December 1998, e-News Volume 2.4
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President's Notes

An Educational Website - E-Tutor

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Knowledge Net

Santa Links

President's Notes

This is a time of wonder for all children whatever our age. Already the homes on the street are being decorated with lights......parents are shopping......parades are happening.......windows display stories and tales of the season.....wreaths are being hung......candles flicker......trees sprout color and tinsel. Memories of seasons past pop up in my mind when I least expect it.....surprising me and bringing me the joy I felt so long ago. Our work with and for children makes this season more special for all of us, as we watch their anticipation grow in expectation of the festivals ahead. This is an ideal time to reflect on what it is to be a child.....to 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. May the joys of the season remain throughout the year. Happy Holidays!

M Angulo


E-Tutor Connected Learning

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Navigation! Graphics! Those two things are the name of the game in Internet websites. E-tutor 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.

 

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President's Notes

An Educational Website - E-Tutor

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Knowledge Net

Santa Links

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? E-tutor 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" e-tutor. 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 e-tutor 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, E-tutor provides an illustrative trip through education!

Dr. Jennifer Wallace

 

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President's Notes

An Educational Website - E-Tutor

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Knowledge Net

Santa Links

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.


 

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Snowman Garland.

You will need:
White paper plates
String or ribbon
A hole punch
Crayons, markers or paints
Felt or construction paper
Scissors and glue
Cotton balls

Have kids create snowmen garland by decorating the paper plates like snowman: use the cotton balls to create "snow" and they can paint the eyes, nose and mouth (or they can also attach the face with felt or construction paper). Cut a black stovepipe hat out of construction paper or felt to place on top. Next, punch a hole in either side of the face and string together with string or ribbon. You can also have each person in the family decorate a snowman as themselves to string together as a family activity.

Finally, 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.

Suzanne Merkel Baugher, Program Director

 

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President's Notes

An Educational Website - E-Tutor

How to Beat Holiday Stress

Knowledge Net

Santa Links

Knowledge Net (http://www.e-tutor.com/kn)

There is lots of information on the Internet. Where do you start? Well, if you are looking for ideas about learning, parenting and teaching, Knowledge Net is for you. Knowledge Net centers on education, information, activities, news and whatever else you might ask us to provide for you. We are parents, educators and counselors. We believe education is a partnership between the learner and teacher, whether parent or educator.

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Happy Holidays

 

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