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這裡記載Owen和Ella自學和學英文的點點滴滴,也希望自學的朋友們和喜歡不同的學習方式的朋友們,互相交流和互動喔!

Homeschool monthly newsletter is calling for articles!

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:40

Homeschool monthly newsletter is calling for articles! The deadline is December 25th. If you have something that you'll like to share with the homeschool community, or you are a parent, teacher or a homeschool and would like to share your experiences, thoughts, and show your homeschool work, please private message us! All languages are welcome!

在家自學月刊正在招募文章,歡迎自學學生、家長和老師一起分享對在家自學的經驗、想法或在家自學的創作,任何語言的文章作品都很歡迎,截止日為12/25,有意願者請私我們!













認識災難與危機處理科學 & 動手設計製作核能發電廠事故處理機器人 (Introduction to Disaster and Crisis Management, DIY Robots for Nuclear-Plant Cleanup)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:37

本週科學課在學習核能發電廠事故處理的科學,Owen製作了一台事故處理機器人,還可以射BB彈喔! 只是這樣的事故處理機器人會不會反倒增加麻煩啊?





















201412期 框架外的教育月刊 Homeschooling Monthly Letter

Submitted by Jenny on Tue, 12/02/2014 - 09:51

在家自學的月刊出來囉!取名為【框架外的教育】的多語言月刊在今天出了第一期,在這裡收錄了需多自學孩子們的作品及家長、老師的話,還有自學教父對新法令的解析,請大家多多參考! 框架外的教育月刊 - Homeschooling Monthly Newsletter

Low tech or high tech? That's the question!

Submitted by Jenny on Sun, 11/23/2014 - 09:48

There is an article circulating around on Facebook about how Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent. It talked about how Steve Jobs limited how much technology gadgets his kids use at home. The idea is not foreign to me and with so many people who cannot put their gadgets and smartphones down (I believe the “official” term is phubbers”), I am not surprised a lot of people, especially parents, who would opt to limit or even to eliminate gadget use.

But, here is the catch, with advanced technology today, it also comes different forms of learning. Without these gadgets, learning computer programming would not be possible. My son loves to listen to audio books when he is in transit going places (even though he also loves reading actual books, I do not let him to do so since it is not good for his eyes), and having “Harry Potter” on his phone works great! Since we are a home school family, we use “Khan Academy” for Math learning and DuoLingo for Spanish review instead of buying textbooks (for expats, you would understand how hard it is to get American textbooks to other countries, not to mention the costly textbooks as well as the shipping cost). Moreover, since my husband and I both are computer science graduates, my son and daughter get to learn computer programming using Scratch and Lego Mindstorm. Also, they use their phone as his alarms for various activities that he needs to get to. In our spare time, besides many outdoor activities, we share funny posts and videos online with each other. You see, technology and gadgets are embedded in our families’ lives and as a family, we thoroughly enjoy it.

If there is one thing I have learned about parenting, it’s the more you tell your kids no, the more they want to do it and more likely they will go to the extreme. Why not give them the flexibility and freedom and show them when and how they can use the gadgets and devices the correct way? But, on the other hand, technology is not the answer to all learning either. When technology is not used properly, it can have harmful and adverse effects on children, ie., eye sight problems, un-filtered online content, and other health issues. Besides these health effects, I also believe that kids should not just learn from one media. They should learn from multiple sources; go out and enjoy physical activities and nature; travel and see things books talk about or they read about on internet. When the learning motivation is coming from within, kids can learn anything and anywhere.

I strongly believe technology is just a tool to aid and reinforce learning, to peak curiosity, and to spark creativity. There should not be a right or wrong answer to using technology and gadgets. The more prudent question is how you use it and how children are exposed to them. Every kid learns differently. And I would argue that what works in my family may not work for everyone. Every parent and teacher should find what “sticks” with every child. Every kid learns differently and only with differentiated instruction and individualized learning program can really help kids learn.

As an educator and a mother, I have learned from my students and my children that learning cannot be force fed. They must take it willingly.

科學課- A Combination of Art and Science. (當科學遇上藝術!動手玩科學藝術創作!)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:18

這次的科學課結合了科學和藝術兩大領域,在杯子底部打了一個洞,運用物體週期性的旋轉使杯中的醬油規律性的灑到畫作上,形成一個唯美的圖案,影片中是Owen的作品!


科學課-探索牛頓擺的科學原理 & 動手設計製作創意牛頓擺科學作品 (Introduction to Newton's Cradle & DIY Newton's Cradle Science Toys)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Sun, 11/09/2014 - 03:36

這星期的科學課在學鐘擺運動,並實際製作了牛頓擺來了解物體的彈性碰撞和能量守恆定律。





















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