First week of SelfDesign started this week so Ethan is enjoying the last days of summer weather and also started getting ready for the new school year.
We started our week with a camping trip up to Alice Lake. We thought about buying a hatchet but didn’t. I asked Ethan if he knew how to split wood with a knife and so he showed me how. He learned how to at Soaring Eagle Nature School. It took a while but it worked! A bigger knife would probably make it easier but it worked and I was really impressed that he knew how to do this. Fire going. Dinner being cooked. August 26
We spent the next day playing at Alice Lake. August 27
Back home and officially back to work for Ethan. We talked about planning out a long-term strategy to help Ethan work towards his goal of working at NASA. So Ethan did some research into what educational requirements he would need, such as earning a PhD in astronomy. Cool. He also did some research into how to get into MIT so he could study science and math. In order to get into those American universities, Ethan will need to take the SATs. So he found an SAT practice program on Khan Academy. He knows he’ll need to work on his writing skills, as well as continuing to develop his math and science knowledge. August 28
During the camping trip, Ethan asked if combining the carbon monoxide from the van’s exhaust and the carbon dioxide that humans exhale would create a new compound. He was very curious about this so when he got home he did some research and found out that there is in fact, a compound made up of those two things. This led him to learn about how to write electron configurations. He learned about the photoelectric effect on Khan Academy as part of his learning about electron configuration. He also made a couple of videos to demonstrate his knowledge. Here’s the new daily task list. We spent the evening out at the beach with Ethan’s friend Eldon. Ethan, Eldon and Eldon’s dad Simon went kayaking.
Ethan’s summary of his day to make it easier for me to write up these posts 🙂 August 29
this is all Ethan’s work(for today)
so, first, I did this fifth root thingy then I made a video about it. then I learned about a mole(not the one that wrecks gardens) then I wead(read) the magicians nephew by C.S.lewis then some scrach coding… here is the project! then I entered for a contest to name the new mars 2020 rover! then I learned more about moles, even though this shows ram then I made a video about the mole! go check it out! now I’m going to jhon lawson park, even though Im climbing a tree getting down…ERR! then I wrote “da random post” August 30
again,Ethan wrote this post
hi! so, first, some math violin time! more khan academy, but science! two vids about atoms and stuff! me climbing a tree. can you see me? then finally, a piece of writing about a black hole. August 31
Ethan did some practice with solving square roots without a calculator. We went to the library and on the way home, Ethan played at the playground. Like always, if he doesn’t know anyone, he’ll find kids to play with very quickly. He made a video about how to calculate cube roots without a calculator.
Ethan made a lot of videos this past week! He also learned about what it would take to prepare for the SAT. He seems pretty motivated to learn more and push himself. Let’s see how the rest of this school year goes.