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Songs To Educate Helps Teachers Engage Students in Human Body Curriculum Using Cutting Edge Principles of Arts Integration and Biomimicry

(PRWEB) January 29, 2015

Songs To Educate presents new models in arts integration by applying the principles of Biomimicry. The founders are thrilled to unveil their latest project and teaching resource entitled “Human Body School”.

There is an important principle in nature: Biodiverse ecosystems thrive. That is, the greater the diversity and integration of fauna and flora (from micro to macro), the greater the stability, resilience and immunity in an ecosystem.

The same is true in education. Meaning, the more dynamically versatile, flexible and diverse a system, the more it can adapt and metamorphose in response to ever changing fluid conditions of young, emerging human beings.

Creating viable bridging connections between how nature works and human systems is the premise of “biomimicry”. The term has entered the lexicon of progressive thought and dialogue. According to the Biomimicry Institute,, “Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time tested patterns and strategies.” Its principles have been applied to new models of everything from chemistry to architecture to agriculture. Importantly, it applies to education as well.

“Talking Hands Talking Feet”, the teaching artistry of the company “Songs To Educate” brings the principles of biomimicry into arts integrated education through the “Human Body School” curriculum.

Songs to Educate co-founder Paul Andrew Zeir notes, “education is one of the most important systems where the need to listen to nature’s counsel applies. A mono-cultural, one dimensional approach to education reduces learning to formulaic repetition of known facts and principles, closing the door to evolutionary intelligence.”

Zeir reiterates, “biodiverse eco-systems thrive.”

“It is the same in how we think of ourselves and our bodies,” continues Paul Zeir. “When we help children to know their bodies as diverse and dynamic living systems, something very special switches on in them. First of all, they get it right away. But then the adventure of learning begins! Every body system, and every body part, is seen as an essential member inside an integrated whole. If you affect one part, it affects every other part. The body works in fluid dynamic biodiverse multi-tiered interdependence. What a great model for every other kind of ‘body’, whether that be an organization, a model or a body of work.”

Talking Hands Talking Feet song and movement theater imitate nature in multiple ways. When children act out the body systems through simile song and movement, the benefits are multifold. Teachers who have used this program have seen greater comprehension, retention and ability to interpret and communicate essential concepts relating to human physiology and health, earth science, mathematics and social studies.

These principles may be new in terms of modern application, but they are not new to the arc of human intelligence. Aboriginal peoples around the world have practiced the principles of biomimicry and arts integration in education for a long, long time. See Sparks article – Schooling Indigenous Style.

Songs To Educate aims to bring children of the 21st century into new and sustainable ways of learning that respect the natural intelligence and sanctity of human life. Human Body School songs and movement theater represent an accessible, engaging new pathway of education for parents and teachers worldwide.

Click here for reviews and video testimonials from educators who have implemented Songs To Educate programs in their classroom.

The mission of Songs To Educate is to provide bright tools to integrate connective song and movement arts in learning every day. These thoughtful songs accompany and encourage young lives on the human journey. Yes, each song correlates within curricular requirements, whether social studies, language arts, math or one of the sciences, but always in the context of the fertile wonder: What is possible for human life?

About Song To Educate by Talking Hands Talking Feet:

The founders Paul and Melanie Zeir have been working directly with over 5,000 children since 1997 to inspire and educate through music and movement arts. This impressive arts integrated education resource for ages birth through twelve years is available online at

A Few Thoughts on Troublesome Zero (Tanton Mathematics)

The concept of zero is hard! And if you really think about it, the mathematics of zero is also hard! Here is a quick overview of some troubles with troublesome zero. (Can we help our students?)
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Multivariable Calculus Instructor: Edward Frenkel Course website:
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Author Cyndi Berck Advances a 21st Century Perspective of America in “Pocahontas and Sacagawea”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Author Cyndi Berck traces an important slice of westward migration and nation building through four centuries. Her innovation is to move beyond identity politics and to approach American history as a tapestry of cross-cultural relationships. “Ethnic studies were a response to history textbooks that glossed over racism and dispossession,” says Mrs. Berck. “I borrow from the people you will meet in this book, when I says that we are countrymen and Americans, and that we proceed on together.”


