has gotten away from us this month as we have been settling into a new
environment. When one moves there is always more to do than what
was planned for. So we are a bit late in getting this newsletter
off to you. Without our blinking, September has crept past us
and we are almost into October. Nevertheless, we haven't
forgotten you and thank you for your patience.
Although we have been busy
setting up a new office in Boulder, our faithful staff in Chicago have
lessened the burden, by taking over when there just was not enough
time in a day. We welcome the many new students who have
enrolled in the e-Tutor program. We are pleased to welcome back
our returning students. It is gratifying to hear the many fine
comments you have shared with us about the benefits your children are
receiving through e-Tutor. When we hear from you, our day is
brighter. So, we hope you will keep those emails and phone
Our thoughts and
prayers have been with those families affected by the recent string of
hurricanes and flooding. Several of our students lost days and
weeks of their instructional program due to lack of electricity.
Thankfully services seem to be back to normal, but the scars of the
devastation remain. Although it is hard when there is so much
trauma to think of instruction, there are opportunities for
learning to take place in even the most dire of circumstances.
Photo-journalism, diaries, pictures, volunteering, etc. during and
after such events can encompass the four major curricular areas
of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.
Some of our students have shared with us what they have learned
through these latest events.
Recently a parent
asked about her child who is three. With a birthday in September, she
has been told that it might be better if she holds him back from
attending school a year. Her concern is that he will be the youngest
child in the class and may be immature and not do well in the school.
This is a difficult question for me.....my own children have October
birthdays and I did not hold either back. I know they struggled not
only through elementary and high school, but college as well.
Nevertheless, they both were bright enough and I didn’t see the
problem as theirs, but that of the schools. In hindsight would I have
done things differently....probably not. It is painful, though, as a
parent, to see your child struggle.
So, my response to
the parent was "wait and see, he is still young." My
children are adults now and there weren’t as many options then.
However, it saddens me to think that a parent has to even consider
this question today. Many parents choose to keep their children home
for schooling, but others are unable to do this. So, do they have to
worry that their child may not be ready? "Who is not ready,
the child or the school?"
May the fruits of this
month carry you through the seasons approaching.
Note: Some of
this newsletter is taken from past eNews articles.
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When you want to believe in
something, you also have to believe in everything that's necessary for
believing in it.
Betti(1892-1953) Dramatist and poet
Ways to Make the Most of STUDY TIME
Relax a bit after learning before doing
1. Find the best time to study
After school, after dinner.....homework
should have a definite start and finish time. If the homework is
finished early, the remaining time should be used to double-check and
2. The best place to study
Homework headquarters should be away
from television, stereo, telephone, and other distractions. A writing
surface and good light are necessities. A small table may be the best
place for a young student, while a desk or table, even the floor or a
bed, may work for an older student.
3. Be prepared
Have all the materials needed to
complete assignments. Pencils, sharpener, eraser and paper for younger
students, a pen, ruler, dictionary, thesaurus, and more may be
necessary for older students.
4. Make a homework list
Make an easy two-part homework
homework assignments in each subject each day as they are made.
______ Check over
the list at the end of the instructional day to make sure you have all
the materials necessary to study.
Show the assignment
sheet to educators. They can help to see that you have everything to
Keep a homework calendar
Recording due dates
for major long-range assignments on a special calendar brings the task
into focus. Work backwards, identifying all the steps along the way to
completion of the assignment.
a short paper is due on Friday, the last step is to write the
final draft on Thursday.
first step is to begin reading and note taking on Monday.
Tackle the most
difficult assignments when you are most alert and save easier tasks
for off-peak times. Schedule several smaller segments of time for
memorization. It is easier to learn in short stretches than at one
long session. Try using an easier assignment as a break from something
7. When you
you read and followed directions carefully?
you taking short cuts that are confusing you?
you using your book properly?
the directions aloud....now do they make sense?
you tried making a picture, table, graph, or diagram to represent
the known facts and relationships?
you tried to solve a similar, but less difficult problem?
you checked the glossaries, the table of contents or the indexes
you copy the words or numbers correctly?
you trying to do too much of the work in your head?
you checked for careless mistakes?
Still stuck? Do
other homework assignments for awhile. Start your instructional
program early and check with your educator. Remember.....educators
want success from their students.
Ask for help
It is okay to ask
for help. Ask parents, older brothers and sisters, just ask.
9. Take a
Schedule one or more
short breaks during the study time. Stretching the mind for an hour,
calls for stretching the body for a few minutes. Do jumping jacks,
play ping pong or the drums.....get up and move.
10. Book bag
Create a fail-proof
method for getting completed homework assignments, activities and
extended learning assignments ready for educators on time. A good
slogan is "homework goes in the book bag at bedtime."
If All the Trees Were Oaks
What If all the trees were oaks.
