eNews                                    September 2013 Vol. 16-9

esident’s Message 

It has been a trying time for all of us who live in Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding areas. While the beauty of the area is unsurpassed, there are times when nature turns a different face and lets loose a fury as it has done in the last week.  Rain which came in such torrents and for such a length of time, it saturated ground, homes and roads and then carried what blocked its way down mountains and rivers forming new paths and lakes along its way.  It will take some time to recoup from the lose of life and property.  We have not yet begun to rebuild life and spirit, for many it will take years.

Thank you to all who called and wrote to make sure we were okay.  We experienced minimal leaks and water damage.  Our street is still strewn with boulders and rocks.  We have been fortunate. 

This month we have spent time locating space to set up an online tutoring site in Boulder. We think we have found the solution in a central location that houses other technology businesses and entrepreneurs.  Since tutors will not be onsite for the entire day, we did not need a typical office or office building.  In the past we have had an office building, but since the move to mobile computing, we have not needed the space. Look for more information about our new space in the months ahead.

Welcome to all new enrollees and their parents. We are happy you have joined the eTutor World of Learners and look forward to your success in learning.  





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The price of wisdom is eternal thought. 

Learning with eTutor

Guidelines and Expectations for Students
Many new students have enrolled in the eTutor program.  It is helpful to remember the following guidelines in order to be successful learners.

  • Know which subjects and lesson modules are recommended for your grade level. 
  • Carefully read and complete each section of the lesson module. 
  • Review Study Guide and Vocabulary before taking the quiz or exam. 
  • Share with a parent or another adult the Activities and Extending Learning Assignments you have completed. 
  • Spend at least one hour on each lesson module.
  • Complete no more than twenty lesson modules each week.
  • Keep 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. 
  • Have a notebook, pencil, paper and any other necessary materials available before starting eTutor each day. 
  • Establish a schedule for learning and start, as much as possible, the same time each day.
  • Share with your parents the goals and time management plan you have established for yourself.
  • Contact eTutor if you are experiencing any difficulty with the program.


Six New Lesson Modules were added 
to eTutor this month.

Over 3400 Lesson Modules
are included in the 
eTutor Lesson Library!

Join the eTutor world of learning today to view 
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Writing Opportunity

Many schools and districts have increased their technology budgets in order to purchase computer hardware for their students. Many schools are now using computer tablets for instruction each day.  If you are in one of these schools, you may be required to create new instructional material for your class.  The LessonPro template makes it easy to create internet-based instruction, which you can use with your students. There is no fee for using the template and using it with your students.   A teacher at one University has used to template to write eleven lesson modules since August. .Since our last newsletter over 90 teachers have signed up to use the LessonPro template. Some interesting topics this month:. 

  • Longitude and Latitude
  • Measurement and Data
  • Paragraph Development
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Electrostatics
  • Landforms and Their Evolutions
  • Active Listening

If you have questions or comments, please contact us.  We hope you will join The Writers' Circle today!


   The Book Case            

Mr. Popper's Penguins 
by Richard & Florence Atwater 

Grades 3 to 6 

Mr. Popper painted and papered houses in the pretty little city of Stillwater. To look at him with his vacant expression and paint-spattered clothes and hair, one would never imagine that he would one day be the most famous person in Stillwater.

Once the house-painting season is over, Mr. Popper settles in for the winter to read his travel books. He dreams of going to Antarctica one day; in fact, he never tires of reading about the South Pole. But one day the South Pole comes to him, in the form of a penguin in a package sent from the Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. The penguin, dubbed Captain Cook after the "gook" sound he makes, lives with the Popper family, puts a strain on their modest means, and creates quite a stir in little Stillwater. Mr. Popper and his penguin are photographed together during a stroll around town, and this sparks the interest of the national press.

Newbery  Honor Book 1939

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From  a little spark may burst a mighty flame. 


Good Pedestrian Habits

Because it is impossible, impractical and undesirable to completely isolate young children from traffic, it is essential to teach them safe behaviors near streets and driveways. Here are some ideas from AAA to begin teaching good pedestrian habits:

  • Play, walk, drive. Point out the differences areas for play (yards, sandboxes, playgrounds), for walking (sidewalks, walkways, trails) and for driving (streets, drive-ways, parking lots).
  • Sights and Sounds. Driveways are especially hazardous because they are used for play and parking.  Drivers may not see children directly behind their vehicles.  Show your child what a vehicle operating in reverse looks and sounds like. Identify  back-up lights, exhaust coming out of a tail pipe, and the sound of a car's engine starting. Teach your child to move out of the way quickly when a car is backing up.
  • Boundaries. Point out curbs, shoulders or other boundaries that divide the child's play areas from the street, discussing which side of the boundary is for children and which side is for cars.
  • Direction of Travel. As you stand at the side, teach children how to identify whether cars on the street are driving toward them or away from them. Share the child's field of vision by stooping or kneeling as together you look for traffic before crossing.
  • Stop, Look and Listen.  Instill an unbreakable habit by teaching a child by your example, to stop before reaching the edge of the street or driveway. That margin of safety lets oncoming drivers know the child is aware of traffic. Next, ask them to watch you look for approaching vehicles. Show them by turning your head, and not just your eyes, to the left and the right. 

Adapted from AAA Compass



Protect All Our Children

As parents we want to protect our children from all the pain and injustices of life. That, of course, is impossible, but we can create an environment where children are physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe.  And we will do a much better job of protecting them when we think of all the children in the world as our responsibility.

