Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: Sick Days!

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purple divider - Copy - Copy Our week has been pretty good despite the fact that Bethany, Jeremiah, and I have been sick with what seems to be a sinus infection. It has truly been a few years since any of us has been this sick! While we weren’t sick enough to warrant any doctor’s visits, Jeremiah and I did take Tuesday and Wednesday off from doing any school work. On the contrary, despite not feeling very well, Bethany was in the mood to so school work and she actually accomplished quite a bit! We studied about the animals of the Rocky Mountains, plus she worked on math and spelling/sight words!   purple divider - Copy - Copy I am very pleased with how well Jerry is adapting to his more challenging workload. He is doing really well and seems to actually be enjoying his writing lessons. While he doesn’t love the actual physical act of writing, he is learning to think more creatively and write more descriptively.

He’s also doing surprisingly well in critical thinking and analyzing texts, both of which are hard for me, even. Luckily for me, he seems to be accepting the fact that he’s in 9th grade now and that means he has to work harder and think more! purple divider - Copy - Copy Rebekah is loving being a soccer wife and is hard at work in her last semester of online college classes. She just got awarded a new academic scholarship and is also working as a school photographer! William is busy at playing soccer for his school, working, and finishing up his last semester of college! soccer wives Rachel is thoroughly enjoying her job and loves all her new friends, students, and co-workers. She is having the time of her life! We skype about once a week. It’s hard to schedule it though because there is a 12 hour time difference. We have to get up and skype early to catch her after work and before she goes to bed. 11960037_10156040340305725_7168546038052378184_n11951241_10156040341275725_582160934733024974_n10421340_10156068936675725_5697599336620254453_n

Rachel's desk at work
Rachel’s desk at work
A Teacher's Day gift!
A Teacher’s Day gift!

  11148715_10156090630555725_7584829768125237769_n Josiah and Katy were thrilled (and so am I) to go and get their marriage license! The wedding is only 4 weeks away now! 12022520_1494921920833006_8714089856742241070_o Malcolm and I even got away again for another little nature walk. This time we strolled along the Susquehanna River! purple divider - Copy - Copy In case you’re interested:

1) I have learned many important lessons over the years, since my daughter, Bethany, a brain cancer survivor, was diagnosed fifteen years ago. I cannot express how desperately I wish that I had learned these crucial lessons any other way than through her heartbreaking and painful fight with brain cancer.  

I’ve learned that I’m capable of speaking intelligently and confidently with physicians, teachers, and other professionals and that they will respect my opinions and ideas. Before Bethany became sick, I was so shy and possessed very little self confidence, especially when in conversation with people whom I believed were more intelligent that I was or with people I didn’t know very well. Continue reading at: 6 Lessons I’ve Learned as the Mom of a Brain Cancer Survivor

2)I was recently given the exciting opportunity to review a cute, new (to me) award winning reading program called, The Reading Lesson, written and designed by Michael Levin, MD., a child psychologist with extensive knowledge in child brain development and Charan Langton, M.S.

This structured reading program uses the phonics method of reading instruction and promises that it will have children ages four through eight reading fluently after completing just twenty easy, step-by-step, ten minute lessons! Even older children who have reading difficulties may benefit from using this reading program, also! Continue reading at: The Reading Lesson: A Curriculum Review

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12 Replies to “Special Needs and Homeschooling Blog LinkUp: Sick Days!

  1. Thank you once again for hosting your link up on here. I’m glad you had a good week and hope that the wedding prep goes well. Ive always wanted to go see what the Susquehanna river looks like!
    Have a great week! Jade x

  2. Sorry you all had some sick days, but it’s wonderful that Bethany still was motivated to learn. It really does sound like a great week.
    We used The Reading Lesson about 10-11 years ago to teach Amber to read when she was 3 and 4 years old. We loved it and had great success using it. She was reading chapter books by Kindergarten. We especially loved how short the lessons were and how we could stop when she wasn’t feeling like learning and then pick it back up when she was ready. It was just a nice time together, sitting on the couch, learning to read.

  3. I was sick at the beginning of the week as well. Margaret decided to be a substitute teacher to Ian. Great but she didn’t do her work. 🙂 Ian completed all his with her help so at least one of them did. I am glad everyone is feeling better.

  4. This was my first time visiting your blog (via Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers). I’m so glad I found you. My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two weeks ago. It’s great to find an online community to share the journey.

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