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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 25

Early in the week (I can't remember which day) Lily fell off the swing.  She did not have a major injury, bruised her back a little bit.  An ice pack made her feel better (ice packs or band aids can solve almost anything in this house.)  She didn't say anything else about it until Tuesday evening.  We had been to gymnastics, played at the park, and had to attend a meeting.  On the way home she said her back was hurting.  By the time we got home she was almost crying about it.  She pointed to the area with the bruise and I assumed that gymnastics and the park made it feel sore again.  I gave her Tylenol and an ice pack and she said it felt better and went to bed.  Wednesday she mentioned once in the morning it felt a little sore, but much better.  Thursday morning she got up with a scratchy throat and a low grade fever.  I figured she had the 24 hour bug that Anthony and Christian had had the week before.  She spent the day in my bed watching TV.  She was in good spirits and eating and drinking.  Friday morning she was still running fever, a higher fever around 102.  She was not eating and was miserable.  She said her stomach hurt on the outside but not on the inside.  She took several naps throughout the day.  Anyway, that evening after supper her fever jumped to 103.4, she had so much pain in her stomach that she couldn't walk, so off to the ER we went fearing appendicitis.  My baby was a trooper.  She had never been to the hospital, never had an X ray or blood drawn.  They did those and also a flu test, strep test, and got a urine sample.  The diagnosis was a kidney infection, a pretty bad one ( I was very thankful it wasn't her appendix!)  Her WBC count was 19000.  They gave her a penicillin shot and a prescription and sent us home with the instruction that if she could not keep the medicine down or got worse the next day we had to bring her back.  She had a rough night Friday night and most of the day Thursday her temperature still stayed around 103.  Her fever broke late in the afternoon and she has slowly been getting better.  She is still tired and sore and still complaining of her stomach hurting, but she is so much better.  We will head back to the doctor at the end of the week.

Emmie has struggled a bit with Lily not being able to play with her.  Last year, Emmie never would spend any time by herself.  She always wanted Lily or someone else to be with her.  This year she has done much better but will do things on her own.  But, having Lily not be able to play at all was hard for her.  I offered to play dolls but she said I was too old.  So I read her stories and while Lily napped on Friday I had Emmie do some reading, we played letter Bingo, and I sat with her while she drew and painted some pictures.  She helped me clean up the kitchen and walked to get the mail.  She spent time doing some pattern blocks. Saturday when Anthony was gone, Christian played with Emmie which helped a lot.

Week 25 in our Homeschool

P.E.: We did three days of Family Time Fitness.

Bible: In Windows on the World we read about China.  Our Bible verse was Matthew 20:26b-27.  Our Bible reading was Matthew 20:29-21:22.

Read Aloud:  We read 5 chapters of Gladys Alyward, our new missionary story from YWAM Publishing.  In the afternoon we read 6 chapters of Shepherd, Potter, Spy, and the Star Namer and in the evening we read 6 chapters of The Sword, The Ring, and the Parchment.

Poetry:  We finished memorizing At the Seaside by Robert Louis Stevenson.

E.C.C:  We started learning about China this week. We read about China in Children's Atlas of God's World.  We read facts about China in A Trip Around the World.  In Living World we read about Living with People and People and Parasites.

History: We did two stops in Passport Ancient Greece on Religion (Greek gods, myths, and heroes), my boys love this topic.  I ordered them a book on the Trojan War since they are interested in that as well.  I am currently reading The Illiad, for an upcoming review from Memoria Press.  All of these things have fit very nicely together.  I am hoping to be able to do something learning basic Greek later on in the year.

Art:  We did the Sunflower lesson from Creating a Masterpiece.

Language Arts:  Lily did two lessons in Eclectic Foundations B.  Anthony and Christian wrote a story about an animal.  In their story they had to include a statement, a command, a question, an exclamation, and a quote.  We skipped Language Arts Wednesday and Thursday.

Spelling/Reading:  In AAS Level 3, the boys finished Steps 26 and 27.  And they finished AAR Level 4!  All About Reading is such a great reading program!  Level 4 is the last level so we will be moving on to something else.  I am reviewing Reader's in Residence from Apologia and should be getting it this week so that is what the boys will be using.
Ever since we did the Winter Cabin art project, Christian has been drawing houses on his papers.

Math:  Nick finished lesson 24 in MUS Geometry.  Alex completed 4 lessons in Teaching Textbooks 7, but he will be repeating some them.  He did not score very well.  I do NOT care about grades at all, but understanding is important and he obviously did not understand the lessons.  I went over them with him and deleted his work so he can go back and redo them. Lily completed three lessons in Math Lessons for a Living Education (I thought Mr. Measure was so cute and a great idea!)  Anthony and Christian completed 4 lessons.  Christian is having some math woes and wishes math didn't exist.  I have assured him that long division never killed anyone and he will get it if we keep working on it.

MFW Creation from A to Z: Emmie finished the unit on "p" for penguin.  Her book that she read was called Sam's Pet.  We also did a math page, blend ladder page, cut and paste page, and a penguin badge.

Nature Study: I planned on doing our nature study on Thursday but that was the day Lily was sick so we did not get to it.

All American History and God's Design in Nature:  In AAH Nick completed through lesson 26 in God's Design he completed through Chapter 10 worksheet 6.

Digital Savvy: CompuScholar, Inc. (formerly known as Homeschool Programming) has a new course called Digital Savvy, a computer skills course.  Nick and Alex started using this course this week and finished Chapter 1.  This is an upcoming review. 

Other Activities this Week:

Monday Alex had a soccer practice.  I dropped him off and went to a local restaurant to meet with a few other homeschool moms for Moms Night Out.

Tuesday we had gymnastics, went to the park, and dropped Nick off at youth.  The rest of us then went to a biosecurity meeting for poultry so we can get 4 h chickens again this year.

Wednesday we had Kid's Club and Anthony had confirmation.

Thursday Alex had another soccer practice. 

Friday Christian had soccer practice.  I dropped him off and Art met me over there so I could go back home to Lily.  Shortly after that they came back home and we headed off to the ER.

Saturday Anthony was gone the whole day to Little Rock for a Day with the Bishop.  This was for kids in the Methodist Church who are in confirmation classes.  They left at 6:30 in the morning and got home at 5:30.  There are only 3 children in the confirmation class, but one was unable to go.  I was supposed to go with them as a chaperone along with our pastor but did not want to leave Lily when she was so sick.  Anthony said it was a good day.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!
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