gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name,
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand.
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
living color of Fall has come into full bloom! Reds,
yellows, oranges, greens and browns surround my world. The
seasonal beauty will be with us until wind and time takes the color
away. Crisper air gives one a quicker step and encouragement to do
more. One wants to bottle the color and the feelings this time
of year brings to keep for the months ahead. There is a
peacefulness to the season...it brings a quiet, gentle feeling and a
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and Problem Solving Skills:
Activities and Extended Learning Are Important
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facts and to get into the grayer matter of a topic or skill, your
child is ready for an inquiry activity that presents the student with
a challenging task, provides access to online resources and scaffolds
the learning process to prompt higher order thinking. Each eTutor
lesson module includes both an Activity and Extended Learning Section.
These are an important part of each lesson module. Students will not
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completed and discussed with a parent or another adult.
These can include a worksheet, hands-on activity, project,
problems, questions or sites relevant to the study guide.
This is a chance for students to apply what they have learned.
eTutor does not grade or evaluate activities, but encourages
parents to review these with their students. They should be used
as a springboard for discussion.
This might consist of a critical thinking project, problem or
discussion that goes beyond the scope of the lesson module.
eTutor does not grade or evaluate extended learning
activities. Again, use these to frame a discussion with your
student. We suggest that both Activity and Extended Learning be
kept in folders, one for each of the main curricular areas.
Students begin by learning background
knowledge presented in the Study Guide, then they are given a specific
task to complete. They synthesize their learning by presenting
their interpretation of the Activity and Extended Learning to a parent
or another adult..
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by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Grades 5 - 9
Headless Cupid is the story of a new family and the adventures
they run into while melding into a new home. David has long been
the oldest in the family, an 11-year old who has helped care for
his younger siblings since their
mother died. When the book opens, they are awaiting the arrival
of Amanda, their new 12-year-old stepsister.
Amanda is a little strange, to say the least. Her hair is
braided and done up in odd circles. She has a magnetic triangle
on her forehead. She later explains that this is her cult
David has never met anyone quite like Amanda, though he thinks
she is "cool". But he simply doesn't understand why
being cool means not talking to adults or acting put-upon all
You must keep your
mind on the objective, not on the obstacle.
are chock-full of sugary fun, especially when it's
trick-or-treating time. But there's no getting around the
fact that while candy tastes yummy, eating too much can have
frightful effects on blood sugar levels, dental health, and
more. To keep Halloween's ghoulish side effects to a
minimum, heed these tips from Nelda Mercer, Rd, spokesperson for
the American Dietetic Association.
kids about moderation. The bite-size candies often
passed out at Halloween aptly demonstrate that less can be
more. Encourage children to savor one or two pieces after
dinner each night instead of gorging on the whole bag at once.
say yes. Forbidding sugar will encourage your child
to crave it and seek it out at someone else's house.
Halloween is only once a year, so indulging a bit won't undo a
usually healthful diet.
away sugar. Even healthy treats, such as cereal bars,
trail mix, raisins, and fruit leathers, deliver sugar that is
damaging to teeth, so be vigilant about brushing. On the
go? Have kids swish with water to rinse away sugary bacteria until they can brush properly.
the wealth. Let kids choose and keep their favorite
trick-or-treat candies. Then go with them to donate the
remainder to a nursing home, clinic, or homeless shelter.
Getting it Done!
build self-confidence, lose weight, or quit smoking...won't work by
themselves. Absolute requirement - your own motivation to
achieve your goal. In one University of Washington study, tapes
with no hidden messages elicited more results than the
subliminal ones did. Yet they can work, if used regularly and in
the right frame of mind. Experts suggest that at the very least,
the tapes can repeatedly remind you of your motivation, leading to a
sort of self-fulfilling prophecy.
Adapted from Working
Help with Writing Projects
the time to work with your children on writing projects when they ask
Be willing to talk
through ideas with children before they start to write.
During this important thinking phase, a sympathetic ear helps.
Be a booster.
Let your child know what you think is delightful and well done in
his or her writing. Parental praise is a powerful factor in
Don't over criticize.
Point out some writing errors to your child now and then.
