Friday, October 11, 2013

Alex's Weekly Reading Log / Peruvian Restaurant



Song:  Home

Artists:  The Piano Guys


Among Alex's regular assignments...
he has to read half an hour a day and complete a reading log
of what he had read for his English class
(Alex does far more daily reading on his own).

Alex is now 2/3 through the novel:  Musashi

Every night...
he completes that night's logging of what he had read...
and I then discuss it with him.

At the end of the week...
he completes a weekly portion of the log, and he is done...
until he must start anew the following week.

This is a good exercise for reading comprehension.

I've included it here so homeschoolers may use the same format.

Alex has improved to such a great degree in his reading comprehension
using this exercise at home.

As you may remember...
I had Alex start out with mental outlining of what he had read...
 so he could then discuss the material in a concise and accurate manner.

He no longer needs to break everything down before hand...
as he now relays the information fully to me during our discussions.

He now does an excellent job telling me everything in correct chronological order...
 he understands why things have happened...
and he correctly cites the supporting evidence given in the story...
 to support his conclusions.

He also adds psychological components of the characters...
citing human nature in his rationales.

What had started as Alex first breaking down the information into its basic components
as he relayed his synopsis of the story to me...
as I had him do when we first started...
 has now become...intuitive.

This is what I was striving for.

Mental outlining was the key.


This is a sample of Alex's daily / weekly reading log:
(instead of Alex filling in the school's log...
he just types everything using their format).















Alex had been busy all week.

He had two projects due today...
and a portion of his science project also due today
(the research portion of the project).

He had been coming home from school
and doing his normal homework...
some of his advanced studies...
and he then worked on each of his projects, one at a time.

The first two projects weren't so time consuming.
However, his research paper (eight typed pages)
had taken the longest since he had to look up various aspects
of his project from numerous sources.

For most of the week...
Alex worked until 9:00 P.M. each night.

Today...
I took Alex out to a new restaurant to explore some new tastes.

We went to a small Peruvian restaurant.


The chip dip was unique...
and quite tasty.


I had ordered beef empanadas.
The confectionary sugar on top was a nice touch.
These also, were quite good.


Alex had ordered a grilled shrimp and vegetable dish.
The spices were mild...but I couldn't identify them.

Alex liked his dish.


I had also ordered a three dish sampler.
Although I didn't especially like the upper two dishes...
I liked the chicken and creamed corn meal concoction (yellow).


Next time we are going to try a Salvadorian restaurant...
and then a Greek restaurant.

Trying out new restaurants is one of Alex's and my favorite pastimes.

It is just one of those small things in life we look forward to enjoying...
part of the simple pleasures in life.



Although Alex is officially on Autumn break for a week...
we shall use it to, hopefully, complete his science project...
review his advanced work...
and still have time to see some Autumn colors in the mountains.

Alex will start on his Hypothesis and Variables tomorrow.
He will then complete his Materials and Procedures
(and I will have him run some experiments as I photo document him doing so...
and he will have to engineer a working model of his hypothesis)...
 complete his Trials and document them...
and then complete his Results along with all computations and graphs.
Afterwards, he will type out his Conclusion, Abstract, and finish his report.

In order to complete his project...
 he will have to arrange everything on a display board
(we will include a working model...hopefully :)

In the next article, I will put in one of Alex's projects 
he had completed for English a couple of days ago.








4 comments:

  1. Musashi? Related to Japan?

    KUMO
    http://kumo.typepad.jp/

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  2. Yes. He is presently reading it (almost done). It is my favorite novel...as well as my son's. I had first read it any decades ago. Now my son is reading it. We discuss what he has read on an almost nightly basis. I think it is one of the world's greatest pieces of literature.

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  3. I didn't know about the English translation of "Musahi". It's great that Alex read it!

    KUMO

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  4. My son loves this book! He is relating a lot of life to the story. He wishes to be an
    intellectual Musashi. He never wishes to be a Matahachi...and he is hoping to one day meet...his Otsu :)

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