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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Okay, periodic table mostly down. The only part that I don't like in the memorization process is around iridium, so for now it's on the back burner. I offered a friend to teach his Chemistry students before or after his class but he turned it down . I was hoping to be able to run the kinks out and maybe record it and put it on YouTube. My guess is that it should take students with some basic familiarity with some of the elements about an hour or two total to memorize 112 elements, where they should be able to fill in the periodic table and their symbols--may need to take some time and some cues to recall all the elements. After the initial presentation, they'll need to review it maybe once or twice a day to get it into permanent memory (just a few minutes a day, the amount of time to just step through all the elements quickly). Oh well, their loss. Besides, one of my kiddos will be going through Chemistry next year so she'll be my guinea pig. Nice to have multiple kids and thus lots of guinea pigs.
So in the mean time I've been going through a course on Coursera.org (free, yea!) about learning how to learn and it's rather comforting to know that my approach to memorizing things really is in alignment with research on memory, but you know what, even if it's not, if it works, I'll take it.
So now my next big project is working slowly through human anatomy--something that I know very little about. I love homeschooling, I'm learning all the things that I didn't learn in school. It was really fun teaching my seven year old bones of the head and where they are. It took a total of less than fifteen minutes and that's with lots of review and explanation of why it was illegal to "vote more" for Vomer. The list of bones that we covered were Frontal (can you touch the front of your forehead to your toe?), Parietal (if you pat the top of my head, I will riot on your toe. Repeat the key words a few times with motion and emotion then that's two down in less than a minute), Occipital, Temporal, Sphenoid, Zygomatic, Maxilla, Mandible, Nasal, Ethmoid, Vomer, Inferior Nasal Concha, Lacrimal, Palatine, Hyoid. My little guy is pretty bright, but I really think that an average kid (or adult) who is willing to pay attention and interact would be able to learn this in about the same amount of time or less. I'm actually really excited about how much fun and easy it was to teach him. I think I've gotten through most of the easy parts (all the bones of the body, parts of the brain, cranial nerves, digestive system, ear, eye, heart, urinary system) and am slowly putting together the integumentary system (it's more of just sitting down and writing things out) and pulmonary system (scratching my head over what should go into it) I'm now scratching my head over memorizing the muscles of the body. I think I'll need to do the Pomodoro technique because I'm finding myself starting to procrastinate when just thinking about looking at the muscles. I think I more or less figured out a way that I want to present the expression muscles but I'll need to finalize it and write down the details and draw it out before I forget them.
Okay, I've procrastinated enough. Back to the drawing board...
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