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Cordyline fruticosa:  This is a popular houseplant in the U.S.   It’s a native outdoor species in the tropical parts o ... more
Language Is Confusing - The Common Room Feb 22, 2017, 5:26 am
I *think* I mentioned that I learned I have been putting the accent on the wrong syllable when I say ‘good afternoon ... more
WHEN AND WHY THE TEACHER SHOULD SAY ” I DO NOT KNOW ” No science professor in any university, if he be a man of ... more
CHAPTER VI. OF LIVING INSTRUCTIONS AND LECTURES, OF TEACHERS AND LEARNERS. I. There are few persons of so penetrating a geniu ... more
Davao Diary Update - The Common Room Feb 19, 2017, 7:10 am
(I wrote this some time last week, so references to ‘today’ are not really accurate any more) I read a descriptio ... more
“Active Recall Testing Active recall testing means being asked a question and trying to remember the answer. This is in ... more
Read the memo (scroll down to find it. Note this is a memo which the AP declined to release until other news outlets finagle ... more
FREE: Gravity, True for You But Not For Me– a basic book for teens or college students or people who have never given t ... more
Homeschooling Links - The Common Room Feb 17, 2017, 4:42 am
Guest Hollow Biology!: GH has taken the free CK-12 biology curriculum and tweaked it to be a comfortable fit for those who le ... more
“It is the artist who, more than other men, is able to create something out of nothing. A whole artistic work is immeas ... more
Previously Ms Comstock explained what the study of nature might be expected to do for the child. Now she explains the bene ... more
1.99 Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroads, by Dee Brown (Author of Bury My Hear ... more
Learning Is Hard Work - The Common Room Feb 14, 2017, 10:08 am
“Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham: “People’s minds are not “especially well-suited to thinking& ... more
I actually set ours on fire in the yard once.  Had a big bonfire.     Long story short, we had 3 kids, and then adop ... more
*Living here - The Common Room Feb 11, 2017, 12:07 pm
Ideally, you do wash your clothes the night before, or in the morning early and get them out on the line, because it’s ... more
“[To ] lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hu ... more
Truman by David McCullough, 2.99 for your Kindle version The Pulitzer Prize'winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose pres ... more
Two Versions of Heidi - The Common Room Feb 8, 2017, 12:42 pm
I posted about this before, sharing excerpts from two different versions of Heidi.   Here’s another example: Much later ... more
Why Nature Study? - The Common Room Feb 8, 2017, 1:17 pm
Nature-study consists of simple, truthful observations that may, like beads on a string, finally be threaded upon the underst ... more
Our 11th and 12 grandchildren were born this week.  Baby girls and their mamas are doing well. ... more
To be clear, we can hunt around the webz and find legal eagle opinions on all sides of this.   This is just one.   And, no ma ... more
Toys - The Common Room Feb 7, 2017, 8:29 am
  Above is a little toy kitchen set with little plastic fod and a sink and stove.   There is not a toy oven because har ... more
chicken adobo - The Common Room Feb 7, 2017, 2:21 am
soak in marinade of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and black peppercorns. I can’t give you amounts, but it is mor ... more
ice cream cones - The Common Room Feb 6, 2017, 4:35 am
10 pesos each, or .20 each ... more
Although Davao City is a huge international metropolis of 1 and a half million people, there are no direct flights from the U ... more
I really have to share here my immense satisfaction with Amazon kindles, and also with the program known as Overdrive, and, i ... more
Books read in January - The Common Room Feb 4, 2017, 6:05 am
Bruchko– well known missionary story of Bruce Olson who has worked with the Bari tribe of Columbia for forty years or m ... more
There’s a group of Indian medical students on our street, because there’s a med school not too far from here, and ... more
In 1747 Franklin made what is generally considered his chief contribution to science. One of his correspondents, Collinson (a ... more
Preemies benefit from crocheted octopuses. It’s the tentacles. Fascinating stuff. ... more
A few good reads - The Common Room Feb 2, 2017, 12:18 pm
Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, 1.99! Grant Takes Command, by Bruce Catton, only 1.99! FREE: Thicker Than Blood ... more
*Misunderstandings - The Common Room Feb 2, 2017, 9:23 am
Caveat: Regarding specific cultural differences, I’m just passing on what we have been told. I don’t know how ac ... more
Remember when: “Democrats used a rare parliamentary move to change the rules so that federal judicial nominees and exe ... more
Benjamin, born at Boston, twenty-one years after his father’s emigration, was the youngest of ten sons, all of whom wer ... more
A Tale of Two Heidis - The Common Room Jan 31, 2017, 5:43 am
This is from an abridgement.   Read it, picturing the story in your mind (make a movie of it, or a series of book illustratio ... more
from An Introduction to the History of Science, by Walter Libby, available free at Gutenberg: Dr. Wilkins, the brother-in-law ... more
I substituted to read aloud to one of the classes at the library again today, so I am now in my husband’s classroom usi ... more
*A History of Science - The Common Room Jan 28, 2017, 5:56 am
COÖPERATION IN SCIENCE—THE ROYAL SOCIETY The period from 1637 to 1687 affords a good illustration of the value for the pro ... more
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Preface Preface This little work aims to combine the instructive features of a book of tr ... more
Day I do not know, Davao Diary- various and sundry- My comeuppance after my eat their food post- I am not eating the food.   ... more
It seems counter-intuitive to stop a book or a lesson while the child is still enjoying it, but there are reasons.  We have ... more
Share their food - The Common Room Jan 26, 2017, 5:32 am
As missionaries go, we are possibly the least trained, officially speaking, of anybody here. It’s okay for the most par ... more
Obama sentenced whistleblowers to 31 times the prison time as all previous presidents combined.   The press did not really g ... more


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