Friday, September 30, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal - Week 16

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week.....

Dealing with allergies and colds in the kids.  Caty is prone to develop the croop very quickly and without much warning, so I have been watching her closely all week.  Our van is not running properly and Joe has been in Tennessee this week, so did not want to have to go to the ER in the middle of the night with all 4 kids if I could avoid it.  So I was pulling as many croop remedy tricks out as I could to make sure she was breathing ok. 

Just trying to keep up and try to keep things running smoothly.  The specialist appointment for myself was a news and the family dr. may have misdiagnosed me.  Waiting on that bloodwork now.  But basically back to grasping at straws again.  He suggested an allergist, but I can't get an appointment until April 25, 2012.  But he said to be careful and not lose too much more weight.  I can't get in for 6 months, and can barely eat anything....yet need to watch my weight loss. fun! 

Also need to find Brayden a Sensory/OT therapist.  Could help with his going outside issues their psychiatrist said.  So working on that now too.  The one he was going too concentrated more on his speech than OT.  Finding an OT that works well with your child can be just as as trying to build the Eiffel tower out of marshmallows (which we have tried to do...and it's hard!).

We may be getting a new puppy next week also.  Working on it with the owners right now.  This on top of shopping for a new van and working on budgeting a van payment and higher insurance rates has me feeling a bit stressed, but at least I hope that a new van will not leave me stranded somewhere!
In our homeschool this week....

We talked about Indiana in US Geography.  The kids did not like apple butter.  It's the cloves taste, because they love applesauce and cinnamon.  Apple butter and fried biscuits was their state meal they picked out.  Worked out well because Lydia and I are reading book 2 of the Felicity series for American Girl Club and Felicity made apple butter with her mom in the beginning of that book.  We did math and grammar also.  And currently working on the Amanda Bennett Download N Go Autumn Treasures unit.  We've talked about the Harvest Moon and why it is called that.  Why leaves change colors and Johnny Appleseed.

Where we are going and what we are seeing.....

The kids and I went to the Frogtown Froggy Museum on Monday and we also had LEGO/Builders Club this week. 

We were able to spend all day at home was soooooooooo nice!!!  Lydia looked at me though last night while we were watching TV and

Lydia said, "We didn't go anywhere today!!!  Why not!!!" 

I responded, "It was nice to stay home, wasn't it!!"

Lydia, "No, so we need to go SOMEWHERE tomorrow....."

Our field trip this morning was cancelled because of rain, so we have two next Lydia's co-op.  Be another busy week.

Questions I have......

Any suggestions on finding an Occupational therapist for a child with autism.  He is experiencing extreme anxiety at times with noise, light, and even just the air outside.  Yesterday he had to wear his noise headphones because the fan was bothering him, yet we could not just turn off the fan.  He had to have that on also.  He also cannot stand to have a ceiling fan on. 

I'm reading.....

Educating the Whole Hearted Child

Educating the WholeHearted Child 3rd Edition

and still reading...

Game of Thrones  Book 1

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One

I am enjoying Game of Thrones.  I really like this series so far.  There's a good mix of Sci-fi (which the hubby really likes...and I don't always like), so we can both enjoy watching the show and read the book.  My goal is still to finish Book 1 and 2 before the new season starts in the spring.  I really like the show Castle on ABC and Monday night, Castle made a Game of Thrones reference I thought was cool.  "He went all Game of Thrones on him!"  Love it!

What I'm cooking......

We made homemade crock pot apple butter last night.  But other than that, not too much this week.  I'm still eating very restricted, and I pretty much let the kids eat what they wanted this week.  Just watched their choices and made recommendations.  And helped cook it for them.

Favorite quote or saying this week....

Jesse from Our side of the Mountain left me a cool comment last week.  Gave me a good feeling.  So I am sharing it!

Our Side of the Mountain said...
Homeschoolers are never behind. Someone once told me this. We do our own thing, schooling with life. What we accomplish is just that. So, you're not behind! LOL

Everyone have a great week!!!

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  1. What is it with kids and that question, "Where are we going today?" I love the days when I can answer, "Nowhere!" It is my goal this year to stay home more. I am reminded of the homeschoolers joke "Why is it called homeschooling when we are never home?" Good question!

  2. Yes I enjoyed reading Jesse s comment as well last week on your blog.

    Dealing with croup sucks especially when you have 4 kids with a hubby out of town in the middle of the night, I can so relate.

  3. I love apple butter. My favorite comes from the Apple Barn in Seiverville (near Pigeon Forge), Tennessee. I have never made it. I want to try it sometime.

  4. I have a child on the autism spectrum too, and all my kids have sensory issues. My only advice is to look for an OT specifically trained in sensory integration therapy -- not all of them have this particular expertise.

  5. OMGosh! I didn't see my comment at the end! LOL

    All the best with finding an OT! Our youngest son has Sensory Processing Disorder (as well as many struggles that go with it). Our first OT was terrible, so hang in there! They ARE out there! Our 2nd OT was INCREDIBLE! Definitely inquire about their expertise with sensory issues and ask about LISTENING THERAPY. Not all OTs are trained in this, but it helped my son IMMENSELY with his sound and light sensitivities, focus and anxiety.

    You've got a lot on your plate right now! I hope everyone is feeling better VERY soon!

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