In The News                     December 2012   Vol. 15-12

President’s Message 

This is an ideal time to reflect on what it is to be a recall what pleased us.....what made us happy.....what made us sad.....what caused us difficulty and then to determine what we can do to make a better world for our children. 

It is a time of wonder whatever our age. The homes in our neighborhoods are decorated with lights......parents are shopping......parades are display stories and tales of the season.....wreaths are being hung......candles flicker......trees sprout color and tinsel. Yet, this year is different as we reflect on another tragedy that has changed us as a nation, as parents, as educators.   That sense of wonder for us and for our children must be preserved.  It is up to all of us to put away  animosity, hate, dislike, fear and anger for kindness, respect, understanding, empathy and love.  There seems to be an undercurrent permeating our society of distrust and dislike which breeds violence.  While no one should be stripped of their wonder, it is especially devastating when children and young people become victims of that which adults should contain. We are the mentors of our future, children and youth model the behavior they see.  May the shock of this week's experience and our grief and sadness lead us back to that sense of wonder that this season brings.  May we extend the sympathy and love for the families of those lost to embrace our own and others near and far. 

Wishing the joys of the season remain throughout the year. Happy Holidays!





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We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. 


Learning with eTutor

Navigation! Graphics! Those two things are the name of the game in Internet websites. eTutor is proud of its graphics, which appeal to a diversity of students. We use cartoons, current baseball stars, accurate diagrams of the circulatory system, and photographs of Tasmanian Devils, to name just a few. Our photos of the starry night sky show the position of Orion and the Pleiades. In the lesson on comets, there are actual photos of comets. For younger children, we use appealing graphic representation of tomatoes, bunnies, and clowns.

The graphics are important because they must catch -- and HOLD -- a student's interest and imagination. We choose graphics that illustrate our lessons -- sometimes precisely (as in the graphics of the brain in our science lessons), sometimes whimsically (an octopus to illustrate the eight parts of speech.) Consistently, users tell us that our graphics are one of their favorite features.

Sample pictures from E-Tutor lessons. Clikck here to take a quick tour of E-Tutor.

The second important part of a Website is the navigation. How easy is it?  eTutor requires you to know two things to be able to navigate it. First, the "BACK" button does not work. When parents and teachers want their students using e-tutor, a prime concern is that students stay within that website. We guarantee our sites are 100% secure. By NOT using the "BACK" button (and instead closing windows by clicking in the top right or left hand corner), students are kept "within" eTutor. It is easy for teachers and students to learn this and adjust to this in our website. Second, we use the "scroll" feature frequently. We want eTutor to load quickly and accurately. By loading the lesson all at once, and using the scroll feature (or clicking on the Index), students have very little to learn in terms of navigation. Students can click on the area they want to go to ---"Study Guide", for example -- or scroll through the whole lesson. Either way, eTutor provides an illustrative trip through education!

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Holiday Instructional Writing

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

   The Book Case            

Nine Days to Christmas  
illustrated by Marie Hall Ets
Text: Marie Hall Ets and Aurora Labastida

Primary and PreSchool Students  

Published over 30 years ago, Nine Days to Christmas remains fresh and relevant. Ceci's first Christmas posada party and pinata have made her Mexican town come alive for generations of readers. "The youngest child will be completely transported by this lovely story".

1960 Caldecott Winner

What Makes Christmas

Little wishes on white wings,

Little gifts....such tiny things....

Just one little heart that sings,

Make a Merry Christmas.

Dorothy Howe

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You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving. 


How to Beat Holiday Stress

The holidays can be the most joyous time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful. Holidays can also be a time of hectic shopping, financial concerns, family conflicts and loneliness. We are so busy trying to take care of the details of the festivities, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some suggestions to help you cope with holiday stress this season:

Try to plan ahead.

See if the stores you need to go to are on another person’s list-maybe you can divide the list and split up to get the shopping done in less time and less trips.

If childcare is an issue, see if you can rotate days with another parent. Maybe you can take turns with babysitting.

While waiting in line at the store with the kids, give them articles or ads from newspapers or magazines (usually the stores carry copies of their own flyers). With a pen, have them circle all the letters in their names within the ads or play a word search game.

For the bad weather days when everyone is stuck inside, have activities for the family to do. Try having wintertime crafts like creating "snowman garland" for the younger kids (see next page) or having older children create and decorate their own holiday cards.


Be Natural

Remember that you need to take care of yourself during this busy time. A good way to remember how to do this is to "Be Natural."

B -- Breathe deeply, it will help increase energy levels.
E -- Exercise: 20 minutes, three times a week -- and running from errand to errand doesn't count!

N -- Nutrition: Three well-balanced meals each day.
A -- Attitude: Negative attitudes are contagious and destructive. Try to see the glass half full.
T -- Time management: Set priorities and don't take on more than you can handle.
U -- Uniqueness: Recognize and treasure your own uniqueness. Say 'no' when necessary.
R -- Relaxation: Private time to read or listen to music -- a time not to focus on the next item to do.
A -- Associations: Maintain contact with nurturing support systems -- colleagues, friends, family.
L -- Laughter: Still the best medicine.


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If you're feeling low, don't despair.  The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning.


A Prayer For Christmas

Give us the faith of innocent children, that we may look forward with hope in our hearts to the dawn of a happy tomorrow.

Reawaken the thought that our most cherished desires will be realized, the things closest to our hearts....that we may come to an appreciation of the limitless joys and bountiful rewards of Patience, Charity, and Sacrifice.

And, at Christmas, when the hearts of the world swell in joyous celebration, let us cast aside the pretense of sturdy men and live, if only for a day, in the hope and joy we knew as children.

Author Unknown


The Glad New Year

Hear the bells ringing,

Ringing of the glad New Year.

Hear the children singing,

Singing of the glad New Year.

Bells ringing.  Children singing.

Ringing, ringing.  Singing, singing.

The glad New Year is here.



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The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well. 

Delightful December Links:

The History and Celebration of Kwanza:  Kwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage, pride, community, family, and culture.

The Particle Adventure:  An award winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimension and more from the Particle Data Group of  Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory.

Christmas Around the World:  Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover fed people in nearly sixty countries during and after both world wars and were at home on six continents. Their entire lives were devoted to the search for lasting world peace.

Strange Sites:  Check out this Strange But True Web site.  The author has a long list of quirky facts.  If you need conversation starters, or stoppers, this is a good place to start.

Ribbit's Math Ventures with Curious George:   This primary website contains three applied mathematics problems. Read the text on the Parent and Teacher Pages, then work with students on the problem appropriate for their grade level. Hop to it!

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.

 Warm wishes for a beautiful holiday season.....and a New Year filled with happiness!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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