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Babs Bell (Bishop) Hajdusiewicz and her books

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Bestselling author Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Ms.Ed. is the author of more than 100 books and 350 poems for children, including: Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear!; Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; MORE Phonics through Poetry: Teaching Phonemic Awareness Using Poetry; Rhythm & Rhyme Reader Series; Questions and Answers Series; Jacks and More Jacks, Words! Words! Words!; Words and More Words. She is also author of Steppingstone Stories Series; Peaceful Me and Sometimes I Feel Happy, Sometimes I Feel Sad; three Poetry Works! collections for early childhood through intermediate grades; middle-grades biography Mary Carter Smith: African-American Storyteller; and the Dainty Dinosaur Series.

Hajdusiewicz stars in the Wright Group staff-development video Developing Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness through Rhythm and Rhyme. She has written numerous children's stories, articles for teachers and parents, and has contributed to and edited many elementary textbooks.

An educator for 40 years, Hajdusiewicz taught early childhood, elementary, and special education at all levels, served school districts in Indiana and Michigan as director of special education, and taught graduate and undergraduate education courses at Eastern Michigan and Cleveland State Universities. She founded Booking the Future: Reader to Reader™, a community-involvement literacy program that placed books in the hands and homes of more than 16,000 four, five, and six year olds, and Pee Wee Poetry™, a language development program for children aged two through nine. Hajdusiewicz is a frequent conference keynoter for educators and parents and a popular visiting author in schools across the country and abroad.

Specialties: Poetry for kids; humor; parenting for literacy; school staff development; author of numerous classroom materials; emphasis on phonemic awareness before phonics instruction; building love of learning from infancy onward

(Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz живет и работает в Атланте, штат Джорджия. Она написала более 100 книг и 350 стишков для детей. Своими книгами она предоставляет советы, консультации и материал для воспитателей, чтобы они чувствовали себя уверенно в том, что они помогают детям в период их раннего развития и становления их устной речи. Учителя английского языка могут использовать стихи для изучения языка в целом. Родители могут читать эти нехитрые стихи своим детям и помогать им изучать английский язык.)


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Reading Comprehension for Kids

Reading Comprehension is suitable for Kindergarten students or beginning readers.
This product is helping children to sharpen reading and comprehension.


Gather around and listen well, for we have a fabled story to tell. Today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day and a great opportunity to read to your kids. We are encouraged to explore myths, fantasy and fables, old, new or imagined by you on the spot. A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature fairies, trolls, giants and talking animals. These stories often include enchantments and far-fetched events.




Sumo Woodblock print -

Sumo is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet.

The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered to be a gendai budō (a modern Japanese martial art), though this definition is incorrect as the sport has a history spanning many centuries.



A Gyōji (行司) is a referee in professional sumo wrestling in Japan



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow


When the Queen stands, you stand.

When the Queen stands, it's protocol for everyone to follow.


No one can eat after the Queen has finished her meal.

When dining as a family, after the Queen has taken her last bite, everyone needs to stop eating.


Bowing and curtsying is a requirement.

Men of the royal family perform a neck bow, while women curtsy when greeting the Queen.


Marriage comes with a new name.

Members of the Royal Family take a new name when they're married.


PDA is looked down upon, especially while traveling.

The Royal Family even refrain from holding hands.

Approval is needed before a proposal.

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch's approval before proposing.


A Royal wedding bouquet must contain myrtle.

Every royal bride carries myrtle in her wedding bouquet.


Every Royal wedding party must include a crop of children.

Royal wedding parties are usually made up of younger children.

Until 2011, the Royal Family was prohibited from marrying a Roman Catholic.

Now, the family can marry someone of any faith.
The family can't have political views.


The Royal Family isn't allowed to vote or speak publicly about politics.
Nor can they run for office.



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow


Nor can they run for office.
Since voting is off the table, members of the Royal Family aren't allowed to hold any type of political office.

Monopoly is a forbidden board game amongst the Royal Family.

