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.
Latest from the blog
A small, northern country, Iceland has developed a good common sense way to help young people out of addictions – but the rest of the world isn’t listening. Read the article on the... Read More
A retired teacher Paolo Gandra found a reminder note written on the notice board of a Portuguese school. He got it translated and put it in social media. As a result it spread... Read More
I read a brilliant article on the Hey Sigmund site. Karen Young writes about children’s and teens anxiety and how to help them turn it around. I found this really interesting since we’ve... Read More
What a temper! Your child, normally so sunny and the world’s sweetest kid, goes from zero to 100 and transforms into an out-of-control gremlin. What is actually going on? Usually your child radiates... Read More
I read Ross W Greene’s classic piece Lost at School and I was very inspired by his ideas. He writes that it’s easy for us to think that children act correctly and behave... Read More
Some more ideas from Silicon Valley entrepreneur and virtual world expert Jyri Engstrom. I met him last summer in the backyard of his Helsinki home. When talking with him I noticed (to my... Read More
A Silicon Valley entrepeneur Jyri Engstrom has something to say about learning and zest. I met him in his lovely summer paradise in Helsinki. But let me introduce him first. Engstrom has made... Read More