Cayli’s Birthday week!!
One reason I am so thankful that I homeschool is the ability to help out family or friends in ways that I would never have been able to.
On Monday, we started babysitting Meredith, my best friend’s toddler. Her babysitter is about to have her 3rd son so we are taking over while she is recuperating and doing some much-needed bonding. Since homeschooling, I have been able to step in when there have been sickness or scheduling problems, however, this is the first time we have had her consistently throughout the week.
It’s going to be different homeschooling the girls with a toddler running around but we handled this week with ease. She did amazing and as you can see she joined in on the fun!
Happy 16th birthday Cayli!!!! Birthdays are holidays which means no school!
I had made a special trip to the Dollar Tree on Saturday and gathered some cheap but cute party supplies.
I found a bag of balloons that came with different shapes and I woke up extra early to fill them with helium-thanks to a special someone. They turned out super cute, though the one that was supposed to look like a heart ended up looking like something else……. I tied string to them and secretly placed these in the corner of her room along with a colorful Happy Birthday Banner and a cute little chair slip cover that had a blue present on it. I also made a curtain with blue and green streamers to hang in her doorway.
I’m so surprised she didn’t hear me! Sometimes we get so used to having deaf children we forget to be quiet around our hearing child.
After therapy this week, we took sandwiches to the park and sat in the shade on a concrete picnic table while Naty and Ella played on the playground. It was hot though. If you don’t live in Georgia, you don’t know what heat it.
That evening, we let Cayli choose which restaurant she wanted to celebrate at. She chose Red Lobster. We’ve only ate there once or twice since Doug and I have been married so it was something new and exciting.
This was probably our best day of the week. Ella mentioned early on how she wanted to paint but I kept putting her off so finally I agreed. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone and do our read aloud, The Indian in the Cupboard, while the girls were painting.
We packed a basket full of paints, paintbrushes, paper, and 2 cups of water and headed outside. We have a nice little spot under two big oak trees where I have put an extra table for moments like this. The girls got all the supplies arranged and I kicked back in my Adirondack chair and began to read.
All of a sudden, I was interrupted by Cayli. I looked up at her and she was staring, eyes wide, at the back of her chair.
She had attracted a praying mantis. Maybe it was the red hair…….
What’s the first thing I do? Grab my camera of course. I had never seen one so close!
She moved and he began to walk down the arm of the chair in her direction. We were just waiting for it to jump.
Then, we would freak out.
Cayli moved this way and that way and the mantis would move its head following her every move.
I grabbed a stick-don’t worry, I didn’t kill it-and kind of nudged it off the chair where it sauntered off. Probably in search of another red-head.
After such excitement, the girls finished up quickly and we headed back inside.
Because of my awesome planning skills, I wasn’t as prepared for homeschool as I should have been. I had learned of an online all-in-one curriculum site called Easy Peasy from a homeschool Facebook group I follow, Homeschool info., advice and tips, so I decided to look into it.
The curriculum is separated by grade level. Even though Ella is technically a first grader, she still struggles with her letters and numbers so we are focusing on Pre-k-Kindergarten to get those mastered.
Starting with Day One, Natalie’s curriculum focuses on Mother Goose poems and comprehension. After she completes one project there is usually a link to a fun educational game. They have really done a great job lining in activities and keeping the kids attention.
That morning, the girls found Zootopia on Netflix while I was distracted with Meredith. I really don’t like them watching TV first thing in the morning but hey, things happen. Plus, I think I was more excited about the movie being on Netflix than they were!
The girls had speech therapy at the local public school for an hour which hit right in the middle of the movie. While they were gone, Cayli, Meredith, and I finished watching Zootopia.
Lame I know.
As soon as they got back, what did they want to do? Finish watching the movie. So we picked up where they left off and we all finished watching the movie. Notice I said ALL of us.
Because of our procrastination we didn’t start homeschool until 12:30. Gasp! I know!
By Friday, I really just wanted to lay around and do nothing. Does anyone else do that??
But I persevered!
We hopped on Easy Peasy and dug in.
These cute horses made from handprints was one of the crafts Easy Peasy recommended for the letter H. I should have known things were going to go wrong when I couldn’t find any brown construction paper. Did they stop putting brown in the packs??
I traced Ella’s hands and gave her the job of cutting them out. I kept hearing cries of help but I wanted her to accomplish it all by herself. This is what I saw when I finally responded. A couple of crippled hands. I promise I did not draw them like this. Needless to say her ADHD kicked in and she got a little scissor happy. When I asked her what happened she said the one hand was the baby. At least she had a good reason, right?
What did you accomplish in your homeschool this week?