Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Home Schooling: Alex's Holiday Study Schedule



Song:  Throne Of Divinity

Group:  City Of The Fallen



Alex working hard with Alcumus
(from The Art Of Problem Solving).

He has been solving the most difficult level of Algebra problems recently (lvl 25).  

He is rated at a lvl 23 right now.



It takes many, many correct problem solves, at or above his level, to advance a level.
He is steadily moving up.

Although he sometimes misses a problem...
he learns what he had done wrong on his missed one...
and comes back stronger.

The most points he can usually earn on any one problem (lvl 25) is 125 points.

Anytime he misses a problem...
he is given a much lower lvl problem (10 - 15 points each)...
and he has to work his way back up by solving many of the lower point 
problems until he reaches the uppermost levels once again.


We are ordering an English Composition course for him in a few days.

In the meantime he is working on his Expository Writing skills 
on a special writing program.  This is his area of greatest weakness.  
We will be having him work on this area every day.

As he is on a holiday schedule right now...
he is only studying 6 or so hours a day since we wanted him
to take it easy for a couple of weeks after his Academy exam.

We are still in the middle of our curriculum change.

Over the next few weeks, we will be getting our courses on-line...
and our set goals per course per day arranged.  

As Alex is Home Schooled...
we have to provide a curriculum of set courses that he must complete.

We are having him study most of his courses from grade 8 through grade 12.

His math is advanced...and so we use Thinkwell and Alcumus.

We are thinking of enrolling him in an online High School...
as soon as we get his Expository Writing skills to a higher level.

Besides this mandatory curriculum...
Alex also must prepare for his College Entrance Exams in a few months...
and we must work extra hours everyday on all of his weak points as discovered
through his Academy entrance exams.

On Christmas day...
we gave him a fun way to study...




He had never seen this film...
so afterwards, I had asked him to give me a synopsis of it.

He actually did very well.

His summary was concise and all inclusive.

He also worked on Alcumus 
(he enjoys it as it is a competition among others on-line).

I have also been researching some Martial Arts studios for him to train at.  
In a few weeks I will be signing him up at one.

I will also reinitiate his music practice in a few weeks
(no more than 1/2 an hour a day).

We wish to prioritize his academic schedule...
and then fit in his extracurricular activities.

I know with his upgraded level of study that we will have to cut down 
on the number of hours per day spent on non academic study...
but a little each day still does wonders.

We must get him used to University study standards if he is to flourish
in the highly competitive world in which we hope to have him engage in...
in the near future.

Our next major hurdle is his College Entrance Exams in a few months.

He must score at a high level if he is to be allowed to even apply for the 
Academy for the following year.

I will be explaining our program to ready him in a few weeks.

Should we fail with his SATs...
then at the very least...
he would be set back another year.

We still aim for the Academy...
however, should that not be possible within the next couple of years...
one of our contingency plans would then involve him finishing up High School on-line...
and getting into University at a young age.

As of now...
we sit on the outside...
looking in.

The Davidson Academy is our ultimate goal...
the Throne of Divinity...
for which we must first complete the requisite steps.


We are to remain perpetually adaptable...
forever hopeful...
forever vigilant...
 and propelled by guided effort.


2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have a good plan worked out. I'm sure Alex will give it his all.

    I just read that MIT is planning to offer free online courses... not sure that any will be appropriate for Alex at this point, but wanted to pass along the info: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2011/12/21/m-i-t-game-changer-free-online-education-for-all/

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  2. Thank you very much for the information. My wife has bookmarked it for Alex later on.

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