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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Our Week with an update on Katie's New Leg

Somewhere online I saw a Lego Challenge asking kids to build something SPACE related.  Since we're studying space right now, I thought that seemed like a great idea, so this is what Jack built.

On the left, we have a spaceship.  In the center is a Lego guy weighing moon rocks.  At the back corner is a crater, and on the far right, is a flag.

We haven't been working from our Home Art Studio DVD the last couple weeks because we are in the middle of a new art review, but we did another lesson from the DVD this week:  shoe mobiles.

Inspired by the mobiles created by Alexander Calder, the kids were to make shoes and turn the shoes into mobiles.

We didn't have time to do the full mobile part, but the boys drew and colored shoes while I read aloud.

Another art project we did this week was inspired by our study of space.

This is Jack's canvas, depicting the earth, a satellite (the yellow part) and the gray moon.

Eli finishes up his canvas.  The mug with all the brushes is a new thing for us.  Zach & Heather gave me a beautiful chocolate fruit arrangement for my birthday that came in the mug.  I *love* having all the brushes stored so they're visible and accessible now.  The boys are starting to use more than one brush size in a piece, so this makes art easier.

Earth, moon, and sun, with another satellite, and a lot of stars.

We made it to the library this week!  Woo hoo!  It's been SO long since we've been.  I've been feeling like a bad homeschooler.  We used to go every single week.  With the gorgeous spring weather, I was inspired to get out of the house.  I hope to get back to going more regularly.  Sam and Brianna want to go next week, while they're on spring break.  (Note, this is the small portion of books that was left after people grabbed handfuls and ran off.)

In keeping with our space theme, I found this Space Pasta and had to make it for dinner one night.

The pasta is rockets, astronauts, etc, and the meatballs are "planets."  Pretend there's a vegetable on my son's plate, okay?  Pesto's green, right?  That's got to count a little.

Katie had an appointment at Shriners this week.  She was casted for her new leg about 4 weeks ago, since her current one is too small.  This was a test fit for the new socket.

Unfortunately, it was not a great fit, and we discovered another issue when she tried out the different style of leg.  So she was recasted, and we're going to try again next month.  Meanwhile, her leg doesn't fit, but that hasn't slowed her down a bit.

We've gotten to the point where we really only take Lukey out for doctor's appointments and church.  (And of course, he goes to school on the bus.)  Fortunately, doctor's appointments have slowed WAY down.  And with Paul working 3 out of every 6 Sundays... well, Luke doesn't get out much.

When he melts down at home, it's frustrating to not be able to help or console him, of course, and the noise sets us all on edge, but it's common enough that we have grown accustomed to it.  Unfortunately, Sunday, he melted down at church, and nothing would comfort him.  Paul took him out and he just kept crying.  I tried for a little while, and got him to settle for a few minutes while he was shaking wisteria blossoms down the front of my dress, but then he went right back to crying again.  Paul ended up taking him home.

I happened to win these amazingly cool crayons from 4 Knowledge 4 Fun via homeschool.com!  You may remember I did a series of reviews for them last year.

I traced Katie's name on our big Fundanoodle floor pad, using our bath letters.

Katie had fun coloring in the letters with these vibrant and quirky crayons!  She's recognizing a few more letters now.  At Shriners, there's a tic tac toe game, and when I asked her what the letters were, she correctly identified X and O.  She knows KATIE in capitals, but doesn't always recognize them in lower case or different fonts.  Still, I'm pleased with how she's doing, and I'm looking forward to starting her in my favorite homeschool book ever.

Hannah will be "off track" from school for the month of May, so I'm thinking I might have the girls join us for more official school during that time, as sort of a trial run for next school year.  At this point, we're leaning toward bringing Hannah home from public school and starting Katie on K materials here, since she just misses the cutoff birth date to go to PS K.  Eli will be off to high school next year, so it would be Jack, Hannah, Katie and I at home.

Another painting project.  We were supposed to be learning how to use watercolors without the colors seeping into each other, but both boys sort of did their own thing, so we'll have to try again to accomplish the goal of the assignment.

We're enjoying the lovely spring weather.  I'm hoping to make it to park day one of these days!  The boys miss hanging out with other kids, especially since Jack lost his friend across the street when they moved recently.

Looking forward, we're going to spend next week learning about African history!  At this point, all we've hit is Egypt and Morocco, so it's exciting to explore new territory.  I'll have to find us some African art projects!  (On second thought, if I dive into Pinterest I may not get anything else done all weekend!)

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  1. Lovely post. I enjoyed learning about your week and family. They are beautiful! #laceyslegacy

  2. Isn't it awesome how one study can tie into so many different areas? Love the space pasta! How fun! If we ever do a dinosaur study again I found healthy dinosaur chicken nuggets! LOL I hope her leg is a better fit in another month! Those crayons look really neat!

    1. I love themes! :) I tend to take an idea and ruuuuun with it, lol. 15 years ago, I would have sewn all the kids matching space outfits to go along with our theme.

      I've seen those dino nuggets!

  3. Hey, Shecki, I've managed to lose my log in information for the RQ forums (probably just as well given the amount of time I spent on there), but I check in here to find out how Luke is doing. It sounds as if things are still so very hard. I think about your Luke often. As you know, we're going through similar experiences with our Luc (minus the meltdowns, which I think makes a huge amount of difference). You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer. The RQ forums are a ghost town these days. :/ Everyone has moved to facebook or dropped out of the NSN line. It's not the same any more.

  4. You have a lovely family! My heart goes out to you on the crying fits with little Luke. I am new here so I don't know his story, but I know the crying can really zap emotional energy. I am praying now that the Lord provides solutions that will work for everyone. Have a blessed week! Happy Easter!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a kind comment. Sounds like you have your hands full with medical details and doctor's appointments too.

    1. Thank you! :)

      My little girls both wear lower prosthetics, which are pretty easy as far as special needs go, but every once in a while we have a flurry of appointments. Still, not as bad as running a family of 10 through the dentist's office every 6 months, lol. :)