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.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Portfolio Summary 2015-2016



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 his for video game designs. He is adept at finding information via online wikis, Internet and Google searches, encyclopaedias, 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. Elijah created his own constructed language called Elænjiuajie, which he describes as an "alternate historical version of Old English". He was mentored by both armchair and professional linguists via online conversations on the web forum Reddit.

The first 8 lines of the famous soliloquy by Hamlet transcribed into Elænjiuajie.

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 he watches web series videos by Khan Academy and Vi Hart are utilised frequently.
Playing Dead Money, a zombie poker-like game
Playing Golf at Commonplace Coffee (Squirrel Hill)
A house that E created in Minecraft

Science and Technology

Elijah enjoys watching science videos presented by the web series Crash Course, as well as other science related web series. 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 taught himself the coding language Lua and coded things in the program Unitale for the game Undertale.


This text box contains a sample of Lua code that E wrote


Geography

Elijah and his family travelled to Boston, MA; Tulsa, OK; and Oklahoma City, OK this school year. Elijah looked over maps to see how far we travelled via car and plane. Travelling to Oklahoma to visit friends and family was the third trip he has been on where he got to fly. Elijah has also been familiarising himself with Google Maps and GPS on our cell phones, helping with directions around town and when travelling.

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.


Health and Safety

We covered fire safety for our new 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 parent's 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. This Winter a baby was born into our family and as a result, Elijah has revisited the topics of human development and childcare.

First time E got to hold Baby Hazel
Sibling love is amazing

Physical Education

Elijah walks, dances, engages in unstructured play outdoors, and enjoys swimming whenever he can.

Playing a game of Werewolves outside at Salem Willows in Salem, MA with other teens at the Northeast Unschooling Conference 

Fine Arts

Elijah spends a significant amount of time drawing plans and schematics for video game designs, video game level creations, and character creations. He also 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.

A game sprite that E designed and edited using Pixlr

A Yugioh card that E designed himself

Log of Books & Materials Used 2015-2016 & Attendance Statement

Books
Dictionary
Thesaurus
Mogworld  by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

Magazines
Game Informer
NatGeo Kids
Lego Club
Ask!
Muse

Web Series
CrashCourse
Yogscast
Lore In One Minute
VlogBrothers
YogsLab
Good Mythical Morning
Comic Misconceptions 
Loading Ready Run
Mental Floss
Friday Nights
MTG Goldfish
Spellslingers
Game Theory
Table Top
Table Flip
Fast Facts
Iron Gamer
Artifexian & Xidnaf YouTube channels (World Building & Linguistics)

TV, Movies, Netflix, & DVDs
House M.D.
Digimon Fusion
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Sword Art Online
Dr. Who
Torchwood
Future Card Buddy Fight
Card Fight Vanguard 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (in theatre!)
RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers
Lie To Me
Yugioh: Zexal
Lab Rats
Case Closed: One Truth Prevails 
Street Genius
What Went Down
Danger Mouse: Classic Collection
Fry's Planet Word

Webpages
MineCraft Forums
magiccards.info 
International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet (NATO phonetic alphabet)

Video Games & Table Top Games
Little Big Planet 3
Two Dots
Minecraft 
WarioWare D.I.Y.
Words with Friends
Scrabble
UNO
Magic: The Gathering
Aquarius
Pandemic
Poker & Blackjack
Time Line
Munchkin Deluxe
Boss Monster
Dead Money
Give Me the Brain
Forbidden Desert
Forbidden Island
Super Mario Maker
Yugioh Online
Golf (card game)
Munchkin Loot
Cunning Folk
Lord of the Fries
Avignon: Clash of Popes
Smoke and Mirrors
The Capitols
Talisman
Pairs & Zombie Pairs
Concept
We Didn't Play Test This Game At All
Super Fight
Yoshi's Woolly World
Werewolves

Other Resources
NPR in the car
Minecraft MOD instructions
Twitter.com
Facebook.com
Pinterest.com
Wikipedia.com
Wiktionary.com
Khan Academy
Personal game 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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Portfolio Summary 2014-2015


Elijah and I taking a selfie on this 11th birthday

One of the many outtakes from taking family pictures for Solstice gifts; E helped set up the lighting, camera, and helped take pictures of his father and mother. E's always a cam-ham!

