eNews                               December 2015 Vol. 18-12

President's Message

What a glorious time of year it is!  The colors, the sounds, the smells, the decorations, the laughter and most of all the faces of children, delight and lift us from our daily routines.  Once again our neighborhoods have been transformed into winter wonderlands.  Someone remarked that all that takes place during this special time each year provides us with warm thoughts and memories for the harsher months ahead.  One does want to bottle the season to keep the joy, the kindness and the love that seems to flow so easily just now, for moments when we might need them later on. May we each carry peace and joy into the New Year. 

There are many stories that are shared and told and retold during this time of year.  Those that include our children, families and friends are the dearest of all.  During this season as you read those favorite stories, make an effort to include your children in the story.  You will find they remember the story and will often want you to repeat it.  Soon, they will be able to help you in creating their own story of the season. 

This last eNews of the year gives me the opportunity to thank each of you for a most wonderful year, and send my best wishes that the coming year be the best yet for all of us.

May your holiday season be filled with joy!


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Teach them to work without a net, at least every now and then.

Scheduling for eTutor:

Learning at home is different than learning at school.  It takes self-discipline and hard work.  The hardest part is making sure to set aside time for your in-home learning.  These are tips from the booklet we send to each new subscriber of the eTutor program.

  •  Develop a weekly calendar for your eTutor Program. 
  • Enter important dates for your social/family life and holidays during the week. 
  • Mark Monday Ė Friday as study days with eTutor.
  • Each week develop a daily schedule that includes routines and eTutor study time.
  • Remember you should be spending about 4 Ĺ hours each day using the eTutor Program. 
  • Post this schedule in your study area.   Use your schedule to refer to,  to review, and to mark your progress. 
  • Each evening develop the next dayís schedule.  This will help you organize for the next day; include study time, routines, and important appointments. 
  • Review each day's schedule in the morning before you start eTutor.

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There are many ways to sample the vast instructional content offered through the eTutor programs.  Take an opportunity to see samples at all levels and in all subjects at eTutor Unplugged.  Use the QR (quick response) code to easily view lessons on your phone or tablet. 


Instructional Content Writers

Teachers, tutors and parents use the template to write online lessons for their students.  There is no cost to use the template or to access the lessons you have created.  All languages are acceptable.  Here are a few of the lessons we found in LessonPro this month:  

China - The Fastest Growing Country 
Number System
History of Immigration to the US 
Factoring Trinomials
Newton's Law of Motion
Defects of Vision

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

   The Book Case            

From the Mixed-Up Files 
of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L.Konigsburg

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

   Ages 8- 12 

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesnít just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere ó to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along.

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isnít it?

Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.

1967 Newbery Medal Winner

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Take chances every chance you get.

Winter Holiday Activities

While your children may be occupied with gifts during this season, it has been my experience that there is a point when they need something different.  Here are some activities that will keep them occupied and teach them at the same time. They are adapted from Newspapers in Education (NIE), a nationwide program that uses the newspaper as a teaching tool. 

  • In the weather report, have your child find the highest and lowest temperatures in your home state.  Subtract the lowest from the highest to find the difference.
  • Find a news story that contains two different viewpoints.  Defend one of the positions while your child defends the other. 
  • Read a short news story to your child and have your child tell you the who, what, when, where, why and how. 
  • From the ads, have your child cut pictures of animals, food, clothing, and toys.  Paste them on construction paper, and label them with the specific name of the pictured object. 
  • Have your child cut out all the titles of the comic strips in the newspaper.  Then help your child paste them on a sheet of paper in alphabetical order. 
  • Organize a newspaper scavenger hunt.  Before the hunt begins, prepare a list of 15-20 items.  Have your child find eight to 10 of the items, which they then cut out and paste on a sheet of paper.  Hunt items could include a picture of a political leader or movie star, a word with more than five letters, the name of the president, a specific number, or a word that starts with a certain letter.  The possibilities are endless, and more items can be added for later hunts. 

Adapted from Wisconsin Dept. of Education

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Try to be the dream, not the destination.


Do the Math

Despite the availability of well-paid jobs in fields such as engineering, statistics and technology, many students do not take enough math courses.  They see it as hard, boring and irrelevant...not true!  Here are some reasons to learn math. 

