Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Alex's 2012 Summer Vacation Curriculum - Courses


Song:  Kingdom Skies

Group:  Two Steps From Hell



As Alex has finished taking his SAT...
the focus is now on his next year's school preparation.

Alex's mother is always looking to keep him ahead of the curve 
by having him study subjects he will encounter in his future...
before he actually has them as a part of his school curriculum.

As part of his everyday summer vacation home school curriculum...
Alex formerly studies the following subjects as part of his core everyday learning:



Alex studying from the SpringBoard book earlier in the year.




Alex has been using this as a supplementary reading comprehension exercise book...
even during the school year.

He is continuing the exercises as they have proved to be invaluable to Alex
in improving his ability to extract information from what he reads.





Alex is also doing daily exercises from the above two books
as an adjunct to formal logic exercises in the below books.










Although Alex has been studying formal and informal logic for a while...
it is such an important subject...
probably THE most important one...
that during Alex's summer studies...
this is reemphasized.


As his SAT is done...
he is now focusing on his Geometry through...
 Alcumus and Thinkwell.



As Alex has already finished Algebra I and II...
his mother has lined up Thinkwell's Pre-Calculus program for when he completes 
Thinkwell's Geometry.


Again...
My wife has found Thinkwell to be a superior program for math.

Alex loves Professor Edward Burger's teaching style.

The instruction is quite clear and Alex has responded best 
to this great company's math programs.


And to round off his daily formal lessons...
he is taking Plato Biology.



Although he was taking this earlier...
we had to put it on hold as we had to shift the focus 
of his studies for some immediate needs.

Alex's mother has Plato Chemistry as Alex's next science lesson 
following his Biology program.

After Alex settles in a little bit...
I shall be adding daily essay practice...
just a little bit each day.

While all of this may seem to be a bit much for a child's summer vacation...
I think having such a long hiatus from learning in school
is detrimental to the students...
unless they use the time to catapult themselves ahead of the next year's courses.

Alex does just 4-6 hours of formal studying during weekends during the school year...
and the same amount during all of his vacations.

When the subjects are done daily...
you have no backsliding due to forgetfulness...
and so you have incremental knowledge (day by day)...
building upon knowledge.

As the subjects may be delivered in smaller portions...
a more full digestion of the material may take place.

We have designed his vacation curriculum to be a royal feast...
full of flavor and nutrition...
designed to be pleasant to the palate...
and healthful to his intellect.

I must reemphasize this one important point...
it is in the DAILY training that most of the benefit is derived.

Once a daily habit has been established...
it becomes comfortable.

An intellectual inertia will take on a life of its own...
momentum will build upon momentum.

Just as a child on a swing finds it easier to add just a little bit more effort with each pass...
he enjoys ever growing heights with ease.

Once great heights have been achieved...
the child naturally hungers for more.

He becomes reluctant to stop...
as he realizes the distance he had covered 
through the invested amount of accumulated effort...
as well as the ease at which he had achieved it.

To have to stop the swing and then restart once again involves putting 
most of the effort into rebuilding momentum...
instead of merely adding to his already built momentum.

It simply matters psychologically.

Make the necessary efficient..
it becomes effective through far less effort.

When results come through efficiency...
it becomes addictive.

He will become self motivated.

He will eventually realize that the key to learning anything in life...
lies in DAILY training.

When he realizes this...
nothing will be able to stop him from eventually achieving his goals.





2 comments:

  1. My son has summer school so he does not have too much free time, but I hope to try one or two of these great resources.

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  2. Just a little bit every day will work wonders.

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