what is happening in the schools in your area. We will tell some of your stories in the months ahead.
M Angulo

Choosing Better Day Care!

Day CareMothers 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 quite 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 thier 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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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."

Robert Frost

101 Ways to Praise A Child

A+ Job

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!

 

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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

Home as the Learning Place

Home
  • 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.

Work Habits

We hire a lot of people to assist us in the daily management of our organization. We look for people who can initiate procedures to improve teamwork. The following are suggestions which can improve work habits.

  • Co-WorkersBe accountable for outcomes. Take responsibility for outcomes. Take responsibility for the results you produce. When the results aren't good, do what you can to correct the situation.
  • Treat barriers as opportunities. Pro-active office professionals pursue the intended results despite lack of time, equipment breakdowns, unproductive moods, or difficult people. They stay calm, find alternatives, and ask for help when they need it.
  • Show a desire to learn. Take immediate action. Buy a book, sign up for a workshop, or ask someone to teach you a new skill.
  • Take responsibility for clear communication.

 

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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

"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

Bus Tour

Bus TourThis is the month that many families go on vacation, some go on tours. We invite you to take a bus tour with us. The tour is our newest addition to the E-Tutor website. E-Tutor - Connected Learning for K-12 is the dynamic program that brings engaging lessons to students through the Internet. This summer we have been busy adding additional lessons to our database. So, join us for the tour and take the opportunity to sign up for a subscription while the price is low.

Click here for a quick tour of E-Tutor

Curriculum Writers Needed

Curriculum Writers NeededE-Tutor is hiring curriculum writers to write lessons for E-Tutor, an on-line, interactive web site.

A model lesson http://www.strategicstudies.com/lessonPlans demonstrates what a typical lesson includes. For more information please call (847)318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

 

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President's Notes

Choosing Better Day Care!

101 Ways to Praise A Child

Work Habits

Bus Tour

Curriculum Writers Needed

Helpful Links

Helpful Links

Surf the WWW

  • http://www.peregrine-foundation.ca/
    Peregrine Falcon Nesting - these falcons are still on the endangered list in Canada. The site covers four nests so you can observe the regeneration of a species. Ongoing.
     

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