topics that I could write about: whales and
sharks, the cities of Ninevah and Tarshish,
and the Elkeroa plant, a vine with large
leaves, used to provide shade for Jonah.
The steps to mind mapping are simple. I
like to use a large, blank sheet of paper and
colored pens or pencils. The mind focuses
on the center so that is where mind mapping begins. Write the idea, goal, objective,
or whatever you want to focus on in the
center. It could be the subject of a brainstorming session, title of a project, or a keyword you want to expand for an essay. You
could also draw a picture that represents
your main idea.
Now write your topic into a new circle/
bubble which is then connected to the center word with a line. Mind maps are usually
read clockwise, so start at the one o’clock
position, and keep your hand moving! This
brainstorming process encourages a free
flow of ideas.
Don’t let perfectionism set in and stop
your flow. Mind mapping is simply a brain
dumping process that helps stimulate new
ideas and connections. Put everything
down that comes to mind even if it’s unrelated. Lighten up! If ideas slow down, draw
empty lines, and your brain will find ideas
to put on them. Change pen colors. Just
keep going until you have no more words.
This can take five to twenty minutes.
My handwriting tends to be messy, and
sharing ideas scrawled on a large piece of
paper might be inconvenient, so I took the
ideas/topics from the Bible study and created a digital mind map at Mind Meister.
Mind mapping programs are great ways
to share your mind maps and collaborate
with others. There’s value in a digital mind
map because the audience can read the
text, and the layout is neater. There is also
an option to view the mind map as a presentation. If you can’t read my handwriting, you’ll be able to see it all clearly in the
My creative process begins with pen
and paper. I write down my topic and start
mind mapping. I loosen up, lighten up, and
don’t judge what I’ve written because that
stops me like fingernails on a blackboard.
Instead of hearing groaning from your
children when you ask them to write on a
theme, if you teach them how to mind map,
they will develop an outline and be able to
structure that dreaded theme in no time!
Rosemarie Pagano is a writer excited about
I loosen up, lighten up, and don’t judge what I’ve written
science and making complex subjects easy to
understand. She created Robin Bird Explorer,
and put her on an assignment: Teach science,
vocabulary, and online Bible studies. Now,
with a bit of humor, Robin Bird Explorer un-
covers the wonders of science one journey at
a time. www.robinbirdexplorer.com and www
because that stops me like fingernails on a blackboard.