Beginner’s Latin 1

This video can either be used by parents of all ages or by students in the logic and rhetoric stages of the trivium.  Producer Evan1965 begins reading text from the 1st children’s book published centuries ago, noting that the material was originally crafted for those 6 years old. As he reads, he pauses to explain the structure of the sentence and the effect of vowel accentuation.

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How to pronouce classical Latin

This video is geared toward students with decent attention spans (logic and rhetoric stages), but that is not to say it is boring.  Evan1965 does an excellent job of explaining how we derive Latin pronunciations from what is considered a dead language.  I do think that term is awfully ironic though, given its influence in medical terms, biology, philosophy, religion, law, and the tons of languages derived from Latin.

I think you’ll find his segment discussing the differences in vowel sounds and the rhythm of Latin in poetry particularly entrancing ~ 4:50.

How to approach learning a foreign language

This video is a great resource for parents/teachers/tutors as well as students in the latter phase of the logic stage and on into the rhetoric stage of the trivium followed in the classical education model.

It explains 2 different approaches to learning a foreign language, in this case Latin.  While most Latin courses attempt to analyze the language, producer Evan1965 reminds us that this is not the most effective way to actually use the language.

Other Latin resources:

—for parents, logic, & rhetoric stages–

Intro to Latin for beginners

—for grammar, logic, & rhetoric stages–

Latin alphabet – video

For a thorough explanation on the grammar, logic, & rhetoric stages of the trivium used in the classical education method, go to our search bar (upper rt of screen) & type the key terms in bold.

US citizens – Demand the right to know what’s in your food

Think your food labels are complete and honest, even if you can’t pronounce 3/4 of the ingredients?  Think again.  GMOs (genetically modified organisms) developed by Monsanto and proven to cause cancer and other DNA alterations are not required by the FDA to be labeled.

This video does a great job to illustrate the point.  Just don’t let the issue drop there.  After going here to tell Pres. Obama to cut all ties between the FDA and Monsanto, take another moment to write your representatives from the bottom up.  Let them know that not only are you fed up with Monsanto contaminating and controlling our food supply, but that as a human being you have a right to know what is in your food.  It is about time the US caught up with the rest of the world on this matter.

Lastly, do not forget to share your concerns with local grocery stores, family, and facebook friends and tweeters.

To find out more about Monsanto and the damage caused by genetically engineeredfrankenfoods,” or GMOs, go here:

Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

11 yo homeschooler takes on Monsanto

Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011)

11 yo homeschooler takes on Monsanto

Nationwide, homeschoolers are rising to wake up our citizens and politicians to behind the scenes corruption in our biggest industries that affect everyone’s daily lives.  Today, we salute 11 yr old Birke Baehr from the Asheville region of NC who does a phenomenal job to prove that homeschoolers are not isolated in social bubbles, but are ready to even take center-stage to get their points across when necessary.

I used to want to be a NFL player.  Now, I want to be an organic farmer so that I can make a bigger impact on this world.  — Birke Baehr, 11

Here he takes on Monsanto – the industrial farming conglomerate with deep ties to the FDA.

 

To get a clearer picture about the controversy surrounding Monsanto check these out:

 

Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

 

Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011)

DO YOUR PART to help fight Monsanto!

Click here to tell Pres. Obama to cut $$$ ties

between FDA & Monsanto

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Science project: Lego Balloon Flight gets international attention

While I think the story of Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed, 17 years old, is very inspiring considering they received international attention, the reason I am bringing it to the forefront here is because the accompanying article does an excellent job of describing their work.  This allows other students to replicate their project, but also to see that the science projects do not have to be ultra complicated, but just very well planned and documented.

They decided to launch a Lego man via weather balloon and track his progress via a GPS app on a cellphone, while simultaneously photographing the Lego man’s aerial views.  Equipping the Lego man with a parachute, they also retrieved him and equipment with the help of a website that predicted where he would land.

Even if you’re not interested in duplicating the experiment, it still makes an interesting science lesson in physics in which you can create diagrams to recreate their planning process.  In my opinion, it’s the planning that scares many students into delving into deeper questions.  It’s easy to be overwhelmed not knowing how to get from point A to point Z, but if the problem is broken down into a series of questions, then each question can be approached systematically.

