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  1. How about a child learning to read with just Phonics. Instead of the Whole Language/Look Say method ? ? I had one teacher tell me that children learning with Phonics are just "word calling" and don't know what the word means... But I replied.... "If the word is in the child's speaking vocabulary... of course they know what it means." I bring this up because our local schools in Canada taught with Whole Language which has also been the teaching reading fad in the U.S. (Canadian and U.S. teachers have some cross border get-togethers. Fads spread.) I bought a $32.00 book called Alpha-Phonics... kept my kids out of Kindergarten and taught them how to read myself. All three of my kids were quite fluent readers by the time I let them attend public school..... the best readers in their class. No other kid in their age range in the neighborhood could read as well as my children.. (Except for one little girl, Ellie, down the street whose grandmother also taught her with phonics. She came in one day while I was teaching my son David... and she read words from my white board. I asked her how she learned to read... .and she said "My grandma taught me the sounds of the letters." She did not say that she learned to read at school.) You simply start with the sounds of the vowels... both long and short.. add the shwa sound and consonants and consonant blends.... teach the quiet letters... (Like in knife... phone....the few exceptions to the general rules (such as "i" before "e" except after "c" Good rule.... with only a few exceptions... not hard at all. By the time you get through the book... you have created a fluent reader of the English language who will be able to pronounce every new word they see. And if the word is already in their speaking vocabulary.. of course they know what it means. And if they come upon a word they don't know the definition of, they look it up in the dictionary or ask. It's so very simple... (Whole Language kids often can't even pronounce a new unfamiliar word.) All three of my childen are book addicts to this day and have their own small libraries of book shelves at home... So happy I taught my kids how to read.... even though I received much criticism from others for doing so.. ("Your not a teacher". 'It's not your job". " You think you know better than the schools? " It's what we hire teachers for." etc... ) As a child... after learning basic reading..one of the first books I learned to use was the Dictionary. So that as I continued reading books, if I came upon a word I did not know the definition of... I could look up the meaning... I was.. in effect... teaching myself. Most people who are learning a song in a foreign language.. if they have any curiosity or desire to learn, will find out what the word mean. It's not that difficult..
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    Travel insurance age over 85

    Travel Insurance ? Or do you mean Health Insurance ? Or both ? I think after we reach a certain age.... all those agencies cut us off and abandon us to fate.... I hope I'm wrong... Best of luck to you..
  3. Stole from Laos ? ? Are you serious ? ? You mean recovered from Laos don't you? ? .... an insurection was put down. And the "Emerald" Buddha (in reality it's actually Jasper or Jade) returned to Siam. The design of the Buddha strongly suggests it is of Chiang Saen style... meaning it would be originally Thai Lanna made. It was originally discovered in Chiang Rai at Wat Phra Kaew in 1434. Ended up in Chiang Mai... Don't forget it was in Chiang Mai until 1552 before it was in Laos.
  4. I'm the same way..... learned lots of things by "rote" learning in school in the 1950's and 1960's. The "Times Tables" being one... repetition after repetition... drilled into our heads...I'm still good with the "Times Table" today because of it. Knowing the "Times Table" is also a great aid to doing fast division in your head. If we lose our smart phone or iPod Touch or calculator we aren't lost if we need to work out some basic math in our heads quickly. I find that to be a great benefit. Really comes in handy quite often. Same with spelling and grammar and important dates in history. History is still one of my great interests all my life... I love having that knowledge.. I'm not saying that other ways of learning are no good. I'm sure they are good. BUT ! ! Rote learning works really well... no doubt about that.
  5. There are a few variations of “Chinese” ... Mandarin and Cantonese being but two. (I learned that by “rote” learning many years ago. There are some good things to say about “rote” learning. Being able to compose a sentence that shows some decent knowledge of correct English Grammar is another.) Which Chinese language are you talking about?
  6. Yer rite. , Im always makin lots mis takes i dont wanna bother lernin no grammir or spelin. I must be tryen rilly hard. Figur i am wel edyukated.
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    New asteroid gold rush ‘could earn everyone on Earth £75 billion’

    You’re absolutely right comrade. The poor downtrodden working proletariats will simply be taken advantage of by the oppressive capitalist bourgeoisie. This is what happens in history. Very happy to see another progressive Marxist-Leninist in the group here. Best wishes to you comrade.
  8. Theravada Buddhism really has no need for any god or gods. And yes..Buddha welcomed you to think for yourelf. Many people.... (not all) would say Buddhism is not a religion... but a philosophy and way of life. Many Buddhists (again.. not all) are in fact atheists or agnostic... “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
  9. But you need at least four shots of vaccine instead of three... and you need the Human Rabies Immune Globulin (HRIG) also... which is hard to find in some places... and can be very very expensive. For myself... I got the pre-exposure three shots... so I will only need a further two shots of vaccine if exposed to Rabies......and I wouldn't need the HRIG...... I would NOT have to worry about them having HRIG on hand, and not worry about paying a hefty price for it.
  10. Human Rabies Immune Globulin (HRIG) is not needed...IF... the patient has been pre-vaccinated against Rabies in the past. Just a follow up two shots of vaccine needed. Studied the subject for years... CDC and WHO sources. Rabies pre-exposure shots received in 2013. I'd be very interested in your sources saying HRIG is no longer used. Can you provide the links please?
  11. I had the three pre-exposure rabies shots. I see "Kwasaki" says that by "all" accounts, they can have some rather nasty after effects. ALL ? ? Well, here's one account that disagrees with Kwasaki's unknown sources. I had no after affects at all. They were no worse than an average needle. Worse after affects I've ever had was a sore upper arm for three days from a Tetanus vaccination, and thats to be expected, and normal for that shot. If not previously vaccinated against rabies, they will not only need at least four rabies vaccine shots, but they will also need Human Rabies Immune Globulin injected into the bites. Human Rabies Immune Globulin (HRIG), can be both hard to find in some areas and also expensive. I got the three pre-exposure rabies vaccine shots. If I got bit, I would only need a further two rabies vaccine shots, and I would not need the very pricey and sometimes hard to find Human Rabies Immune Globulin. If you have not had the pre-exposure vaccinations.. you need the Human Rabies Immune Globulin, along with at least four shots of the vaccine. Type of vaccine: Modern cell-culture or embryonated-egg vaccine Number of doses: Three, one on each of days 0, 7 and 21 or 28, given i.m. (1 or 0.5 ml/dose depending on the vaccine) or i.d. (0.1 ml/inoculation site)a Booster: Not routinely needed for general travellersb Adverse reactions: Minor local or systemic reactions Before departure: Pre-exposure prophylaxis for those planning a visit to a country or area at risk, especially if the area to be visited is far from major urban centres and appropriate care, including the availability of post-exposure rabies prophylaxis, cannot be assured. For those who have NOT recieved Pre-Exposure vaccination.... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people receive one dose of human rabies immunoglobulin (HRIG) and four doses of rabies vaccine over a 14-day period. The immunoglobulin dose should not exceed 20 units per kilogram body weight. HRIG is expensive and constitutes most of the cost of post exposure treatment, ranging as high as several thousand dollars. Rabies pre-exposure vaccine shots are given .... day zero: first shot, day 7: second shot, 21 or 28 days after second shot; third shot. Pre-exposure vaccination also gives you more time to get to medical help. When bitten, you will still need a further two shots of the vaccine.. (YES... these are vaccine) But no need of Human Rabies Immune Globulin...(which can be very pricey and also hard to find in some areas.) Do the math. Remember, Rabies ....one the symptoms appear.. is almost 100% FATAL. And a very horrible suffering way to die.. I would also suggest Hep B with your other shots... and Japanese Encephalitis if you can easily afford it. An Australian guy died from JE after returning to Australia from a Thailand vacation.. Perhaps think about getting your shots in Bangkok if you are going to be there for a while.. The Thai Travel Clinic is a special clinic of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand. You can get all your travel vaccinations there for a cost much less than in the west.
  12. Thus breaking the very first of the Buddhist Five Precepts, and also one of the Christian Ten Commandments.
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    Foreign prisoners to be transferred home

    Even more than that, murderers of any innocent people.
  14. The one I reacted to made the first move... sort of like reacting when somebody throws the first punch don't you think? That's right... throw a comment at me... but not at the hate filled anti-semite Israel hater that started it... typical of certain people. Nice of you.... shows where your feelings lie... Bye the way....where exactly did I say " my nuclear bomb is bigger than yours ..." < Oh dear , where are we going to ...? ? ? ? Israel would have every right in the world to wipe Tehran off the map if Tehran fired a nuke at Israel as the original poster suggested. Would you suggest they sit back and take it and do nothing ? ? Your poor comment suggests so...
  15. She also had a crew of 85, and Canada originally armed the ship with 1x 4" (102 mm) QF Mk V gun, and 4x Oerlikon 20 mm guns.