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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!

What is "Education"?

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 02:45

Take a moment and think about what the word "education" means. What does it mean to you? Does the word mean going to school every day? Does it mean gaining knowledge taught by teachers at school? Or does it mean learning in general?

The definition from Merriam-Webster is as the following:
1. The action or process of teaching someone especially in a school, college, or university
2. The knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university
3. A field of study that deals with the methods and problems of teaching

To me, education means someone learns how to think effectively, logically, and critically. Just as what Dr. Martin Luther King detailed out," Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate." In-school education or not, the goal should be cultivating young people to be incisive thinkers and to gain knowledge through experience, good or bad. Therefore we must teach all aspects of life to children including music, art, behaviors, and social living. Nowadays, our education has skewed to only focus on academic achievement. We have neglected what all other things that kids need to grow. Plants can't grow just with water, it needs carbon-dioxide, sunlight, and other nutrients. By the same token, kids can't develop properly if they only receive academic stimulus. They also need everything else.

"If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts." Dr. Martin Luther King said. Let's be careful, let's work with kids and make sure they are learning all what they need to learn.

所謂的「教育」到底是什麼? 是每天去學校上學? 還是在學校吸收老師傳授的知識? 又或者,只是學習的一種統稱? 韋氏字典對「教育」的定義為:
1. 一個教學培育的行為或過程,通常在學校、學院或大學中進行
2. 在學校、學院或大學所獲取的知識、技巧和理解能力
3. 一個關於教學方法和教學問題的研究領域

對我來說,教育是指一個人學習如何分辨事物邏輯、衡量正反因素、並從而做出客觀理性分析的過程。就像美國民權運動領袖馬丁路德金恩博士所說的: 「智慧加上品格才是教育真正的目標,完整的教育不僅要讓學生專注,還要讓學生專注地學習他們覺得值得去學的東西。」無論教育是否在學校進行,教學的目標都應該是讓孩子去體驗生活的好與壞,進而從中培養思考的能力。因此,我們應該讓孩子去學習音樂、美術、操行品德和社交能力,而不是只去學習國、英、數、自、社等學業科目。現今的教育太過重視於主科而忽略了其他藝能科目和生活技巧,使得孩子們沒辦法均衡地學到生活的每一個層面。植物成長需要的不只是水分,它還需要二氧化碳、陽光和養分等其他要件。相對的,孩子的成長需要的也不只是學業科目,他們也需要其他層面的知識、技巧和經驗。

「如果我們不再小心,我們的教育將培養出一群缺乏思想、沒有邏輯和判斷能力的鼓吹者,讓社會充斥著一種不道德。」馬丁路德博士說道。所以,讓我們一起和孩子面對問題、確保孩子學到他們應該學的。

科學課-認識投石機的設計科學與物理意涵 & 動手設計製作古羅馬海上攻城投石機科學作品. (Study of Catapult Design & DIY Catapult Science Toys)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:09

今天的科學課學習了彈力位能、動能和能量守恆定律,並實製作了古羅馬海上攻城投石機的模型,從投石過程中去了解能量的轉換。最後孩子們還分組競賽,看看誰能將石頭投進目標,學習物理又可以玩遊戲,大家都好開心啊! 更多科學課的照片請點這裡





















科學課-探索鳥類的科學 & 動手設計製作動態鳥類科學作品 (Introduction to Birds & DIY Bird Interesting Science Toys)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:54

今天的科學課在家自學的孩子們探討了鳥類的演化過程,並動手設計了動態鳥類的模型,轉動把手鳥類模型就會展翅飛翔,影片中是Owen的作品!!


在家自學: 打字、寫作和美術合一的學習方式

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:25

前陣子給孩子們的作業: 先使用電腦打一篇旅遊札記,檢查修正後再抄寫在作業本上,並發揮創意加上一些插圖裝飾。在一個活動中可以練習打字和抄寫文章,又可以增進作文能力和享受美勞的樂趣,使用這種綜合學習的理念就是我們在家自學的方式! 更多Owen和Ella在家自學的相關學習照片請點這裡

Write your travel journal by typing on the computer; after revising it by reading it through and rewording, copy it down on the paper; finishing up the journal with an illustration of your own. Typing, composition, copying, and art skills are practiced in one activity. Talking about integrated curriculum! Click here to learn more about Owen and Ella's home school curriculum.











20140923 Coding Class - Mars Robot

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 21:49

週二下午就是程式課程時間了! 今天的任務是製作一個火星探測器來探測不同的礦床區域(不同顏色代表不同礦物),同時還要注意不能讓探測器從懸崖摔下去,影片裡的是Owen和朋友一起製作的成品。更多程式課的照片請點這裡
Today's programming challenge was for the kids to make their Mars robots detect different mineral deposits (different colors) and to prevent the robots from falling off of Martian cliffs.


科學課-探索動物學/仿生學與機器動物的設計 & 動手做機器螃蟹創意科學實驗作品 (Study of Zoology, Bionics, Robots & DIY Robot Crab Science Toys)

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 21:30

今天的科學課的主題是仿生學,是一門藉由了解生物構造來研究新技術和新科技的科學,在家自學的孩子製作了機械蜘蛛,還進行了一場拔河比賽呢! 更多這次科學課的照片請點這裡,若對我們的科學課有興趣,歡迎到文瑄語文工作室報名

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