has been our goal to
establish a program where students are totally involved in their own
learning and make choices about what they will study. We have
found over the years, that when a student is given the opportunity to
select from a wide variety of topics and subjects, the learning
becomes spontaneous and enjoyable. We put the selection of
lesson modules in the hands of the student rather than specifying what
should be done each day. It works! Most eTutor students
are self-motivated and understand the value of their learning
activities. And, they actually end up learning the same or more
than what most students learn at their age.
This concept is sometimes
hard for parents and educators to accept, as we are used to being
given a step-by-step process for learning. This method doesn't
take individual strengths and interest into consideration. We
trust the student's desire to learn. Children understand when they are
ready to walk, to talk, or to ride a bike. Why, at five years of
age, do we begin to dictate when and what to learn?
Unfortunately for most students, this pattern continues throughout the
It surprises me each time
I get a phone call from a parent who just wants their child to get
through school, no matter if the student has learned anything. Well, I
be surprised. The student and parent probably did not have any
say in the learning process. And when the same old way doesn't
work and the student fails, everyone stands around shaking their
head. Students are blamed. Parents are blamed and schools
are blamed. Given choices about their learning program early on
and throughout the school years, perhaps we would not see so much
failure. Students need to be given the respect they deserve in
deciding their own best way to learn. Educators need to provide
multiple ways for learning to take place, a wide variety of
instructional content that inspires and motivates; they need to
facilitate learning rather than instruct. And finally, they need
to step back and let the student take charge.
My father was the
first to hear
The passage of the geese each fall.
Passing above the house so near
He'd hear within his heart their call.
And then at breakfast
time he'd say:
"The geese were heading south last night,"
For he had lain awake till day.
Feeling his earthbound soul take flight.
Knowing that winter's
wind comes soon
After the rushing of those wings,
Seeing them pass before the moon,
Recalling the lure of faroff things.
Enjoy this most colorful
time of year.
learning affords many benefits that one cannot find in traditional
schooling. One advantage is open enrollment. You may enroll your
student at any time during the year. eTutor students come from
around the world, so the school year in the US may not be the same as
in China or Europe. You can enroll at https://www.e-tutor.com/enroll.php
or call 877-687-7200. We are happy to welcome students any time
during the year.
is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
Friends for Life
social skills help kids meet...and keep...good friends, and it's
never too early for parents to start teaching friend-making
strategies. Maybe your child doesn't have a problem making
friends...but you're just not too pleased with the friends she has
your child to stay away from bullies or those who do not consider
other people's feelings or perspectives, according to
experts. Also, if there is an imbalance of power or no
give-and-take, it's not a good match. Your goal as a parent
is to help your child find decent friends, not dominant ones.
your child spends time with an inappropriate friend, her behavior
Be alert if your child does something very uncharacteristic,
such as abandon learning activities or become secretive about her
psychologist and author, Neil Bernstein, says that if friends seem
overly influential, talk to your child about what aq true friend
should be. Ask him to consider if his friend is someone he
can trust, who will be there for him, who won't encourage him to
do something dangerous, and with whom he can be himself.
as difficult as it can be, try not to judge potential friends by
their hairstyle or dress. "Just because a kid has blue
hair and an earring doesn't mean he is an ax murderer, and the
preppy kid who says 'please' and 'thank-you' may be the worst
person for your son or daughter to be with, says Bernstein. Look
at a new friend's track record. Check with other parents or
neighbors to see if the child has been in trouble.
best weapons against negative peer pressure are a loving,
accepting home and open communication. "The choice of
peers is a barometer for a kid's sense of self," Bernstein
says. "If you don't talk to them, they will talk to
anyone who listens, relying on peers for validation, instead of
Adapted from Better
Homes and Gardens
Talking to yourself when you are alone
is not unhealthy. It can help to identify and solve
problems. Close the door, let the thought come and write down
the issues they raise. Added bonus: the process provides
the opportunity to identify emotions that are allied to an issue you
may not have realized were out there. Example: You talk
out loud about frustrations regarding the people you work with and fid
out you were angrier at one of them than you realized.
procrastinate means to put off doing a task...for no good
reason. The last phrase, "for no good reason,"
is the key, because there are sometimes excellent reasons for putting
off a certain task. In fact, deciding to do one thing before
another is what prioritizing is all about. However, if you have
organized your "To Do" list and are having trouble working
through it in priority order, then procrastination may be the
problem. If that's the case, try these ideas.
Persuade yourself -
Convince yourself that the task is worth doing.
Challenge your excuses
- for putting the assignment off.
Forcing yourself to do something uncomfortable or frightening
helps to prove that it wasn't so bad after all.
Remove the reward -.
Don't let procrastination be a pleasant experience
Write a contract -
Make a written promise to yourself that states a goal and includes
a reward for accomplishing the goal.
