|Posted on November 2, 2016 at 1:00 PM||comments (57)|
“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.” ~ by Elizabeth Hardwick
in the various books became my friends and together we had many adventures. I visited far away places and learned about many different cultures from the past and present. Reading instilled in me a strong desire to travel the world. As I traveled to the many places I’d read about, I recorded the sights with my camera so I could share my trip with others. Even though I am now able to travel the world, I continue to make new friends and visit new places by reading a book. The ability to read is not only important for being successful in today’s society; it also makes life more enjoyable. Let’s all make time to read daily.
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|Posted on April 16, 2016 at 7:20 PM||comments (115)|
History is not always what we imagine...
Abraham Lincoln will forever be known as the President who, by signing the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, abolished slavery. What many fail to realize is that, as wonderful as this act was, President Lincoln's motivation and reasons for doing this was more militarily strategic.
Also, even though they were granted freedom on January 1, 1863, many freed slaves did not know that they were free until June 19, 1863.
Regardless of why slavery was abolished or when the freed slaves learned of their freedom, the fact remains that the ending of this barbaric act was necessary. All humans, regardless of race, color, or religion, should be treated with dignity and respect. God created us in His image (Genisis 1 - 3), then sent His Son to redeem us from sin (John 3:16 -17). Throughout the Bible we are instructed to love one another, but we disregard this instruction. We are also implored to forgive and not repay evil, or seek vengeance; yet we excelled at doing the exact opposite. We must strive to learn from history and try to follow the instructions God gave us in His Word. If we don't, we will definitely repeat the grievous mistakes made by our ancestors.
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|Posted on July 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM||comments (12)|
During a recent visit to New York City, I thought I'd checkout some of my old stomping grounds. One of my favorite places was the Boardwalk at Coney Island.... Hurricane Sandy caused some damage to the old place, but the city and private patrons restored it and made it even better. Fortunately, we happen to be in town during their grand re-opening of this famous landmark.....
My niece had heard stories, but never been to Coney Island, so this was a perfect time to introduce her to Coney Island, and re-acquaint myself with an old friend. The boardwalk had a few new eateries, stores, vendors, and family friendly attractions but retained the old favor of anticipation and excitement.
There was dancing, acrobatics, rides, the beach, and of course a Nathan's hotdog..... Everyone had a common goal, to have fun and ensure that others had a great time as well.
We all had a wonderful time and I hope to return again soon.
|Posted on February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM||comments (14)|
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~ by Augustine of Hippo
Take a trip with me to the Land Of The Rising Sun…..
Host to the Olympic Games in 1964 (summer) and 1972, 1998 (winter).
Japan is a place where ancient culture and modern technology live side by side in perfect unity. The streets are clean (no litter) and crime is very low. No matter where you go, you are greeted by friendly people, unbelievable creativity, and amazing cuisine.
|Posted on February 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM||comments (117)|
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“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” ~ by S. Gudder
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
“The math I am learning in school is never going to be used in real life”
“I hate math”
“Math is too hard”
“ I do not have any math homework (translation: I don’t understand it)”
As a parent and educator, I have heard these phrases and more whenever the topic of math is mentioned. A firm grasp of mathematical concepts, though necessary, can be scary at any age.
Below are three ways to make math more hands on, practical, and fun.
1. Use snack time to teach your student about sharing (fractions).
2. Have your student help you make a meal using a recipe (fractions, proportions).
3. Take your student grocery shopping, with a list and set dollar amount and have them keep track of how much money is being spent (adding & subtracting money and budgeting).
I can not promise that your student will love math, but together we can take some of the sting out of learning math.