Read more:

The science and engineering behind Lego Man’s balloon voyage

President Obama makes colleges rethink tuition hikes

I have long ranted about how colleges abuse their monopolization on education by forcing unnecessary tuition hikes year after year.  It had come to the point that I actually touted them as holding our lives for ransom under degrees that are often overestimated in worth and exaggerated in need.

 

This may seem completely contradictory to my love for learning and ascertainment that “Knowledge is power,” but it simply is not.  One can easily teach themselves how to do virtually anything in our media millennium.  Unless it’s surgery or piloting a plane, & yeah ok, I’ll concede a few other ambitions, most specialties can be honed at home.

While society is a long way from bowing to my point of view, degrees are nearly a prerequisite – although not a reassurance of – employment for now and the future.  Given this, I have already informed my children that 1) yes, you’ll go to college, but 2) there’s no way your father & I can afford it.  At least they have no misconceptions ahead of time and realize that effort, diligence, and scholarship (probably multiples, in fact) will be expected.

However, President Obama did just step up for a startling reality check to the higher education industry:  control your tuition or lose federal funding.  It parallels quite *nicely* with doctors and hospitals overcharging in 1 form or another simply because they know Medicaid/Medicare will cover the cost.  Of course they have to be extra sly, so they will push or exaggerate certain diagnoses like mental illness, diabetes, and heart disease into receiving treatments that have actually been proven to make the problem (or others) worse.

President Obama also addressed the abuse of inflated interest rates on student loans.  I never would have thought when I was in high school that any bank or lender could possibly legally take advantage of someone via student loans.  Thank God I never made it an option for myself, because stories abound of people going bankrupt — yes, bankrupt — for having done so.

Taxes, child support, and student loans are the 3 types of debt that cannot be wiped off your credit report for non-payment.  So naturally when you put this fact together with federal funding, subsidized tuition via grants like the Pell Grant, a workforce that no longer trusts itself to train its workers (read — too cheap to train their own workers), & tuition rates set by the very people paid the highest within an institution of higher learning, then of course abuse would be rampant.

Netflix offers an excellent revealing documentary “Frontline:  College, Inc.” discussing this very matter.  A well-versed viewer gives it 3 out of 5 stars & then comments:

A narrow expose that does not address the broader problem and its root causes. The factors driving the growing demand for advanced degrees – of any kind, from any university – deserve scrutiny. What was once a cost-benefit decision is now a foregone conclusion: You must get a college degree. Like all bubbles, the college bubble has been pumped to excess by societal and market failures. Among these: the societal failure that for many, a public high school education is often inadequate or irrelevant; and the market failure created that distortions in the market for a college education – principally, tax-payer funding – has produced an artificial demand for it and facilitated its costly supply. (In an environment where super-loose monetary policy already encourages malinvestments in education, fiscal distortions are the last thing you need.) This documentary could have focused on the common problems affecting the entire advanced education complex, but instead simply focused on the failings of the latest entrant, the for-profit sector. It could also have cited studies that show that much of the performance gap among sectors is due to differences in demographics. To be fair, this narrow expose still allows an open-minded viewer to see a broader problem and diagnose a common cause. He or she would have been able to (a) compare and equate problems afflicting students and institutions in the private sector system with analogous problems in the public systems, and (b) conclude that misplaced State-involvement appears to be a growing common factor in both systems. Yet, the documentary does not attempt to broaden the discussion or to explore common causes. Worst, in an attempt to speculate about a solution to the problem of private sector colleges, the documentary appears to suggest…even more taxpayer funding funding for Community Colleges. Is this what being educated without learning is about? Humh. Watch instead CATOs online panel Profit from Ivory Towers of 11/30/10.

More information:

Obama to High-Priced Universities: ‘You’re on Notice’

Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

1st I want you to consider a few truths regarding the FDA guidelines or RDA [recommended dietary allowance] of vitamins, minerals, and food group portions demonstrated by the colorful My Food Plate and its predecessor the Food Pyramid.  While the plate does give fruits and vegetables a more prominent division of our diet than grains, it still gives grains a 25% allocation to your meals.  The Food Pyramid had recommended a gargantuan 9-11 servings of carbohydrates in a single day.

