HOMESCHOOLER’S QUIZ FOR TODAY: GEOGRAPHY

 

Alphachirpy Asks:

 

What is the only continent to encompass all four hemispheres?

 

 

ANSWER; Most Continents span only two hemispheres, but

                            AFRICA

is the only Continent to be found in all four.

That means both the equator and the prime meridian cross the Continent.

Mom, did your student get it right?

Being a good reader is a big help to always scoring at the top.

Alpha-Phonics is a great  (Sure, easy, and economical) way to teach reading.

 

Created to easily teach children to be able to read the WORD

 

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It Happened on this Day: Tuesday, January 9, 1493:

COLUMBUS THOUGHT HE SAW A MERMAID! DID HE?

On January 9, 1493 Christopher Columbus was said to be the first European to report seeing a MANATEE.

He thought at the time they were Mermaids and described them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.”

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Mac Manatee says

Mermaids!

Wow, show me Christopher

 

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IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY: January 6, 2018:

            ON THIS DATE: 1929:

Sheffield Farms of New York began using wax paper cartons

instead of glass bottles for milk delivery

            ON THIS DATE: 1952:

PEANUTS debuted in newspapers across the U.S.  The

Charles Schulz creation became the most successful

syndicated comic strip in history, appearing in over 2,600

newspapers across 75 countries at its peak in the 1960s.

Reprints still appear in nearly every U.S. paper today.

ALPHA-PHONICS A PRIMER FOR BEGINNING READERS

was published in 1974, 44 years ago & has not changed in

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CREATED TO EASILY TEACH CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO READ THE WORD

content after all  those years!  It is timeless.

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HOMESCHOOLER QUESTION: HOW DID “EARTH” GET IT’S NAME?

All the other planets are named after Greek or Roman gods and

goddesses.  How did the Earth get its name?

Earth's name

How the Earth got its name

Answer:

It comes from its residents referring to the soil or ground.  The word varies among languages, but most  refer to the land.  Over time, our home celestial body – otherwise nameless – took on that mundane identity almost everywhere, growing  more official and poetic (“Mother Earth,” “God’s green earth,” etc.) over the last few hundred years in our part of the world.

The term “dirt,” at least in our own language, went in a different direction!

–from Parade Magazine, December 24, 2017

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CHRISTMAS DAY HOMESCHOOL LESSON IN U.S. HISTORY

December 25, 1776 George Washington’s army crossed the Delaware River

for a surprise attack against the Hessian forces in Trenton,N.J.

 

The successful surprise attack found the enemy unprepared.  It was a major victory for the beleaguered American army.  A victory that began the turning of the tide against the British  and their allied forces.

If the mission had failed we might be British subjects today.

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Christmas HUMOR OF THE DAY

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six years old.

My Mother took me to see Santa at a Department Store and

Santa asked me for my autograph.”

–Shirley Temple

 

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HOMESCHOOLERS: LET’S PLAY TRIVIA

? Did you know….

Let’s Play Trivia

Elephants are one of the few mammals that cannot jump!

Hippos and Rhinos also do not jump, but, unlike the Elephant,

they can have all four feet off the ground when they run.

? Do you know….

How much the original formula for Coca-Cola cost?

$ 550 in 1885.  Asa Candler, son of a druggist, bought the

Lets Play Trivia Alpha-Phonics is best

formula from John Pemberton.  The Candler family sold

the drink in their drug store and the rest is history.

? Did you know….

Alpha-Phonics is probably the simplest. most effective and

least expensive phonics reading instruction program available?

 

Simplest, most effective. least expensive phonics instruction program

 

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THE TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS

THE TRAGEDY OF THE COMONS

A case for private ownership of property

A classic premise in economic thinking is the little story known as “The Tragedy of The Commons.”

For those of you in Rio Linda (as you know who would say) simplified it is explained: If a parcel of property is owned by a group, rather than one controlling entity, it can lead to overuse by one individual to the detriment of the entire group of owners.

The original example was a parcel of land owned by all the local citizens.  It is then known as “the common.”  The local citizens (the “commoners”) who grazed their livestock on the common were free to use it as much as they wished. The concern was that one or several citizen/users would overgraze to their benefit and to the detriment of all the others. Eventually the land could become barren.

The concept grew out of an essay in 1833 by economist William Foster Lloyd.

The key part of his essay is here.

“If a person puts more cattle into his own field, the amount of the subsistence which they consume is all deducted from that which was at the command, of his original stock; and if, before, there was no more than a sufficiency of pasture, he reaps no benefit from the additional cattle, what is gained in one way being lost in another. But if he puts more cattle on a common, the food which they consume forms a deduction which is shared between all the cattle, as well that of others as his own, in proportion to their number, and only a small part of it is taken from his own cattle. In an enclosed pasture, there is a point of saturation, if I may so call it, (by which, I mean a barrier depending on considerations of interest,) beyond which no prudent man will add to his stock. In a common, also, there is in like manner a point of saturation. But the position of the point in the two cases is obviously different. Were a number of adjoining pastures, already fully stocked, to be at once thrown open, and converted into one vast common, the position of the point of saturation would immediately be changed”.[5]

In 1968 Garrett Hardin, an ecologist, brought new life to the “Tragedy of the Commons” in an article. Hardin’s emphasis was directed more to the preservation of the “ecology.”  Overpopulation was his main concern.  More about Hardin:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Hardin(Hardin was also known for his opinions  on abortion, and forced sterilization)

Others argue that only government or private ownership can prevent The Tragedy of The Commons.

Much more on this subject can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons

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THE END OF THE GRADUATION VALEDICTORIANS?

SCHOOLS RETHINK CLASS STANDINGS

48 VALEDICTORIANS IN ONE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!

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Alphachirpy  says:  it looks like we are seeing the end of having well-achieving students picked to offer valedictorian speeches at  high school graduations. (Summarized from a June 15, 2017 Associated Press story.)

Here is why:   “At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past.

“The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade.  In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold – using Latin honors ,* for example.  This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians.”

What do you think about this trend:  GOOD or BAD?

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Some think “T” ball baseball might be an example of leveling the playing field a bit too much.

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In the AP story various educators interviewed were asked their opinion about the new  idea of using many valedictorians at graduation exercises: Lancaster High School, Buffalo, NY, principal Cesar Marchioli “….said he was neutral on the issue, though he feels [Bad] for the 11th-ranked student who falls just short of the recognition awarded to the top 10 students honored at the annual banquet.”

Graduating senior Connor Carrow, 17, has pressed for the switch to Latin honors. “He said it’s a better fit with the school’s collaborative and cooperative ideals. You’re striving for that (honor) personally, but you’re not hoping that you’re better than these other 400 people next to you.”

“collaborative and cooperative ideals”??  “…not hoping to be better than….”  Do you think these are good or bad?

“Elsewhere, commenters have peppered news websites with disparaging comparisons to giving ‘participation trophies’ to avoid hurt feelings, while supporters point out the often statistically insignificant differences that separate students.”

COMMENT: In recent years the driving trend is to eliminate any comparative levels of excellence in almost every endeavour. In Little League baseball we now see not keeping score to eliminates winners or losers. Some schools (Both high school level and college) are eliminating “grades.” Everybody passes, and so on. Why wouldn’t you want to strive to be better than the other 400 people next to you?

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*Latin Honors: Cum Laude….with honors

Summa Cum Laude….with highest praise

MagnaCum Laude……with highest honors

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