(Don't fix them yourself, however. Let the child rewrite the
clumsy sentence or look up the correct spelling in the
Remember that good
writing means more than mere "correctness."
on what your child is trying to say rather than on the mechanics
Competence in writing develops slowly and with practice.
Let us have faith that right makes
right, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we
Don't Hide Your
Just as you would not
squelch their tears, never suppress your own. Crying comes with
parenting, and tears will come in many ways. There are the tears
of jubilance as you hold your newborn for the first time and tears of
sorrow when you realize that you have acted in haste or said something
you didn't mean. There are tears of anguish when you see your
children in pain and tears of relief when they come home safe.
Sometimes tears come when
you least expect them. Something your child does or says will
seem so innocent yet so profound that the tears slowly roll down your
Tears come with
parenting. Don't worry so much why you are crying...that
is not as important as simply allowing the release. Tears
cleanse, they clear the dust, they clarify your vision. You will
feel relieved after a good cry. Tears are a sign that your heart
is open; you are alive and feeling the tugs to your heart...the warmth
is there. It's nothing to be ashamed of or hide. If you
allow your tears to flow freely, an amazing thing happens and soon
you'll be laughing freely. Laughter and tears go
together...sometimes you will laugh so hard you'll start to cry and
sometimes you'll cry so hard you'll start to laugh.
Adapted from Wonderful
Ways to Love a Child by Judy Ford
Solving in the Family
Shared participation in problem solving and decision making is basic to
growth, development and contribution. We tend to be more
productive and effective when we can identify with the goals of a task
or activity. When we are encouraged to participate in making
decisions that affect us, we develop identity and a sense of control
over our destiny. Those who never get
the opportunity to make
such decisions develop a feeling of powerlessness. They become
passive and avoid opportunities to make contributions to the family
organization. One other reason why everyone in the family should
be involved in problem solving and decision-making in areas that
affect them is that we tend to support what we help to
from The Public School Administrator
Weighty Matters - Healthy Eating
Strategies for Your Child
Many adolescents and teenagers
typically have unhealthy eating habits...some gravitate toward
high-fat and sugary junk food, while others become restrictive,
cutting calories and forgoing foods, such as meat or dairy.
So what can parents do? Encourage
healthy eating and a positive self-image, which starts by fostering
the same behavior and attitude in yourself. Here's how you can
- Be a good role model. If you
are constantly putting down your own body, then your children will
do the same.
- Talk up physical activity.
Focus on the benefits of exercise, including more energy, better
focus (children who are more physically active tend to do better
academically), improved mood and higher self-esteem.
- Don't narrate, participate.
Don't sit on the sideline with a cup of coffee...try kicking
around the soccer ball with your child.
- Create a healthy home
environment. Stock whole-grain crackers, low-fat dairy, and
fruits and vegetables instead of cookies and chips.
- Eat together more often.
People may take it for granted, but family meals definitively
promote healthy eating.
- Make healthy living a family
affair. Encourage healthy eating and active living for all
family members, regardless of weight status.
Adapted from Pediatric
Center for Weight and Health, Edmonton, Canada
If all you have is a hammer, then every
problem looks like a nail.
Local Beetle Busters are critical to USDA’s mission to stop the
Asian long-horned beetle (ALB). In fact, alert community members have
been the first to report every ALB infestation that has
happened in the U.S. thus far. Teachers, students and families
all play important roles in saving neighborhood trees. By using the
engaging tools provided at this site, it’s easy to learn the signs
and search for the ALB and its signs, and report your sightings.
the Lions: This site consists of Stories, Games, Things to Print, Songs,
and more. There are at least 70 stories that you can read and watch
online. Each story links to related games. You can also print the
story. You can use the
Episode guide to view a brief summary of the episode and then select
the appropriate story based on desired learning goals
Upper Canada Adventure: Try your hand at the life of a settler on
the Sydenham River. This interactive game takes you through several of
the challenges settlers had to face in Upper Canada.
Mission: For more than two hundred years, the twenty-one California
Missions have helped shape California
View paintings of the Missions created by Father Jerome Tupa, explore
the history of the missions, and look at historic structures a new
way. Activities accompanying the paintings target vocabulary, the
arts, and history.
a Boo-tiful month!!
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