In 1993 Christina Beckenäs founded The Academy of Symbolism in Art. Read more: http://symbolisminart.com. As a symbolist Christina believe that art apprehends more absolute truths which could only be accessed indirectly. Thus, the painted and sculptured scenes from nature, human activities, and all other real world phenomena in a highly metaphorical and suggestive manner. The paintings and sculptures provide particular images or objects with esoteric attractions.On this blog you can read about Christina and other artists´works of art, interesting ideas and cultural events. Pax Profundis! Pax Cultura!
CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Mon, December 05, 2011 18:13:47 Background 25 years ago, when I was pregnant I did not know any research on what we learn before we are born. I felt intuitively what I wanted to teach my child during the pregnancy. Among other things... it was to listen to beautiful music. Therefore, I played the same music (especially classical) daily, such as Lars-Erik Larsson's (15 may 1908 - 27 december 1986) Pastoral Suite. The same day we came home from the maternity hospital, I put on the radio and exactly at that moment Lars-Erik Larsson's Pastoral Suite was played . It felt like a warm welcome to a new-born citizen of the world.
More about my living rules during pregnancy Ovo-lacto-vegetarian food - no tobacco or alcohol - shower in-and outside (lots of water :-)) - daily walks in the natural environment - daily meditation - fill the brain with positive thoughts, no news on television or reading of newspapers (ask to have the essence referenced) - create and/or watch beautiful paintings - read beautiful texts - humor therapy (lots of laughter) - write letters to the baby in the belly etc.
Creativity of a prospective parent is huge :-). Only your imagination sets the limit.
To my pregnant sister You are beautiful - you are carrying a new life in your body. It is a miracle :-). Today Today we know more - Time Magazine Health Sept.22 2010 - "How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life"
TED: Nov. 2011.
"Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before
we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new
research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of
our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods."
I have used a technique to teach children to read (from a very early age). The technique is to write words with letters that are 5 to 10 centimeters high - on hardpaper. The red color/marker pen works best if the baby is really small.
Reading exercises: - About 10 - 15 minutes per day. - Create an expectation for the next read date. - May be completed the exercises with music, smell exercises (eg herbs) or painting.
The learning process was simplified by using humor, playfulness and using as many senses as possible. It's really fun to help children to have access to as many talents as possible. Children are incredibly easy to learn new things.
Link (in swedish) You can buy ready-made cards, "Flash Cards" or do as I - create them yourself.
And the most important thing - Have fun!
3 videos (two inone Swedish and one in English)
Max four years old with Down syndrome test reading (in Swedish).
Max 4 år med Downs syndrom testar Läskoden och läsa på ordlappar.
You Tube "Max och läskoden"
Läskoden - Börja läsa från ett år.mov You Tube:
Baby Felicity Reading Compilation (12 Months to 2.5 Years) You Tube:
Wikipedia "Adora Lily Svitak (born October 15, 1997) is an American child prodigy and internationally publishedauthor, known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs, and full-length books. Adora first became known to the public when, at the age of 6...".
"Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach."
VIDEO/TED: Adora Svitak "What adults can learn from kids"
What is more important than our children and young people?
What can we, as adults and parents, do to increase our understanding when it comes to their amazing ability to learn? Perhaps these videos provide little guidance. Decide for yourself.
Patricia K. Kuhl is a Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences and co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington
At TED Talks"Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world."
Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
Alison Gopnikis a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley
At TED Talks "Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play."