This blog currently serves as a journal of what one particular community member, Uriel Fury, has been doing. The journal is updated infrequently. This journal is for friends, family, community members to know what we've been up to at a glance. It might also help us when it comes time for portfolio evaluations.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Portfolio Summary 2017-2018

This year Elijah's main focus again was on Linguistics. He spent the vast majority of the year immersed in the world of languages, writing systems, and phonetics.

Language Arts:
Elijah reads online articles on a regular basis for information and pleasure. He enjoys writing emails, grocery lists, and determining phonologies and pronominal morphologies using Lexilogos.com. He is adept at finding information via online wikis, Internet and Google searches, encyclopedias, and the library catalogue. This year Elijah continue to focus on linguistics, constructed languages, writing systems, and foreign languages. He was mentored by both armchair and professional linguists via online conversations on the web forum Reddit. 
E reading to his sibling.
E reading to his sibling.
E reviewing commas and "its" vs "it's"
Mathematics:
Elijah continued to practice and gain skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and measurements by exploring calculator and number tricks, calculating area for building Minecraft creations, assisting with creating grocery lists and budgets, figuring maths problems in his head, working maths and logic puzzles, and following recipes. Elijah and his family play tabletop games involving maths and strategy and web series videos by Khan Academy and Vi Hart are watched frequently.
E reviewing some problems using the Pythagorean Theorem
E playtesting a virtual reality chemistry game for Schell Games.

Science and Technology:
Elijah enjoys Science Fridays on NPR, as well as other science related web series/podcasts. He also really enjoys hands on science projects with immediate results such as, Snap Circuits, working with magnets, and bases/acids forming reactions. A frequent favourite past time for Elijah (and family) is falling down a rabbit hole of animal taxonomy. Elijah is quite competent in computer literacy. He is able to navigate the Internet, social media, conduct online research, use a word processor, and navigate Apple iOS, Android OS, Ubuntu Linux, and Mac OS X enough to satisfy his computing needs.
E used paper and a pinhole to watch the solar eclipse and used the back camera on a cellphone to take pictures of it.
E took the California Achievement Test (per the PA Home Ed Law) and scored above average in all areas
Social Studies:
As a family we continue to have discussions about current events in politics such as, equal rights for the Queer & POC communities, feminism, and racial politics concerning institutional racism. We also discussed democracy, anarchism, and other forms of government, the Civil Rights movements, civil disobedience, and the importance of voting in local and national elections. We always listen to NPR in the car and discuss the current topics in science and politics while commuting. Elijah has been exposed to general world history while learning about the history and evolution of different languages and writing systems in various countries. This year we also spent some time reading up on the Pennsylvania state symbols, including the contentious history of the Pennsylvania Long Gun, which might actually be the Kentucky Long Gun or in fact the American Long Rifle!
E teaching his sibling some notes on the piano.
E got glasses this year after several years of denying he needed them and can literally see things from a whole new perspective now!


Health, Safety, and Physical Education:
We covered fire safety for our home, especially concerning the pilot lights on our older gas range. Elijah knows how to exit the house and use his cellphone to call 911, his parents, and his parents' friends in the event of a fire or other emergency. We also revisited safely navigating the Internet and social media. We continue to keep an open, healthy, and honest dialogue with Elijah concerning drugs, alcohol, general hygiene, personal care, sexuality, and sex. Elijah has also learned a fair amount about human development and childcare while helping to care for his toddler sibling in general and while his mum recovers from a broken femur. Elijah walks, dances, engages in unstructured play outdoors, and enjoys swimming whenever he can.
E with his guitar, hamming it up.


Fine Arts:
Elijah enjoys listening to a variety of music via YouTube, the radio, and our personal family collection, including the music that his father writes and produces. Elijah utilises computer software, iOS applications, and gaming software to create music for his video game designs and for pleasure. He also uses MuseScore to compose his own arrangements of songs from video games and other sources. Elijah was gifted a guitar this year and has been casually learning to play.
Snapshot of E's arrangement of "Gourmet Race" from Kirby Superstar.

