Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Home Schooling - Concept Of Adaptation/Evolution - Our Journey To Zanarkand


Song:  To Zanarkand

Original Composition By:  Nobuo Uematsu

From:  Tour De Japan (Varying Orchestras)


We have finally taken our first definitive step toward meeting our goal
of securing the best educational opportunity for Alex.

Although we must remain liquid in our capability to move at a moments notice...
for the moment...
this is our Zanarkand.

This, to us, represents the culmination of years of planning and effort.

Although we must defeat the final boss in Zanarkand
 (Final Fantasy X metaphor referring to entrance to the Davidson Academy)...
we have finally reached our destination.

I have just returned from Reno and I have chosen our new home.
We shall be renting month to month so we will be able to relocate
at any time in case we fail to gain entrance into the Academy...
and we must put into effect an alternative plan.

We may begin actively moving next week.

We shall be giving it our all here...
we shall strive for as many years as needed.
However, should our attempts prove to be fruitless...
we must then adapt and evolve.

Although our new home will be almost half the size of our current one...
it will serve our needs perfectly.

It is a low maintenance home in a good neighborhood in close enough proximity
to the Academy...as well as to major shopping.


It is to be our new base of operations.

We must strengthen Alex for his big battle...
to face a challenge of such magnitude...
of such height...
 that we must redouble our efforts.

It will still take at least another year to prepare him for his SATs...
(he must have a very high score to even be considered for entrance)
but as he is still only 10 years old (just shy of 11)...
time is on our side.


Lake Tahoe


The Sierra Nevadas


Along with the new territory and new challenges...
come new lands and adventures to explore.

We will be in close proximity to beautiful outdoor
recreational areas.

I fully realize that Alex shall be studying very hard and that he should 
be able to also enjoy himself.


There are many places to camp and hike within a couple of hours driving.

After securing a new training hall for Alex (Martial Arts)...
and after we have settled in to a routine...
I will then select some interesting places to fully explore.

Alex is very excited...
no... that is an understatement...
let's just say...
he has on his centuries old naval uniform...
with a spyglass to his eye and in the crow's nest he is announcing...
Land Ho!

His eyes are giddy with glee at the prospect of a new sojourn...
an exploration of a new land...new people...new experiences.


When he was very young...
he used to hate any break in routine...
any changes...
especially any unannounced changes.

We sometimes, purposely, and suddenly, change his routine 
to get him used to adapting
(as he will have to in the real world).

It was one of the key elements in his ABA therapy early on.

I, however, always try to make the change a 
wonderful experience for him.

This way... change doesn't become synonymous with dread.

He now looks forward to new things
with the spirit of adventure...
with the sparkling eyes and bright smile of glee.

Although not all changes are good...
and he realizes this...
 he also knows that all effort shall be expended
to ensure that the best adaptation to the situation shall be chosen.

As he has experienced many positive changes...
the possibility of positive changes with each new change
exists in his mind.

He realizes that with proper preparation...
by controlling as many of the variables beforehand to effect the outcome...
change is not merely blind luck...
but a plausible planned scenario
(for planned changes).

By having a solid routine which has the inherent flexibility
to adapt to place and time...
he knows that he can always get back on track easily.

By having a goal always in sight...
always within reach...
a waypoint...a minor objective along the way 
may be bypassed, so long as it doesn't threaten to derail
the long term goal.

So long as Alex can advance himself toward his goal...
Intellectually...
Physically...
Emotionally...
he is (and we are) happy.

When a child can be made to realize this
(change can be good through positive examples)
flexibility and adaptability in him is greatly enhanced.


Yes...
it is basic Operant Conditioning... initially.

No...
it is not a bad thing
(for those who think that it is animal training exclusively).

It is how we humans... think and operate.

It is, in fact, learning by experience.

The modifier is the unknown effect of some of the changes
(as in real life).

Sometimes the result does not work out for the better.
However, I was careful in fully establishing the good effects early on.

The unknown effect was when I would just do something new
on the spur of the moment...without research.

With the ratio of good far outweighing the not so good...
he still feels excitement toward the new and unproven.

Adaptation in life is a necessary skill to learn...
without which, a child's life is a house of cards.

They may be stacked elegantly...
but the structure is subject to destruction
at the slightest blow.


I say...

especially when it comes to spectrum children...

lead your child's mind toward change being a good thing
through greatly positive experiences directly associated
with planned changes.

Introduce unannounced changes which should still be positive.

When your child knows that his ultimate happiness
will not be threatened by change...
that while the train may take a different track (uncontrolled change in life)...
through planning and effort (adapting and evolving)...
the new track can still lead him to his destination...
he will then realize the Concept of Adaptation.


The key here is proper prior planning
to effect the desired change...
with this...
 adaptation is a temporary situation...
and with applied intelligent effort...
an improved situation occurs...
the desired state of...
Evolution.






2 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that Alex looks forward to new things. I have been to Tahoe a few times and it is such a beautiful place. I"m sure Alex will enjoy camping and getting to know the area.

    Best to all of you on your big move!

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  2. Thank you. We have a busy month ahead of us!

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