Sunday, December 10, 2017
I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted! So much has been going on that I've hardly been able to catch my breath :) One of the biggest things happening here right now is that we have started INTENSIVE home therapy with Issac. When they say intensive they mean it (LOL) He has a team of three people, two ladies and one man. Someone is here Monday-Friday for TWO HOURS each day! Our life is already hectic and I struggle to do appointments, school, etc., but add in this for two hours a day and it's really been hard. Issac prefers two of the people and really doesn't care for one of the ladies. It's basically because she called him out on his behavior one day and he hasn't liked her since. Things are going as well as can be expected I think. It's hard having people in your house and watching what you say and do all the time. I feel like Issac really connects to Chaz, the one guy on the team. He's been working with him on his feels, actions, behaviors, etc. I think that's going to be huge for Issac because he often feels things that don't seem valid to the rest of us. He's talked to him at length about it's ok for him to have his feelings, but they might not get communicated appropriately to us. The lead on the team started working with him on coping skills this week and told us to practice them daily. I think that will help him when he needs them because before we were trying to direct him to certain behaviors, but we were doing it in the heat of the moment. The hope is with practicing them when he's not upset that he'll recall it when he is upset. The coping skill she's started him off with is what she calls 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. He's suppose to list 5 things he can see, 4 things he can hear, 3 things he can feel, 2 things he can smell and then 1 deep breath. I'm hoping this technique can and will help when he's upset. She also talked to him about when he's frustrated or confused what he can do. They made a card to remind him to ask someone to explain what they said, tell someone he's confused or ask them to please repeat themselves. We've completed two full weeks and I was originally told the plan is for six months. It's so hard to imagine six months of this, but I feel like this is really what we need. It's very hard for people to imagine Issac in a rage when they see the sweet side of him. I do have to say it's not been as bad as I expected (LOL) The people are nice and I really do feel comfortable with them in the home. Hopefully this is going to be the answer to prayers I've had for a while! :)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
I feel like this product has definately been helpful for Issac and we will continue to use it and see what other improvements we see. I'm not saying this product will take away any and all issues Issac has, but it's a tool to help him get through his daily activities a little easier. Check out their social media sites as well as see how the other members of the crew used their Forbrain and what improvements they saw.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Issac's drawing of his older brother, Zachary
Here are a few of the things I played around with drawing:
I tend to be thrifty when it comes to art supplies, but I really have enjoyed the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. I really think they are a wonderful quality project and I would highly recommend them to all parents of children that enjoy arts and crafts. Check out what the rest of the crew did with their Thin Stix!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Have you thought about being on the Homeschool Review Crew? Have you wondered what it was like to be able to use curriculum and materials you might not have otherwise been able to use? I am finishing up my first year and it's been a great experience. My children and I have been able to use items that I wouldn't have been able to afford without the crew!
Applications are currently being accepted for a spots on the 2018 Homeschool Review Crew. If your interested in more information or would like to apply please follow the link included. Being on the crew this year has been a wonderful experience!
Friday, October 27, 2017
I usually do a Thankful Tuesday post, but this Tuesday I was flying back from Boston. I had every intention of doing a post, but was exhausted when I got home (LOL) This week I'm super thankful for my kids. They make me so proud and I love them so much! They also drive me crazy at times, but that's another post :) This picture was taken this past weekend while we were in Kentucky for karate testing, seminar and a banquet.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
One of Issac's favorite things to do is to make a story. They walk you step by step through making a story and then you can submit it and print it for yourself as well.
Reading Eggs has something for almost all children up through elementary school. Reading eggs Junior is for ages 2-4. Reading Eggs is for ages 3-7 as well as Reading Eggspress that is for ages 7-13. There is also Mathseeds that is for ages 3-9. This program works so successfully because it focuses on key concepts: phonics & phonemic awareness, comprehension, sight words, vocabulary and reading for meaning. The ages are guidelines and I've found it's best to follow the assessment and where it says your child should start. The student starts the assessment and continues until he or she misses three problems and that is what lesson they'll start. Even if you have a child that is older than 4, but struggles with their letters they'll greatly benefit from Reading eggs Junior. My son is 10 and is still working in Reading Eggs. He's struggled with reading over the years, but I have really seen some great improvements as he's worked through Reading Eggs. His understanding of syllables as well as his comprehension has improved greatly. The lessons are in a game format, so even though the student is learning they are doing it in a fun way. We also did a few lessons in Reading Eggspress to try and feel out that part of the program too. He enjoys the stories as well as likes the fact that the program will read to him. It helps him to follow along as the program reads. His comprehension is much higher when he follows along. He loves the math that is offered in Mathseeds, but he has worked himself out of that program. There are so many things available to do with this program and so many wonderful books in the library section that the students can read. Some of the key features in the Reading Eggs program are the lessons, storylands, spelling, the story factory and my program. The parents are always able to check and see what lessons their child has completed. In Reading Eggspress there are the lessons, the stadium, english skills and the library. The lessons are also broken down into different activities, so the student doesn't feel they are doing the same activity over and over again.
There are also sample lessons that you can take a look at to see how the program progresses. Reading Eggs is offering a Free 4 Week Trial for you to check the program out for yourself. This offer expires November 20, 2017, so check it out to see how much this program can help your child. Reading Eggs has also just introduced a new comprehensive program for homeschool children in grades K-2nd. Each guide provides 36 weeks of teaching for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Here is a little sample of the lesson plans for second grade.
Depending on your homeschool style this could be a full curriculum for your K-2nd grade students. These lessons can be found under the bonus section from your main dashboard. There are also activity sheets available in the bonus section as well. There are lots of fun extra printable pages that your child can do.
Check out their social media sites for more information: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Also, don't forget to sign up for the Free 4 Week Trial that Reading Eggs has offered. The special offer ends November 30, 2017. As always the crew has a wide age range of children and will have reviewed different parts of the program. Check out what the other members worked on during their time.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
This has been a busy week, but I was fortunate enough to get some time to read this week. I love anything by Danielle Steel and I've got a stack of her books waiting to be read. I also had a few things from the library still and wanted to try and work through those. This week will be crazy because we are leaving on Thursday to go to Kentucky for the kids karate testing. I'll then be leaving from there to fly to Boston on Sunday to attend another PEER meeting.
Most of Friday was spent helping final the dance for that evening. I don't really have any pictures to share because my middle child doesn't like her picture taken :( I think the kids had a great time and I believe there were about 55 kids there in total. This is the second time we've had one of these dances and I really think it's come together quickly. So thankful to a dear friend that is ALWAYS willing to jump in and organize these type of things!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
38 Remember Nhu
39 Aisha’s Fear
40 Heart Song
41 The Crashed Kitchen
42 Crisis In The Congo
43 The Mysterious Palm Feller
44 War of the Raccoons
45 The Five Guys
46 Toughest Man
47 Cambodian Quest
48 What Brings Us Together
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