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Gross, Yuck, No Fun

Gracelyn’s lungs are not doing well (they are at 50% lung function at the moment).  The appointment where I got that news was the day before Elijah started throwing up.  I thought “you’ve got to be kidding me!”  But wait!  It doesn’t end there!  Jonah’s birthday party was today and his friend from Wetaskiwin was already on his way to our house by the time Elijah threw up so it was too late to cancel, so today, I had the flu (not throwing up, just horrible headache that I can’t get rid of, stomach ache, achy body, feeling gross), Eliana, Elijah, and Sedaya were all not feeling well, and it was Jonah’s birthday party.  I got through thanks to Mark helping with the party and taking Grace for the day to do something fun with her.  I rented movies for the kids and literally let the TV babysit them while I lay on the couch for part of the day.  Now, Mark has a headache and is starting to feel sick, but Jonah’s friend from Wetaskiwin just got picked up and I am going to finally go put my pyjamas on and go to sleep!

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Weekly Wrap Up

Last week’s homeschooling got off to a great start!  Here the kids are on the first day, excited and ready to learn.  The biggest thing I discovered that day was that I had put way too much into the lesson plan.  Because I have never used a lesson planner before to schedule out what we would do, I had no concept of how long things would take us.  I completed less than half of what I had down and it took five hours!  Over time, I will get better at judging the timing and will plan accordingly!

-Memory work:  Bible verse Psalm 133:1, first verse of William Blake’s “The Tiger”, a Mother Teresa quote, our phone number, and the days of the week

-Reading: I read to them one chapter from “The Swamp Robbers” and read them the book “Amy Carmichael”

-they made folding mini book called MY HOUSE for their All About Me lapbooks

-the little ones colored an Amy Carmichael coloring page

-three of them took Spelling Tests (I use the book “A Measurability Scale in Spelling”)

-the four early readers did ten minutes each with me in Reading Lessons

-taught Jonah more on homonyms

-Jonah and Josiah did Read and Think Skill sheets

-Gracelyn did handwriting practise

-Jonah did Data Management, SOS Math, Devotions, Summer Bridge Activitis, Map Book, and Daily Grams

-Josiah did Daily Grams

-Jonah did this science thing with the little ones…it’s supposed to be with food coloring but we didn’t have any so we used paint.  You put milk onto a plate, put some drops of food coloring (or paint in our case) in the center and add a drop of dish soap.  The fat in the milk reacts to the soap and pushes the color out.

That was Day One.  Unfortunately, later that day, Gracelyn was admitted to the Children’s Hospital where she spent the week.  The rest of homeschooling consisted of her doing coloring pages on echocardiograms and CT scans (yes, they give them coloring sheets for the procedures they are having!) and the rest of the kids being read one more chapter in “The Swamp Robbers” by Mandi and Mark having them draw pictures of things that started with different letters of the alphabet.  Josiah attended his first Digital Photography class.  The rest of the learning looked something like this:

Gracelyn is home now and her lungs are doing considerably better.  I will be taking her to her Pulmonary Specialist today and hopefully can slowly start decreasing some of her medication.

Let’s hope this week is a bit less eventful than last week was!