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 his for video game designs. Both his handwriting and typing skills have improved some same this year. He continues to excel in spelling and reading comprehension; both areas well beyond average for his age group.

Elijah is still fascinated with linguistics, translations, accents, and foreign languages. We spent a lot of time translating words and phrases in various languages.

Elijah is adept at finding information via online wikis, Internet and Google searches, encyclopaedias, and the library catalogue. He knows how to use a dictionary and thesaurus.

We read about cryptozoological sightings in and around Pennsylvania

Playing Word Pirate (sort of like Scrabble)

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 & logic puzzles, and following recipes.

Table top games involving maths & strategy and web series videos by Khan Academy and Vi Hart are utilised frequently. Elijah also frequently uses building toys such as, LEGO, pattern tiles, and penrose tiles.

A pattern with penrose tiles that E helped me design. Our friend used a laser to cut the wooden titles for us.
Our scores from playing a game of Quiddler; E was the scorekeeper.

Science & Technology
Elijah’s interest in plants and growing things this year was supported by growing strawberries and identifying many of the local plants around our home. We also continued to explore the concepts and benefits of organic gardening and farming, as well as buying and eating local goods this year.

Elijah enjoys watching science videos presented by the web series Crash Course, as well as other science related web series. He also really enjoys hands on science projects with immediate results such as, Snap Circuits, working with magnets, and bases/acids forming reactions. He also begun acquiring badges from DIY.org (link to his profile), mostly in the science & technology areas.

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 building a solar powered robot from a kit

The finished solar powered robot E built

Geography
Our family finished rehabbing the house we moved into at the end of last school year. As a result, some of our routes to go places and run errands have changed; Elijah has helped plot courses to places using Google Maps and paper maps. Playing games like Pandemic has Elijah more interested in global geography.

We have travel plans early this coming Autumn taking us to Boston, MA; Tulsa, OK; and Oklahoma City, OK. Elijah has been looking over maps to see how far we will be travelling both by car and by plane. Travelling to Oklahoma to visit friends & family will be the third trip he has been on where he got to fly and he's excited about that.

Pandemic, one of E's favourite games
Playing Magic: The Gathering at a local coffeeshop.

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 and discuss the current topics in science and politics while commuting. 

Strawberries we planted
Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars that we identified on our Rue bush
Health and Safety
We covered fire safety for our new 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 parent's 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. 

Skills progress on DIY.org

Physical Education
Elijah walks, dances, engages in unstructured play outdoors, and enjoys swimming whenever he can. 

E wanted a butterfly knife to practice tricks with, so we compromised and got him a trainer, which has no blade. He's gotten pretty good at working the thing and can do some cool and fast tricks.
Fine Arts
Elijah spends a significant amount of time drawing plans and schematics for video game designs, video game level creations, and character creations. He also enjoys making and trading Artist Trading Cards. He has put his plans for making video content for YouTube on hold for the moment while he learns all about slight-of-hand card tricks!

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.

One of many LEGO gun designs from the year
The Kerbal Space Program lets you build rockets and test launch them to see if the design would really work. E's rocket on the Kerbal Space Program made it to space.

E's rocket on the Kerbal Space Program re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and lands!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Log of Books & Materials Used 2014-2015 & Attendance Statement

Books
Monster Spotter's Guide to North America
National Geographic KIDS Almanac 2015
Dictionary
Thesaurus
Pocket Guides to Wildflowers, Wild Edibles, and Mushrooms

Magazines
Game Informer
NatGeo Kids
Lego Club
Ranger Rick
Ask!
Muse

Web Comics
Garfield Minus Garfield
xkcd

Web Series
CrashCourse
Yogscast
Lore In One Minute
VlogBrothers
YogsLab
Good Mythical Morning 
Comic Misconceptions 
Mental Floss 
Your Grammar Sucks
Spellslingers
Game Theory
Table Top
Table Flip
Vsauce
Mind Blow
Minute Physics
AsapSCIENCE
Fast Facts
Nerdy Nummies
OMGCraft
Homestar Runner
Iron Gamer

TV, Movies, Netflix, & DVDs
Mythbusters
LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload 
House M.D. 
Digimon Fusion 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 
Sword Art Online  
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman
Dude What Would Happen
Scooby Doo!: Mystery Incorporated
Eureka
Futurama
A.N.T. Farm
The Nut Job (movie)
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmare
Dr. Who
Torchwood
Beyblade
DC Cupcakes
Cake Boss
Adventure Time
Destroy Build Destroy
Fringe
Psych
Pokémon: Black and White
Clue (the movie, on the big screen)

Webpages
Science Friday
MineCraft Forums
Binary Translations
List of binary codes
Geologic Eons, eras, periods, and years
Pi
Iambic Pentameter
Nyan Cat
Minecraft getting purchased by Microsoft
110 Year Old Light Bulb
The Addams Family Theme Song Lyrics
Ancient Sneezing: A Gift From The Gods (NPR podcast)
Responses to sneezing
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo (and other "linguistic example sentences" and "Garden Path sentences")
Tauday.com: No, really, pi is wrong
The day before yesterday
Words with no English Equivalent
Kill la Kill (an interesting anime inspired by linguistic anomalies of the Japanese language)

Video Games & Table Top Games
Little Big Planet 2 & 3
Pocket Mine 
Two Dots 
Minecraft Scribblenauts Remixed 
Floors
Binding of Isaac
Kerbal Space Program
WarioWare D.I.Y.
Words with Friends
UNO 
Family FLUXX 
Word Pirates 
Magic: The Gathering
Quiddler
Phase 10
Aquarius
Pandemic
Poker & Blackjack
Castle Keep

Other Resources
NPR in the car
Minecraft MOD instructions
Twitter.com
Facebook.com
Pinterest.com
Wikipedia.com
Wiktionary.com
Khan Academy
Personal game 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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

July-ish - October 12th, 2014

Watched
Netflix - LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, House M.D., Digimon Fusion, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Sword Art Online, Crash & Bernstein, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, Dude What Would Happen, Scooby Doo!: Mystery Incorporated, Eureka, Futurama, A.N.T. Farm, The Nut Job (movie), Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmare, Dr. Who, Torchwood

YouTube Channels - TeamHyperCube, Ashens, SkyDoesMinecraft, OfficialNerdCubed, PewDiePie, jacksfilms, Markiplier, Minecraft SethBling, LewToons, CinemaSins, superamazingproject, Geek & Sundry, Northernlion, YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon

Web Series - Good Mythical Morning, Comic Misconceptions, Mental Floss, Your Grammar Sucks, Table Top, Gavin or Google, Spellslingers


Played
PS3 - Little Big Planet 2 (LBP2)

Kindle - Pocket Mine, Two Dots, Minecraft, Scribblenauts Remixed, Floors

Computer - Minecraft (MC), Binding of Isaac w/ William

Table Top - UNO, Family FLUXX, Word Pirates, Magic: The Gathering

Read
Magazines - ASK!, NatGeo KIDS, LEGO Club

Books - Monster Spotter's Guide to North America

Pocket Guides to Wildflowers, Wild Edibles, and Mushrooms
Playing Word Pirates
Researched
Iambic Pentameter
Nyan Cat
Minecraft getting purchased by Microsoft

Wrote
Notes, Plans, & Schematics for game designs
Instructions for a card game in the design phase

Listened
NPR

Created/Built
LBP2 - level designs, characters, and short films
Playing Magic: The Gathering
Went/Community
Java House
Taj Mahal
Target
Eat n Park
D's Six Pax N Dogz
Mad Mex
Loving Hut, USA
Sushi Tomo
Qdoba
Rite Aid
Half Price Books
Toys R Us
Burger King

Health/PE/Safety
Went over new fire escape routes in new house
Talked about new stove having pilot lights & gas safety


Other
Went to Raven's birthday party
We finally moved into our house we've been rehabbing
Unpacking & setting up bedroom
E celebrated his 11th birthday
Bought/received as a gift LEGO sorting/storing supplies & organised LEGOs
Picked out new clothes for Autumn/Winter with birthday money
Game Night at Java House
Started getting badges through DIY.org

Quotable
"Well, it [My Little Pony] is the next best thing since anime and bubble tea!"

E: How do you start a hedgehog race?
M: I don't know.
E: You say-guh! Get it? Sega!

E: I mean, when we all become immortal space robots...
M: ... ... ... Right.

M: Like they say, it's all gravy.
E: Nobody says that.

E: Nag, nag, nag! Secretary of Nagriculture!
M: That was clever.
E: Yeah, I know.
M: Well, at least I taught you humility.

"I don't know! I was under the influence of stupidity!"
Happy Birthday E!
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