eNews                               September 2015 Vol. 18-09

President's Message

Oh my! What a busy month it has been!  I wish I could share with you the many things we have accomplished....but details elude me. All I know is that I have this sense of well-being and contentment about the direction we are going and the tasks we have undertaken. There is a fulfillment to each and every day.    

It's quiet in the neighborhood now that the children are off to school.  The yellow school bus comes trudging up the street each morning to pick up their precious cargo.  That yellow bus has been picking up children for school for years and years.  When I look at a classroom, it looks remarkably similar to the classrooms of twenty, thirty or even fifty years ago.  Yet we as a community and society have changed....There are certainly more of us, there are more cars, more stores, more houses and much more information.  Our businesses have changed....the workplace can be many different places now and work hours are more fluid.  Communicating has longer are we tied to a telephone line, the phone is picked up and goes with us everywhere.  And email and instant messaging are taking the place of postal mail.  Oh! How we have changed.  But there goes the yellow school bus to deliver our precious children to a classroom like it has always been.  Just when we thought we had changed, we find we haven't.  What will it take?  

As the days get shorter I find myself anxious to spend time outside each day.  I feel cheated if I haven't found the time to get out for a quick walk or a stroll through my waning garden.  This is a special time of year.  There is  anticipation in the air.  It is as if all the living creatures are preparing for a change.  The bees and butterflies are busy getting the last bit of pollen, the plants are shedding their blooms and leaves are beginning to brown around the edges.  It's a time for reflection and planning.  

Enjoy your days this month my friends.


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Be somebody's best friend.

Learning with eTutor

Tracking Your Off-Line Work

Although most of your learning with e-Tutor will be online, you will be asked to do some paperwork in most of the lesson modules.  Where are you going to put those papers?  We suggest folders.  These do not have to be fancy…..we use four simple manila folders, one for each curricular area.  As you complete the Activities, Extended Learning, Vocabulary and Resource work, place your papers in the appropriate folder.  Make sure your parent has a chance to review what you have done each day.   

You can ask your parent to print out the report card once a month.  Put these in the appropriate folder so you can keep track of how you are doing.     

Finally, keep track of the hours you study each day.  It is nice for you to be able to see what you have accomplished each day, week and month.  You deserve to give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work.  

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You can access these on laptop, tablet or smart phone.  Go to eTutor Unplugged to access these lessons directly.  Use the QR (quick response) code to easily view lessons on your phone or tablet.


Instructional Content 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:  

General Math
Test Revision
Level Questions

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


   The Book Case            

It's Like This, Cat
Emily Neville 

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

   Grades 5 - 9 

This is the story of a young man, Dave Mitchell, and how he grew to maturity, helped along indirectly by a stray cat that he brought home from Crazy Kate, the neighborhood Cat Lady. 

Dave lives in New York City with his lawyer father and his mother, who has bouts of asthma brought on by family strife. The cat, named "Cat" lives a wild life that brings Dave in contact with a future friend and girl friend. Dave's adventures take him throughout areas of New York City, and the reader is treated to descriptions of famous city landmarks. With Dave's new cat-related experiences comes an increased appreciation for his parents and deepening care for his new friends.

1964 Newbery Medal Winner
Online Version

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Challenge tradition.


Tired of Political Campaigns? Think About This

Does using shorter sentences and smaller words make a political candidate more attractive to voters? According to a 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.  Do you think there are any comparisons to made in this year's debates?

So Much To Do...So Little Time!

In the fast-paced world in which we live, adults often are hard pressed to find the time to work, manage a household, raise a family and pursue leisure activities....all within the confines of a 24 - hour day. Children are no different. Between going to school, doing homework, working part time, visiting with friends, attending athletic practice, participating in school clubs, taking music or dance lessons, doing household chores and watching a favorite television program and playing a computer game......a child can find himself without a minute to spare during a typical day.

Children need their parents’ help in learning how to organize their time. By equipping them with some vital time management skills now, they will be better prepared to meet the increasing demands placed on their lives as they grow older.

  • Weekly chart. Map out a schedule each week, with specific times allotted for school, homework, work, chores, extracurricular activities, television, dating and going out with friends.
  • Permanent work space. By mid-elementary age, your child should have his own place for studying.
  • Organized notebooks.
  • Regular homework time
  • Learning comes first. If your child starts producing incomplete assignments, neglecting his homework or slacking off in his grades, it is time to make him drop some activities. If schoolwork improves, he can resume the disrupted activity.

Do not let your child over structure her time after school and on weekends. Children need a few moments to wind down between activities. Encourage them to have a healthy snack, listen to music or read a magazine before rushing off to soccer practice or a music lesson. Remember that part of the joy in being young is the freedom to do nothing at all.



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Remember, there is no right way to do  a wrong thing.


Words to Ponder Over

Any teacher can take a child to the classroom, but not every teacher can make him learn. He will not work joyously unless he feels that liberty is his, whether he is busy or at rest; he must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking of disappointment before he takes, with a will, the tasks distasteful to him and resolves to dance his way bravely through a dull routine of textbooks.

Helen Keller

Outsmarting Stress

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.

Jane Cole-Hamilton, Wellspring Seminars

What's Not To Like About a Little Competiton

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 University of Texas disclosed that 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 E. Liu, Self

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

Stunning September Links:

Wolfram Alpha:  With the goal of making "all systematic knowledge computable," Wolfram Alpha has produced an amazing search engine capable of plotting complex mathematical equations, comparing two stocks, and interpreting a string of base pairs and finding matches to the human genome. Start with the Examples to see what it can do-then try your own queries.

Planet Perplex: A gallery of optical illusions, word games, puzzles, abigrams and more.

Count Us In:  The games on this Web site are geared to younger children, with fancifully-illustrated exercises to help them grasp basic number concepts. Addition, subtraction, and number recognition are conveyed through cartoons of everyday activities such as bowling, boarding a bus, and visiting the beach. (This site uses Flash.)

The Visual Thesaurus: Think about words in a whole new way after perusing this excellent site. This thesaurus is a visual exploration of the sense relationships within the English language. 

Spider Myths Site: Spiders have gotten a bad rap. This spider expert from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture restores the spider's reputation by debunking such myths as "Spiders in the home are a danger to children and pets." and "The daddy longlegs has the world's most powerful venom, but its fangs are so small that it can't bite you."


Have a Beautiful Month!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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