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Welcome to my website the Bilberry Ideas!

Niina Bilberry BlueMy 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 Lulu, 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.

Here is a reader’s comment about my book See the Good:

“Your book helped me to realize the depth and importance of work not just as a teacher, as an Educator, but also of work with parents experience in matters of education of their children. You have managed to put together a huge base of information in an accessible and a short form. It helps me to identify the work in stages, and to concrete steps in education. The work together with the parents is really important. As much of life, the child is brought up on the examples of their parents and relatives and you paid much attention to this importance in the book.
Pedagogic questions are still open and not fully resolved today and I will recommend your book to all the parents of my students and to the teachers as a good advice of how to find their path of success in life.
I really liked the formulation of education and formation of the person, as well as concrete steps to achieve them.
For myself, I will study your book constantly. Thank you very much once again. I will resume and write you of how a technique from your book works on practice here in Ukraine.”
– G.K.
via email

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