Thursday, February 23, 2012

"I Love Coral Academy Of Science"


Song:  The Magic Forest

Group:  Future World Music





"I love Coral Academy of Science!"...
"Coral Academy is great!"...

 direct quotes from Alex when he got home today.


Alex is on a self paced High School Geometry on-line course at the Academy.

We've only just begun teaching him Geometry at home and it was his 
second day of his on-line course at school.

Alex, being Alex...
got impatient and wanted to just start taking tests before he was ready to do so.

He took two tests today...
and as a result...
he got lower grades in them than what he should have had...
had he just taken the time to fully understand the problem concepts
for each area before testing.

We told him he is not to take any tests on-line until
we ensure he understands everything in his lesson first.

We have access to the problems on-line at home.
We are going to have him work on them at school...
and we will run him through similar problems at home to ensure he
fully understands the problems before he is to take any more tests.

Alex is heavily goal oriented...
however, his present goal is too short sighted.

I had to reiterate the importance of 100% understanding as the goal...
not just how far into the course he gets.

The whole goal is complete understanding as a foundation in any subject.

He is compliant with rules in general.
We just have to reign him in sometimes, as his enthusiasm to achieve a goal
he has set in his mind sometimes overrides the ultimate goal of 
complete conceptual understanding.

While I applaud his enthusiasm...
I have to remind him to not get overconfident.

However, we, as his parents, love that he loves his new school so much.

He is still getting used to the new schedule...
however, he is rapidly adjusting...
and happily so.

We especially love that the Coral Academy of Science
stresses Math and Science to a much greater degree than do other schools.

At the academy, they learn Math and Science everyday...
 without neglecting the other subjects.

Alex also says that he is interacting with other children.

He says they are so friendly toward him...
and that he really feels accepted there.

Alex feels so proud to wear his school uniform.

The counselor at the Academy who deals with children who are on an
IEP or 504 plan, was extremely helpful and greatly facilitated Alex's schedule.

She had coordinated with us, and with the staff of the Academy...
to ensure Alex had a very smooth admission and transition to his new environment.

I pick up Alex from his school everyday.
I find the children to be much more well behaved and courteous
than at other schools I have seen.

That is another big plus of this Academy.

I think that besides quality teaching...
the uniform policy has much to do with it.

Children often seek to differentiate themselves from society and others
(not necessarily bad).
However, many will seek the easy path of merely dressing differently
(changing the outside instead of the inside)
instead of being different by excelling. 

With school uniforms...
the only way a child may stand out from the crowd...
is to stand out in performance.

Another factor eliminated is the wearing of a "mask"
(counter culture style clothing).

When a child wears certain style clothing...
he is seeking to emulate the normal wearers of such clothing...
the attitudes of the group he wishes to associate himself with.

Far too often...
he gets his examples from Pop stars and the like...
who make their money in being counter culture.

A child who wears the clothing of such people...
by wearing the "mask"...
often feels the need to fulfill the assumed role.

True individuality occurs from the inside out.
Not from the outside in.

These are the great strengths of a school uniform.
Uniforms eliminate the false route to true individualism...
and, so, foster excellence in children.


Alex studying right after school.

When he gets home, the first thing he does is to lay out his homework...
change from his uniform...
eat a snack...
and he then does his homework.

When he is done...
my wife and I check it to ensure...
besides his understanding of the material...
but his neatness.

He still has a problem printing legibly.
He often has to erase what he had printed because he too often
puts his letters together without adequate spacing.

We work with him every night with his homework...
not to give him answers...
but to guide him to correct answers should he miss a concept.

We will review a concept with him...
 we will rephrase or reframe a question to guide his answer in the right direction...
we will have him look on-line for examples...etc.

Alex likes doing his homework because he knows that we love helping
him learn.  He knows that he may ask us for guidance at any time.

As I am retired...
my time... is Alex's time.

It is such a privilege for me to be able to spend time with my son...
and to help guide him in life
(not to say that I sometimes don't get frustrated when he gets stubborn :)

By our helping him to learn...
we are helping to mold his thoughts.

By helping to mold his thoughts...
(through critical reasoning..an efficient and effective thought process...
a typically deficient mode of thinking in many Autistic children)
we are helping him mold his future.


We, again, feel so fortunate that we had moved here...
and that we had found Coral Academy of Science and
were able to get him in.


Alex is accepted by his peers there.
Alex has almost unlimited resources to challenge him there.
Alex comes home with a smile and with enthusiasm.
We get to review his schedule, assignments, and performance on-line.
We receive excellent support from the staff at the academy.

We are very fortunate indeed.

2 comments:

  1. That is great that the school is working out so well, and that Alex enjoys going there. Sounds like a perfect fit!

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  2. Yes, Alex is doing well, and, he is enjoying himself. What a combination.

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