Author Archives: Headmistress

Acorn Jelly

I shocked my Korean friends when I told them we have oak and mulberry trees on our property and the acorns and mulberries mostly just rot on the ground because nobody eats acorns and the only people who eat mulberries are the kids who go out in the summer and gets sweaty and all stained […]

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Leucaena Leucocephala shrub

Seems to be called ipil-ipil here in the Philippines. The buds and blossoms and pods can all appear on this tree or shrub at the same time. Here’s a close up of one of the buds and one of the frowsy-headed, Seussian blossoms: I’m attempting to give a sense of scale here to readers from […]

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Dragonflies and Damselflies

This is how you know if you are looking at a damselfly or a dragonfly; look at the wings. Each member of the dragonfly family extends both wings out like airplane wings while it basks in the sun or rests in the shadow.There is one big, white-bodied dragonfly species called the whitetail which slants its […]

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Viet Namese Adoptee Who Found His Family

This is a longish read, but it’s really interesting and captures some of the complexities of international adoption. Tuy was left with an orphanage as a baby, and according to their records, nobody knew who his parents were. He contracted polio while at that orphanage due to contaminated water. He was transferred later to a […]

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Review in a Charlotte Mason Education

From Wikipedia: “Spaced repetition is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect. Alternative names include spaced rehearsal, expanding rehearsal, graduated intervals, repetition spacing, repetition scheduling, spaced retrieval and expanded retrieval.” This is basically the design behind SCM’s memory verse card technique.  Also from Wikipedia: “In the Leitner system, correctly answered cards […]

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