Tag Archives: The Art of Raising Nerds

Homeschooling High School So Far — English & Humanities

Our Topic for the Year: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Dystopia — We’re still working on finding our groove with this, and I’m trying to find ways to get James more interested and engaged. Although we agreed to this mom-made curriculum, as preparation for college, he seems to be participating reluctantly. Maybe since he is such a visual-spatial, hands-on kind of learner, this is just too bookish for him.

BTW, James has ADHD, and like many people with this “disorder,” he is blessed with high energy, a quick mind, a strong “right brained,” visual-spatial learning style, and great problem-solving skills. But keeping him interested in anything for more than 20 minutes is challenging.

Suggestions? 🙂

Books & Stories Read So Far:
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The Academy for Mad Scientists and Evil Wizards Has Opened Its Doors

Trisha and I started our “Potions and Enchantments” Unit Study yesterday. Obviously, this is just very basic chemistry, set up to provide the opportunity to make discoveries about acids and bases. My main objectives were simple:

  • to get her intrigued with chemistry
  • to observe and support the fact that she’s making and testing predictions and drawing conclusions (basic scientific method)
  • to introduce habits integral to science labs, such as making precise measurements and documenting results
  • to see where she’ll go with an activity like this — my kids always have their own quirkified way of doing things
  • to make an insane amount of mess

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How Nerds Homeschool

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Trisha is 9 and officially going into 4th grade. She has unschooled since birth and is reaching an age where she wants more structure and more “meat” in her studies.

Right now we’re brainstorming a list of topics or questions we’d like to learn about together. And this was the first question that popped in my mind. 😉

Trisha is a big Who fan. She has a Tardis lunchbox and 11th Doctor and Dalek action figures. That makes me ridiculously happy. 😛