Posts Tagged ‘The Twisters’
Abdiel, the oldest of The Twisters, recently was infected with a bacteria known as Salmonella due to ingestion of contaminated food. Salmonella is closely related to the Escherichia genus and are found worldwide in cold—and warm—blooded animals (including humans), and in the environment. They cause illnesses such as typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, and food-borne illness.
He is now recovering from a treatment of antibiotics until the infection is totally controlled. In order to help his recovery, we decided to have him for for the weekend, away from the storm created by the two other Twisters which are loaded with energy and naughtiness, if you understand what I mean.
Yesterday afternoon, I took the opportunity of taking a picture of Abdiel’s small hand while he was sound asleep. From this picture I obtained two results experimenting with my photo editing software—Pixlr and PicMonkey. As you can see, photography is lots of fun. Here we go.
Abdiel represents to my wife and me a son we never had. He fills our days with joy when he’s at home. Love is a wonderful word. I wish we had more of it in the world which is thirsty for this wonderful feeling. Good Day.
Posted in Miscellaneous, tagged Abstract Thinking, Arithmetic, Cogitation, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Education, Games, Multiplication Tables, Syllogisms, The Twisters on March 22, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Last Sunday we had a quiet and rewarding visit by the Twisters. Abdiel is not doing too well at school and needed some help with the multiplication tables. His teacher, mother, father and a mentor have been unable to help him memorize the 12 basic multiplication tables. This knowledge is crucial for his elementary school education.
According to Abdiel, “they” don’t know how to teach. The problem is not “him“. The problem is “them“. In an effort to intervene in Abdiel’s education, I decided to give it a shot.
I devised a number’s game with bright colors, photographs, Powerpoint slides, and witty games with my cellphone to attract his attention and then ushered him gently to the multiplication tables. In a subtle way, I explained the use of syllogisms and critical thinking to memorize the tables. Obviously, I avoided using these specific semantics. I was interest in the concept of critical thinking rather than the words themselves.
Abdiel is nine years old and starting fifth grade. I was interested in finding out how developed his brain was to handle abstract thinking. I was satisfied to learn that he has the cogitation skills to understand this kind of thinking. For example, I asked him, “Abdiel, if Juan is the same height as Pedro, and Pedro is the same height as Oscar, can you tell me if Abdiel is taller than Oscar? Abdiel smiled and sheepishly answered, “Omar, all of them have the same height.” “Excellent!“, I exclaimed loudly. The logical conclusion was correct.
Then I explored further and presented the following thought quiz. “Abdiel, if all birds fly, and a humming-bird is a bird, this means that…” He was quiet for a while and then asked. “What do you mean?“ I patiently asked again, “Abdiel do you have any comments about what I just said—anything?” He looked puzzled for a while and then finally answered, “Omar, I think that a humming-bird can fly.” At age nine, Abdiel is using principles of Logic to think. This is great and it will definitely help him down the road as his education becomes more and more complex.
Anyway, going back to my story, Abdiel is now ready to take an arithmetic exam next Sunday, March 24, 2013 completing the multiplication tables from 1 to 12. I know he will do well. Games, a cellphone, colors, logic, and Powerpoint did the trick. Numbers can be fun; they don’t necessarily have to be arid and boring as most people think. Teaching has to be fun if you want students to learn. Memorization is “Out”, Critical Thinking is “In”.
After the tuition session was over, we went over to McDonald’s and each one enjoyed a nice and cool vanilla ice cream cone and a delicious apple pie. The Twisters were jubilant as you can surely imagine.
Before they left, they played Nintendo Wii for a while and made interesting toys with Angry Birds assembly pieces. I was amazed how they were able to build these colorful and creative “suns” and “planes“, using their own words. I had no idea you could do that. For us, it’s always a wonderful experience having these kids at home—albeit for a short while.
Below are some of the enticing creations of the Twisters. Here we go.
Posted in Gadgets, tagged Christmas Presents, Consumer Electronics, Entertainment, Family, Gadgets, Games, Nintendo Wii Console, The Twisters, Traditional Family Values on December 12, 2012 | 6 Comments »
For several months, The Twisters have been nagging about wanting a Nintendo Wii console under their Christmas tree this year. We told them insistently, that that wish depended on their school performance. If their grades were acceptable and if they made it to the next level, the console was possible. We were careful to stress the word possible.
Serendipitously, The Twisters are passing to the next academic level and their school performance was acceptable. This means that we will stick to our commitment and place a Nintendo Wii console under their Christmas tree on the 24th this month. Last week we went to Multimax and acquired the longed gadget.
Last Sunday Abdiel and my wife wrapped it up. He wanted to take it home, but we said, “No way Jose.” It stays here until the time is ripe for Santa to deliver it on the Christmas Eve (if you still believe in Santa Claus—tongue-in-cheek).
Below are several pictures capturing the moment of the wrapping of the Christmas present. We hope this gadget will contribute to keep the family together by playing entertaining games at home. It is uppermost important for us to keep this family together and happy.
In this day and age, violence is taking our cities by storm. Most of our newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and TV programs are plagued with different categories of violence. The cause of this violence is complex. There are no easy answers to end the malaise. I have one suggestion though—going back to traditional family values.
We are trying very hard to help “The Twisters” grow as healthy as possible. In order to consolidate family values within The Twisters’ family, we thought it was a good idea to give them a game of Backgammon and Chess so they could play with their parents.
I was a lousy Chess player, but Abdiel has a good mind and absorbs information like a sponge. His father also has a knack for strategy games.
Below are several pictures of chess pieces which I captured before turning over the game to The Twisters. Here we go.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of spending time with your kids. The family is the backbone of our societies. We have to stop the alarming rates of divorces, leaving behind confused kids bouncing back and forth like ping-pong balls. Practicing traditional family values is a good start. Good Day.
During a recent visit of The Twisters, we removed the dust from an old plastic rocking dog we had stored and forgotten in one of our closets, and turned it over to Paola—the youngest of The Twisters.
She was jumping with joy, thinking the dog was some kind of horse and headed towards the saddle. Nothing beats the happiness of a child. Take a look at Paola riding the high saddle of the dog-horse.
Due to excessive wear and tear, Abdiel’s (one of the Twisters) sneakers were falling apart. In an effort to save some money, we decided to fix them.
After spreading glue generously on the soles of the sneakers, I used plastic paper clips to hold the parts together while the glue dried up overnight. The experiment worked and now Abdiel has an almost new pair of sneakers. But we all know that soon we will have to buy a new pair. Abdiel is far too restless and demands a lot from his footwear. All kids behave the same way and parents are fully aware of this frequent family expenditure.
Below are some pictures of the brightly colored paper clips doing their job. Here we go.