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  1. I always interpreted "whole word reading" to mean deciphering the word by something other than phonics: general shape/outline of the word, vague memory of which letters were in there, maybe just the phonics of the first letter or just a few of the letters. For example, very little kids often can recognize words like "elephant" by basically its shape and a few letters without knowing that "ph" says "f". Whole word readers wouldn't do well with nonsense words or names they have never seen before. By contrast, children who learn phonics can decipher and pronounce (more-or-less correctly) lon
  2. Oh, the Octonauts books look sooo adorable. So excited about them!!! My older boy is not bothered by girly at all: I get book recs for him from both the girl and boy threads here. The little one, though... I never know what he'll be bothered by and why. There's a lot of general stubbornness there and strong preferences. But he'll definitely love the Octonauts. 🙂
  3. Well, in such case here's another one of my family's favorites: the very catchy MONTHS OF THE YEAR: 😉 Thanks for the book recs! We haven't heard of Pinkalicious or Poppleton, so off to check those out. Also, I had no idea that there were Octonauts books!!! Thank you! My little guy is in for a treat.
  4. Both of my boys learned their days of the week from this song: But your girls don't like memory songs, if I remember correctly? You know, my older son is a whole word reader, too, I think. That might be because I didn't really do a solid phonics curriculum with him, even though we did phonics-based games and stuff. So in his case, it might just be my fault. All the skipping of names type of behavior: so familiar. But on the bright side, DS reads sooo fast. Way faster than me, actually. We're learning spelling this year, so I'm hoping to cover any phonics gaps this way. I'v
  5. Just gave this to my son. It took him a little under four and a half minutes, and that's with me reminding him to focus. 🙂 I should probably set a reminder for myself to time him again in a year or two once his handwriting is faster and more fluent.
  6. Got it. I didn't immediately see a pre-made Anki deck for that textbook, but there seem to be quite a few sets of flashcards on Quizlet for it: https://quizlet.com/subject/nihao-1/.
  7. This is fun to think about. Thanks for the thread. My guest list for tonight: James Clerk Maxwell - because he had groundbreaking insight into pretty much anything he devoted himself to. Alan Turing - would just love to see him react to the recent advances in AI. Oscar Wilde - because, well, it's a dinner party! Marie Sklodowska-Curie - to talk about how far science has come and where it's headed, and to exchange homeschooling tips (given the hs-ing coop she organized with other Sorbonne profs back in her day!) Frederic Chopin - someone needs to be in charge of th
  8. Is writing an important component of the class? I really like Skritter for writing, but it's pricey if you buy it as an individual, so unless the course requires your DD to learn to write a significant number of characters, it might not be worth the investment. I'd use Anki to review character reading. What textbook or materials does the course use? Does it teach traditional or simplified? There might be pre-made decks you could download that match the materials your DD's teacher is using. Also, Little Fox Chinese is completely free if used on a desktop and is a wonderful and fun re
  9. 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.
  10. 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".
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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:
  20. 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". 🤭
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Perhaps it hasn't really veered away from poetry that much. I used to work as a research assistant to a linguist, who was also a poet. He always drew parallels between his idea of linguistic structure and poetics. Specifically, the relationship inside linguistic structures of individual elements to the whole - and the whole to individual elements - reminded him of a similar relationship in poetry. I was quite ignorant of linguistics when I first started working for him, so he gave me his paper "The Concept of Structure in Contemporary Linguistics" as a gentle introduction to his work. Ge
  25. Thank you for this suggestion! I would have never thought of it. I'm definitely going to look into it.
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