Thursday, October 21, 2010

My son's Hero~

My son,  for his delight directed learning for next month,  explained he wanted to know all he could about his hero. Who is his hero? Thomas Edison.

Did you know that Thomas Edison was a Dyslexic and that he struggled terribly while in school. His teacher at age 6 wrote a note to his parents explained he was too stupid to learn.  We will be reading The Childhood of Thomas Edison and also working BFIAR ( Beyond Five in a Row ) while also working on a lapbook as well.

Dyslexics are not stupid people. Many are very gifted often twice exceptional. Many do have difficulty learning to read and/or write.  Many can read very well yet often struggle with spelling and speaking. Dyslexics CAN learn to read and they can learn to write they just need to learn differently.

Here is some more famous Dyslexics.

an extended Dyslexia resource: a write up and free download of the book entitled " The Dyslexics Guide to Academic Achievement".

Our New Community~

Besides my Facebook page~ Learners at Home now has an on-line community that you can subscribe to and join in the conversations.  I thought this would be a great extension for my readers in sharing and joining in with other parents who teach their children at home.

You can find Learners at Home Community on the left side of my toolbar or by clicking onto this link:
Learners At Home Community  I hope to see you there~ :)

Working with their Strengths/Passions- science learning

I have to say, today was a real WOW day. We are working through this Ellen McHenry's  Introduction to Neurology Unit and my son has taken this to a whole other level.

I really had a "wow moment" this morning. We had worked for over about two hours on several chapters in his unit study and I have to step back and just kind of reflect on if he really would be learning all these things and have the freedom to explore deeper and further things that were specific to this unit if he were not learning it from home, for example SRI's and more on toxins and such and how they affect the brain. I would doubt it very much and so does he... :)

For him this kind of information is like "brain candy" to him. He aspires to be a Neuro-Surgeon so I allowed him to work this unit before starting other things I outlined for his science learning for the year. I thought it was too important to let this passion go to the side at this point.

I am glad I decided to work on this first with him. He does written narration in his OneNote and then pulls graphics and definition of further in-depth information from sources on the internet. He really cannot seem to get enough.

Right now he is happily coloring a brain cell diagram where he colors all the neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglia and cerebrospinal fluid. ~ I think I need to look further and pick him up some of these coloring books here are some I found:

Biology Coloring Book
Microbiology Coloring Book
Anatomy Coloring Book
Zoology Coloring Book
Botany Coloring Book
Marine Biology Coloring Book
Anatomy and Physiology Flash Cards

I believe there are more also. What a great visual way to learn these things. My son is very visual so this kind of activity is very helpful.

I am completely convinced that textbooks are way behind us and how real learning happens without the textbooks and random information pushed upon us.  I will be sharing more things we will be using and exploring further later on~

Here are a few more things I am considering:

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