Snapshot of E's arrangement of "Inkwell Isle" from Cuphead.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Unschooling Log of Books & Materials Used & Attendance Statement 2017-18

Books
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Story of Your Life (Ted Chiang; audiobook)
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Manhunt: The 12-day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (James Swanson; audiobook)
  • In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers who Tried to Build a Perfect Language (Arika Okrent; book)
  • The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2017
  • Photograde: Official Photographic Grading Guide for United States Coins
  • Reading various (toddler/picture) books to Hazel
  • 50 Birds and Mammals of Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Game Commission
  • Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels; book)
Magazines
  • LEGO Club
  • Game Informer
  • Muse
  • Ask!
  • NatGeo Kids
  • Babel
Web Series/YouTube Channels
  • Tom Scott (educational travel)
  • 8-bit Music Theory (music theory)
  • PESfilms (award winning stop motion)
  • Extra Credits (analysis of gaming)
  • Extra History (world history)
  • JJay Berthume (music composition)
  • WonderWhy (geography/history)
  • French Overseas Regions and Territories Explained by WonderWhy (geography/French history)
  • How High Can You Count On Your Fingers? https://youtu.be/UixU1oRW64Q
  • Why Does A Negative Times A Negative Equal A Positive? https://youtu.be/rK4sXm_MPWo
Documentaries
  • Breaking the Maya Code (2008)
Podcasts
  • Conlangery (constructed languages)
  • QI: No Such Thing as a Fish (trivia/news/humour)
  • Artifexian (world building)
  • TapTapConcede (Magic: The Gathering)
Netflix/Movies/TV
  • Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
  • Coin Heist
  • The Dark Tower (in theatre)
  • The Mysterious Cities of Gold
  • Charmed
  • 3 Generations
  • David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities
  • Call The Midwife
  • Worst Witch
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • After Trek
  • Zoo
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • Casper
  • Harry Potter (whole series of movies)
  • Black Panther (in theatre)
  • Pacific Rim 2 (in theatre)
  • Ferdinand (2017 @ library)
  • The Who Was It Show
Websites/General Research
  • Omniglot.com
  • Lexilogos.com
  • Silent March Google Doodle
  • Musescore.org (music composition)
  • Pagat.com (database of card games)
  • Italian Pronouns
  • Airships & Dirigibles
  • Pennsylvania Symbols & Firsts
  • Cetaceans & Orcas
  • Species Problems (taxonomy)
  • Etymology/Definition List: Beijing, Bangkok, chameleon, sewage, Aeshna Umbrosa, mattress, sauce, salsa, hostel, raccoon, qat, khat, barbecue, boggle, dirigible, keel, gal├ípagos, gasoline, semi truck, relational grammar, cheese, Estonia, knife, whittle, tortellini, torte, polka (dot), eponymous, prattle, Modus Operandi, inflammable, ritvik/ritvij, bushel, peck, postpone, cassock, okapi, parchment, parched, cairn, water chestnut, Monongahela, Youghiogheny
Games
  • Solitaire (card/online)
  • Golf (card/maths)
  • Tak (strategy)
  • Magic: The Gathering (collectible card)
  • Code Names (word/charade)
  • Anomia (subject matching)
  • Squarrels (card/points)
  • Bananagrams (word)
  • Werewolves (deduction/RPG)
  • Super Smash Bros (Wii U)
  • 6 Nimmt (maths/card)
  • Settlers of Catan Dice (resources)
  • Carcassonne (tile based strategy)
  • Munchkin Loot (card)
  • Kings in the Corner (card)
  • Monopoly Deal (card)
  • Minecraft (building/survival)
Other Resources
Other
  • Total Solar Eclipse
  • Northeast Unschooling Conference: Screen Time Panel (audience), Sushi Making Funshop, Instant Pot Funshop, & Bling Your Name Tag Funshop
  • Teen Anime Club (CLP-Woods Run)
  • Teen Action Movie Matinee (CLP-Woods Run)
  • Drag Queen Story Hour (CLP-Allegheny; CLP-Woods Run)
  • LGBTQ & Allied Teens Autumn Party
  • Making music on Isla Industries Kordbot
  • Childcare/Domestic Care: helping with taking care of home & toddler sibling while mum is convalescing from broken femur
Attendance Statement:
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Home Education Law, I attest that "a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction OR nine hundred (990) hours of instruction per year at the secondary level" have occurred this year for Elijah.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Proposed Educational Objectives 2017-2018

Proposed Educational Objectives by Subject Area
For Elijah Parham’s Home Education Program, 2017-2018
[The affidavit must include] “an outline of proposed education objectives by subject area...
The required outline of proposed educational objectives shall not be utilized by the superintendent in
determining if the home education program is out of compliance with this section and section 1327.”

-- PA Home Education Law
The primary educational objective for Elijah Parham’s home education program is to continue to use the resources available in our community to provide a well-rounded education based on Elijah’s interests and abilities. We will continue the approach that has worked well in the past, choosing specific topics as we go, based on interest and academic readiness. Because of the flexibility offered by home education, specific topics listed in these objectives are only examples, which can and will be changed based on Elijah’s evolving needs and interests; we will take advantage of whatever interests, opportunities and resources seem appropriate at the time.