All children need our protection from the many forms of abuse...the verbal put-downs, name calling, physical punishment, and beatings. Some children suffer from a lack of love and others are the victims of poverty.  We can and should make it our business to protect children from the tyranny of parents and other adults who, because of their inability or unwillingness to heal their own personal pain, inflict their rage on helpless children.

In cities and communities cross our country, there are children in need of guardian angels. We can begin today in small ways to make enormous differences in the lives of such children. Together we can find a way to protect children everywhere from hunger, disease and violence.  

Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford 

The SAT Critical Reading Test

Evaluative reading differs from ordinary reading insofar as it reflects a more active and critical mode of engagement. "Is the statement true?  Is it useful? How does it relate to things I already know?" Knowing how to critically read is important.  The deeper we are able to think, the more likely we are going to create the world we want for ourselves.

The critical reading test is comprised of three sections for a total of seventy minutes and sixty-seven questions. Each reading section starts off with sentence-completion questions. These questions are followed by two short reading paragraphs with one or two questions each.  Longer reading passages follow. 

While taking the test, students should read only the most important parts of the essays, and ignore thorough, time-consuming regular reading.  To prepare, students should read things they enjoy, anything and everything, but increase the level. Whatever is read is adding something to overall skill in understanding and engaging the world. 

Adapted from Next Step Magazine 

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You can't get a positive charge from a dead battery.


Learning to Write Right

Do you remember when you were in school and your assignment was to write a term paper? It was an important task and one that took your attention for  significant period of time. 

Students are still writing term papers. The development of the skills and concepts needed to produce a credible product is one of the primary goals of the writing curriculum. The term paper remains a symbol of achievement and, in coordination with the many skills involved in creating a well-written paper, a mark of success.  

The development of necessary skills begins as soon as the child begins schooling.  In kindergarten, the child is asked to tell about something he or she saw on a walk in the park which is beginning to guide the child toward using observation as a source of information.  When the child responds by saying, "Some men were trimming the trees and putting the limbs in  truck," that child is learning to place facts in sequence.

Everyday, in every grade, there is careful learning and re-learning of sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, and language usage. As students' skills are guided and polished, a continuous emphasis is placed upon these subjects.

By high school the student has the ability to find material in reference sources, organize that material into useful notes, produce  paper on a given subject, and work independently toward an assigned goal. Computerized information storage has made access to resource materials less time consuming.  Technology has improved the look of the finished product.  But the skills required to organize and produce a term paper are still the terminal goal of the written language program.  

Adapted from Master Teacher

Helping Kids Cope 
with Stress

While some stress in life is normal and even healthy, kids today seem to be confronted with a myriad of experiences that can create tension and make coping with life a challenge. Common examples of these stressors include:  lack of basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter), divorce, death, illness, incarceration, foster care placement, family substance abuse, domestic violence, extended separation from a parent or loved one, or physical, sexual, emotional abuse. 

We are often faced with the challenge of supporting children who are coping with stressful life circumstances.  The guidance provided by a caring adult can make the difference in whether or not children feel completely overwhelmed by their stressors or are able to develop healthy emotional behavioral and psychological coping skills.  The following are helpful strategies to assist in supporting kids coping with stress:

  • Be a role model - Set an example and keep in mind that kids learn from watching the adults in their lives.

  • Connect with kids - Pay attention to their fears; respect their wish to not talk until ready; help them keep stressors in perspective.

  • Foster open communication - Speak in terms that are easy to understand; reassure nd provide opportunities for them to express their thoughts and concerns in safe ways; answer questions as openly and honestly as possible. 

  • Maintain consistency - Expect and respond to changes in behavior; maintain consistent academic and behavioral expectations.

  • Foster resilience - Help kids interpret what has happened and make sense of it; help them explore positive ways of coping with fears and anxieties.

  • Be alert to special needs - Spend extra time with kids if necessary; make referral to counseling for additional support if needed.

Adapted from Helping Kids Cope with Stress

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Have the vision of an eagle and the work ethic of  plow horse.


Spectacular September Links:

With hundreds of thousands of web cams located around the world, there is always something to see. This month we will focus on a few we think you might find interesting.

Giraffes:  Watch the giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.  The best times are 9:15a.m. and5 p.m. when the giraffes move in and out of their enclosure.

Snow Monkeys: Japan's famous "snow monkey," macaques which soak year-round in the Jigokudani Yaenkoen hot springs are worth watching.

The North Pole: Check out what's going on at the North Pole via NOAA's drifting ice-floe web cam.  You won't need to worry about time zones...the sun doesn't to down until October.

Yellowstone National Park:  Watch Old Faithful and other nearby geysers on Yellowstone National Park's live video cam.  When a geyser erupts, the camera zooms in for a closer view.

Pyramids:  Beautiful views of the pyramids at Giza. Although it seems the web cam is inactive, there are many beautiful shots of the pyramids you won't want to miss.

Estes Park, Colorado:  Estes Park offers nine different cams, located around the town and in Rocky Mountain National Park. There is also information about the recent flooding in Colorado.

These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.
These pages demonstrate visual phenomena, and »optical« or »visual illusions«. The latter is more appropriate, because most effects have their basis in the visual pathway, not in the optics of the eye.

Spend some time outside this month!

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