Quite possibly the weirdest rule, the Royal Family can't play Monopoly. (Though we imagine this is a "rule" that can be broken.)
Dinner conversations are formulated.

At dinner parties, the Queen begins by speaking to the person seated to her right. During the second course of the meal, she switches to the guest on her left.

When a Royal travels abroad, they're required to pack an all-black outfit.

Every family member must be prepared with a funeral-appropriate ensemble, in case of a sudden death.

Two heirs aren't allowed to travel together.

Once Prince George turns 12, he and Harry will have to fly separately.

The family isn't allowed to sign autographs or take selfies.

Don't even think about approaching them with that selfie stick.

The family can't eat shellfish.

Shellfish is off limits to the family, namely because it is more likely to cause food poisoning than others.

You can't touch a Royal.

It's rumored that the royal family can't be touched by non-royals, and Kate's awkward reaction to LeBron James throwing his arm around her in a photo is full-blown proof.

They can't wear fur.

In the 12th century, King Edward III banned all royals from wearing fur—but this rule has been repeatedly broken.



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Event seating is very much planned.

Seating is arranged by order of precedence at all royal events, but factors like age, language, and interests go into account when organizing events.

In fact, there's an entire office dedicated to the organizing of guests.

The Office of the Marshal of the Court refer to themselves as "mini hosts."

The Royal Family must adhere to a strict dress code.

The Royal Family's dress code is modest, and no members are seen in casual clothing.

Even Prince George has a dress code.

He always wears tailored shorts, never pants.

Women must wear hats to all formal events.

The fancier, the better.


After 6 p.m., hats are off and tiaras are on.

If an event is held indoors after 6 p.m., women swap their hats for tiaras.

But, tiaras are reserved for married women.

A woman who attends an event sans tiara is on the market.

And tiaras must be angled properly.

Although tiaras were traditionally worn towards the front of the head, the modern style is worn farther back on the head at a 45-degree angle.

The Queen's breakfast menu is nonnegotiable.

Every morning, the Queen has English breakfast tea (duh) followed by Cornflakes.

The family must accept gifts.

The family is required to graciously accept the many (and bizarre) gifts they're given on a regular basis.

The Queen insists on spending a week preparing for Christmas.

The family's annual Christmas celebration is held at the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and she arrives a week early to prepare.

The family doesn't open presents on Christmas Day.

Instead of opening presents on Christmas day, the Royal Family exchanges gifts in the Red Drawing Room during tea time on Christmas Eve.



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Garlic isn't allowed at Buckingham Palace.

It's rumored that the Queen hates garlic, so no dishes at Buckingham Palace are made with the ingredient.

Neither are potatoes, rice, and pasta.

The Queen has strict rules against eating potatoes, rice, or pasta for dinner.

The family is expected to learn multiple languages.

Prince George has already learned to count in Spanish.

A clean-cut, put-together image is key.

Maybe that's why Kate gets a blowout three times a week.

You can't turn your back on the Queen.

After a conversation with the Queen has ended, she's the first to leave—no one is allowed to turn their back to her.

Even the children are expected to be graceful.

As soon as children are born into the Royal Family, they're immediately groomed to both wave and speak gracefully.

The Queen's wardrobe must be bright.

The Queen is known for her bright, neon-colored outfits, as she likes to make sure she can be easily spotted in large crowds.



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Women are expected to sit a certain way.
The options are legs crossed at the knee or ankle.

If the Queen moves her purse to her right arm, her staff must cut off her conversation.

The Queen uses her purse to send subtle signals to her staff. If she moves the purse from her left arm to her right, it's her hint that she's ready to finish her conversation.

And when she places her purse on a table, dinner is officially over.

If the Queen is at dinner and she puts her purse on the table, dinner needs to come to an end within five minutes.

Cleavage isn't a part of the Royal dress code.

Diana used her clutches as a way to hide her cleavage when exiting a car.

Nicknames are completely forbidden.

Even though the press still uses Kate's nickname, she actually goes by Catherine.



50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow


Utensil placement is very important.

