Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings – Family Changes

Homeschool Weekly Moments and Musings

Family Changes

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What an interesting and…extremely busy week! Life is just SO busy. Because of some family changes, my calendar has started to overflow. When I make it through a day without forgetting an appointment or forgetting I’m suppose to be at work instead of at home, it is a good day. On top of that, my hubs has gotten called in to work just about every day he had off this week which throws in some added trouble to the schedule.

Highlights:

Our week started with my 13th Wedding Anniversary. My husband and I enjoyed a quiet night out to our favorite restaurant and a movie. Just being with him without little ones interrupting every 5 seconds was wonderful. For my anniversary, my husband made me a goat milking stand. Ha! Funny how our wants and needs change as we grow older or have different priorities.

Our Classical Conversations day was on Monday: Check out my Tutor Plans here.

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New (or new-ish) this week:

Participated in our first lesson with Mango Languages, a popular foreign language online software that has over 50 languages. This is one of our first TOS Crew review’s…watch for the official review in about 6 weeks!

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Continued our journey through Science4Us.com, another TOS Crew review product we are testing out. I’m definitely appreciating this resource since science in our house has kind of slid to the back burner lately.

We tried out another method to keep us homeschooling newbies on track…so far I’m liking it — Chore and School Magnetic Chart or To-Do List. Check out this simple and quick project…it is something you could do in about 30 minutes.

Chore and School Magnetic Chart or To-Do List

 

Accomplishments:

Tee finally “got” long division…this is a huge, HUGE accomplishment for her. There are so many steps in long division that I never even considered an issue. However, when one struggles with multi-step problems, long division is a huge thorn in the side! I’m so proud of her. I think she was actually enjoying the math once she got it! She has also read three books in 2 weeks! Yah! This has been a major challenge for us.

The Little Man finally gets skip counting and the concept of Nickels, I think. I have tried everything. In desperation I hastily wrote down every number on the number line, circled all the skip counted 5′s, and placed a nickel on those circled numbers. Then I had him do different, repetitive drills to get it down. After having him move one nickel to the number and counting at the same time, he got it down. Phew!

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Family Changes:

Tee has to get braces. :( I knew it was coming but suddenly we’ve been told it should happen sooner than later because she has an adult tooth growing right underneath one of her front lower adult teeth. Awesome. Why is it that doctors have to start going into the details of medical issues right in front of the child patient…the Aspie child pt? Can we say, “Instant Meltdown?” Now Tee is mildly panicking about her braces because of what the dentist said would need to be done which includes cutting into the gum to “pull the tooth up.”

We also got a confirmed diagnosis for the Little Man. Recently I’ve mentioned that we were having my little dude evaluated for an auditory or language processing disorder (APD/LPD) or something else. I knew that he had this issue, we just never got him evaluated. Due to the challenges we are having with reading and listening lately, we decided to follow through with an evaluation. I initially was told that an APD diagnosis would not be issued because of Little Man’s age. However, the very first thing that came out of the specialist’s mouth after the eval was that my Little Man had a VERY SIGNIFICANT auditory processing disorder.

Sigh…I knew we had a problem but not that “significant.” This means we will have at least a year of 2 speech therapy appointments a week and we will eventually have to see an audiologist for more evaluations when he hits 7 years old. This also means that my son actually does have a hearing disorder. Imagine being able to hear sounds but all those sounds are being heard as a foreign language. That’s a gross description of APD. I am so sad for him because I know this is always going to be a struggle for him. But, he is super smart and I know he is gifted in other areas. This is just one more challenge we will have to face and overcome. Thankfully, God has a plan for this! Jeremiah 29:11.

Mommy Lessons:

Don’t leave a little boy alone with his school work and a pen. This doodling is what happens in a few minutes…not the pattern…all the other “fun” stuff. ;)

Moments and Musings Family Changes

Goals for next week:

Well, we are still waiting on our goat to have her babies. Every day that passes, I get more and more nervous!

I will hopefully be doing some personal changes to “get healthy” again…I have adrenal fatigue and gluten allergies and I’ve totally neglected myself lately. I’m a “I’ll start on Monday” type of person so we will see how it goes! ;)

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Heather

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Honey, I love your post. They are never boring and are such a blessing to me. And to think you work in an emergency room as a nurse O_o my friend’s mom is a nurse and she actually owns a house 3 doors up from her that is her business (a Nursing home) that she manages and she did that with 5 boys?! Talk about madness. My MIL was the same, she had 8 kids (3 adopted, 3 of her own and usually 2 foster kids) and went to school, I don’t know how she did it. But the funny thing is, when life calmed down for them they said “I’m bored!” Lol! And that’s what you will feel like (just like me) when our kids have become the amazing people God had created them to be. I’m cheering you on and hug that goat for me!
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    • says

      Nita, you are so kind. I’m starting to feel like the posts might be getting boring…glad they’re not. You are right about the feeling bored part. I would be totally bored if I didn’t have all this going on. Thank you! I’ll definitely give the goat a hug for you! ;)

  2. Keri Kent says

    I am a homeschool mom and a nurse. I also have 3 kids 13 year old Asperger son, 11 year old daughter and 7 year old son. We placed our oldest back in public school 2 weeks ago because he started to revert to isolation and not making friends. I still homeschool my other two and take 1 year at a time. We have homeschool for 2 years. I have a blog but dont upkeep it. It is rnhomeschooler.com

  3. says

    I originally thought my son had APD as well, and I read an excellent book called “When the Brain Can’t Hear” by PhD Teri James Bellis. I wanted to share that title with you incase you hadn’t heard of it. My son has been officially diagnosed as “intellectually disabled.” But his speech therapist is convinced that he has language processing disorder. I would love to read about how exactly you went about getting your son’s diagnosis. What specialists did you see and what tests did they give? Also for yourself, have you considered the GAPS diet? We are almost done with our second year and have had tremendous healing. I have blogged about it on my page. May God bless you richly!
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    • says

      Esther, I’ve never heard of “intellectually disabled.” That’s…well it seems that would be a discouraging diagnosis. I’ll have to do some reading up on that one. I’ve heard of the book and it’s actually on my wish list. Personally, I feel that the speech language pathologist therapists are much more prepared from their specific training and experience. I’ve been dealing with them on and off for about 3 years. I would value that person’s opinion more. I am choosing this time to forgo a developmental team style diagnosis. We would have to travel hours for that and frankly, it is all very subjective. My son started speech therapy when he was 3 because we couldn’t understand anything he said, nothing. He was diagnosed with an articulation problem. During this time we were also going through the eval for my oldest’s aspergers…not fun at all. We stopped going to speech but things were very slow going in improvement. Currently he can talk and he is super smart in some areas, but some of his speech is very hard to understand. He truly acts like he has a hearing problem and has many of the APD red flags. Maybe I’ll write a post about this. This is going to be a very long comment otherwise. At this point, he is too young for a true APD dx (diagnosis). But, the therapist said it would be considered a “functional” diagnosis and to get this dx you have to see a real audiologist which is the only person that can really dx it. I haven’t gotten the full report yet. I have considered the GAPS. I actually want to do it for myself too but I need to get everyone on board for that. This kid of my lives off of grains and is very sneaky. I’ll check out your blog for sure:)

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