“The stories of Pocahontas and Sacagawea are the story of America,” the author explains. “Triumphs and tragedies are inseparable parts of its history.” Berck points to Pocahontas’s English husband, John Rolfe. By successfully cultivating tobacco in Virginia, he assured that the colony would survive and made it a source of prosperity for its planters and their English trading partners. At the same time, however, the plantation economy he helped to establish provided a foothold for slavery.

Mrs. Berck observes that as tobacco wore out Virginia’s soil, colonists crossed the Appalachian Mountains in search of fresh land. “This westward movement came at the expense of Indians and in defiance of King George,” she notes. “It was a cause of the American Revolution that tends to be overlooked.”

Her investigations suggest that several of the myths that have developed around Pocahontas and Sacagawea are untrue. She contends that the romance between John Smith and Pocahontas is “just speculation.” She notes that Sacagawea was an interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, not its guide. Contrary to another commonly accepted account in which Sacagawea lived a long life under another name, Berck believes that Sacagawea died young.

Berck rejects the suggestion that the people and events in America’s westward settlement can be defined in terms of “good guys and bad guys.” “The friendships between Pocahontas and John Smith, and between Sacagawea and William Clark contributed simultaneously to the building of a great nation and to genocide.” She contends that Smith and Clark sought conquest, not genocide and that Pocahontas and Sacagawea saw beneficial opportunities in a number of their ideas.

Neither does she believe that the record can be sorted according to ethnic categories. Daniel Boone, for example, was a Quaker’s son who had great respect for the tribes whose land he took. Black mountain man James Beckwourth, a friend of Sacagawea’s son, understood that “civilization” would come at the expense of the Plains tribes. Another black pioneer kept Washington State from becoming part of Canada. Sacagawea’s son tried to protect California Indians from Spanish-speaking Californians while Cherokee chief Nancy Ward introduced black slavery to her people. The list goes on.

Berck makes it clear that the legacy of the Indian peoples is enduring. She points out that Pocahontas’s tribe still holds land in Virginia and that Pocahontas left innumerable descendants, including First Lady Edith Bolling Wilson. She adds that descendants of Sacagawea still lead her people and that her child grew up to play a role of his own in the settlement of the West.

Mrs. Berck has not written a polemic. She had written an adventure that speaks for itself. “The story of America,” she concludes, “is an epic filled with human drama.” Readers of her book will find themselves turning its pages, wondering whether the struggling colony in Jamestown will survive and whether Lewis and Clark will make it home.

“I have two personal reasons for taking a cross-cultural perspective,” adds Mrs. Berck. “First, I have a multi-cultural family. Second, I’m involved in international peace activism.”


Cyndi Spindell Berck holds degrees in history, public policy, and law from the University of California. She has enjoyed a long and a varied career in journalism, law, public affairs and teaching. When not writing, she manages her business, which provides editorial and analytical services to clients who write scholarly papers on economics. Mrs. Berck resides in Berkeley, California with her husband, Peter, and their youngest son, Joe.


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“Pocahontas and Sacagawea – Interwoven Legacies in American History”

A Non-Fiction Narrative in History by Cyndi Spindell Berck

Cloth Edition (Black & White)

ISBN: 978-0-9904018-5-8

Library of Congress control number: 2014948527

Size: 6” x 9”

Pages: 271

Images/Maps: 24

Status: Pending

Paperback Edition (Black & White)

ISBN: 978-0-9909592-5-0

Library of Congress control number: 2014948527

Size: 6” x 9”

Pages: 271

Images/Maps: 24 (Black & White)

Release Date: 15 July 2015

Retail Price: $ 19.95

Ebook Editions

ISBN (Ebook – MobiPocket): 978-0-9909592-8-1

ISBN (Ebook – EPUB: 978-0-9904018-8-9

ISBN (Ebook – PDF): 978-0-9904018-9-6

Release Date: 15 July 2015

Retail Price: $ 8.95

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