Raising Enlightened Children

Memes about raising children as a spiritual naturalist, with a sense of awe for the Universe and reverence for the laws of nature.


Folksonomies: spiritual naturalism wonder atheism

Memes

30 DEC 2013

 Bend Children to Science Through Play

From the evident disposition of children to imitate all the actions of grown persons, from their little scientific propensities to produce in miniature what they see in magnitude, from the delight which they feel, and the deep interest which they take in all their little works and playful amusements, it is certain that nothing more is required to put them in the channel of correct ideas than to give them such instruction, and to bend their minds to such objects as shall at once employ, amuse,...
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Science provides games and play for children that will bias them toward discovery and exploration.

30 DEC 2013

 The Tapping Game

The tapping game is when I tap one time, you tap two times, and when I tap two times, you tap one time. Children play this game sixteen times, mixing up the times that children are asked to tap once when the experimenter taps twice, and tap twice when the experimenter taps once. In other words, the rules of the game keep changing, and the children need to apply their focus and attention to follow what’s going on. Blair says: What happens with four-year-olds is, in general, they’ll hang in...
Folksonomies: games parenting
Folksonomies: games parenting
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A game for children to learn focus.

30 DEC 2013

 Card Sorting Games for Young Children

Dimensional Change Card Sorting Task In the Dimensional Change Card Sorting Task (DCCS), children are initially asked to sort cards by a single dimension (such as color), and are subsequently required to alter their strategy to sort cards based on a second dimension (such as shape).[18] Typically, three-year-old children are able to sort cards based on a single dimension, but are unable to switch to sort the cards based on a second dimension. However, five-year-old children are able to sort ...
Folksonomies: games parenting
Folksonomies: games parenting
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Games for very young children to test their cognitive flexibility

27 DEC 2013

 Connect to a Child's Left-Brain Before the Right

when a child is upset, logic often won’t work until we have responded to the right brain’s emotional needs. We call this emotional connection “attunement,” which is how we connect deeply with another person and allow them to “feel felt.” When parent and child are tuned in to each other, they experience a sense of joining together. [...] It’s also crucial to keep in mind that no matter how nonsensical and frustrating our child’s feelings may seem to us, they are real and imp...
Folksonomies: parenting emotions
Folksonomies: parenting emotions
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A strategy for dealing with chidren, who lack the emotional regulation for logical thinking. Calm them by connecting to their feelings, and then attempt to rationalize with them.

27 DEC 2013

 Have Children Tell Stories to Reduce Anxieties

A toddler falls and scrapes an elbow. A kindergartner loses a beloved pet. A fifth-grader faces a bully at school. When a child experiences painful, disappointing, or scary moments, it can be overwhelming, with big emotions and bodily sensations flooding the right brain. When this happens, we as parents can help bring the left hemisphere into the picture so that the child can begin to understand what’s happening. One of the best ways to promote this type of integration is to help retell the...
Folksonomies: parenting children anxiety
Folksonomies: parenting children anxiety
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Having children tell and re-tell stories of traumatizing experiences can help them understand and master their feelings of it.

27 DEC 2013

 Exercise of Directing a Child's Focus

OK, Nicole, while you’re lying still, move your eyes around the room. Even without moving your head, you can see the lamp over on the table. Now look over at your baby pictures. See them? Now look at the bookcase. Can you see the big Harry Potter book there? Now look back at the lamp. Do you see how you have the power to focus your attention all over this room? That’s what I want to teach you about, but we’re going to focus your attention on what’s going on inside your mind and body. ...
Folksonomies: parenting attention focus
Folksonomies: parenting attention focus
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An example of teaching a child how they can direct their attention at will.

24 DEC 2013

 Strategic Allocation of Attention

Instead, Mischel discovered something interesting when he studied the tiny percentage of kids who could successfully wait for the second treat. Without exception, these “high delayers” all relied on the same mental strategy: They found a way to keep themselves from thinking about the treat, directing their gaze away from the yummy marshmallow. Some covered their eyes or played hide-and-seek underneath the desks. Others sang songs from Sesame Street, or repeatedly tied their shoelaces, or ...
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Jonah Lehrer describes a characteristic of children who are later successful in life. They have much better self-control early in life, and they accomplish this by strategically allocating their attention elsewhere to avoid breaking the rules.

