When I was teaching world history at a Christian school for homeschoolers, each spring I used a particular video about the Shroud of Turin for discussion of archaeological and historical relics. The Shroud of Turin is great for discussion in many other aspects as well. It offers–
Interesting rabbit trails down paths related to the Reformation (Martin Luther enjoyed debunking many relics of the Church of that era (we also watched the movie Luther),
Opportunity to look at the scientific challenges for authenticating ancient objects and some of the newest technologies available to today’s historians
A chance to encourage theological debate concerning the possible repercussions if the Shroud could be somehow proven to be authentic beyond any doubt. Would it cause atheists to believe? How would it affect your faith?
The Shroud also offered me a chance to delve into the centrality of the crucifixion and resurrection in building an apologetic for our Christian faith. We discussed what are the most substantial evidences for the truth of Christianity.
This video is great, and don’t miss reading the article that goes with it–The Learning Myth: Why I’m Cautious About Telling My Son He’s Smart. In the article Sal Khan of the Khan Academy discusses a topic I have been following for several years, ever since I read a book calledNurture Shock. Nurture Shock reports on some experiments made using classrooms of kids as gunea pigs to find out what type of praise encouraged children to expand their efforts on a project and what types of praise (if any) might tend to tempt them to quit Continue reading →
Playing Video Games–Some Real Benefits for Kids
Update August 23,2014— The video interview to which this post was originally linked has been taken down–so sorry. But the information is summarized below and very much worth reading. Also, some incredibly interesting articles on the subject of gaming and its benefits are now linked below.
If you worry about your kids playing video games too much, the research in the above interview may be of some real help in knowing when to pull the plug and what types of games to encourage. According to the studies presented here, video games have some definite benefits if the time is capped off at no more than 21 hours a week, still quite a chunk of time. But there are some other criteria as well for gaming to be beneficial: Continue reading →
The Power of Thought
If someone told you that merely thinking about playing a scale on the piano could in any way approximate physically practicing it, would you believe it? Watch the video below to see what studies have shown about the power of thought and how far it goes to re-wiring the brain in very similar fashion to the new neuron tracks that are formed when physically doing something. Continue reading →
Check out Professor Elliot Engel
If you don’t know about Professor Elliot Engel, check him out! He has audios and videos on famous authors and a few historical figures that are quintessentially some of the best homeschooling supplements you will find anywhere! Continue reading →