Can You Teach Innovative Thinking To Your Kids?

November 16, 2012 in culture, psychology

A new book The Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen, challenges the old assumption that innovative thinking is something you’re born with rather than something you can learn. Studies have shown that only around 25-40% of innovative thinking is genetic, but that leaves room for lots of environmental input to have an effect. But how would you go about instilling this type of creative mindset in your child? And admittedly, we all know, some children are just more rigid in their […]

Worldviews, Homeschoolers, and Differences Among Us

November 9, 2012 in Christianity, culture, homeschooling

I happened upon this blog a few days ago–by Dr. Jay Wile, a PhD in nuclear chemistry and a Christian.  I loved what he had to share about his first time speaking on worldviews at a homeschooling convention. He started off saying that he’d never been around homeschoolers much before and then continued– The very first time I spoke at a homeschooling convention, I noticed a distinct difference between homeschooled students and their publicly- and privately-schooled peers. While most publicly- and privately-schooled students actively avoid interaction […]

Read Baktar for Halloween!

October 9, 2012 in Christianity, culture, History

One of my books is a kind of crazy story within a story about a black cat called Tar who actually turns out to be more than just a cat. And it’s also about Baktar, ancestor of Tar, who lived among the ancient Incas. Baktar, A Tale From the Andes makes an excellent early chapter book for young children, say 7 or 8 and up, and it’s especially suited to Halloween. You’ve got the black cat first of all, and the mystery about Tar and […]

Write Your Name in Other Languages

August 14, 2012 in culture, language

I’ve had a link up on my website at various times for students to write their name in hieroglyphs or in cuneiform, but here’s a place to go to get the script for your name not only in either of those two scripts but also in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Hawaiian, Japanese Kangi, Russian, Latin, and even Elvish–via Tolkien’s invented language. And that’s not the whole list! Here’s “Laurie” in Japanese– Thought some students might have fun with this! Here’s the place to go– Write Your […]

Some Surprises about Study Habits

August 7, 2012 in culture, psychology

Recently I dug up an old New York Times article that I wanted to re-read. I’m doing a little research on techniques that might help my new group of GED students that I’ll be tutoring in the weeks ahead (I’m a literacy/GED volunteer teacher). I decided this article was definitely worth posting on–especially with homeschoolers in mind. Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits by Benedict Carey The author covers some recent findings which “directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits.” I’ll give […]

Give Books to Children

August 3, 2012 in culture, random

For the past year I’ve been working as a volunteer for adult literacy in my community. It’s been incredibly interesting and rewarding. I had to do some in-service training recently and was interested in some of the statistics that passed my way. For instance, if you are a child in the lower income level in the U.S., the average number of hours you have been read-to when you enter first grade is 25 hours. The average number of hours read-to for a child in the […]

Awakening among Iranians in Germany

July 22, 2012 in Bible, Christianity, culture

According to a recent online article from Christianity Today by Matthias Pankau and Uwe Siemon-Netto, “The Other Iranian Revolution,” there is a recent and vibrant Christian awakening–a wonderful movement of the Spirit–going on today among Iranian immigrants who are living in Germany.  The article places “the genesis of the Persian awakening…in Saxony, the birthplace of the Reformation, where Christians have become an endangered species.” (Only 13% of east Germans say they believe in God.) And as if that wasn’t ironic enough, the very Bible Luther […]