Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Concept 6 Of 6 - The Basic Philosophy Of Alex's Home Schooling



Song:  Life Goes On

Group:  Future World Music


Our 6th...and last major tenet:

A DAILY STUDY HABIT



Great inherent intelligence allows a child to learn more quickly...
but not necessarily learn more...
or to a greater depth.

A child of lesser inherent intelligence often times surpasses the 
naturally gifted student because of greater study habits...
leading to greater acquired and applied intelligence.

Studying allows the child to accumulate information...
to learn more efficient and effective ways of thinking...
 to have a great store of knowledge from which to draw...
to greatly increase his Acquired Intelligence through his greatly expanded
 knowledge base of concepts, and of the variables to consider 
in the building of his internal logic tree...
the schematic of the mind on which he shall add 
the appropriately placed branches and leaves as his tree grows.

Through this tree...
he will be able to focus on the salient points of new information.
He will be able to see the interconnections of concepts
allowing him to see the correct cause and effect scenarios in his mind
so necessary in rapidly and accurately assessing problems...
developing solutions...
and predicting the outcomes of unfolding situations.


To be able to work towards a goal, uninterrupted, leads to great rewards...
 both, direct immediate and long term ones...
as well as ancillary ones.

That which you do on a daily basis out of habit...
no longer takes effort...
no longer makes you feel uncomfortable.
To not do it daily would make you feel uncomfortable.


Learning becomes effortless as you no longer experience
frustration due to mental backsliding.

When you see steady progress through a daily habit...
it starts to take on a life of its own...
a happiness that comes just from seeing progress...
a feeling of a deep and great satisfaction in not only being able to mold yourself...
but your future.

Each day brings new progress...
and so, new happiness.


The most efficient and effective way of behavior modification...
or molding...is to start it from the beginning...
 to continue without pause...
and to have positive reinforcers throughout.


Alex has always studied every day (from age 3)...
every weekday - usually 6 - 8 hours...
every weekend - usually 4 - 5 hours a day...
and during summer break...everyday was a weekend schedule - 4 - 5 hours a day
(an additional 3 - 4 hours of reading, physical training and music daily).

He gets up and eats...
he then goes to the computer to start his studies.

We usually incorporate numerous breaks throughout the day...
putting in his physical training, music, and reading at either strategic...
or highly adaptable points, according to Alex's desires.

Whenever possible, we gave Alex control over what time he would cover
a particular subject to study on that particular day...
however...each subject would be covered on a daily basis.

When a subject is studied on a daily basis...
the chunks of information may be taken in smaller portions...
easier to bite, chew, and digest.


A daily study routine...
just as a daily exercise routine...
should be initiated well within the bounds of tolerance.

Too much at the beginning causes mental resistance due to discomfort.

The key is a tolerable amount each day.

With time...
tolerance is increased.

With increased tolerance...
progress is increased.

With increased progress...
enjoyment and satisfaction is increased.

With increased enjoyment and satisfaction...
a deep love of learning is instilled.

When a deep love of learning is instilled...
it becomes an insatiable inner drive to learn...
to progress...
to explore...
to master ones world.



A smart man knows how to work hard toward
his goals and how to eventually achieve them.
He knows how to suffer pain for great rewards later.

The smart man will die without regrets 
as he will have accomplished his goals.


A wise man knows how to make himself love
the path to the achievement of his goals...
so the chase is just as enjoyable as the acquisition.

The wise man will die well because he will have lived well...
 he will have enjoyed every moment of life... instead of just the end.
                     
                                                                                   - Shiroi Tora







2 comments:

  1. Alex's study habits are amazing. It is no wonder that he has been able to accomplish so much.

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  2. We make it as interesting as possible. His mother gives excellent support and guidance and we both constantly positively reinforce his achievements.

    His mother plays such a significant role in his development. She has dedicated herself to watch over, and, to guide him toward excellence.

    However...the greatest credit goes to Alex. It is Alex's hunger to learn, his drive to succeed, and his dreams for his future that allows him to love learning. He is so wise for such a young age.

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