Yesterday I posted a tutorial for creating a very basic witches hat scene in the 3D modelling software blender. This tutorial is a little more advanced, for creating a 3D carved pumpkin model. It isn't 100% complete because the software crashed on me right near the end and I didn't save in the meantime (SAVE OFTEN!) but I did want to get it up because today is halloween. I'll do a better one for next year, but in the meantime enjoy. If you are coming across this one first and want to know how to get Blender and a few of the basic commands, then do look at the Witch Hat one first, at least for a minute or two.
My kids are smart. Too smart to be fooled and manipulated anyway. Handled by concepts like "firmness" and "limits", whatever those are or "just ignore it". I don't want to quote anyone, but just look for tantrums on Google and you'll find countless stories and recommendations about dealing with tantrums. Mostly, the best way to deal with tantrums is the exact opposite of what's in these advisories, plus maybe a little prevention. Let's look at a couple of crazy but common examples of handling tantrums that I was able to dig up on the Internet.
We already learned about the concept of the traditional factory school and why that model will always result in underachieving children; because it is designed to create identical results regardless of potential or capacity. We also learned that skipping a grade has scientifically proven benefits even though some people argue that it creates social or self-esteem issues or places undue stress on children. Let's talk more about the benefits.
As I mentioned in the previous article: Evidence shows that children who skip grades achieve more than the children they left behind, and surpisingly, even more than the older children they join. Of children who have the same IQ and same age before the skip, those who do skip dominate in achievement tests over those who don't -- a permanent increase in IQ, which is normally thought to be fixed. Students who skip also rate better socially and emotionally than those who don't and have higher self-esteem.
Tal Gur, at Below Zero to Hero, just posted an interview of me and my wife. Tal is a very insightful man with great questions. He covered our two main parenting and education blogs: Perfecting Parenthood and my wife's main blog, Nucleus Learning. Tal's site is all about finding interesting and inspiring people, then sharing thair insights with the world. I'm honoured to have been found by him.
If you're coming from Tal's site then I encourage you to have a look at some of the popular posts, on the right. This is mainly a parenting blog but I share many Tal's views on achievement and living life.
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I encourage to read Tal's story and subscribe to his content -- it is truly inspiring and he does a great job of coming up with great interviews.
If you live in North America then I believe that your child is under-achieving, even if they’re getting straight As. I believe this is true even if you love the teachers, your kid is happy, and it’s the best school in the area. Read on to find out why this must be so, just based on the design and goals of mass schools. The next article I’ll cover some studies showing that skipping a grade, especially in the early years, is one of the best things you can do for your child, contrary to some of the opinions out there. Finally I’ll take you through how to get your child skipped whether they’ve hit school or not.
All my children are multilingual. My first born, now seven years old, speaks, reads, writes (all fluently) in three languages (Polish, English, and French). My second is not far behind, he can speak both Polish and English and is now in French immersion kindergarten learning French. My third is just learning to speak, but he knows both Polish and English.
I am Polish, born in Poland. When we came to Canada, I was only six years old. I didn't know how to speak English, and my grade one teachers thought I was mute, because I didn't say a word that whole first year. Finally, I broke my silence in grade two, and by grade five I had no accent in my English Language. "Kids learn languages very easily." - that's what most people think. In my case, this was true. By grade seven, my parents realized that it wasn't too late for me to learn yet another language, so they sent me to French Immersion. Again, learning French in Grade 7 was easy - I was operational by Christmas, and by the end of grade 7 I was fluent.
This is a pretty typical scenario for immigrant children. The only difference is that most of them lose their first language very soon after they arrive in their new home. Their parents don't keep a watchful eye and the language is lost.
This is a fun chase/action video that my kids and I made last weekend. Hope you like it. Happy holidays! Hope they're less stressful than my eldest's :)
The kids helped with the special effects, and of course they were the stars.
I just finished an interview with Right This Minute, who found me by my last video where me and the boys are causing a little mayhem at the grocery store with a shopping cart. The interview was my first, and a lot of fun, but I didn't look quite as cool as I thought I would. Not enough animation! I'll be giving a speech early next year that may be televised so it was great experience!
If you're here because you saw me on the show then please have a look around, check out the top posts on the right, scroll down to learn how to escape from a maze and do black-belt tickling, leave a comment or two, and subscribe to my feed.
By the way, when they asked me if it was hard to raise four kids I forgot to mention that my wife is the real reason that they get raised so well. Thanks Perfect Mom!
Who would have thought a family could have more fun waiting for mom outside a grocery store than going to Disneyworld? Me and the kids make a ride out of a shopping cart and they are LOVING IT!