Saturday, October 30, 2010

Home Schooling - Alex's Supplemental Concept Courses

Part of Alex's supplemental training consists of University Lecture DVDs / Cable Science Shows / The Great Courses DVDs.  This has become a pre-bedtime ritual.  A couple of hours before Alex goes to sleep, he watches a good hour or so of a science show, a Great Course or a University Lecture DVD on Mathematical Concepts.  He then reads and gets read to while he falls asleep.  He loves bedtime as he loves learning new concepts, or theories, to mull over as he sleeps.  













He learns an amazing amount from The Great Courses. 






Alex says he really enjoys learning from Arthur T Benjamin.  Alex loves the Professor's interjected humor throughout the lesson.  Above all else, the Professor is effective.  His explanations are concise and clear as well as interesting.  





A child that loves learning...loves life.  It becomes an adventure to be fully explored.  He gets up every day looking forward to what it shall bring.  He will either learn more, solidify and codify, or achieve a level of mastery on a test so he can then proceed to more unexplored territory. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Home Schooling - Success - The Culmination Of Unrelenting Effort

Alex had struggled for a few days to master 
a particularly difficult concept in Algebra II...
The Gauss - Jordan method of Row Reducing A Matrix - 
System Of Linear Equations.  

He and his mother had put forth unrelenting effort each day...
striving for a larger piece of understanding....and achieving success.




















He had completed the Mastery Test...
consisting of multiple problems like the ones he had to struggle with initially. 

He had felt great pride and a sense of achievement....
only because he had earned it.  

We are careful not to give false praise...
in the misguided effort to "give him self esteem". 

 It can only be earned.  

He had the smile and disposition of deep satisfaction 
when he gained the conceptual understanding.





Having mastered the concept....
he was ready to move on to broader horizons.  

He gets great joy from doing well on his tests....
he loves learning.

That is where we...
as his parents...
have had our greatest success.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Home Schooling - Alex's First True Hurdle - Research Into Alternate Explanations



Alex's first real struggle in Math came 2 days ago. 

 He got stuck with:

"Row Reducing A Matrix - Systems Of Linear Equations".  

Both, he and his mother...
had been working for hours in trying to understand the method. 

 Plato Math had left some portion of solving the problems 
unexplained in their minds.

                                                                               

His mother also uses a different math program from Thinkwell.  
However, after more hours of trying...she looked to YouTube. 

She had found some explanations  
that helped them with the problems.







His mother is also learning the problems as she goes along. 
She must try to keep up with Alex
in order to help him with his problems. 

We realize that he shall soon eclipse her capability
to learn as fast as he.

We have alternate plans for the near future...
but as for now...
his mother is doing an exceptional job
breaking down the problems and conceptualizing the solutions.





He has been extending his study time in Math to 3-4 hours a day
in order to keep the problems foremost in his mind. 

A break in study during difficulty
generally leads to regression and frustration. 

That is generally the time to gear up
and march relentlessly forward....
to do otherwise is actually conditioning oneself to have difficulties...
as this would subsequently lead to a respite. 

The subconscious wants us to do that which is pleasing...
or less painful. 

It is up to the conscious mind to lead us forward...
regardless of inner urges to do otherwise. 

Because of this, he is making progress with far less frustration.  

His Mother is the key to this. 

She is putting forth effort, encouragement, 
and actively researching the most efficient ways 
to understand the fundamentals for him to digest.  

That is a Teacher in every sense of the word.

Alex has an inner love of learning....
His Mother is providing the means for him
 to advance to his heart's desire. 

They are working together....with a single purpose in mind...
the betterment of Alex.

 Many don't realize that the world is our arena...not just the U.S. . 

The world only cares about results. 

To not be fully prepared for the rigors of the competitive world is...
 too often, realized too late.  


The way of daily practice...

The training of the mind
to overcome through the quantity of quality repetition.  

No matter the level of intelligence...
one can always improve, and, eventually, overcome
seemingly impossible odds through sincere diligence. 

You can overcome the advantages of your competition...
whether it be intelligence, social status, an early start....
by merely outworking them (correctly and intelligently).

The world can be a cold and uncaring place
to those who choose to drop out of it by simply not trying.

In the industrialized nations of the world....
the great equalizer is Applied Intelligence
(Whatever is initially lacking in inherent intelligence
can be made up through the accumulation of acquired intelligence).

This, of course, means that to lack in that endeavor
is to be left without the multitudes of choices...
the doors which open to those whom had spent their earlier years
honing their reasoning and study skills.

 Don't shortchange your children. 
The good life comes from the solid preparation to answer the call of battle.

It is our job, as Parents, to prepare them for the inevitable....

Intellectual Combat.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Home Schooling - Plato English Exercise / Playing and Exercise

An example of  a Plato English exercise....Alex must read...comprehend....and give an essay style answer.   Plato Learning also has many exercises that are printed out and filled in.  He is advancing so quickly with home schooling...there is none of the frustration of having to cover material that he already knows...he loves moving at his pace.  There are many bright and motivated children out there....home schooling is perfect for them.  If you have the means to do so...it could make all the difference to your children.





His breaks are interspersed throughout the day to allow him to have fun too.  He is working hard with his studies.  He loves his break time too though.









Home schooling allows his mother to tailor fit his studies and play time to him.  His schedule is so well balanced.  He enjoys his studies...and so he does well.  He gets to pick what he wishes to do during break time...and so he enjoys playing.  He is such a loving...affectionate...bright and happy child.  Home schooling has taken out the negative experiences and is continually morphing to guide Alex in his studies in Academics, as well as in life, in the most efficient and effective manner.
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