Tuesday, November 30, 2010

11/30/2010 FM Radio

Gabriel was mortified when I took this paper from him today to scan it: "But MO-OM, it's not DONE!"

He's spent countless hours the past weeks working on electronics projects, looking online at FM radio receiver schematics, working on encoders on his Electronics Learning Lab (he's WAY past Snap Circuits and Julian has no interest), and drawing. I have no idea what he's doing, but I think his work is migrating more and more from art to science.

This might even be making him smarter, because he's finally figured out that if he gets his homework done at the CDC after school, he has more time at home to work on his projects.

In fact, homework struggles with the boys have been greatly reduced the past few weeks because Gabriel gets it done before we get home, and Julian blows through his weekly packet on Mondays. Gabriel because he doesn't care, and Julian because he does.

Gabriel still bitterly complains about how "boring" homework is, and he still earns very mediocre grades because of sloppiness and apathy. We've yet to ask him a math problem he doesn't know right off the bat, but his math test grades say otherwise. He can do binary arithemetic but gets "13 - 8" wrong. Gabriel makes no excuses and doesn't whine -- he looks right at you, locks eyes and says pointedly, "I DON'T LIKE SCHOOL. It's STUPID."

But at least he's getting practical about it.


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