Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Home Schooling - More of Alex's Supplemental Courses


Mathematician Fibonacci - Nature by Numbers
From Eteria Studios
By Cristobal Vila


To hear the music and to get a partial view...
click on the video.

To get a full view of it...
click on the video once again...
once it has started.

A new page will open  at YouTube.

To get a full screen view...
Click on the four arrow pointing to...
the four corners of a square icon...
at the bottom right of the video.


Alex really liked this video. 
He read about Fibonacci's work from long ago and looked up this on You Tube.

I am sure children who love math will like it also.

This is from his Thinkwell supplementary math course.

As he is finishing up Algebra II - he also likes to get familiarized with 
Geometry / Calculus / Statistics / Discrete Mathematics

Advanced work allows him a break from monotony.  

He loves to always look ahead and attempt to work 
advanced problems and 
discover how they are solved.  

There is a rich resource of supplemental training 
on the Internet and in the form of DVDs.  

Anything that Alex wants in the way of supplemental training...
we ensure he gets.

This is from his Great Courses - 
 Joy of Thinking: The Beauty and Power of Classical Mathematical Ideas
(his choice of a present for his 10th Birthday)

The Golden Ratio

The Golden Rectangle


Alex simply LOVES concepts...a solid theorem
to gain a perspective from which he can apply to 
many areas for a broad understanding.


Alex watching his Great Courses DVD in bed...
it is a favorite time for him.
He gets to look forward to learning something new everyday.

Part of his bedtime ritual.  
Another Great Course session...
or Science Show....
and then some reading before drifting off to sleep.

Courses from:
Thinkwell / Plato / Great Courses / The Art of Problem Solving
as well as from various other sources...
Internet Learning sites...
Books and Workbooks...
Cable Science shows...

He is also prepping for his SATs (College Entrance Exams)
a little each day...
(he actually did fairly well on a practice SAT).
He is always beefing up his vocabulary and writing skills...
along with his general courses.

Yet...he neither feels overburdened...
nor burned out.

His enthusiasm is high...
he is doing what he really wants to do...

WHY?

I cannot stress this enough....

We have given him...
the LOVE OF LEARNING.

HOW?

Through constant Positive Reinforcement of all desirable behavior....
all the while, never omitting love and affection.

The big three:

LOVE...

AFFECTION...

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT...

From the beginning...and never stopping.

Your child will love learning...and so life.
He will be chasing life with a passion.
His desire to improve shall become unstoppable.

His forward momentum in life...
the impetus from which is derived...
from the ever, and steadily, growing gains...
shall continue undiminished....unabated.

With Negative Reinforcement...
and the withholding of love and affection...
Your child will be running from punishment...
that will be his goal.

He will fear venturing forth...
as it could lead to a punishable mistake.
He will do just enough to get by.

He will be running away from you...
Challenges in life...
and so...
Life itself.

This will be the beginning of escapism...
in all its manifestations...
Giving up / Dropping out of School / Drugs / Gangs...etc.

Prepare him to be a leader...
by supplementing his education with...
advanced, and highly stimulating, courses...
let him become the intellectual Titan that he wishes to be.
Research which courses would be best for him...

MOST OF ALL...

Be there for him.
Help him to understand the concepts.
Greatly encourage his efforts.

Supply him with all that he needs to flourish...
not just what he needs to just get by.

Become of like minds.
You are part of the same team...
no other child is so important to you as is he.

Be his great Teacher in life.
Bestow your wisdom upon him.

He shall, soon enough, be facing fierce competition...
those whose parents have prepared them for the world arena...

whose great war horses are fit enough to carry a great load...
 driven to glory by Positive Reinforcement...

whose armor is toughened and plentiful...
strengthened by Love and polished by Affection...

whose numerous weapons stand hardened and battle ready...
wielded with great skill as they had Conceptual Understanding through Parental Guidance...
 sharpened by the Supplemental Training given in copious quantities.

Through your support, guidance, and wisdom...

they shall become Intellectual Warriors...
  the Great Intellectual Knights
they all need to become...
and wish to be.




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