has the summer gone? The months and years seem to gallop
by. When looking back, much has been accomplished, but one needs
to hold onto the hat as it seems we are moving at the speed of
Well, having said that, I
am reminded of a conversation I had with a friend just this
morning. We were talking about the many activities in which
children were involved. I probably screwed up my face, because
our children need to have quiet time....not music time or reading
time, just time to rest and think. We become concerned if our
children are not playing with friends or are not doing an activity or
going, going, going. Quiet time, thinking time gives a child the
opportunity to think about what he has learned, what the world is
about, what people are about and his place in the universe. So,
often we place our children where we want them to be, rather than
where they want to be. Quiet time gives the child the
opportunity to develop his own identity and personality.
And, adults need quiet
time, as well. Why is it, that if we spend a few minutes in
contemplation, we tend to feel guilty? Of course, there is
always something to do. But, a period of solitude helps
us to be more creative and to balance the many things happening in our
lives. As hard as it is to let go of the work, the activities,
the family, we become better at handling all those forces when we take
the time for quiet.
This year we have welcomed
many new students from around the world. e-Tutor students can be
found in China, Japan, Australia, Finland, Costa Rica, Dominican
Republic, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Some of students have begun
communicating with one another. If your child would like to
email other e-Tutor students, please let us know. We will match
children by age group.
Enjoy a beautiful
beginning to the Fall season.
Spend time fixing problems, not fixing blame.
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Guidelines and Expectations for Students
which subjects and lesson modules are recommended for your
read and complete each section of the lesson module.
Study Guide and Vocabulary before taking the quiz or exam.
with a parent or another adult the Activities and
Extending Learning Assignments you have completed.
at least one hour on each
no more than twenty lesson modules each week.
track of when you start to study and when you stop each
day. Keep record of
sport and art activity on your list, as well.
a notebook, pencil, paper and any other necessary
materials available before starting e-Tutor each day.
a schedule for learning and start, as much as possible,
the same time each day.
with your parents the goals and time management plan
you have established for yourself.
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The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley
This Newbery Honor book is the
first in a series of novels about the fantasy realm of Damar,
which also includes the Newbery Medal-winning The Hero and
the Crown. And Potterheads will be amazed to learn that
this book contains both a Harry and a Draco. Only Draco, in
this case, is a horse; and Harry is a girl.
This is one of those books that
fantasy buffs and English teachers agree on (a rare thing
before Harry Potter!).
Harry (Angharad is her real name) is a young woman who is
restless, out of place in her world. But when the king of the
Hillfolk abducts her, she is thrown into a world of magic and
adventure and required to prove herself.
Rich in detail, this novel brings a strange world, a unique
culture, and a lot of interesting people vividly to life.
While reading this book, it's hard at times to keep in mind
that it all takes place in a fantasy world. With a breadth of
scope and pacing, a streak of seriousness that may appeal to
any adult reader, and a joy in magic and battle and amazing
creatures, this is a story that I think readers of any age
Avoid paralysis by
Learning From Experience
is inevitable, learning is not," says J. Edward Russo,
co-author with Paul J. Schoemaker of Decision Traps - The Ten
Barriers to Brilliant Decision Making and How to Overcome Them.
"It's the old story of two men who had each worked 13
years. One had 13 years of experience. The other had one
year of experience, repeated 13 times. The only way to avoid
that is to spend time studying the outcomes of decisions you have made
in the past...those that worked out well and those that did not."
help you improve your decision-making and planning abilities, make a
personal decision audit of prior decisions. Consider how much
time you allocated to each of the basic phases of decision
making: creating a mental structure of how you understood the
problem and planned to solve it (this is known as framing the
problem); intelligence gathering; and coming to
conclusions. Here are some questions to ask:
Where did you spent
the most time and energy? Where the least? Were those
Which phase posed the
most problems for you? How did you overcome them...by harder
work, or by taking an easy out that diminished the results?
Did you rely on intuition
A desire to get the
planning or decision-making process over with quickly, with less work,
often leads people to make snap decision or fall back upon something
that worked before.
Adapted from Working
In Too Deep
you over-involved with your children? Some signs you may need to
You get a case of the
blues over your child's failures
You begin sentences
about your child's endeavors with "we"
You write your
teenager's college application essay
Other spectators stare
when you yell from the sideline at your child's games.
from The Chicago Tribune
Enjoy Dinner Together
the ages the dinnertime ritual has signified family and community
bonding. Nowadays it seems almost a lost art, replaced by meals
on the run. With both parents working long hours and kids on the
go, family dinners have fallen by the wayside. But when
schedules allow, meals together can be a joyful time of talking,
listening, and sharing...even if it's over fast food.
to bring the entire family together at regular intervals for a common
meal, even if it's only once a week. Make a date with the rest
of the family, and see that it's kept. You could take turns
making each kid's "favorite" and Mom's and Dad's too and
always feature a special treat for dessert or a movie-a-popcorn fest
afterward. Once the family night becomes a habit, you may well
find it's the highlight of the week for everyone!
should not be an occasion for confrontations or lectures on
manners...no one can digest food when angry or afraid. Family
closeness and communication far more important than etiquette.
