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February 2013 Newsletter              Call Today! 708-349-0001
In this issue...
- Active Minds Early Childhood Program
- Homework Help
- Learn some Spanish!
- Check out the new exciting events at ILC for parents and students!
Homework Help
I don’t feel like doing my homework!
I’ll do my homework later!
Are these statements echoed in your household as your child arrives home each school
day? Perhaps the following ideas will help to make homework time less of a chore and
more of a learning experience. Yes, at times, it can even be enjoyable! Please read on
and, hopefully, one or more of these options may work well for your family.
• Designate a time that works best for your family according to each day’s schedule. Work schedules, sports, after school activities, dinnertime, bedtime, etc. all make time management challenging. Try to keep the time consistent when possible.
•A large family calendar containing each family member’s activities is a good organizing tool and could be a good reminder of what each day will bring. Add homework time to each day.
•Choose a quiet and comfortable setting.
•Provide a sturdy pocket homework folder for each child with one side marked “To Do” and the other “Finished”.
•Have a box, container, or a special tray for each child. It can be used for
their papers, forms to fill out for school, newsletters, and other school or
extracurricular activities information.
•Keep a container filled with needed school supplies so they are readily available.
•Have a timer for the child who tends to stop working frequently and is not using their time wisely. This will give you more control over time management and also provide a challenge. This challenge may keep the child more engaged.
•Older siblings can play “school” with the younger ones. Other family members and friends can also join in on the fun.
•Memorizing spelling words, addition and subtraction facts, multiplication tables, vocabulary word meanings, facts for tests, etc. can be done during breakfast, dinner, car rides, waiting for appointments, cleaning together, and any other opportunity that presents itself. You can even make a game out of it.
•Reading with your child is very important. To keep them interested, use a variety of techniques ( your child reads, shared reading, the child reads silently and you ask questions, you read, etc. ).
•Allow for “breaks” to stretch, have a snack, or just relax for a few minutes.
•A “reasonable” amount of time should be designated for homework. If your child is no longer engaged and appears frustrated, perhaps you could finish at another time.
•Keep in regular contact with your child’s teacher. They often have a good
compromise or solution for you and your child.
Children love to learn and guiding them through this process is very rewarding!
Have fun!

-Anne McAndrews, Tutor at ILC. Anne has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction & Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She has taught kindergarten through fourth grade in the Orland Park School District for over 30 years and was a Curriculum Team Leader for Centennial School.
Express your love in Spanish!
Saying “I love you” in Spanish can be very romantic. ILC Spanish Tutor, Anna Murzydlo, explains below the many ways to express love and liking in Spanish to ensure you say the right thing.

Amar (to love)
To say “I love you” in Spanish to a person, say “Te amo.” The verb amar represents romantic love. It can also be used indirectly for family members, country, and God.
Amo a mis padres. (I love my parents.)
To call someone “love,” say “amor” or “cariño” (never “cariña”). “My love” is “mi amor” or “amor mío” (never “mía”). “Enamorarse (de)” means “to fall in love (with).” “Estar enamorado de” means “to be in love with.”
María está enamorada de Juan. (María is in love with Juan.)
Querer (to love)
You can also say “Te quiero,” which is more used and more inclusive, to mean "I love you" in Spanish. It can be used between lovers, friends, and family and represents different levels of love. Some countries and Spanish dialects have different rules on when to use amar and when to use querer. For more information on the difference between amar and querer, read these forum discussions
Desear (to desire)
Although the verb querer literally and in most cases means “to want [something],” when used in the phrase “Te quiero,” it means “love.” To mean “I want you,” say “Te deseo.”
Caerse bien (to like)
To say you like or get along with someone, say “Me cae bien.” If you do not like or get along with someone, replace bien with mal.
The expressions "caer mal" and "caer bien" are much safer to use when talking about friendships. (You're literally saying that someone "falls on you well," or "falls on you poorly.")
          Elena me cae bien. (I like Elena)
          Ellos me caen mal. (I do not like them).

Gustar/encantar (to like/love)
These verbs are never used to express like or love for people. Only use them to describe things and activities you like or love.
Me gusta el libro. (I like the book.)
Me encanta bailar. (I love to dance.)
Just starting to learn Spanish? Click on the image below to view a funny video of how to woo your sweetheart with your new Spanish skills.
Book Recommendation: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. In Bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.
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Active Minds Early Childhood Program
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Student Seminar at The Bridge Teen Center
Thurs Feb 7th 2013,
Attention and Focus- How well you pay attention in class affects homework time, grades, and stress levels!
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FREE Preschool Music Classes- Music in the Box
Tues Feb 5th 2013
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Orland Park Public Library- Teen Inc.
Fri Feb 15th 2013
6:15 pm
 Join Teen Inc. to make a difference at the library! Teen Inc. members help with community service projects, planning of teen programs at the library, and give suggestions for the purchasing of books, music, and movies for the library's Teen Area. Join and let your voice be heard. Pizza served at every meeting!
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Student Workshop: ACT Exam Prep
Sat Feb 23rd 2013
Get ready for the April ACT Exam with these valuable tips and strategies. At ILC, we realize every student is unique; this workshop will guide you as an individual- You'll work on practice sections from a REAL ACT Exam to find out what YOU need to prepare and reach your ACT target score. Free and open to the public (Grades 9-12). Meet other students to find out how your peers are gearing up for the ACT!
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When your child enrolls at ILC, we contact your child’s teachers in school and meet with them to discuss your child’s school progress (with your written permission). This is an optional, free of charge component of our programs to make sure students connect what they learn at ILC to school!
"At ILC, my children both greatly benefited from the 1:1 instruction. They were challenged appropriately and their confidence grew immensely. We are so grateful to have found ILC and will continue to use this program to enrich our children’s academic skills. THANK YOU!” -Laurie Schick, parent
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Walk-ins welcome. Please call in advance for High School Math or Foreign Languages.
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Fun, Activity-based learning for ages 3-6
Our School Readiness Program enhances: physical wellbeing and motor skills, social and emotional development, cognition and knowledge.
Morning and afternoon programs available: Register early to secure a spot for your child. Please call for details.
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