Symbolism in Art

Symbolism in Art

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In 1993 Christina Beckenäs founded The Academy of Symbolism in Art. Read more: 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!

What we learn before we´re born

CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Mon, December 05, 2011 18:13:47
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 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."

Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

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Teach your child to read

CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Sat, October 22, 2011 17:12:17

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 in one 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 å You Tube:

Baby Felicity Reading Compilation (12 Months to 2.5 Years) You Tube:

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The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Fri, October 21, 2011 14:04:53

6 713 402 have seen this video. You?

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Adora Svitak

CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Thu, October 20, 2011 12:10:11

Adora Svitak, born 1997, is an extremely talented and inspiring young person. Here you can read about her and see the video from TED Talks.

Adora Svitak born 1997

Books and Media

Adora Svitak blog

Wikipedia "Adora Lily Svitak (born October 15, 1997) is an American child prodigy and internationally published[1] author, known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs, and full-length books. Adora first became known to the public when, at the age of 6...".

TED Talks

"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"

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About how babies learn - Some of the latest research results presented by Patricia Kuhl and Alison Gopnik

CHILDRENPosted by Christina Beckenäs Mon, October 17, 2011 22:34:15

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 Gopnik is 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."

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

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