Food industry monopolist Monsanto has had their hand in the FDA for a long time.  Grains are cheap to produce & are added to foods like meat that we’d never consider to examine.  They also cause cows to develop e-coli.  Monsanto has “poisoned the water hole” so to speak by putting cancerous chemicals in our food supply, sued family farmers when their own Frankenstein seed contaminated the farmers’ seed, bankrupted many by keeping them in legal limbo, & even caused 1000s of Indian farmers to commit suicide by drinking pesticides.  [click here to tell Pres. Obama to cut the ties between Monsanto & the FDA — takes only 20 sec]

Go here to read Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011).

Before my days of behind the scenes nutritional research, back when my kids were toddlers, I would lament how in the world could I fit ~10 healthy carbohydrates a day in & still provide a rich diet of fruits and vegetables.  It became clear quickly that it was an either/or situation.  While I tried to offer a fruit at each breakfast, then at least 1 if not 2 veggies at lunch, 2-3 vegetables at dinner, cushioned with at least 1 fruit snack throughout the day, affordability often gave way to dependence on grains.  At least I did use oatmeal as our mainstay rather than pre-packaged cookies and cakes.  Now if I can just track down organic oatmeal…

When it came to my selection of fruits I relied on unsweetened applesauce, oranges, bananas, and canned varieties.  Wow, have I come a long way, baby.  Out of my choices at least half of them were just plain sorry.  I will give bananas a bit of credit since the 1g of fat in each does help provide their developing brains and nervous system with the fatty protective myelin sheath that insulates nerves.  While it is famous for potassium, it turns out to be an inferior source compared to raw potatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and even raw cacao beans (or dark chocolate if cacao is inaccessible to you).

Oranges were a great source (but are also a choking hazard, so beware – helps to peel the inner white linings off to reveal the raw pulp), but the canned applesauce reported zero nutrients.  FRESH raw apples – including chewing the seeds extra well – are, however, superb choices.  Canned fruit (pineapples, peaches, fruit cocktail) is loaded in corn syrup.

Corn syrup (and corn oil) has been linked as a direct cause of diabetes, obesity, and soaring triglyceride fat levels, and cancer.  Quite simply it is so concentrated that it overloads the pancreas in 1 form & chokes out cell walls in the other.  Our family has come to refer to it as “diabetic juice”  and “cancer Kool-aid.”

Which brings to mind another fact:  raw fruits are better sources than juice for the simple reason that juice contains an overabundance of servings, is not fresh unless juiced yourself, and is pasteurized.  On the flip side, freshly juicing vegetables is the most fantastic way to get your quota in without sore jaws and bloat.  The fact that industrial farms have depleted our soils with pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, as well as picking produce green & shipping it cross-country or world-wide means what you’re eating isn’t as nutritious as it could be.  There is no source more superior than locally grown organic foods.

The following video shows why you should be choosing fruits and vegetables with HIGH antioxidant values.  They reduce inflammation which will help clear your skin, fight disease, and heal worn out cells.  Doing so prevents a milieu of life threatening conditions.

 

Warning signs of dyslexia you may have overlooked

A very comprehensive site that gives us clues or warning signs of the possibility of dyslexia in loved ones will help you arm yourself with tools to remove learning obstacles in both children and adults.  This by no means is diagnostic, nor is a diagnosis a sentence of doom and gloom for one encountering problems.

 

Contrary to Jack Nicholson‘s famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!” from GI Jane starring Demi Moore, I have always found strength and reassurance in nothing less than the truth.  A problem becomes manageable when all aspects are brought to the forefront because energy no longer has to be spent in useless direction as the source is sought.

 

So think of this as empowering, not degrading, or even scary information.  Success is meant to be had by everyone, even those with dyslexia, any other learning disability, or unique brainwave patterns.  Follow up any warning signs with professional testing and personalized development exercises.

 

Symptoms of Dyslexia

Latin alphabet – video

I recommend reading and listening to the Intro to Latin for beginners if you have not already.  It does a great job introducing you to the task at hand so that you can reasonably know what to expect along your journey.

This video is useful for learners of all ages.  No matter what spectrum of the trivium of the classical education model you are beginning the course, or if you are a graduated adult who just likes to expand their minds and breadth of knowledge, knowing how to pronounce the alphabet of your chosen foreign language is most certainly step 1.

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