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  1. Thank you for the explanation! This is very interesting, I never knew so many math contests existed. These young people must be very gifted!
  2. Yes! Our local school lists math “Olympiad” winners, I didn’t realize there is more than one? I guess it’s MOEMS.
  3. Sorry, math. In our local school, Mathcounts is for the grades younger than AMC8. My child is in early elementary, so I always thought the math competitions were progressive, like Kangaroo > Mathcounts > US Olympiad.
  4. This is so interesting! What would you say is the best path to Olympiad? I thought Mathcounts was the natural predecessor.
  5. I think women generally grow less accommodating with age. Once I read about a post-menopausal woman whose husband mourned the “former wife” he had; she said losing the hormones felt like becoming more herself. I’m in my early thirties so not near that point, but I gravitate to friendships with 60-year olds, and the description rings true to my experience. I imagine something similar happens to men with age; perhaps the two meeting causes a shift in marriages that can rupture at already-present fault lines.
  6. I love this! Did anyone in the EFL threads ever start a list of literature-based textbooks? Beyond Hiawatha, I’m searching for some well-written content for elementary school. We have Hillyer’s CHOW, but I haven’t seen anything similar for science or geography.
  7. So...I’ll just state upfront that I find Ruskin really, really weird. There exists a lot of controversy over his short marriage (never consummated, he was “disgusted” by his wife’s body) and his odd fixation with prepubescent girls; while these don’t negate his accomplishments, they certainly color his perspective on women’s education. Pearls for Young Ladies is mostly a diatribe insisting young women not be cruel (which is in itself an oddity; why is Ruskin so obsessed with feminine cruelty?). His mother made him memorize entire books of the King James Bible, which he talks about as the found
  8. In Germany (or Austria/Switzerland), children make “Matchbox Stories” (Streichholzschachtelgeschichten). Any Bible story works, and they’re very small and fun to play with, as they “pop” out of the matchbox. 🙂 This one is Easter.
  9. Yes! I think about this a lot, especially as it relates to EFL’s principle to never over-explain concepts to children. In oral traditions, most science (like medicine) was repeated in aphorisms that could be passed on generations (“feed a cold, starve a fever”). Proverbs is my favorite book of scripture for that reason, it is probably the most underrated children’s “textbook” for study; any child can understand “a city without walls” as the image of intemperance.
  10. Exactly! It doesn’t seem like girls were expected to imitate in expression that which they read, however. It reads like girls were taught with the goal of „refining“ taste so that they might discern truth (and thereby always return to Christ, the source of highest truth and beauty). „Vanity makes many liars“, she wrote in one of her letters. ETA: The perfect example of this would be Dorothy Sayers’ translation of Dante‘s Divine Comedy, especially Purgatorio. Her version is so beautifully written, and she includes the critique in the notes. It has all the elements of refining taste and tru
  11. Her appeal to the young governess is to „endeavor to improve every faculty of the (girl‘s) mind; to implant a love for study; to establish principles which become the basis of continually progressive attainment; to exercise the judgment; to refine and correct the taste; to form habits of regularity and industry; to cultivate benevolent and moral feelings; and lastly, so to watch over the physical powers that these shall contribute to the rendering of happy, agreeable, and useful beings.“ (As an aside, I find striking how Victorian pedagogical writers universally insist on the primacy of t
  12. My children slouch, as do I. 😞 I bought a posture corrector for myself, which is a modern miracle (!); now I would like to address my slouchy children. What is the best way to habituate „stand up straight“ in kids short of nagging? What mental visual should be used („imagine a string pulling up your head“ or the like)?
  13. It seems that levels of disaster preparedness depend largely on the odds of regional disasters striking. In California, we have water and food stocked in home, office, car and school. Every child has their own emergency backpack, and we have annual state-wide earthquake drills. When a region’s weather patterns aren’t so extreme (or reliably disastrous), there is likely less cause to insist on universal prepping.
  14. You can avoid the entire conflict by focusing on humility and hard work. One of my children has always been precocious and picked up academic skills very fast and fluidly. That child is also quickly discouraged and gives up if things are remotely difficult. My other child is not as fast, but they are a plodding, hard worker. Guess which quality serves life in the longterm better?
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