Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Typical Weekend For Alex - Distant Future Projects



Song:  Girl From Ipanema

Rendition:  Calikokat


As Alex studies every day...
regardless of it being a weekend or a holiday...
a typical Saturday involves Alex automatically waking up at 
approximately 7:00 A.M. 

He will typically do his math studies and his reading in the morning.




Alex in his favorite spot on the sofa.  He loves to read his books here.

For English...
the students must read a certain point amount of Accelerated Reader books (A.R.).

Alex's latest book is an 18 point book called...
The Mysterious Benedict Society.


Alex really seems to like this book.  He finds the story very interesting.
This book will appeal to gifted children as the main characters are highly gifted.

As I have not read this book...
I really cannot comment more on it.

Alex is reading this book every day
 (the book is approximately 500 pages).



We then go to a neighborhood indoor pool for Alex's hour and a half of swimming 
(the first 30 or so minutes is a swimming lesson from me...the rest is free swim for Alex).



Alex always looks forward to his swim.  He loves the water.

His breast stroke is much smoother now. 
 He is also able to travel farther underwater.

We will then stop at a restaurant afterwards for lunch.

This is usually our time to explore new places to eat
 to see if they are good enough to become part of our favored restaurant list.



 If Alex is tired after we get back home...
he will take a nap on the sofa.

We then start on his major reports or projects.

These are the ones where the amount of research...
and content, is simply too extensive to complete on a regular school night...
and where the due dates are a week or more out.

For Social Studies...
he has two projects lined up.

At this moment...
Alex has a report to complete in a little over a week's time.

He will have to create a civilization.

He will have to describe its physical attributes...
including its geography...
its monetary system...
the main methods of survival and progression.

We also have a longer range assignment of completing 
a comparative analysis between two specified historical events.

For his Science class...
he has to complete his Science Fair Proposal Form by the end of next week.

He will have to decide on an experiment to demonstrate a certain
scientific principle using the scientific method.

The teacher had wisely decided to have due dates 
for the various stages of assignment completion.

First is the Proposal.

He will then have to write the Research Report and the Bibliography.

Afterwards, he will have to explain the Hypothesis and complete a listing
of the variables (Independent, Dependent, Control, and Constant).

Next comes the detailed material list and experimental steps to be followed.

Finally, he will have to conduct the experiment (a minimum of three trials)...
and he will have to show his experimental notes...
 compile his statistics, and demonstrate his conclusion.

Although Alex knows the Scientific Method...
this will be the first time where he has to actually implement it.

The completed project won't be due for a couple of months...
so we will complete the Social Studies projects first.


Sundays are the same...
 except he lifts weights and we stay home.
His study schedule remains the same though.




The weekends are for his supplemental studies...
and then afterwards...
it is for his more extensive reports and projects.

During the normal school week...
he completes all of his normal homework and his
short term projects and reports (due that week).

Alex loves a daily routine.

It is through a daily schedule that we may keep him ahead of the curve...
and where he will, hopefully, never become overwhelmed 
by newly assigned projects...
as his early project completion gives us room to adapt.

Just as the proper planning of his school work schedule will
greatly help him to succeed in school...
he will be able to apply a proper schedule to his life.

Work that is never put off for a later time...
work that is completed on a daily basis...
is work that never builds up to unmanageable levels.

Without the dark clouds of uncertainty hanging over his head...
THAT is when life may be fully enjoyed.

2 comments:

  1. You have done well to acclimate Alex to this schedule from an early age. It is really paying off now with the challenging assignments that he gets from school, and will to continue to pay off throughout his life.

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  2. Yes...and that is the key...early in life. Alex's mother had done a fantastic job of being his main academic instructor from the start. It was through her constant stimulation of his mind through her reading to him and always getting him the most stimulating puzzles and learning materials...as well as her great praise of him whenever he accomplished something...that he loved to learn. She was always there for him from the beginning. She dedicated her life to her son. His learning is her mission. His pleasure is her pleasure. Although, since I retired, I am taking a much larger role in his academics...she is still teaching him the supplementary work...and, as always, she is constantly researching learning and testing opportunities for him.

    We realized early on that while redundancy is necessary for emergency measures...separation of duties eliminates duplication of effort and allows for specialization. I took over certain aspects of his learning, and my wife...other aspects. This allows greater efficiency and effectiveness...while reducing the workload of any one person.

    I also realize that many fathers simply do not have the time that I have. However, it is so important that at least one parent fills the role of chief instructor.

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