Jog your memory -
Signify important items on your "to do" list with a red
Divide and conquer -
Break big jobs into small pieces and complete on piece every
Discipline yourself -
for five minutes. If you really don't want to do a project,
promise yourself that you'll work on it for five minutes.
Develop a routine - Schedule
frequent tasks for regular times.
Post a chart - and
make sure you can see it. Give yourself a gold star for each
task completed in priority order and a red minus for any you
Adapted from Practical
I learned that if you want to make it
bad enough, no matter how hard it is, you can make it.
Listen for the Spiritual Language
are innately spiritual, and if you pay close attention they can speak
to you about the subtle energies of another dimension; whether or not
you believe, it can be intriguing to listen to what they have to
say. Children's intuition is highly attuned, and frequently they
hear and see things that we miss, as they aren't so tightly immersed
in ":reality" yet.
Before about age six, children are
highly attuned to the spiritual world and with thins unseen and
unspoken, but they are more than likely to lose touch once they start
school and are exposed to traditional thinking and logical reasoning.
Until then they are adept at tuning in to our thoughts.
Children have highly develop
intuition...they can feel the energy
and vibes of others. Sometimes just seeing somebody will cause a
child to start crying loudly she move to avoid that person and,
although she can't put into words why, she can feel the person's
energy and wants to stay away. Trust this instinct in your
Some children already know profound
spiritual truths without ever being taught. Part of honoring
your child's divine nature is recognizing her spiritual language and
respecting her special perceptions.
Wonderful Ways to Love a
Child, Judy Fordt
in Writing at Home
can turn your home into a writing center by making writing a regular
household medium of communication.
a chalkboard or bulletin board for written messages for all family
members. Ask children to leave notes telling where they are
going, to write down telephone messages, etc.
your child to be involved in family operations that require
writing...lists for shopping of all kinds, instructions for
babysitters, directions for visitors to your house, plans for
birthday parties, and notes for family and friends.
What exactly do we expect of our
school children? At best, the signals we send about the purpose
of schooling are mixed, especially those about the purpose of academic
achievement. Compared to other developed societies, achievement
in the the U.S. often takes a backseat to the whirl of student social
life and the demands of a part-time job.
Similarly, the need to demonstrate
academic achievement as a prerequisite for entering college has given
way to the belief that any high school student who wants to go to
college should not be denied the opportunity. Getting into an
academically elite college is still a powerful incentive to study hard
for some high school students. But even those who do mediocre or
shoddy work can almost always find a college that will accept them,
despite their academic deficiencies.
In its quest for the well-rounded
student, American society often steers the
attention of students away from academic pursuits. Educators and
parent encourage participation in nonacademic enterprises....sports,
hobby clubs, politics, pep club, and community service, not to mention
after-school jobs. For the college bound, selective colleges
give preference to well-rounded applicants with outside interests and
accomplishments as well as...and sometimes instead of...high grades
and test scores.
So long as we are ambivalent about the
comparative importance of academic achievement, we shall continue to
underwrite academic mediocrity. So long as students can allocate
major fractions of their time as they wish, they will likely give
their studies less than the share necessary to meet high academic
the conflict itself implies the solution: if students have wide
discretion in their use of time, then they also have a great deal of
time that could be used for learning if they chose. This is
where online instructional programs can make a difference. The ideal
program will put the student in charge of his/her own learning.
And then offer instructional content that is refreshing, current,
intriguing, informative and constantly changing in order to adapt to
student interest and instructional strengths.
Adapted from The Public
somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with
sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone
Awesome October Links:
Airplane Math: Find
the shortest path between 2 cities,
figure out how many people can board your plane, or
plan a flight around the country. Nine different activities focusing
on air flight include the lesson, experts, educator guides and
purpose is to prevent bullying in our society through education
site provide educational programs and resources to
individuals, families, educational institutions and organizations. You
can find online learning and educational resources in order to help
you deal effectively and positively with the act of bullying and its
long lasting negative consequences.
Autumn: Why do
leaves change color? It's autumn, and you're already back in school.
Our hardworking trees, on the other hand, need to take a break from
all that photosynthesizing. When leaves change color, from green to
yellow, bright orange or red, you'll know trees are beginning their
long winter's rest.
Pumpkin Exploration: Pumpkins
are fun! Their size and color, smell and taste make them perfect for
children's observation and exploration. In this activity students in
cooperative groups search, suggest, question, predict, and estimate
the number of seeds in a set of pumpkins. They will combine
mathematical procedures and scientific observation to learn more about
this seasonal delight. http://www.sedl.org/scimath/compass/v01n02/pumpkin.html
Walk Through Time: A
history website for seven to nine year-olds. Play interactive games,
explore and put things together. The site includes educator
October Revolution: The
October Revolution, also known as the Great October Socialist
Revolution, Red October or the Bolshevik Revolution, was a political
revolution and a part of the Russian Revolution of 1917. http://www.marxists.org/history/ussr/events/revolution/index.htm
a bewitching month!
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