24 DEC 2013

 Reverse Mentoring-Learning

Or want to strengthen your working memory and ability to multitask? Try reverse mentoring—learning with your teenager. This is the first time in history when children are authorities about something important, and the successful ones are pioneers of a new paradigm in thinking. Extensive research shows that people can improve cognitive function and brain efficiency through simple lifestyle changes, such as incorporating memory exercises into their daily routine.
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Don Tapscott on why you should let your kids teach you things.

13 MAY 2013

 Esther Dyson Forged Her Own Path

Thank you for your compliment to Esther and to her parents. We do not claim credit for her achievements. She was lucky to be the oldest of six, so we had little time for her and gave her little of our attention. She befitted from our benign neglect. She learned from a young age to choose her own path through life. She chose for her motto: "Always make new mistakes." I believe that is the key to her happy and productive life.
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In response to my question: "You're daughter Esther is one of the most incredibly inspiring women role models alive today. Do you have any parenting advice for those of out here with kids of our own who would like them to become similarly active, positive, and brilliant adults?"

06 JUN 2012

 The Importance of Habit in Youth

Habit is thus the enormous fly-wheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious up- risings of the poor. It alone prevents the hardest and most repulsive walks of life from being deserted by those brought up to tread therein. It keeps the fisherman and the deck-hand at sea through the winter ; it holds the miner in his darkness, and nails the countryman to his log- cabin and...
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Education must instill good habits in people while they are young so that the individual does not get hardened into an immoral state when they are older.

05 JUN 2012

 Nature as a Game of Chess

Suppose it were perfectly certain that the life and fortune of every one of us would, one day or other, depend upon his winning or losing a game of chess. Don't you think that we should all consider it to be a primary duty to learn at least the names and the moves of the pieces; to have a notion of a gambit, and a keen eye for all the means of giving and getting out of check? Do you not think that we should look with a disapprobation amounting to scorn upon the father who allowed his son, or ...
Folksonomies: nature learning discovery
Folksonomies: nature learning discovery
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We are in the game, shouldn't we learn the rules?

28 APR 2012

 Do Not Preach Success to Children

One should guard against preaching to the young man success in the customary sense as the aim in life. ... The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Folksonomies: life satisfaction
Folksonomies: life satisfaction
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Preach to them pleasure in work, its results, and its benefit to the community.

26 APR 2012

 Science Cannot have Creeds

Religious creeds are a great obstacle to any full sympathy between the outlook of the scientist and the outlook which religion is so often supposed to require ... The spirit of seeking which animates us refuses to regard any kind of creed as its goal. It would be a shock to come across a university where it was the practice of the students to recite adherence to Newton's laws of motion, to Maxwell's equations and to the electromagnetic theory of light. We should not deplore it the less if our...
Folksonomies: science religion
Folksonomies: science religion
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We should not force students to blindly recite laws and theorems because that would reduce it to religion.

14 APR 2012

 The Energy Game in a Dead Moth

The moth moves across the porch, millimeter by millimeter, a brief stage of a longer journey of energy from the core of the sun to the table of the ants. Protons fuse at the center of the sun, releasing energy. The energy diffuses upward, taking several million years to reach the sun's surface, where it is released as heat and light. The light streaks across ninety-three million miles of space, reaching the Earth eight minutes later, where it falls upon the green leaves of plants. The plants ...
Folksonomies: energy energy game
Folksonomies: energy energy game
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From the sun to the ants that eat it.

02 JAN 2012

 John Keats Recalls a Game of Orbiting Children

The young John Keats remembered an organised game at his school in Enfield, in which all the boys whirled round the playground in a huge choreographed dance, trying to imitate the entire solar system, including all the known moons (to which Herschel had by then added considerably). Unlike Newton’s perfect brassy clockwork mechanism, this schoolboy universe-complete with straying comets — was a gloriously chaotic ‘human orrery’. Keats did not recall the exact details, but one may imagi...
Folksonomies: games astronomy order chaos
Folksonomies: games astronomy order chaos
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Where the children run around mimicking the orbits of the planets and comets, making the solar system seem more chaotic than the classical perspectives.

01 JAN 2012

 Disproving Santa Claus with a Back of the Napkin Calculation

There is another approach to the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFO origins. This assessment depends on a large number of factors about which we know little, and a few about which we know literally nothing. I want to make some crude numerical estimate of the probability that we are frequently visited by extraterrestrial beings. Now, there is a range of hypotheses that can be examined in such a way. Let me give a simple example: Consider the Santa Claus hypothesis, which maintains that, in a ...
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At one house a second, it would take Santa three years to visit all the houses in America alone.

31 JUL 2011

 Activities With Children

After my children turned 3, I employed some fun activities to improve executive function, roughly based on the canonical work of Adele Diamond. I would tell them that today was “opposite day. When I held up a drawn picture of the night, an inky black background sprinkled with stars, they were supposed to say “day.” When I held up a picture with a big blue sky inhabited by a big yellow sun, they were supposed to say “night.” I would alternate the pictures with increasing rapidity ...
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Some activities the author engages with his children to teach them self-control.

08 JUL 2011

 Scientists Emulate Babies

We think there are very strong similarities between some particular types of early learning—learning about objects and about the mind, in particular—and scientific theory change. In fact, we think they are not just similar but identical. We don't just think that the baby computers have the same general structure as the adult-scientist computers, in the way that perceptual learning and artistic learning and political learning may all have the same general structure. We think that children ...
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We have even institutionalized an environment of infancy for scientists in academia, where they are allowed to explore freely in general research, understanding that the discoveries made there may hold great benefits for the human race. This meme also suggests that free inquiry is an important aspect of raising children and maintaining an environment of free inquiry for parents is important as well.

13 JUN 2011

 Using the n-back Game to Improve Children's IQ

Scientists typically describe intelligence as consisting of two distinct components: fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence. Fluid intelligence refers to the general ability to solve new problems and recognize unfamiliar patterns. Crystallized intelligence, by contrast, consists of particular kinds of knowledge. When children learn to count, for instance, they show gains on crystallized intelligence, even as their fluid intelligence remains constant. Scientists have typically regar...
Folksonomies: education games n-back
Folksonomies: education games n-back
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The game forces children to focus and streamline their memory processes, resulting in an IQ increase of five points.

12 JUN 2011

 The Night Listening Game

The sound of the insect orchestra swells and throbs night after night, from midsummer until autumn ends and the frosty nights make the tiny players stiff and numb, and finally the last note is stilled in the long cold. An hour of hunting out the small musicians by flashlight is an adventure any child would love. It gives him a sense of the night's myster and beauty, and of how alive it is with watchful eyes and little, waiting forms. The game is to listen, not so much to the full orchestra, ...
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Where a child is taught to distinguish the individual sounds of the insects from the swarm and seek them out to identify by flashlight.

02 JUN 2011

 Funny Things Scientists Parents Can Say to Their Kids

I don't know how other prospective fathers treat their wives' pregnancies, but I saw it as a science project. It had a protocol, parameters, a timeline, and even the one item that makes funding agencies happy: a deliverable. I found myself poking at my wife's abdomen, asking, "Who's Daddy's little gestating blastocyst? Who's recapitulating phylogeny?" [...] Photo by Dan Koestler Email Article Email Editor Discuss in Forum Related Articles Print this page Free Newsletter Advanced Article S...
Folksonomies: child rearing humor
Folksonomies: child rearing humor
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A good list of quotes, but kids probably won't get them.

20 MAY 2011

 How a Swim Bladder Works

The swim bladder is perhaps the major key to the teleosts' success, and it is well worth a digression to explain it. It is an internal bladder filled with gas, which can be sensitively adjusted to keep the fish in hydrostatic equilibrium at any desired depth. If you ever played with a Cartesian Diver as a child you'll recognize the principle, but a teleost fish uses an interesting variant of it. A Cartesian Diver is a little toy whose business part is a tiny upended cup, containing a bubble o...
Folksonomies: biology adaptation
Folksonomies: biology adaptation
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A crucial adaptation for life in the sea.

03 JAN 2011

 The Perspectives Game

I got a kick, when I was a boy, [out] of my father telling me things, so I tried to tell my son things that were interesting about the world. When he was very small we used to rock him to bed, you know, and tell him stories, and I'd make up a story about little people that were about so high [who] would walk along and they would go on picnics and so on and they lived in the ventilator; and they'd go through these woods which had great big long tall blue things like trees, but without leaves a...
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A game Feynman played with his father, describing a fantastic scene, and the object of the game was to figure out where it was taking place and from what perspective.

03 JAN 2011

 The Energy Game

My father dealth a little bit with energy and used the term after I got a little bit of the idea about it. What he would have done I know, because he did in fact essentially the same thing--though not the same example of the toy dog. He would say, "It moves because the sun is shining," if he wanted to give the same lesson. I would say "No. What has that to do with the sun shining? It moved because you wound up the springs." "And why, my friend, are you able to move to wind up this spring?" "I...
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A game Feynman's father would play with him, asking what made things work, and following the chain of energy back to the sun.



References

30 DEC 2013

 An Address to Men of Science

Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Carlile, Richard (1821), An Address to Men of Science, Retrieved on 2013-12-30
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    30 DEC 2013

     Cognitive flexibility

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Various, (2013), Cognitive flexibility, Wikipedia, Retrieved on 2013-12-30
  • Source Material [en.wikipedia.org]
  • Folksonomies: cognition
    Folksonomies: cognition
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    30 DEC 2013

     Mind in the Making

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Galinsky, Ellen (2010-04-20), Mind in the Making, HarperCollins, Retrieved on 2013-12-30
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    27 DEC 2013

     The Whole-Brain Child

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Siegel, Daniel J. and Bryson, Tina Payne (2011-10-04), The Whole-Brain Child, Random House LLC, Retrieved on 2013-12-27
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    19 DEC 2013

     This Will Make You Smarter

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Brockman , John (2012-02-14), This Will Make You Smarter, HarperCollins, Retrieved on 2013-12-19
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    13 MAY 2013

     Interviews: Freeman Dyson Answers Your Questions

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Dyson , Freeman (May 13, 2013), Interviews: Freeman Dyson Answers Your Questions, Slashdot, Retrieved on 2013-05-13
  • Source Material [science.slashdot.org]
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    06 JUN 2012

     The Laws of Habit

    Periodicals>Journal Article:  James , William (1887), The Laws of Habit, The Popular Science Monthly, (Feb 1887), 451., Retrieved on 2012-06-06
  • Source Material [en.wikisource.org]
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    05 JUN 2012

     A Liberal Education and Where to Find It

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Huxley , Thomas Henry (2010-05), A Liberal Education and Where to Find It, Kessinger Publishing, Retrieved on 2012-06-05
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    28 APR 2012

     The Einstein Reader

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Einstein, Albert (2006-05-30), The Einstein Reader, Citadel Press, Retrieved on 2012-04-28
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    26 APR 2012

     Science And The Unseen World

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Eddington , A. S. (2004-05-30), Science And The Unseen World, Retrieved on 2012-04-26
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: religion
    Folksonomies: religion
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    14 APR 2012

     Natural prayers

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Raymo , Chet (1999-07-15), Natural prayers, Ruminator Books, Retrieved on 2012-04-14
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: nature
    Folksonomies: nature
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    02 JAN 2012

     The Age of Wonder

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Holmes , Richard (2010-03-02), The Age of Wonder, Vintage, Retrieved on 2012-01-02
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
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    01 JAN 2012

     Carl Sagan's cosmic connection

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Sagan , Carl (2000-10-23), Carl Sagan's cosmic connection, Cambridge Univ Pr, Retrieved on 2012-01-01
  • Source Material [books.google.com]
  • Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    27 JUL 2011

     Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Chil...

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Medina , John (2010-10-12), Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five, Pear Press, Retrieved on 2011-07-27
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    06 JUL 2011

     The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us A...

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Gopnik , Meltzoff , Kuhl (2001-01-01), The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind, Harper Paperbacks, Retrieved on 2011-07-06
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    13 JUN 2011

     Boot Camp for Boosting IQ

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Lehrer, Jonah (JUNE 11, 2011), Boot Camp for Boosting IQ, Wall Street Journal, New York, Retrieved on 2011-06-13
  • Source Material [online.wsj.com]
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    12 JUN 2011

     The Sense of Wonder

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Carson , Rachel (1998-05-11), The Sense of Wonder, HarperCollins, Retrieved on 2011-06-12
    Folksonomies: education wonder children
    Folksonomies: education wonder children
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    02 JUN 2011

     Experimental Error: Fetus Don't Fail Me Now

    Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Ruben, Adam (May 27, 2011), Experimental Error: Fetus Don't Fail Me Now, AAAS, Retrieved on 2011-06-02
  • Source Material [sciencecareers.sciencemag.org]
  • Folksonomies: parenting child rearing
    Folksonomies: parenting child rearing
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    19 MAY 2011

     The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Dawkins, Richard (2010-08-24), The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Free Press, Retrieved on 2011-05-19
    Folksonomies: evolution science
    Folksonomies: evolution science
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    03 JAN 2011

     Horizon: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Feynman, Richard (1981), Horizon: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, BBC2, Retrieved on 2010-11-07
    Folksonomies: science
    Folksonomies: science
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    03 JAN 2011

     What Is Science?

    Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Feynman, Richard (1969), What Is Science?, The Physics Teacher, Vol 9, pp 313-320, American Association of Physics Teachers, Retrieved on 2010-11-13
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