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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! 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! 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! 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.
Josiah and Katy were thrilled (and so am I) to go and get their marriage license! The wedding is only 4 weeks away now! Malcolm and I even got away again for another little nature walk. This time we strolled along the Susquehanna River! 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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