How plain the world would seem;
No maple syrup, banana splits,
And how would orange juice be?
Wouldn’t it be a boring place,
If all the people were the same;
Just one color, just one language.
Just one family name!
If the forest were the world, And all the people were the trees;
Palm and pine, bamboo and willow,
Live and grow in harmony.
Aren’t you glad, my good friend,
Different though we be;
We are here to help each other,
I learn from you, and you, from me.
Relieve stress by understanding which
brain hemisphere is stressed. If you feel depressed or emotionally
overwrought, your stress is in the right hemisphere....the creative,
emotional, holistic side.
What to do: Switch to your
matter-of-fact left hemisphere by doing math, writing factual prose or
organizing. The emotional right brain will calm down.
If you feel time-stressed and
overburdened, the left hemisphere is involved. Switch to your right
brain by singing or playing a sport.
Are there so many demands on your time that you can’t
squeeze another second out of your schedule? If so, you have "timelock."
Just as gridlock stops traffic, timelock stops productivity. Here is
what to do to get unlocked:
- Think of what you want out of life....not how much you
can get done. Assess all your activities. If they add to your
life, keep them. If not, eliminate them whenever possible.
- Understand your body clock. It’s irregular and not as
uniform as time from a clock. Identify its peak times. That is
when to schedule especially difficult work.
- Don’t crowd every minute with some task. If you do, tension
rises and effectiveness declines.
- Slow down. Don’t be addicted to rushing. Ask, "Why am I
rushing? What will hap-en if I don’t?" Know the difference
between necessary haste and impatience.
an old activity when you add a new one.
Whether we find pleasure in our
work or whether we find it a bore, depends entirely upon our mental
attitude towards it, not upon the task itself.
With the beginning of school, comes another season of sports
of all kinds for our youngsters. We have come to believe that
competition is good for us. But research show that "offensive
competition." which involves aggressive gamesmanship, can be
counterproductive. A study conducted at the
people who were more concerned with winning than with performing well
had lower levels of achievement. If you are competitive or your child
is competitive, consider the following:
Keep in mind that
competition is not the opposite of cooperation. Using cooperative
strategies will often help one be more "competitive."
Learn to believe
in yourself. Do not strive to prove yourself in others’ eyes.
Accept that other
people are needed to get ahead. A combination of healthy competition
and cooperation can go a long way.
Keep an open mind
to new ideas, information and feedback. Offensively competitive people
often resist others’ suggestions.
Help others to
achieve their goals.
Dr. Stan J. Katz and Aimee
of Political Campaigns? Think About This
Does using shorter sentences and smaller words make a
political candidate more attractive to voters? According to a new
study by two college researchers, it makes candidates more successful
in getting their messages across to voters. Mary-Ann Leon and T.
Harrell Allen of California State Polytechnic University studied the
speeches of President Bush and Michael Dukakis during their two 1988
debates: They found: Bush’s remarks scored at the 8th
grade level....making them clear to more than two-thirds of the
audience. Dukakis tested at the 10th and 12th
grade levels....comprehensible to less than 50 percent of Americans.
The difference: Dukakis used longer, more complex sentences and words
than Bush did.
If people knew how
hard I have had to work to gain my master, it wouldn't seem wonderful
Butterfly Watch: This site provided by the University of
Kansas is dedicated to the education, research and conservation of
monarch butterflies. Students will find kits for tagging
monarchs, creating way stations, raising monarchs and
clickable chart covering 3,000 years of world history.
Science Museum: A wealth of fun, educational, and exciting
information from the famed Philadelphia museum. Visit the online
exhibits. "Educational /hotlists” offer valuable homework
connections. Check out the “Kids Did This! Hotlist” featuring the
work of children in such areas as art, science, and social studies.
Measure 4 Measure:
A collection of interactive sites on the web that estimate, calculate,
evaluate, translate, etc. In other words, they do the work for
you. These sites allow you to convert between different units of
measurements, find your ideal caloric consumption, calculate the
amount of paint you need to paint a room and much more.
Climate Change: At this Web site, you can explore
scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas
covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these
domains. You’ll also get a sense of how scientists study natural
phenomena—how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come
The Great Plant Escape:
Detective LePlant guides students through the information they need
about plants and the part they play in our lives. In six
multi-disciplinary lessons, plants, dirt, flowers and bulbs are the
center of attention. A teacher's guide integrates the lessons and
online quizzes with other instructional ideas.
Mock Election: The National
Student/Parent Mock Election seeks to turn the sense of powerlessness
that keeps young Americans and their parents from going to the polls
into a sense of the power of participation in our democracy. One of
the most important ways to increase students' sense of significance
– and power – is to use the Mock Election to take them out of the
classroom and into the real world.
a Wonderful Month!
From the Knowledge HQ Staff
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