Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daily Guidance Of Homework - One Of The Great Pleasures Of Being A Parent




Song:  Age Of Gods

Group:  Thomas Bergersen




Guiding Alex in a project.


After Alex comes home from school...
he eats a snack...
he then does his homework at the dinner table.

I then check it and go over any missed points or misunderstood concepts
(my wife guides him in Math and many home supplementary subjects).

I go over his daily school homework.



I will attempt to teach through the asking him of guided questions
(Socratic Method)...
or through the direct explanations of basic concepts...
and then have him answer correctly...his initially incorrectly answered questions.

Sometimes, I will have him research the subject on the internet or to reread
a missed passage in his text.




Alex deriving great pleasure from working a problem to its correct resolution.



Neither of us are really morning persons.


This is a picture of us at the MathCounts competition.
It is about 11:30 in the morning here...way beyond my bedtime
(I still stay awake all night and sleep during the day).

Alex had just completed the initial 3 rounds of testing.
We are awaiting the results for the top 8 to compete head to head
(which he had gotten to advance to).

While moments together with my son...Alex...
during great moments such as accompanying him to events or taking
him places and enjoying watching him enjoy himself so much...
are tremendous...and form memories that last a lifetime...
and incredibly enrich my life...

it is in the daily pleasure of watching my son grow as I help guide him in his 
studies and other supplementary learning activities that I derive a deep sense
of satisfaction.  I learn so much about my son in knowing his basic thought 
process by watching his daily efforts come to fruition as he accomplishes his tasks.

I revel in his fighting spirit and his spirit of adventure...
as he advances in his physical and musical training
(presently on hold as we adapt his schedule to the needs of his school schedule).

It is through our daily guidance of him that he also knows us.

He knows, through our dedicated actions...
our measure of resolve to better his life...
our demonstrated love by the willing giving of our time to him
(a child left to his own devices and desires, is essentially abandoned)...
our sharing of our thoughts and philosophy...our accumulated and aggregated wisdom...
so he may become much more wise and to have even greater happiness in his life.


Again...
I know, all too well, how extremely fortunate I am to be in the
position to be fully retired at an early age...
so I may be able to spend, freely, the most valuable currency in life...
time...with whom I love the most.

I also know that it is in the training that the warrior wins the battles.

The training that will serve the Intellectual Warrior the most...
lies in his daily training...his homework and advanced supplemental training.

Prioritized as mission number one...
done daily (including weekends and all school breaks)...
it becomes a hunger to be satiated only through the great adventure of learning.


To be learning on a daily basis is...

(not as a solitary task...a sink or swim scenario...
but as a guided mission of love from parent to child)

 to be thoroughly prepared for life...
 to be thoroughly engaged in life...
 to thoroughly extract all the goodness from life...
 to be on a thoroughly... incredibly...rich adventure...
to eventually be able to guide others in their journey in life...
and so... to thoroughly enjoy life.


It all starts at home...
from parent to child.

There is no truer measure of intent...
than that of accumulated actions.

Through a parents dedicated actions...
and demonstrated love...
a child learns a truer and better way of life...
and he will do the same with his children.



4 comments:

  1. There is nothing as fulfilling as seeing your efforts pay off in the development of your child. And especially so in your case, as you are so committed to putting in the time and thought to guiding your son properly.

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  2. Your parenting comes from a place of love without pushing him through highly paid tutors and stern looks from a distance. You are sharing your experience of guided exposure and support which gives hope to a lot of parents. Tutors for hire come and go.... Parents are connected forever providing that loving support long after their child becomes independent. This blog will be there for him always as a reminder of the back and shoulders of his parents to spring from and bless the world with his special abilities. If just one generation of parents could find a way to do this..... Perhaps that generation could meet the challenges that face them with our collective best and truly make our creator proud.

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  3. Yuji...

    Yes, and it is all the more precious with the knowledge that there is only a relatively short period of time in which we, as parents, may spend with our children before they have families of their own.

    Of course, there are always grandchildren to help :)

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  4. Unknown...

    Yes, the key is through parental engagement. The parents, as well as the child, reap great rewards throughout life by correct initial guidance done out of love.

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