Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Alex Started His Computer Science Course Through edX



Song:  Southern Cross

Group:  Crosby, Stills, and Nash


(Alex has always preferred to squat with his knees under his shirt 
rather than merely sitting).

Alex busy studying his Computer Science course:

Introduction To Computer Science And Programming Using Python

(Free on edX:  Python on edX)

Alex says that he really likes this course.

As part of his childhood...
it is a time of academc exploration.

We have Alex explore other disciplines...
not just for the basic knowledge...
but as a way to possibly discover new waters to travel.

Although Alex loves math...
his Southern Cross may prove to be another area of science...
and the math he so loves
may prove to be his trusty sailing ship from which he operates...
and through which he discovers new islands of knowledge...
and new oceans from which he may derive future directions of travel.

So...
Alex now has four formal classes for the next couple of months:


Statistics and Probabilities (at a University)

AP Calculus BC (online - thinkwell)

AP Biology (online - thinkwell)

Computer Science - Python (online - edX)


Besides studying these every day...
he is also reading a piece of classic literature on a daily basis.

Alex is happiest when he has new things to learn...
this is why he loves Summer so much.

After he completes these courses...
we will start on his research and writing project...
 he will be outlining a competition essay...
and putting his science project together in his mind...
the latter two of which will be for the next school year.

During his free time...
he is busy editing his novels...
two of which are completed...
and two more he wishes to finish...
 all by summer's end.

He wants to publish his first novel before the end of summer...
however, with every thing else going on...
it should prove to be difficult.

We were also discussing an idea for another novel just today.

He wants to finish the others...
and then work on that one...
hopefully completing it by the end of next year
(this one will involve some research...
and should prove to be much longer).


Writing is Alex's hobby...
and he frequently listens to classic orchestral music when he types...
or sometimes, when editing...
he will listen to game reviews off of YouTube  :)










I will also be buying some basic game balls
(a basketball, a football, a softball, and a soccer ball)...
for us to use at a nearby park during the weekends.

I will get him used to throwing and catching...
dribbling or kicking...each.


This will help with his motor skills...
as he will have mandatory PE in High School.


So...
as you can see...
Summer is a time for expanded learning for Alex
(he also has more free time to enjoy as he pleases).

As I have said before...
time is so short in life...
and the time to prepare for the rest of one's life from childhood...
until one seeks a position in one's chosen profession...
is so much shorter.


One thing is certain...
 we will never cast Alex adrift
to weather life's storms alone.

He will be throughly prepared and fully provisioned...
and he will already have had captained his ship in the world's waters...
under our watchful eyes...before he goes solo.

When the time finally comes for him to sail off...
we will know in our hearts that he could weather any storm...
and he will know that he will always have a safe harbor with us.

Alex's Summer schedule is the provisioning of his ship...
with supplies...and nautical charts...
so he may sail beyond his previous horizons...
as this is the time to learn and explore.






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