In my life this week....
It has been another tough week to remain positive. I feel like a drowning fish.....But I just keep swimming, swimming....swimming. LOL!!!
I have been trying to be positive this week. I have been trying not to raise my voice too much. Because raising your voice when dealing with kids with sensory issues is kind of like trying to freeze water while it is boiling...it's just not going to happen.
The boys did have med checks this week, and we have to do some med adjustments for Brayden. Also had a brief discussion with the doc about some other issues with the girls. So basically we will eventually end up with an hour block of his time once a month. Yippeeee.....my suspicions may be more accurate than I would like them to be. So now we are in wait and see mode. And we just deal with whatever wave of emotion that comes our way.
Lydia hurt her foot pretty bad. So we have been changing a lot of bandages, and she has been limping alot. She sliced 3 of her toes open on her foot. She missed gymnastics, but was able to dance her recital....with a bit of a limp. It happened Monday night, but she seems to be healing well. By bandage change today, I can see a huge improvement. We are going to start stage 2 of treatment which includes clove oil.
In our homeschool this week....
We actually accomplished quite a bit. Caty has been working on her 'F' sounds by playing a game that I printed from Speech Therapy Ideas. I am liking this website a lot, and plan to get some more games ready for Caty...as well as Lydia and Brayden. Caty is loving playing on More Starfall.com. I am happy that she is doing so well in the Math on there. She and I sat down a couple times this week playing on the game together.
Joey and Brayden finished another unit in their Dayspring Christian Academy Pilgrim study. This has been a wonderful historical study. This week the Pilgrims have finally arrived in America. Joey and I are working on building a Pilgrim home from popsicle sticks.
Lydia had zoo class this week and also Girl Scouts. Our troop worked on blankets to donate to Project Linus. So Lydia and I are working on two quilts, in addition to the one that she was doing at the meeting. We were feeling inspired by the Quilting Queen that came and was showing us all the fun types of quilts that you can make. We also decided we are going to learn how to crochet. I already know basic stitches and can do a quilt that way. But I cannot read a pattern. So we found a great set with a DVD on how to read patterns. We are going to start next week.
What I have been cooking....
On Tuesday we made a big family meal to go with the book Cranberry Thanksgiving. We made pumpkin pie custard, baked chicken, hm gluten free stuffing, hm cranberry relish, cranberry orange bread and pecan sweet potatoes. It took all afternoon to finish. But was sooooo very yummy. We actually baked the bread for the stuffing...yummy!!! Made chicken and dumplings also. We didn't starve this week.lol. We also made Belize Stewed chicken with rice and beans to go with our American Girl book Jess.
What I have been reading....
The Bible....I am trying really hard to read the entire Bible. Small, small chunks. It never fails that as soon as I start reading, someone fights or screams or wakes up in the morning. Go figure...lol
I also have decided to force myself to read, something other than the kids books. I used to love to read, but just get too busy, so then I feel too tired. To get me started again I saw a poster about reading books from all 50 states. But some of those titles really looked something I wouldn't enjoy, so I found this list also. I will be starting with Alabama this upcoming week...with Alabama Moon.
What is not working for us.....
I am not in love with Caty's speech therapy team. So since in our state, she will be pushed toward public school when she turns 5 in a couple months....I am taking on another task of working speech therapy into her schedule. I found this site Speech Therapy Ideas the other day....and LOVE it!!! These games are exactly what her speech therapist does with her. So I printed her first one and laminated it. We changed up her letters and books we are reading to help center a bit around whatever sound we are working on...which currently is "F". I will change up a little next week, so we are still moving forward in our alphabet. But we will still read the "F" Alphatales book when we are doing that for speech therapy. Trying to be proactive....if you don't like it, then change it.
Pictures from our week....
While Lydia was at zoo class, Caty and I explored. They have some new things in Nature's Neighborhood. The computer actually takes a photo of the child and then puts it in the picture they are coloring.
This is the project that we performed. It was a lot of fun!!!
We did cranberry experiments and learned about the 4 hollow chambers that cranberries have that allow them to float.
Lydia also watched these Curiosity Quest segments on cranberries.
This is Lydia working on her Project Linus quilt at scouts.
The start of our Project Linus Quilt. Hope to finish this week, but we'll wait and see. We also have some Elmo and Dora material. We'll see how the week takes us. We might get 3 done, but I am doubtful.
George Henry Boughton and the painting Pilgrims (Puritans) go to Church.
Here's some of Caty's work this week...
Her Scholastic mags that we read together. I love these because each one has a short kids video on the theme. There are games they can play also. We are really liking these this year!!!Erica's Alphabet block patterns and read these books to go with our letter.
Here's the F sound game we were playing. I found this at Speech Therapy Ideas. This is a great site and I recommend it!!!
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