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Welcome to my blog the Bilberry Ideas! My name is Niina Melanen and I am a freelance writer and a part time teacher and a mother from Finland. I started my blog the Bilberry Ideas because I wanted to know more about the new methods of learning and share my knowledge with other parents wanting to help their children succeeding in school and in life.

I have just released a book “See the Good – and reinforce your child’s character strengths” and it is available at Amazon, here. In “See the Good”, I share my experiences of Finnish school system, that has become world-famous for its leap to the top ranking in the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The book contains also practical exercises developed by Finnish teachers and researchers, and following those easy methods you can make wonders happen at home!

I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I invite you to join the conversation on the BilberryIdeas Facebook-page, here.

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