READING/WRITING and SPELLING
  1. Elijah will read fiction and non-fiction copy for historical, informational, and personal pleasure purposes.
  2. Elijah will also read non-fiction media, especially as a part of his studies in game design and linguistics.
  3. Elijah will use writing as needed in pursuing his interests, using a variety of formats, such as journals, stories, letters, and e-mails.
  4. Elijah will use various resources to determine the correct spelling of words he wishes to use in his writing.
ARITHMETIC
  1. Elijah will increase his mathematical skills and understanding, though both formal and informal methods. Topics may include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; percents; graphing; measurement; and geometry.
  2. Elijah will use mathematical concepts in free play, using materials such as LEGO, pattern blocks, tangrams, Kapla blocks, and games.
  3. Elijah will use measurement, geometry, and other mathematical concepts in practical situations such as cooking, game design, and handling money. 
SCIENCE
  1. Elijah will study one or more topics in life science, earth science, and /or physical science.
  2. Elijah will learn specific scientific content related to the topic he is studying though reading, visits to nature centers and museums, observation, experimentation, and/or free play, using Snap Circuits, science kits, and etc.
  3. Elijah will continue to develop his general scientific skills, such as observation, measurement, making predictions, and drawing conclusions. Taking notes and collecting and analysing data will be highly encouraged. 
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY/CIVICS (SOCIAL STUDIES)
  1. Elijah will learn about various periods of US and Pennsylvania history through reading, research, and visits to historical sites and museums.
  2. Elijah’s geography studies will be integrated with his history studies. When studying a particular culture, he may use maps, learn about the physical features and resources of the area, and discuss how the physical environment and resources influence(d) aspects of the culture such as architecture, diet, and clothing.
  3. Elijah will be exposed to different cultures through avenues such as language, food, music, and dance; travel; and multi-cultural literature.
  4. Elijah’s civics education will be integrated with his history studies. When studying a particular culture, he may learn about its method of government, and how it compares to and in some cases influenced our own.
  5. In addition, current events will be discussed and explored as needed.
HEALTH and PHYSIOLOGY/SAFETY EDUCATION/PHYSICAL EDUCATION
  1. Elijah will continue to learn about various aspects of safety, including the dangers and prevention of fires.
  2. Elijah will continue to learn about taking care of himself, including the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and the advantages of good nutrition and other health practices.
  3. Elijah will have regular physical exercise, through active play, walks, swimming, dancing, and other activities. The emphasis will be on lifetime fitness.
FINE ART
  1. Elijah will be exposed to a variety of musical styles, through recorded music and by attending live performances.
  2. Elijah will use a variety of media and techniques to make creations of his own choosing.
  3. Elijah will continue to develop his drawing skills and use them in designing and creating comics, concept schematics, and story boards for his game designs.

Log of Books & Materials Used 2016-2017 & Attendance Statement

Books:
Dictionary
Thesaurus
An assortment of board books & picture books Elijah has read to Hazel

Magazines:
Game Informer
NatGeo Kids
Lego Club
Ask!
Muse
Tape Op

Web Series/YouTube Channels:
Good Mythical Morning (talkshow/pop culture)
Loading Ready Run (comedy skits & improv)
Friday Nights (Magic The Gathering)
Game Theory (gaming commentary)
Table Top (live game playing of table top games)
Artifexian (world building)
Xidnaf (linguistics)
Conlang Critic (constructed languages)
MinuteEarth (Earth's flora & fauna)
Tom Scott (educational travel)
Mumbo Jumbo (Minecraft redstone building tutorials)

Documentaries:
Let's Examine Constructed Languages, by Rakehell Gardener

Podcasts:
Conlangery (descriptive linguistics in constructed languages) 
No Such Thing As A Fish (interesting facts)
A1: Sir Harold Evans Gets Righteous About Writing 
TED Radio Hour: Spoken and Unspoken 
Lexicon Valley (linguistics podcast from Slate)
Speculative Grammarian (satirical linguistics)
The Five Minute Linguist (short talks on linguists)
The History of English (just what it sounds like)
The World in Words (languages of the world)

TV, Movies, Netflix, & DVDs:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 
Sword Art Online 
Arrival (in theatre) 
Danger Mouse
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
How to Get Away with Murder
Midsomer Murders
Death in Paradise 
Z Nation
Robotech
Kiki's Delivery Service (in theatre)

Webpages:
MineCraft Forums (all about Minecraft)
magiccards.info (index & info for every MTG card)
lexilogos.com (resources for the study of the languages)
Reddit r/conlangs (constructed languages)
     r/hearthstone (about the game Hearthstone)
     r/OutOfTheLoop (recent trends, news, & politics)
     r/Undertale (about the game Undertale) 
IPA Complete Chart & Extras (International Phonetic Alphabet) 
IPA Character Set (allows for the typing of IPA characters, especially helpful when constructing a language)
omniglot.com (online encyclopedia of writing systems & languages)