If royals need to exit the room during dinner, but haven't finished their food, they cross their utensils so the staff doesn't remove their plate. If they're finished with a meal, they place the utensils at an angle, with the handles at the bottom right of the plate.

As is tea-cup holding.

Royal Family members pinch the tea cup handle with their index finger and thumb, while their middle finger secures the bottom.

Chin placement isn't overlooked.

Royal women need to pose with their chin parallel to the ground.

The Queen isn't required to have a driver's license.

The Queen is the only person in the U.K. who may drive without a license or plates.

The Queen's dogs are always prepared gourmet meals.

It's no secret that the Queen loves her corgis, but unlike your pets, hers are required to eat gourmet meals, prepared daily by an in-house chef and hand-delivered by a footman.

And they're never reprimanded.

The Queen lets her corgis do as they please.

Prince Phillip is required to walk behind the Queen.

Since their marriage, Philip must walk a few steps behind the Queen at all times.



Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Yesterday, Meghan Markle made her first public appearance with the Queen, and was spotted wearing a new and not-that-cool accessory: nude pantyhose.

Apparently, all women in the royal family are required to wear tights during public occasions, and while Meghan has ignored this rule during her engagements with Harry thus far, you better believe she pulled on a pair of hose for her appearance with the Queen herself.

"You never see a royal without their nude stockings," royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter recently told Insider. "I would say that's really the only hard, steadfast rule in terms of what the Queen requires."

According to The Sun, Kate Middleton’s preferred tights are the John Lewis 7 Denier Barely There Tights which will set you back just $7.50 if you want to cop her look.



How To Learn A Language In 20 Minutes Per Day

How long should you practice a new language every day? We sat down with one of our linguistics experts here at Babbel to find out why our app gets you speaking a new language in only 20 minutes of study per day.

Karoline Schnur, linguistics expert at Babbel

As you might expect in a language learning company, almost everyone who works at Babbel is multilingual. I say almost because I’m not one of them (yet). Like many native English speakers, my attempts to learn a second language in school were in vain. I have now reached an intermediate conversational level in German, but it’s nothing compared to my international colleagues. Every day I hear people walking around the office speaking dozens of different languages, code switching in conversations with different colleagues, and translating their funny idioms into English. But even among the serial language learners at Babbel, you’ll never find someone pouring over French 101 textbooks, cramming themselves to fluency.
That’s because the central principle of the Babbel language learning approach is that people should spend about 20 minutes per day studying a new language. This is surprisingly short compared to the length of time university students are expected to study a language nightly (~90 minutes). So how are people at Babbel picking up new languages even though they’re putting in less time than I spent cramming Spanish verb conjugation in high school? I sat down with one of Babbel’s linguistic experts, Karoline Schnur, to find out how 20 minutes of learning per day is all you need to become proficient in a new language.
The Babbel Approach
Karoline started off by explaining the central principle behind the Babbel learning approach: “If you read a lot of information, you won’t be able to absorb everything. We call this information overload or cognitive overload.” She explained that the brain is a master at deciding what information in our daily lives is important and what is background noise. This background information is tossed out, and never makes it into our long-term memory. Great for guiding our day-to-day lives, but not so great for language learning.
Karoline was also keen to dispel the myths about cramming, or binge learning: “This is when you have a big test coming up so you sit down and try to learn everything that you need to know. But how much do you remember after a week? Probably not that much.” Instead of worrying about trying to do a lot all at once, it’s actually more important to repeat a smaller portion of information more frequently. She continued, “To get something into long term memory, you must make connections and repeat it. Repetition is really important in language learning.”
Fortunately, the Babbel App was specifically designed with the limitations of human memory in mind. Twenty minutes corresponds well with the principle of “chunking” in psychology — our brains work best at absorbing around seven new things at a time. As Karoline explained, “If you think about the capacity of your brain to digest around seven chunks of new information, the time is a clear limit. From our Babbel perspective, you could start with repetition: you repeat 10 items and you need less than 5 minutes for that. Then you can do a new lesson, which takes about 15 minutes. Now you have your 20 minutes.”
Sounds easy enough, right?
A Scientific Approach That Works

