The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin


Recently I have seen the world around us filled with clouds, snow, and human poverty. Our only hope is to produce a strong country again is to work hard as good leaders. With us willing to cooperate, work hard, and help those who are still impoverished we can succeed and make our country great again

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Dear Friends,

I want to apologize for my negative comments on the piece we all read and discussed. What started me off was the difficult form of the story we were given to read. Unfortunately, most of the pages were not marked with numbers and I got lost in all the pieces of writing we received I wound up trying to read the story and it confused me badly because of it’s mixed up pages. Ultimately I just disliked the whole story. But now I admit that there were many good qualities in the piece we read, but I just jumped at the parts that didn’t make me happy. I realize now that I was strongly affected by my difficulty in reading the story. I’m sure I would have ben much more positive if I hadn’t been bothered by pages that did not come to me clearly.

Joanne Yatvin

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A Message to My Friends


My Dear friends,

Today, I am ready to go outside and walk in the streets for the first time in several months. Although I don’t know if it’s warm enough outside, It looks good from my window. And I think it’s ben far too long for me to stay inside every day. It should be good to go out in the sun today because the ground is not icy anymore. But before I go outside I will wright abought a few of my recent experiences for your information

In our home building things are beginning to turn more pleasent for all of us. Although we must still ware our masks when with our frends, we have ben vaccinated twice, already and now we are considered to be safe. So I hope we will soon get rid of the messy masks we must ware every day and be safe without them. My concerns abought masks are not ther cousts or bad smells, but it is very hard for us to understand what people say when they are waring masks. All we can hope for know is that important words will be written and sent to us for reading and remembering. That would certainly help our memory .

It’s really strange that smart people, like me, often forget they’re abilities. And my biggest problems are words I need to speak. When I go shopping I often can’t name the foods or clothing I want to buy. But fortunately I can point them out. Only when I’m alone writing do I remember all the words I need to say, even if I can’t spell them correctly. Actually writing is easier for me than speaking because we then have time to relax and think while no one is watching us.

The worst problem in my apartment is not having enough help from others. Once a week It is cleaned by a pleasant. women, but the rest of the time it’s my job, and I am pretty good at washing my closes, cleaning up any dirt, and putting things away. I also feed my cat every day and clean his place whenever that is needed. My only problem now is that he prefers to sleep in my bed at night rather than in the box I bought for him long ago. And he tends to cuddle me too closely. But at least he doesn’t try to bight me anymore like he did before for no reason .

All of what I’ve discribed today is true. But I wanted to give you a taste of my new world. In many ways it is kind and helpful, but it isn’t an easy place to be wen parts of my body and mind are not working as well as they did before.

P.S Please forgive any misspelled words. I don’t know correct spelling anymore

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Songs to Sing


From this Vally you say you are leaving. Do not hasten to bid me adue. Just remember the Read River valley. And the sweathart who loved you so true.

I have promised you darling that never Will a word from my lips cause you pain, I will stay by your side dear forever If you only will love me again

Come and sit by arm if you love me , Do not hasten to bid me adue Just remember the Read River value And the sweethart who loves you so true.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, You make me happy when skies are gray. Youl never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away

The other knight dear when I was sleeping, I dreamt I held you in my arms, When I awoke dear I was mistaken, I just held my head and cried

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray’. You’l never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take the sunshine away.

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Give my regards to Broadway, Remember me to Herald square. . Tell all the boys at forty second street that I will soon be there Tell them of how I’m yearning to mingle with the old time crowd Just tell them xxxx and I’ll be there here soon

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Oh, I ain’t got a barrel of money, Maybe its ragged and funny. But we’ll travel along singing a song , side by side.

Oh we don’t know what’s coming tomorrow. Maybe it’s. trouble and sorrow. But we’ll travel along singing a song, side by side.

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On top of old Smokey all covered with snow, I Lost my true lover come a courtin to slow Though courtin is pleasure and parting is grief A false harted lover is worse than a thief.

He’ll hug you and kiss you and But a false harted lover will leave you in your grave. And the grave will decay you and turn you to dust, But a false harted lover will bring you to rust,

So come all you maidens and listen to me, Never leave your affection on a green willow tree. For the tree it will wither and turn into dust But a false harted lover will give you no trust

He’ll hug you and kiss you and bring you to lust, But a false hearted lover will turn you to dust. So come all you maidens and listen to me, Never leave your affections on a green willow tree.

For the tree it will wither and turn into dust Not more than one-man a poor girl can trust

On top of old smokey all covered with snow
I lost my true lover for courting too slow
For courting’s a pleasure and parting’s a grief But a false harted lover is worse than a thief

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The History Of American Reading


Dear readers, I have decided to repost this article every three years in order to help people who haven’t seen it before, especially children who are learning to read with their parents help. My strong belief is that reading is really easy to learn and should easily be taught to young children. I don’t want them to suffer with difficult or anger, only to enjoy and be pleased by the gift of being the ability to read.

Today, English readers understand how writing began in the world, changed over time, and now works easily for those who have learned to ignore the letters of written words, and instead remember the pictures of words. Even though what I’ve just sed may sound ridicules it is the only way we can read English words without going crazy.

Although phonics promoters encourage children to use letters to learn words, ther process doss not represents our speech or make sense to young American readers. So In order to explain the development of written English from the beginning of time to our present lives, and how we are able to understand it, I will do my best to describe worldwide events that created written words and then turned them into our way to read as accurately and simply as I can.

According to world history as reported by scientists, ancient human beings began to communicate with each other by making oral sounds, or carving stone shapes that represented people, animals, or events. Over time however, peoples abilities increased, and they were soon able to change ther human grunts or howls, into distinct sounds that we now call “words”.

Over hundreds of years many new words were created and then understood by people who lived in the same parts of the world,. but did not spread to other countries,. But words still continued to grow and change their forms. People moved from place to place, and the words changed again. As a result, thousands of words and their spellings became unreadable to people living in the same places. But at the same time the most popular words were carried into largest countries. As a result those words and there spellings were remembered by people who lived in large areas, and many of them still exist in our country today. But, those words may also make big problems for young American children because they show letters together that don’t make the same sounds of young readers speech. .

Fortunately however, many young learners are saved by the fact that ther teachers have found an easier way to teach reading. Instead of insisting that all written words must be sounded out to be understood, teachers now focus there students attention to the appearance of new words, and then show them in combinations until the students can recognize and name them easily . Sooner than you might expect, normally developing children become readers. Although ther processes may sound complicated, healthy children learn to read easily, and with pleasure .

Our ability to understand written messages without sounding them out grows from our visual skill to recognize a variety of objects and respond to them appropriately. For instance, even very young children recognize their parents among a group of people, choose the foods they like best from a mixed food platter, pull there favorite toys out of a full basket, and even point out which house on the street is theirs and then run right to it.

Like it or not, many of today’s written words no longer represent their speech sounds. Although children have been urged to “sound out” words for centuries, they don’t need to do that anymore. All of today’s successful readers, young or old, are better able to recognize words by sight than by sounding them out. If you don’t believe me, below are some ordinary words for you to pronounce as if you’re an inexperienced student rather than a capable adult reader.

“where“plough” “character” “knight“gnome” “knew” “weather” ” Quite”

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