Sunday, November 7, 2010

Home Schooling - Alex's Favorite Advanced Supplemental Reading

Alex loves to read about new and exciting concepts.  Many parents fear having their children read what they think is beyond their comprehension.  Remember, every new lesson was previously beyond their level.  So long as the basics of the material was covered, each new concept lays groundwork for the larger picture.  

With just rudimentary Physics and Chemistry
(Elements / Atomic and Molecular Structure / Basic Laws and Forces / Differing Forms of Energy / States of Matter / Scientific Method), larger concepts start to make sense and, so, become exciting. 

The child sees the world, and all its components, in the perspective that reflects all we now know.  This will encourage his love of the Scientific Method, Logic and Critical Reasoning, and, the sense of wonder at all that there is to know and to explore.  This will strengthen his resolve to learn, as he will wish to discover all there is to know. 

This is a direct feeding of your child's curiosity...it is this drive...
to satisfy an intense curiosity of what was, what is, and so...
 what is to be, that drives many a scientist.  

With intensely interesting reading material to digest and ponder upon...
 your child will develop an intense desire to discover and to learn. 
A passion shall be set aflame...and so, a drive shall be born. 


This particular book - A Brief History of Time is
the same material which initially came out in paperback...
only with many illustrations and photos. 
This is especially appealing for young minds.


It is important to point out that extensive knowledge of Math, Physics or Chemistry is not needed to understand the major principles.  Just Elementary School level...just the basics.  The book does such a good job of explaining the concepts, your child will find Physics fun.  He will not be put off by complicated mathematical formulas.  As with true knowledge, simplicity is the rule... it is broken down to its simplest components and concepts.

Your child may not understand many of the concepts...but with the fire of curiosity lit...it will give him the thirst and hunger for the hunt for knowledge.  He will then wish to understand all of the stepping stones to acquire the necessary fundamentals.  This gives him the reason to learn the basics that his mind has been searching for.  Show him the end game...something to shoot for...he will then have a goal to achieve.  

Reading advanced subjects opens his mind and gives a basic shape of the tree of knowledge.  He will then be able to see where he is, where he was, his rate of travel, where he wishes to be, which direction to travel...in short...perspective.  

With perspective, he never need ask the ever present question in every child's mind...
How much longer?  

With his knowledge of the basic out lay of knowledge...
as acquired through advanced reading...
 he will know what to expect.  

The journey will then become his. 
He will no longer be an unwilling passenger.

 He will become the captain of his own vessel. 

His passion for knowledge will propel him...
the passion that you will have engendered
through advanced reading...
the framework of his knowledge...
for him to build upon...
concept by concept.


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