With some of the science behind the Babbel approach under our belt, it was time to see how the app reinforced this approach. According to Karoline, “We have repetition built into the lessons with different exercises and different contexts, so that you make these connections.” While you may first encounter a certain set of vocabulary in the beginner courses, these words will also pop up in later dialogue practices — and not just in the obvious contexts. For example, a course on talking about young children will not only feature the standard vocabulary of child-rearing, but will also have words related to seniors, construction and noise. This is because our world is dynamic, and it’s important to recall these words at any time — not just at the kindergarten!
Because repetition is so important, the Babbel App has a Review Manager that’s designed solely for repeating information and getting it into your long-term memory. When talking about the rationale behind this approach, Karoline explained, “This also comes from psychology, and it’s based on time intervals. Each time you repeat something and get it correct, it will move up a step.” When using the app, you’ll notice that items come up for review not only right after a lesson is completed, but in the days and weeks that follow. She continued, “If you keep getting it correct, the time until you see it again expands. After all those steps are done, we say, ‘OK, this is in your long-term memory.'” In this way, Babbel isn’t just helping you memorize vocabulary, but truly learn a language.
Our Tips And Tricks For Language Learning
1. Learning on the go
With only 20 minutes to study each day, I was eager to ask Karoline for any tips she could give me to best use my time. “If you take a moment to determine where you have more time and where you have less time, you can choose your lesson accordingly. At Babbel, we’ve designed our lessons so that they fit perfectly into those times when you’re waiting or commuting.” Many users (including lots of employees here at Babbel) use the app while on public transportation, especially on their way to work. It’s the perfect use of an otherwise boring stretch of time.
2. Find the right learning pattern for you
Karoline noted that learners can adapt their studying to their personality type. “There are two types of language learners: those who like routines and those who don’t. The ones who like routines can make up their own schedule, like two sets of repetition and one new lesson, and they stick to it. Then there are ones that don’t like routines. It’s no problem, they just don’t do the same thing every day.” She suggested that these types of people can choose to dedicate some days to only repetition (which isn’t a lost day, because you didn’t forget anything!), and other days to just new lessons, or whatever ratio they prefer.
3. Build confidence through practice
She also recommended that one day per week should focus on applying the language to real life:
“If there’s a Spanish restaurant in your city, why not greet them with ‘Hola!‘ or try ordering in Spanish? If that’s unavailable where you live, the internet still provides a lot of places to read the language, or listen to a podcast, or to find an online community where you can communicate with others. To apply is the best way to really get the information into long-term memory.”
If you plan on using the language in real life (which is the goal, isn’t it?), then you should actually put it to use.
4. Make a habit of daily learning
As for Karoline’s final tip: “The most important thing is to do something every day. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, instead of 20, it’s better than nothing because you made connections.” While spending a full 20 minutes a day should be the goal for language learning, the key to proficiency in another language is daily practice. With this consistency, you’ll be speaking a new language in no time.
Start learning a language now. It only takes 20 minutes per day!



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Order of the Thistle


The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle is an order of chivalry associated with Scotland. The current version of the Order was founded in 1687 by King James VII of Scotland (James II of England and Ireland) who asserted that he was reviving an earlier Order. The Order consists of the Sovereign and sixteen Knights and Ladies, as well as certain "extra" knights (members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs). The Sovereign alone grants membership of the Order; he or she is not advised by the Government, as occurs with most other Orders.

The Order's primary emblem is the thistle, the national flower of Scotland. The motto is Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin for "No one provokes me with impunity"). The same motto appears on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom for use in Scotland and some pound coins, and is also the motto of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots Guards, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. The patron saint of the Order is St Andrew.

