Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Homeschool and Fun

Wow, it's been a while since I did a weekly update.  It's time to get back into the swing of things, since school officially starts in just a couple weeks.  

We've been having some fun outings since Fred recovered and just generally spending more time together, as a family.  We've also been eating out a lot, with desserts.  This is going to have very negative effects soon, but it is oh soooo good.
Amber's dessert from The Cheesecake Factory.
It was almost too pretty to eat.
Amber has been dutifully completing her daily academic assignments.  She alternates history and math each day and definitely has a preference for history this summer.

She is nearly at the end of Saxon Math 6/5, and will be ready before the first day of school for Math 7/6.  Yay! Even with our difficult start to the summer, she has managed to complete the few items in Math 6/5 that gave her difficulty on the tests and will now bypass Math 6/5 for the school year.

Amber also has been studying the early life of our nation and is quickly approaching the Civil War.  We will start the early Civil War era with the new school year.  How exciting!!!  I think we will be taking a Civil War field trip shortly before school starts too.  Nothing like going full force into the Civil War.

I must say, while on occasion, Amber doesn't like doing any school work over the summer, she has finally after all these years come to see the benefits of my crazy summer assignments. This summer she  found that she does forget a few things, especially in math, and it is good to keep it refreshed over the summer instead of a crash course when school starts.  Keeping up with a few subjects is definitely something that is working for us, overall.

Rare kitty nap. He usually keeps Amber company.

This week we also took Amber to have her assessed for sensory "issues".  We have known since she was quite young that she had sensory processing problems.  They seemed to get better as she aged, to a point. In the last year they ALL returned, and worse than ever.

The assessment was an eye-opening experience for Fred and me, while Amber enjoyed the every minute of it.  She has some pretty serious sensory problems.  The tactile, vestibular, and auditory systems are her most difficult areas. She also has some significant problems with the visual and proprioceptive systems.  Even while we knew she had sensory problems, there were quite a few details that we never expected.

Amber is very good at compensating for some of the issues and thus we never even suspected them.  It was quite a shocking discussion that I had with the therapist.  However, after watching the assessment through a one-way mirror, I do agree with their results.  I just never realized how many things Amber does differently than the average child to compensate for sensory problems.

End result is that Amber starts weekly therapy next week and she is so excited to go back.  I was worried that she would be a little freaked by it or feel uncomfortable.  But she knows it will help her in the end and she had ever so much fun during her assessment.  I am so grateful that we made the decision to finally have this done for her.  I guess better late than never.

Happy girl.  Can't wait to go back to sensory therapy.

Next week we are going to start on our fun England study, that should finish up right before school officially starts for the 2012-13 year.  This was an idea we had to lead into the olympics. We have grand plans to bake up a storm this week using recipes from all around the UK.  I'll let you know how they turn out.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Oh...she should enjoy therapy! And you'll be amazed how her sensory issues will improve. My youngest son (7) was diagnosed with SPD just before he turned 4.

    1. We had an unofficial diagnosis when she was 3, but the doctor didn't really want to pursue anything. I should have just sent her to therapy anyway.

      She is excited though.

  2. What a sweet adorable girl! the cat is cute too! I found you at Weekly Wrapup. My daughter has a lot of sensory issues also due to brain cancer, autism. So we have a bit in common. So glad Amber is looking forward to therapy. that definitely makes things easier!!! I am following you now and hope you will check out my blog and follow back! I am #7 on the list.

    1. We are hoping it does go smoothly. Thanks for following. I will definitely check out your blog.