Reserve the serious discussions for a more appropriate place and time,
and never use this occasion to reprimand or scold. Let your
dinnertime be one of sharing and coming together, a time for checking
in and keeping in touch.
dinners are meant to provide nourishment for both body and soul.
Add candles or flowers to the table, serve dinner with a grateful hear
and you'll surely have a heavenly meal.
Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford
Remember, advice is often free and too
often we get what w pay for.
Positive Energy of Conflict
Conflict. Most of us feel these words contradict each
other. We learned as children to avoid conflict at any
cost. "Share!" we were taught. And what we
learned as children we brought to our adult lives:
"Compromise is good; conflict is bad."
so, says Dr. Elaine Yarbrough, a conflict management expert.
Conflict is a critical element in everything we do. Without it
there is no growth, no challenge. Without conflict we would have
boring sameness. Conflict equals excitement.
conflict is managed conflict...the catalyst for innovation and
productivity. Because conflict is inevitable, why not harness
its positive energy?
from Communication Briefings
young man entered a psychiatrist's office, walked directly to the
doctor's desk, and stood stiffly before him. He told the doctor
that he was there against his will and that he had come only to please
doctor asked him why his family wanted him to see a
psychiatrist. "I suppose it's because I'm dead," the young
doctor, who thought he had heard them all, asked, "How do you
know you're dead?"
do you know you're alive?" shot back the young man.
psychiatrist decided this approach would get him nowhere, so he tried
another. "I'm sure you'll agree that dead men don't
bleed." The young man agreed this was true.
doctor reached into the desk drawer, asked the young man to roll up
his sleeve and jabbed a small needle into his arm. A spot of
blood appeared. The doctor quickly pressed a glass slide against
the blood and held it up for the patient to see.
"There!" he exclaimed triumphantly, "it's blood!"
God!" said the you man. "Dead people do bleed, don't
story seems absurd, at first, but it reflects a common human tendency...to
insist that we're right, to prefer consistency, even when faced with
from The Pryor Report
are home schooling your child or supplementing what they are learning
in a regular school, you may have found yourself creating some of the
following for you child to do.
Keep a reading log.
Why it is busywork: Writing down the title is one
thing, adding on the author, publisher, and other info turns
reading into a tedious activity. Rather let your child write
a line or two about why they liked or didn't like the book.
The time would also be better spent reading another book.
Answer the questions at the end of the chapter.
Why it is busywork: This can encourage students to
"skim and scan." hunting for answers and ignoring other
content. The exception is questions that help student infer
Play an "unscramble the word" spelling game.
Why it is busywork: If a child sees a spelling
word with the letters scrambled, he could end up remembering it
that way, says National Council of Teachers of English
Create a diorama/model/game board/anything that requires supplies
and a glue gun.
Why it is busywork: Such "fun" projects
usually involve a frantic trip to the crafts store, expensive
supplies, too much parent participation...and tool little educational
value to justify the number of hours they take (with the possible
exception of science-fair projects). If it's all about how
it looks, it's probably not worth it.
Adapted from Parenting
- School Years
more than you promise.
Special September Links:
What Did You Do In The
War, Grandma? This oral history project
of Rhode Island Women during World War II was written by students in
the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School. Judi Scott
and Linda P. Wood (in partnership with Brown University) have done a
nice job of providing online articles and resource links about oral
history as well as the time period. Others can use the site for its
interesting content, but also show it to students as an excellent
model. Like this site and the Foxfire series from Appalachia, you can
look to your own communities to uncover the interesting stories behind
the lives of seemingly ordinary people.
Pottery: Journey to a place in the far south of Mexico where
the potters of a thousand year tradition still work. This resource
presents the different ways of making and using utilitarian pottery
through a tour of several pottery villages in the state of Oaxaca,
Seeing, Hearing and
Smelling the World: This Howard Hughes
Medical Institute site features current research on the science of
sensory systems. With a glossary and graphics-rich articles focused on
the brain, seeing, hearing, smelling, and brain scans, this site could
be used to compliment life science curriculum.
The Star Spangled
Banner: Did you know that The Star
Spangled Banner is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC? The
inspiration for the US national anthem now has a web site examining
the history of the flag itself. Students can use this information as a
resource for research projects, or test their knowledge of the history
of the flag and the events of 1814 that affected Francis Scott Key,
author of the anthem.
Port Chicago Disaster: This resource and the accompanying
activities outline the events of 1944, when a major explosion rocked
Port Chicago, CA. How far does duty go for a soldier during wartime;
was there racism involved in the decision to court martial
African-American soldiers who refused to continue to load munitions
under unsafe circumstances? Students can investigate using web quests,
or educators can lead students through the essential questions
surrounding this historic event.
you a wonderful Fall!
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