What did we do in homeschool this past week?
“Do I really have to wake up?” That was my first thought on Monday morning. I was beyond exhausted.
Ella has been suffering from what we believe are night terrors thus making a good night’s sleep unattainable.
We’ve tried everything including but not limited to essential oils, a sound machine (she sleeps with one “ear” on), and monitoring what she eats…….Nothing has worked. We are now beginning to think that her medication might be the cause. As a matter of fact, there happens to be a new Dr. who specializes in ADHD coming to our pediatrician’s office. We look forward to meeting with him and hearing his opinion. Until then, I will take much needed naps.
Sadly, this week was our last week using the Reading Eggs free 4 week trial. Overall, I was very impressed with this program. Natalie could sit there for hours and work on progressing through the game, whereas Ella barely made it through 15 minutes. Even though Natalie’s response seemed to be better, I eventually plan on purchasing a subscription for both the girls.
This week, Natalie started learning about place values. We had so much fun making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using this cute printable game I found on Pinterest! The bottom slice of bread represented the thousands place, the jelly was the hundreds, the peanut butter was the tens, and the top slice of bread was the ones. She would pick a card that had a number on it and she would then have to “build” the sandwich. Each place value was separated with a butter knife. It was a great visual tool and it helped her catch on quickly.
I just wanted you guys to see what Dixie does while we learn. I just couldn’t resist this cute face.
Natalie has dance class every Monday evening. She has an amazing passion for dance and gymnastics and I am so proud of her!
On Tuesday, instead of going to the library after therapy, we decided to bring Dixie along so she could go with us to the park. She absolutely loves car rides. You should see her when we leave the house. Her ears turn to the side and she refuses to look at us. This fills me with such guilt that I sometimes give in and I whisper her two favorite words, “Come on.”
That’s all it takes. She bolts out the door and takes a flying leap into the car.
While the girls were running through the park, Dixie accidentally stepped in front of Naty and she tripped in the dirt. Of course mommy had to run over, sweep her up, and carry her over to the picnic table while she whimpered on my shoulder.
And when one sister cries, the other cries. Will you just look at that compassion. Bless her……
We ended Tuesday night doing Art with Aunty which is always a blast. Be on the look out for a blog post!
This year we are trying to focus more on spelling words with Naty. I use words that I think is appropriate from our Life of Fred book of the week and we practice them throughout the week. One great way to learn spelling words is by stamping them!!
“Potato Dreams” was what this week’s Life of Fred book was entitled. Believe me, the book was as funny as the title.
How do you learn about potatoes? You make french fries!
This posed a slight problem seeing as how we don’t eat potatoes….. And I forgot to buy a one beforehand.
So what’s a girl to do? Call mommy who just happens to live next door and ask her for a potato…..
While she didn’t have any brown potatoes, she did have some small red potatoes. Not the best for making french fries but you work with what you have. Right?
One of Natalie’s best attributes is her helpful spirit. When I’m involved in a task she usually appears right alongside me wanting to be involved in some capacity. Even though her holding a knife makes me incredibly nervous, I have to suck it up and use this as a teaching opportunity.
Half of the potatoes ended up extra crispy because someone- excuse me while I clear my throat- forgot about them. This is why I chose not to document the result.
How was your homeschool week?