  • It makes you smarter. Math is to learning what endurance and strength training are to sports.

  • You'll make more money. You can earn more than what pop singers and sports stars make...perhaps not right away, but over a lifetime. 

  • You'll have an easier time at college. Math is a language, more concise and effective than other ones.  If you know math, you can work smarter, not harder.

  • You'll live in a global world.  Obtain knowledge that makes you viable all over the world, not just in your home country. 

  • You'll live in a world of constant change. New technology and ways of doing things change life and work daily. If you have learned math, you can discover how and why things work. 

  • It doesn't close any doors.  If you don't choose math in high school, you close the door to interesting studies and careers.

  • It's interesting. If you do the work and stick it out, you will find that math is fun, exciting and intellectually elegant. 

  • You'll meet it more and more in the future.  

  • You can get through, not just into, college.  

  • It's creative. Math can be a supremely creative  force if the knowledge is used correctly, not just as a tool for problem solving during your career. 

  • It's cool.  You have permission to be smart; you have permission to do what your peers do not.  

Edutopia, Espen Anderson, Professor, School of Management, Oslo

Stressed Out

This is the season when stress starts to build, both at home and at work. The following tips can help ease you through the difficult times:

  • Take care of yourself.
  • See troubles as opportunities.
  • Manage your time.
  • Speak up.
  • Plan.
  • Get support.
  • Enjoy your leisure time.

It is your choice. You can try to make your situation satisfying. If stress arises, you can choose to attempt a solution. There are many choices open to you. Which ones will you make?



As we plan for the year ahead Knowledge Headquarters will focus on three questions:

  1. What will we remember most about 2015?
  2. What are the biggest challenges for us as we head into 2016?
  3. What are our predictions for 2016?

So, what will we remember most about 2015? Probably, that it was a fantastic year of growth for us.  We have added some fantastic new features to eTutor including:  a new website offering single lessons for users, updated lesson modules, administrative tools, and more.  

Itís also been a year of more strategic use of online learning programs like eTutor. Online learning seems to have come of age and has gained legitimacy. Increasingly we are seeing schools interested in ways to address e-learning by using their technology investments in more intelligent ways, not just using games to meet student needs.  

The biggest challenge will be executing successfully to take eTutor to the ďnext levelĒ, whether itís tactics like improving the instructional design or adding eCommunity to strategies or about changing the student/parent role. Itís also important to focus on the goals, not the tools. Getting the design right is the hard part.  That's where many of you can help us as we move forward.  Your input is always appreciated and encouraged. 

Our prediction for 2016 is that online learning will continue to grow rapidly not only with individuals, but, in schools and agencies here in the U.S. but internationally, as well. The capabilities are fairly mature, and integration is possible, so that we have a whole new set of capabilities that provide some excellent performance opportunities. We canít assume that if we build it, they will learn. We have to develop a learning culture, we need to develop our learnersí ability to learn,  and we have to recognize and take responsibility for and foster learning to learn. So, our task with your help, for the New Year is great.  But the rewards are huge for our students and parents!  We look forward to continuing to work with you through 2016.

Knowledge HQ Planning and Evaluation


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Try to cast a spell past what you can see.


Delightful December Links:

The Polar Express:  This is the author's (Chris Van Allsburg) page.  Students can flip through the pages of the book or read the story.  The site includes a Kid's Page and Teacher's resources.

The History of Santa Claus: The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century.  This is part of a larger site. The home page has a lot of ads.

The Traditions of Christmas: The history of a Christmas festival dates back over 4000 years. Ancient Midwinter festivities celebrated the return of the Sun from cold and darkness. Midwinter was a turning point between the Old Year and the New Year. Fire was a symbol of hope and boughs of greenery symbolized the eternal cycle of creation.

Kwanza: Kwanzaa is a 30-year-old African-American holiday now celebrated in African communities around the world. Its roots are both modern and ancient.

Celebrate Winter Holidays - Christmas:  Explore a scrapbook to learn about the history and traditions of Christmas. Learn about the birth of Jesus, hear stories about St. Nicolas from kids .

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

From the 
Knowledge HQ Staff

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