This week, Ethan spent more time indoors but it didn’t seem to bother him too much. He was plenty busy and still got in some fresh air by going jogging in the morning. We all went together when the weather was nice. The beach here is fairly quiet in the morning, so plenty of distance from other people.
Here’s Ethan’s week…
Making breakfast! Learning about elliptical pool from numberphile. I wanted to watch this because these videos are fun and they explain things really well. Carl: This was an interesting video using pool to demonstrate how an ellipse of a certain shape and size would allow you to sink the pool balls no matter where they hit the side of the ellipse. March 23
Learning about density curves on Khan Academy. I solved some problems for density curves. Learning about pendulums on Khan Academy. Then, I learned about what could be at the edge of the solar system, including Nemesis! (oooo!) Writing about what is at the edge of the solar system.
Ethan also made the following videos on this day.
Learning about D-Day. This was a SelfDesign virtual “Field Trip.” Here is the discription! Doing some CSA activities to get into the space camp. This was how to drive a rover on Mars! (Basically) Carl: We did this together. We took turns navigating the rover with verbal instructions from the other person. Only the navigator could peek. The goal was to collect five objects in five minutes. You had to wait 10 seconds after receiving instructions before you could move the rover. This was to simulate what it’s really like to control the rover from Earth. Solving some problems about the area under density curves. Still learning about the area under density curves. Making a video of “Nemesis!” I’m doing a beta reader feedback form for the “Tell your story” program. Carl: The Tell Your Story program was offered by the library. It was originally an in-person program but they moved it online. Ethan had to submit something he wrote, which would be critiqued by other participants and eventually published as an e-book. Ethan had to provide constructive feedback, highlighting positive aspects of another writer’s work, as well as things they might want to consider improving. The e-books will be published in June or July. Ethan is using the “Adventures of a Piece of Paper” comic series he made a couple of years ago. Here I am learning about World War 2. JoggingTime! Drawing time! Doing an online taekwondo practice. Carl: Next week, Ethan will take live taekwondo classes via Zoom. The instructors will be able to observe each student as they practice. This online class will count towards testing for Ethan’s next belt. Here is my plan for spring break. (dad: “stop covering up the chalkboard!” me: “but- OW! my neck!”) Carl: Ethan’s mom wrote everything in Korean for Ethan to translate.
The videos that Ethan made and published today.
Here is the beta reading done by somebody else, for me! Joggingtime! Ooo, cool photo! Drawing and digging hole time! Carl: Ethan drew geometric shapes in the sand. Some were hexagons and he tried to draw a decagon (a 10-sided shape). Redoing my “Adventures of a piece of paper.” Carl: Ethan redid these based on feedback from the beta reader in the Tell Your Story program. He has to scan the books afterwards and share them with the instructor for publishing. Here is the cover I created for it! Carl: The participants in Tell Your Story had to create a book cover using Canva. Ethan learned how to make a drop shadow effect. He also took feedback from his mom and incorporated it into the cover design. Learning about stick figure animations and using “Mpuppet”, a animation software. Carl: Ethan watched a tutorial about the 12 principles of animation and wanted to create his own animations afterward. We installed Final Cut Pro X and he learned about keyframing and wireframes. He also made the stick figure in Graphic and imported it into Final Cut Pro for this project. ViolinPracticeTimeOfMinuet! March 26
The videos Ethan made and published today.
Watching the live stream for Khan Academy. Carl: Khan Academy had a live stream teaching Algebra. Taekwondo Practice time! Carl: This was a live class on Facebook. March 28
Learning how to animate with Adobe Animate.
Ethan had a very busy week, learning new things about history, math and getting into animation by using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Animate. We still went out for some fresh air by going jogging when the weather was nice but also kept our physical distance from others.
Hopefully, this blog provides some inspiration for the families wondering what to do with schooling during this current coronavirus situation. Hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy.