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.

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

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.