Sunday, April 21, 2013

Alex's Weekend Math Club - A Typical Sunday



Song:  Terra Mirus

Artist:  Jo Blankenburg




Well, this was a special occasion on this Sunday.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore had sponsored an essay contest
for Middle through High School students.

Although a High Schooler had won the contest...
Alex had done well.

They had only announced the winner...
and there were no other placement announcements.

Alex got his contestant certificate...
which he will show to his English teacher for extra credit.

Usually, on Sunday morning...
Alex gets up and studies his advanced math and his SAT practice.

He will also work on any long term projects at this time.

He then goes to a 2 hour Math Club practice session in the evening hours.




In the above picture...
Alex is part of a 3 man team.

For this segment...
each member works on a different portion of a math problem...
with each member depending on the previous member's answer
to solve his portion of the problem.


His math club (Northern Nevada Regional Math Club)
is preparing for a synchronous nation wide 
High School student contest late next month (ARML).
The Western States competition site will be in Las Vegas at UNLV.

Alex's Math Club is unique as it accepts very advanced 7th and 8th graders
(Alex is one of the youngest on the team).

They are a math competition team...
not just for ARML...
but for other prestigious math contests as well.

Alex is looking forward to the coming competitions.

Math is his passion.

He gets to mix in with highly talented children who are also passionate for math.


In his math club...
they compete with one another...
and they also work as a team.

Alex enjoys working with the other children...
and he always has a good time there.

He is learning important lessons in math...
and in working and communicating with others...
all of which are extremely valuable lessons for children to learn.


On this day...
they practiced 2 of the 5 separate segments of the competition.



Alex then became part of a 4 person team for the next segment.
There were 10 problems the teams had to work on.

As soon as a group had gotten an answer...
they had to write it on the board (Alex at the board)...
so effort was not duplicated by the other groups
(although another team must verify the first answers to validate them).

In the contest for this segment...
the 15 person math team will operate in this manner.


Alex has fun every Sunday at his math club.
He says he is always learning new solving techniques
from the High Schoolers.

After every Sunday practice...
I take Alex out to a new restaurant.

Alex works hard...
so Sunday is our day of culinary adventure
(Friday is our favorite restaurant day).


Today...
we went to a Casino (The Peppermill) to try one of their restaurants.




Every week, we will try a new Casino to see what they have.

Alex enjoys Sundays, as he...
 works hard...
learns new techniques at his math club...
then gets to enjoy a new place to eat a well deserved meal.

Alex loves studying everyday.

He often tells me how good he feels when he sees 
progress in his understanding of new material...
in all of his subjects.

He is looking forward to the higher grades in school...
because he knows that he will get to learn more advanced subjects.

Learning is exciting for him.

Therein, I believe, lies the key.







2 comments:

  1. Alex looks very intense in that one picture. This math club is perfect for Alex with the high level of competition, practice, and team work. And so nice that he gets a great reward of a new restaurant to try out. I'm sure I'll be seeing some photos of awesome meals.

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  2. Alex really has a good time there. He loves the challenges and the friendliness of the other children. As Alex is putting forth so much effort...I just had to do something special for him. He loves traveling and eating in new places. Being adventurous in life is one of the areas in which I try to encourage in him. I certainly shall be including pictures of our special meals every so often.

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