Alex peering into of the Flintstones Pub in Goreme, just before our eight-mile hike through magical Cappadocia.
The home schooling experience so far has been mixed. We've enrolled Alex in an accredited program called Keystone School Online for math and language arts, which he is doing well in. He spends a couple of hours a day on that. He's also reading books like The Chronicles of Narnia and science fiction by his favorite author Percy Jackson, plowing through a book every few days. He has written (with my help) about his experiences in Istanbul, and we'll do more writing assignments.He's keeping a list of the Turkish words he is learning, and is starting to use Rosetta Stone tapes for conversation.
Lucia is setting him up with one of her students to engage in English / Turkish conversation. He hangs out at the university for part of the afternoon.
Looking at the seventh grade curriculum back in North Carolina, it seems we've got language arts, math, social studies and technology pretty well covered. On the Keystone assessment tests, Alex placed in level eight on math and language arts, though in U.S. public schools, he would be taught at level seven. So far, in our first three weeks here, we have been deficient in teaching him science, music, and art, and in giving him opportunities with peers. He only has one real-life (not virtual) peer, 14, who he sees about once a week. The rest of the time he is hanging out with college-age kids, adults, his parents, interacting online and playing online games like Farmville.