“He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, so in all fortunes.”  Isaac Barrow

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Malawi Mouse Boys

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Trump’s Warsaw Speech

Read it for yourself. (there’s video there, too)

Watch it for yourself (forty minutes)

Tiny excerpt:

“Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger — one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles: the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.

Americans, Poles, and the nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty. We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the South or the East, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are. If left unchecked, these forces will undermine our courage, sap our spirit, and weaken our will to defend ourselves and our societies.”



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The Wonderful World of Mathematics Reading Schedule

The Wonderful World of Mathematics
by Lancelot Hogben
Other resources: Plan to look at the moon every single night for a month and draw it on a calendar or chart created for the purpose.
A biography of Sir Isaac Newton
A compass and protractor
The book Sir Comference
The movie Longitude (optional)
Timeline and world map (always add figures and events from your reading to an ongoing timeline, and always look up places on a map or globe).

For: Students from about 8-12. Younger students will need more help from you, older students should be able to do more independently (ideally).
Length: If you do one of the bubbled assignments each week, you should be done in about 24 weeks. It should be supplemental, not your math program, so this may be about right. I would suggest two days a week on one of the scheduled readings, to give the student time to linger over the material and illustrations.
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(Make sure you read all the captions and examine the illustrations as well as reading the text. The pages in this book are worth lingering over)
o Read to page nine. Tell me what you read about.
o Every night this month look at the moon and draw it on a calendar (make sure your drawing faces the same way the moon does).
o Cross off the dates of the month for each day you draw the moon)
o 1 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 ,17 ,18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at the end of the month tell me what you discover. Meanwhile, continue:
o Read pages 10 and 11. Narrate to me.
o Read pages 12 and 13- narrate. practice with a compass and protractor finding right angles
o Read pages 14 and 15. Narrate. Look up plumb line in the concordance and read that Bible passage. Explain to me what it means.
o Read pages 16-19. Narrate to me.
o Read pages 20-21, narrate
o Read pages 22-23. Narrate. Try to make a Mesopotamian abacas with beads and grooves and work the math problem. Ask mom for help.
o Read pages 24, 25. Narrate. Read Sir Cumference. Narrate
o Read pages 26 -29. Narrate
o Read pages 30-33, tell me about some of the important ideas here.
o Read pages 34- 37, put one of these people on the timeline, and tell me about what you read.
o Read pages 38-39 *just the first column of page 39, narrate. Try to work the problem.
o Read pages 39 (column 2 ) to page 41. Narrate.
o Read to page 43. Narrate.
o Read 46-49. Narrate. Find Portugal on the map.
o Read pages 50-51, narrate.
o Read pages 52-55, narrate
o Read pages 56-59, narrate. Sometime this week watch the movie Longitude
o Read pages 60-61 Narrate.
o Read a biography of Isaac Newton (we have one)
o Read pages 62-65, narrate
o Read pages 66-67, Narrate
o Pick one topic from this book to research further- tell me the topic, and I will help with the research.

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Books As Friends

“I have friends,” said Petrarch, “whose society is extremely agreeable to me; they are of all ages and of every country. They have distinguished themselves both in the cabinet and in the field, and obtained high honors for their knowledge of the sciences. It 32is easy to gain access to them, for they are always at my service, and I admit them to my company, and dismiss them from it, whenever I please. They are never troublesome, but immediately answer every question I ask them. Some relate to me the events of past ages, while others reveal to me the secrets of Nature. Some teach me how to live, and others how to die. Some by their vivacity, drive away my cares and exhilarate my spirits; while others give fortitude to my mind, and teach me the important lesson how to restrain my desires, and to depend wholly on myself. They open to me, in short, the various avenues of all the arts and sciences, and upon their information I may safely rely in all emergencies. In return for all their services, they only ask me to accommodate them with a convenient chamber in some corner of my humble habitation, where they may repose in peace; for these friends are more delighted by the tranquillity of retirement than with the tumults of society.”

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