Most British orders of chivalry cover the whole United Kingdom, but the three most exalted ones each pertain to one constituent country only. The Order of the Thistle, which pertains to Scotland, is the second-most senior in precedence. Its equivalent in England, The Most Noble Order of the Garter, is the oldest documented order of chivalry in the United Kingdom, dating to the middle fourteenth century. In 1783 an Irish equivalent, The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, was founded, but has now fallen dormant.


James VII claimed that he was reviving an earlier Order, but this issue is marked by widely varying claims.

According to legend, Achaius, King of Scots (possibly coming to the aid of Óengus mac Fergusa, King of the Picts), while engaged in battle at Athelstaneford with the Saxon King Æthelstan of East Anglia, saw in the heavens the cross of St Andrew. After he won the battle, Achaius is said to have established the Order of the Thistle, dedicating it to the saint, in 786. The tale is not credible, because the two individuals purported to have fought each other did not even live in the same century. Another story states that Achaius founded the Order in 809 to commemorate an alliance with the Emperor Charlemagne. There is some credibility to this story given the fact that Charlemagne did employ Scottish bodyguards. There is, in addition, a tradition that the order was instituted, or re-instituted, on the battlefield by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn.

The earliest claim now taken seriously by historians is that James III, who adopted the thistle as the royal plant badge and issued coins depicting thistles, founded the Order during the fifteenth century. He allegedly conferred membership of the "Order of the Burr or Thissil" on King Francis I of France.

However, there is no conclusive evidence for a fifteenth-century order. A French commentator writing in 1558 described the use of the crowned thistle and the cross of St Andrew on Scottish coins and war banners, and added that there was no Scottish order of knighthood. Similarly, John Lesley writing around 1578, refers to the three foreign orders of chivalry carved on the gate of James V's Linlithgow Palace with his ornaments of St Andrew, proper to this nation. Some Scottish order of chivalry may have existed during the sixteenth century, possibly founded by James V and called the Order of St. Andrew, but lapsed by the end of that century.

James VII issued letters patent "reviving and restoring the Order of the Thistle to its full glory, lustre and magnificency" on 29 May 1687. Although the "restoration" in 1687 of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle was accomplished by King James VII & II, the initiative for - essentially - founding this Scottish Royal Order can be attributed to John, 1st Earl and 1st Jacobite Duke of Melfort, then Secretary of State for Scotland, who together with his elder brother James, 4th Earl and 1st Jacobite Duke of Perth, then Lord Chancellor of Scotland, were among the eight Founding Knights. Eight knights, out of a maximum of twelve, were appointed, but the King was deposed in 1688. His successors, the joint monarchs William III and Mary II, did not make any further appointments to the Order, which consequently fell into desuetude. In 1703, however, Anne once again revived the Order of the Thistle, which survives to this day.
Founder knights (restored order)

    James, Earl of Perth
    George, Duke of Gordon
    John, Marquis of Atholl
    James, Earl of Arran
    Kenneth, Earl of Seaforth
    John, Earl of Melfort
    George, Earl of Dumbarton
    Alexander, Earl of Moray



Order of the Thistle




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Как узнать по-английски, где туалет

Итак, находясь заграницей и разыскивая столь необходимое место, вы можете использовать любой из этих вариантов.

Самые простые вопросы:

Where’s the bathroom? — Где находится туалет?


Where are the ladies / gents? — Где находится женский (мужской) туалет?

Where can I find a lavatory?

Или любой из вышеперечисленных вариантов, в зависимости от собеседника и ситуации.

Более вежливо задать вопрос так:

Could you tell me where the bathroom is?  — Вы не могли бы подсказать мне, где находится уборная?

Could you help me to find the restroom?— Вы не поможете мне найти уборную?

Можно обратиться к собеседнику таким образом:

Excuse me, I’m looking for a lavatory. Простите, я ищу туалет




I think mice
Are rather nice.
Their tails are long.
Their faces small.
They haven't any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Ther teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn't touch
And no one seems
To like them much.
But I think mice
Are nice.



King Henry VIII (1509 - 1547)

The best known fact about Henry is that he had six wives.
British school children learn the following rhyme to help them remember the fate of each wife:
"Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived".