Friday, August 09, 2013

How Children Learn

How Children LearnHow Children Learn by John Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a challenging read for a self-described know-it-all. My wife and I plan on homeschooling our children, so it's going to be so much fun explaining the world to my bright-eyed little ones, right? Except Mr. Holt says that if I do, I run the risk of crippling my children's desire to learn.

The tough part is, I believe him.

I went through school pretty much as a robot...learning stuff, repeating stuff on tests, then forgetting stuff. And even though I love to learn, in school, I got so, so tired of jumping through the hoops.

I want my kids to really enjoy learning, to make knowledge their own, to treasure wisdom. Mr. Holt has convinced me that the best way to do this, as the major premise of his book, is to let children direct their own learning. An involved parent works best as sort of a facilitator...answering questions, providing demonstrations when necessary, figuring out where a child can best find the information she's looking for.

I plan on reading this book again just to figure out better what my role as a parent would be to help my children learn.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Wasatch Range...

Wasatch mountains
On my way to work this morning, the sun was coming up and happened to be shining on the underside of these clouds. Said clouds were then kind enough to reflect some of that light on these snow-covered mountains.

The effect made the mountains seem to glow with their own pale light. It was a sight to behold. I don't know if my camera really caught what my eyes couldn't miss, but there you have it, for what it's worth.

Sometimes I like living here.

Monday, January 09, 2012


So you know I'm in the National Guard, and every once in a while we get to do fun stuff like jump out of perfectly good airplanes. Like this monster C-17, also known as the "Globemaster". It truly is a beast, and you can see below just how BIG this plane is. When it flies, it often looks like it's almost hovering because even though it's moving quickly, its size makes you think it's going super slow.

Anyway, we had a great jump with beautiful weather (cold, but not too bad.) The Sweetie and Henry made it to the drop zone, and enjoyed watching all the "jellyfish" float to the ground.

Heading in to the beast early.

I was about halfway along the seats. There was an identical setup on the other side.

Also, whenever I think of jumping, I think of the Pointer Sisters. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


My new favorite movie is a documentary about pickup soccer (surprise!) called Pelada. Two pretty good, former college soccer stars decided to travel around the world filming street games. I know, the coolest, right? These guys play the beautiful game in Brazil, China, Iran (!), Germany, Kenya and 20 other countries documenting how everyday people love, love, love soccer.

I loved this film because I could identify with so many people around the world and feel a kinship with folks from all walks of life.

You may not be a soccer fan and think it's a boring game, but take three minutes to watch the trailer and see how soccer is played around the globe, then try not to watch the whole film on Netflix.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Like the Shepherds...

Tonight for Family Home Evening, we watched one of the new videos about the life of Jesus Christ that the LDS Church recently published. One of my goals this year is to have FHE in Spanish in an attempt to help Henry grow up understanding a second language. (He already knows a good number of words in Spanish like ojo, boca, nariz, luz, perro, gato, vaca, sapo, luna and others.)

Anyway, we watched this video in Spanish and talked about how we should respond to the glad tidings of great joy we have in our day and age. Are we like the shepherds who acted immediately and went straight to the stable where the Christ child lay, or are we more casual in heeding the words and counsel we receive from our Heavenly Father? I hope we're like those shepherds, eager to hear and learn and act on those glad tidings.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year...

Doesn't 2012 strike you as a year to focus, slow down and enjoy - I mean really relish - life with those you love? That's what I aim to do this year: work with my Sweetie™ to get our house in order, help my kids grow, attempt to tap my potential, and just take in the ride, you know?

What's 2012 have in store for you?

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Cowboy's Christmas Ball...

The Killers (I know...not the name you'd expect for a band fronted by a nice Mormon boy), release a Christmas-themed song annually. (This year's edges out my previous favorite: "Don't Shoot Me, Santa.")

Without further ado, I give you The Cowboy's Christmas ball:

Please enjoy the sheriff robot and Bonanza-style cinematography!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Address is Approximate...

Via Open Culture and Flowing Data comes an animated film about a miniature robot that takes a cross-country trip from New York to California thanks to Google Maps and Street View. It's got a beautiful soundtrack and lovely images to boot.

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011