Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Home Schooling - 4th Of July and Newton's Laws Of Motion


Song:  Nothing Else Matters

Rendition:  Scott Williams on Hammered Dulcimer




Our 4th of July consisted of us picking up some camping 
supplies, some grocery shopping...
 and some great fire grilled chicken at El Pollo Loco
(The Crazy Chicken - a restaurant chain)


This Fruit Tart was for dessert.

We ate the chicken and then went upstairs to Alex's library
to watch our town's fireworks display through one of the 
windows.  

Alex enjoyed watching the fireworks while eating a slice of the Fruit Tart.




Today, after our afternoon swim...
Alex started studying and I asked him which 
scientific laws applied to the previous night's fireworks.

He said Newton's third law of motion...
for every action...there is an equal and opposite reaction.

I then asked which other applied....
he said the first law of motion...
an object at rest...remains at rest unless there is a force that
overcomes it and that it remains in motion unless
there is a force that acts upon it.

I asked him which forces worked against the steady rise of the projectile...
he said it was Air Resistance.

I then had asked him which other force...
he then said Gravity... after a few seconds of pause.

I then explained Newton's second Law Of Motion...
F = ma

Although this was very basic Elementary School Science...
it is the real world application of science that we, as parents...
should seek out and have them explain.

This guards against simple memorization and recitation
(regurgitation).


We shall be going on a one night camping trip 
in a couple of days.

Alex is so excited...
he keeps saying that he can't wait until we go.

I shall be asking him many questions about his surroundings
there...the reasons and implications.

He enjoys thinking in general...
in this way I may guide his thought process
to an efficient manner of enquiry.

He usually asks many questions about many things...
this provides the intellectual stimulation that he craves...
and an example of an efficient line of reasoning.


My goal is for him to be able to tie the specific knowledge gained...
to basic laws and to wider applications in life...
as well as to other examples he can see in the world.

Camping in the forest will also give me a chance to
give him basic survival skills in the wild.

While what I shall give him will be the barest of skills...
I hope to provide the tools necessary to provide a means 
of survival and navigation to civilization in case of being stranded
in unfamiliar territory.

As this is his first camping trip...
I shall keep it simple

(Basic navigation by the sun, moon, and stars...
rules and priorities of protection
and sustenance in a temperate forest zone...
basic shelters, resource gathering...etc.).

With each successive trip...
I shall be adding more depth to his knowledge.


This is every father's dream scenario...
being able to teach his children how to
survive under strange conditions...
it is applied science and common sense.


As we camp in other types of environments...
he shall learn more about them.

Later...I shall  involve him in the preparation of the trips.

It shall eventually be a homeschool version...
not of the Boy Scouts...
but a homeschool version of...
an Army Scout
(my specialty in the Army).

As most people strive for recognition through symbols
of their achievements...
I shall be devising a reward system based upon
the merit badges of the Boy Scouts.

More than likely it will be a wall mounted placard with many empty
slots where medals of achievement may be placed upon earning them.

My son loves symbols of achievements.

I shall use this as a motivational force...
as well as a means of true pride building.

By involving him more and more in the trips...
he will be able to more fully enjoy and appreciate
the experience.

I shall be including more detailed descriptions of his 
experiences in the future.

As for this, his first trip...
it will be tame...
more for the love of the outdoors.





2 comments:

  1. It's nice to see that Alex is not just memorizing facts, but is able to understand and apply what he is learning.

    I look forward to reading about your camping experience. I am sure Alex will enjoy it, and also learn a lot through your tutelage.

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  2. Thank you. Up till now...he has had little real life experience. Through the direct observation...hands on approach, I hope to make a greater impression. It will also give him life experience.

    I am so glad that Alex loves the outdoors. The atmosphere for learning, and for gathering life experience, is so rich...and, being that the experiences will be in places of great beauty, so the impressions will run deep...it is a perfect classroom. We are all looking forward to it.

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