Video Games & Table Top Games:
Minecraft 
Words with Friends
Scrabble
Bananagrams
UNO 
Magic: The Gathering
Pyramid Arcade
Boss Monster
Time Line
Clue: Harry Potter
Pandemic
Forbidden Island
Forbidden Desert
Tak
Golf (card game)
Fluxx
Carcassonne
Get Lucky
Kill Dr. Lucky
Werewolves 

Other Resources:

NPR in the car
Twitter.com
Facebook.com
Pinterest.com
Wikipedia.com
Wiktionary.com
Khan Academy
Personal Notes, Plans, & Schematics
Minecraft Building Tutorials
USA Map, Local Maps (Pittsburgh, PA)

Attendance Statement:
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Home Education Law, I attest that "a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction OR nine hundred (900) hours of instruction per year at the elementary level" have occurred this year for Elijah.

Portfolio Summary 2016-2017

This year Elijah's main focus was on Linguistics. He spent the vast majority of the year immersed in the world of languages, writing systems, and phonetics.

Language Arts:
Elijah reads on a regular basis for information and pleasure. He enjoys writing comics, emails, grocery lists, table top game instructions, and notes and plans for game designs. He is adept at finding information via online wikis, Internet and Google searches, encyclopedias, and the library catalogue. He knows how to use a dictionary and thesaurus. This year Elijah focused on linguistics, constructed languages, writing systems, and foreign languages. He was mentored by both armchair and professional linguists via online conversations on the web forum Reddit. Elijah also recently started using Duolingo to learn so German.
An excerpt from email Elijah sent discussing pragmatism in the Chinese languages

Elijah plays Scrabble & Words With Friends solo and with others.

Mathematics:
Elijah continued to practice and gain skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and measurements by exploring calculator and number tricks, calculating area for building Minecraft creations, assisting with creating grocery lists and budgets, figuring maths problems in his head, working maths and logic puzzles, and following recipes. Elijah and his family play table top games involving maths and strategy and web series videos by Khan Academy and Vi Hart are utilised frequently.
Elijah playing Carcassonne (tile based strategy game)

Science and Technology:
Elijah enjoys Science Fridays on NPR, as well as other science related web series/podcasts. He also really enjoys hands on science projects with immediate results such as, Snap Circuits, working with magnets, and bases/acids forming reactions. Elijah is quite competent in computer literacy. He is able to navigate the Internet, social media, conduct online research, use a word processor, and navigate Apple iOS, Android OS, Ubuntu Linux, and Mac OS X enough to satisfy his computing needs.
Elijah playing Magic The Gathering at Elks #339 Game Night

Geography:
Elijah and his family travelled to Boston, MA for the Northeast Unschooling Conference this school year. Elijah looked over maps to help plot our course. Elijah has also been familiarising himself with Google Maps and GPS on our cell phones, helping with directions around town and when travelling. Elijah has become more familiar with global geography in general while learning about which languages are spoken in which countries.
Different routes to Northeast Unschooling Conference and our hotel in Boston

Social Studies:
As a family we continue to have discussions about current events in politics such as, equal rights for the Queer community, feminism, and racial politics concerning institutional racism. We also discussed democracy, anarchism, and other forms of government, the Civil Rights movements, civil disobedience, and the importance of voting in local and national elections. We always listen to NPR in the car and discuss the current topics in science and politics while commuting. Elijah has been exposed to general world history while learning about the history and evolution of different languages and writing systems in various countries.
We visited the house where Gertrude Stein was born. It's just a 5 minute drive from our house!

Health and Safety:
We covered fire safety for our home, especially concerning the pilot lights on our older gas range. Elijah knows how to exit the house and use his cellphone to call 911, his parents, and his parents' friends in the event of a fire or other emergency. We also revisited safely navigating the Internet and social media. We continue to keep an open, healthy, and honest dialogue with Elijah concerning drugs, alcohol, general hygiene, personal care, sexuality, and sex. Elijah has also learned a fair amount about human development and childcare while helping to care for his toddler sibling.
These two are always up to shenanigans

Physical Education:
Elijah walks, dances, engages in unstructured play outdoors, and enjoys swimming whenever he can.
Elijah playing badminton with friends
 
Elijah getting a score while playing badminton
Fine Arts:
Elijah enjoys making and trading Artist Trading Cards. Elijah enjoys listening to a variety of music via YouTube, the radio, and our personal family collection, including the music that his father writes and produces. Elijah utilises computer software, iOS applications, and gaming software to create music for his video game designs and for pleasure.
Elijah drumming with Hazel