Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday...Four?

fruits of your labor

You will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
How joyful and prosperous you will be!
~Psalm 128:2 (NLT)

1:: Continuing with yesterday's themes, I seriously have Babies on my mind.

The creativity at this blog, Mila's Daydreams, is astounding. I don't have babies who sleep that soundly. I also have laundry to fold...

2:: I mentioned this movie a while back, but had been unable to find a location nearby where it was playing. Then, voila, I found it at Netflix Instant Play! (Thank you, Netflix.)

3:: And....Education. I know that is a surprise to all of you. I figured since I managed to get a little bit of handwriting in this past week (and took a picture!), I could post this interesting article:

How Handwriting Trains the Brain: Forming Letters Is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas @ The Wall Street Journal:

She says pictures of the brain have illustrated that sequential finger movements activated massive regions involved in thinking, language and working memory—the system for temporarily storing and managing information.

And one recent study of hers demonstrated that in grades two, four and six, children wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.


4:: I'll roll with the documentaries and share two more. Two ends of the school system spectrum:
(HT: Jennifer @ Planted by Streams)

"Our students are pressured to perform. They're not necessarily pressured to learn deeply and conceptually." ~ Race to Nowhere

"We need to really think, 'What does it take to produce a happy, motivated, creative human being?' " ~ Race to Nowhere

7 comments:

Renee said...

I recently saw the Waiting for Superman trailer and just cried and cried. I almost picked up the book at Target yesterday but I can't bring myself to read it. Very thankful that these are not issues we face, but heartbreaking still. Hope you are all well! So, so excited for you and your beautiful family!! Lola is so darling.

...they call me mommy... said...

WOW! Thanks for the clips...I want to see the Babies one really bad! :) The other ones...yikes...so glad my dh & I have the opportunity to homeschool our children...I feel for all those kids out there that DON'T have that chance!! I am new to your blog and have looked around just a little bit...I'll have to do so more! :)

Kim said...

Thank you for these clips on education. You have no idea how much I needed to see them!

Shell in your Pocket said...

Never heard of the "Superman" movie but looks good-

I loved Babies..very interesting but I had questions that were not answered...curious minds want to know.

sandy toe

Heidi said...

Sandy Toe~ LOL! What did your curious mind want to know?! (See, now I'm the one with a curious mind. :))

Kristen said...

I really want to see Babies, it looks so beautiful

Aly in Va said...

The waiting for superman clip is just a sad reality for many kids. ....I really hope we can get our education system back on track, before they loose hope.