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

Friday, September 4, 2015

Our Week in which we Accomplish Very Little

Although it isn't homeschool related, this is learning, too.  In the photo above, you can see that we've started working on spoon and fork skills with the Little Ones.  We also worked on drinking from an open cup this week.

We are learning about Native Americans right now, so I printed a Teepee Craft for the kids to do while I read aloud.

The trio of toothpicks at the top was optional, but since I happened to just see the craft sticks (spilled, of course) I knew right where they were.

And the finished projects.

Jack and Hannah are both working on (different) new computer programs.

So it was a blessing to us when Grandma B, my step mom's mom, brought us a computer that a friend didn't need.  Eli helped us get it set up.

Not getting much homeschool done with the Little Ones on the loose.  As fun as it's been to have them here, I will be glad to have more time for school when we're not doing therapy 3 mornings a week.

Our school requires parent volunteer hours.  Football laundry is about the easiest thing I've been able to come up with that I can do, since I can't serve my hours at the school in this season.  It's not hard work, if you can stand the smell.

Unfortunately, the boy decided that he's done with football.  So we'll have to come up with some other way to get our hours in.

We had a final hurrah to summer and went to the pool for the first time this year.  Sigh.  I really thought I'd do a better job this summer.

The girls loved being in the water, and I love that our community pool has a zero entry feature so I don't have to worry about them being in over their heads.

The teens are getting harder to photograph, but here's proof that Brianna and Eli were present.

The curriculum we used for years and years was lacking in Map Skills.  I usually noticed this when we did standardized testing and forgot by the time I ordered curriculum for the next year.  This time around, however, we're using a beginning geography book (affiliate link) as a supplement.  It's a little young for my kids, but it presents the skills they need and we can work through it quickly.

Luke appears somewhat unimpressed with Paul's push ups.  He was playing with the buckle hanging from the back of one of the toddler chairs, so I added a toy to the strap, and he plays with it now.

Much of the 6 hours a week of early intervention therapy the Little Ones get here at our house is spent putting the lid on and taking the lid off of the play doh.

We got out to the park one evening this week, which felt nice.  Starting to get a little stir crazy from not going anywhere.

Sam was trying to get Jack to jump off the swings with him to see who could land the farthest out, but Jack has more sense than that.

We're not done with Week 2 of our curriculum yet, but Paul offered to watch the Small Fries sometime over the weekend so I could get some more homeschooling done.

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  1. We, too, are in transition and not getting too much done this week as I restructure everything. I'm so glad that Paul is helping you more and more. The twin's mom should be having her baby any day now, right? Then what will happen?

  2. It's encouraging to see that Luke is reacting to stimulus like hanging toys. I hope things are better with him, and that maybe he has had some growth, and these in reviews are not just rosy blog snapshots. It seems like things are a lot better.

    1. Things are better. He made progress during the time he was gone. Which is hugely encouraging, since the genetics people said it was pretty much WYSIWYG.

  3. You still had a good week. Kids are learning all the time. I hope you are able to find an easy way to get your volunteer hours in.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks, Dawn. I just want to be able to check off all the little boxes, you know? :sigh: Hard to let go of that.

  4. Very little? It looks like a busy week to me - lots of fun! Celebrating the end of summer is doing something, right? ;)

    1. That's true. I guess I'm just really feeling anxious about the lack of school work being accomplished. The toddlers were fun during the summer, but trying to homeschool with them here just isn't working so well.