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  1. Here is a direct link to last year's bibliography: http://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cvp4-0lZCN0wLdc-mqdTqwlaTvky7b1W_vQeRCzTu-0/edit?usp=sharing Students in 3rd grade only need to take the first part of the exam, which is 30 multiple choice questions on the major Greek gods (and their Roman equivalents.) The theme for the second section (optional for 3rd graders) is different every year (so it could be Perseus and monsters, or the Underworld, or Heracles, etc). In our experience, D'Aulaires has been more than enough to prepare for the first part of the test.
  2. How are you, guys, learning Chinese? I'm studying Mandarin right now so that I can stay ahead of my kids and teach it to them. It's the first non-Indo-European language I have ever attempted (other than a brief foray into Arabic in college), and it's kicking my butt. I regularly go from "OK, there's been progress, we've got it" to "this is never going to happen".
  3. Those were examples of behaviors I've seen: a personal note more than a general argument: experience and anecdotes (not data) that, I suppose, made me more receptive to the argument in the article. The prof who wrote the article is making a more general argument, though, and he supports it with survey data. The sort of behaviors I described are definitely at the intersection of elitism and asshole-ism. I don't believe most members of the elite are assholes. I don't even believe all members of the elites are elitist. I do think that elitism and asshole-ism are distinct concepts, though, e
  4. Haven't read his book, but in this article he's not arguing against having a technocratic elite, or even against the usefulness of such an elite. If he were, then, yes, it would be a little hypocritical for him to say such things while holding onto his position at Harvard. His main points seem to be: a) technocratic elites shouldn't have disdain for those without college degrees, b) the highly credentialed shouldn't dominate public office to the extent they do, and c) our society would benefit from "renewing the dignity of work and putting it at the center of politics". None of this means
  5. I agree. Trying so hard to avoid it because I have no more bookshelf space, and DH is opposed to installing any more bookshelves in our apartment. So now I have stacks. Stacks of books everywhere. Books on windowsills, boxes of books in the closet. Anyway, most of our favorites have already been mentioned: a lot by McCloskey, all of Virginia Lee Burton, Lobel, Sendak. My kids and I also really like the art in Chris Haughton's and Jon Klassen's books (although some might believe Klassen belongs in that other thread about books teaching bad lessons.) Li Weiding did an amazing job
  6. I don't know the book, but love combinatorics. 🙂 Asked DS just now (he really should be sleeping) and was expecting him to say 6^3, but he asked what numbers of heads, legs and torsos one monster is allowed to have. Huh? "You know, mommy, like Geryon has 3 heads and 3 torsos". Oh. Silly me. I said I'd ask for more details.
  7. https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Porch-Den-Denargo-Black-Spine-Tower-Shelf/22751265/product.html?option=20379533
  8. What I really love about Anki is the ability to install plug-ins to extend its capabilities. There is a plug-in that will automatically re-size images (which I use so that my decks don't grow too big), language-specific plug-ins, a number of which I have used for Chinese, a plug-in that allows me to take days off, and - my current favorite - a plug-in that lets me randomize questions so that I can use Anki to schedule the review of the application of concepts and not just the memorization of facts.
  9. See, I'm not even saying it's hard... Still, a lot of genuinely smart people (including our doctor) didn't believe in wearing masks for a long time. So why was that? Inertia? Lack of time to sit down and think? The argument you mention was one of them: "masks don't work because shortages". (So the experts lied, but we want people to believe them now?) But there was much more bad reasoning out there, in legitimate news sources. Off the top of my head: a) confusing absence of evidence with evidence of absence; b) inability to understand risk and expected value; c) inability to differentiate
  10. I believe most people who wear masks now also do it because of what they read on their favorite websites or see on their preferred networks, not because of common sense or any research they did on their own. My family started wearing masks back when most experts in the US insisted they didn't help. We got a lot of strange looks and eye rolling, including from our family doctor. And I was scared for my family, too, because there were incidents in my area of Asian Americans being targeted in the streets, quite possibly because they were wearing masks. I'm glad to see most of the folks
  11. Yes, that's the way I meant it when I wrote it originally. I'm SURE it does not apply to everything of Greek origin. It's English we're talking about, after all, a language full of lurking lee-oh-pahds always ready to pounce at unaware students. For what it's worth, I found this in Wikipedia:
  12. Wouldn't that also be stress on third-to-last syllable because of Greek origin? So: he'gemony? "anti'thetic" is interesting, but I guess I just think of it as a variant of anti'thetical with the '-al' dropping off somewhere along the way without the stress shifting back. Yep, definitely close to how we say it back home, too, although we stress the 'o' in Polish, and in English I carefully put the stress on the "lee" as in "Leo". 🤭
  13. I know that linguists study these examples from the point of view of shifting stress. So, some suffixes are almost always stressed themselves when present (-esque, -ese, -ette, etc), some are considered stress-preserving.. Curiously "-able" is considered stress-preserving, as in re'ly --> re'liable, 'knowledge --> 'knowledgeable, and yet we've got exceptions like preferable and admirable. Now, the really interesting part is that linguists have observed a shift with that suffix: while older speakers preserve those exceptions in their speech, younger speakers often start (subconscious
  14. Very cool! What do you think were the books that first sparked his interest in reading about history? Were they read-alouds? What were the first books about history that he enjoyed reading independently? (Asking for selfish reasons. I've got a first grader who loves to read, but he mostly enjoys fiction. The closest he'd go to reading about history independently are mythology and religion books from around the world or time-traveling books like the Time Warp Trio or the Interactive Adventure Tales. We did SOTWI as a read-aloud last year, together with perhaps 30 accompanying books. He re
  15. I'm one of those annoying people that someone upthread made fun of: I picked one curriculum (MM) and am sticking to it. 🙂 Obviously, I adapt it a little to our needs. I think most people here do that. I skip a lot of problems, add my own problems when I want to expand on something, jump around a little bit, and have my own review system. I'm not a cultist, though (yes, I know every cult member says they are not a cultist, ha!) I do recommend MM to people, but would never assume MM is better than other programs out there. How would I know anyway? I've never worked with other programs! I do thin
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