Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to Co-op Classes Week

This week has been a crazy busy one where we've been away from the house for one or more appointments / activities per day. Even today I was awake and ready freakishly early (for me) waiting on the swing set movers. Just call me The Little Mommy That Could (or could not... check back at 3:00pm).

Our craziness started at a simple dinner with my mom, sister, and nephews on Saturday. The four year old had taken off his shoe, but his helpful brother picked it up. Only the 8 year old got distracted and forgot to put the shoe back on his brother. Amber reached across the 4 year old to the 8 year old for the shoe, and subluxated her shoulder.  (Subluxation is a dislocation that pops back in on its own). It's her loose joints and EDS making subluxations easy.

Sunday Amber had some pain and stiffness, but the shoulder was feeling much improved after dinner. So much improved, Amber forgot to be careful with the arm and re-injured it. So, Monday we were off to the pediatrician before Amber's echo-cardiogram. Thankfully, the shoulder is still structured well, but Amber was in a sling for several days.  The echo went okay, after a 45 minute delay.  Amber found it very unpleasant because the pressure of the ultrasound wand caused a couple of ribs to subluxate. Fun times.  But all's well that ends well; no mitro-valve prolapse!!

(Left)After the pediatrician visit. She's not happy at all about the sling, but happy it didn't require more assistance. (Right) A couple of days later, dinner before the Confirmation meeting, and her painting project this week.
Thankfully the therapy needed for Amber's joints has been scheduled and begins on Monday. We don't even have to drive all the way down the Children's Hospital, we can utilize the brand new specialty building about half the distance away. That's where we've been going for all the Children's hospital doctors the last couple of months.  It's a satellite building where some specialties are there daily, but others like rheumatology are only there once a week. 

Besides the medical issues this week, Amber met a friend for art fun at the Painted Pot again. She continued to practice flute despite the injury, and had her flute lesson. We also attended the new school year Confirmation meeting. How is it possible I have an 8th grade confirmation student. This means in less than a year she will be taking first communion (on Maundy Thursday)! She won't be confirmed until October of next year though, since our congregation has moved to Reformation Sunday (it's a Lutheran thing) confirmations as opposed to Spring confirmation. 

All week long Fred and I took turns out in the yard staining Amber's swingset in preparation for the move. For a while there my hands and knees were semi-permanently barn red. Now they are new-skin pink.  The swingset was all pretty and ready to go in time, and has now left a swingset sized dead spot in my yard. We're considering adding a 4 season room to the back of the house, so I'm not worrying about that dead spot right now.

I even managed to be prepared for my German 1 and German 2 classes yesterday. Oddly, I was more prepared for the new class (German 2) than the one I've already taught.  I think it's because I already knew the students and the class is small. I felt uneasy with the German 1 class, but we will become more comfortable in the next few weeks.

Amber is still sailing ahead in her German and making huge strides in her study habits. I had been a little frustrated with her German vocabulary knowledge and instituted a few new rules for German homework. We also restarted creative writing this week and continued in IEW.

One final swing, movers disassembling, waving goodbye, and our poor empty yard. Then re-assembled and waiting for two little boys.
English literature was another big topic this week, between all the other activities. If you missed it, we had a review of our very favorite literature course, Illuminating Literature. It's a new curriculum from Writing with Sharon Watson. Normally, Amber makes her opinion known about our curriculum choices, but with this one she can't stop gushing. Every day she discovers another new facet about her current novel and MUST share it with me. According to Amber, the Novel Notebook is the best idea since sliced bread. She believes it is the number one reason she is comprehending the underlying themes of her literature books. I believe it is the whole process, nevertheless we are both immensely enjoying literature this year.

All the other subjects made some progress too, but with so many out of the house events this week, they were somewhat secondary to our days.  Amber has managed to almost finish her explorers study in history while also preparing for the upcoming topics by reading historical novels I've assigned.

The big event of the week, however, was homeschool co-op classes! Amber has been anticipating them for weeks already and had her outfit picked out in advance. She was so bummed about the sling, but managed to get herself healed up enough to skip the sling on co-op day. Amber loved every single one of her four classes. I feared the Greek and Roman Technology class might be a little dry - it's for middle school and high schoolers, and uses video lessons with hands on projects. Instead, Amber spent an hour at bedtime last night telling me ALL about the class.  I'm not sure how her description took an hour, since the class is only 50 minutes! Still, I know more than I ever wanted to know about Greek and Persian ships. I'm just giddy this class was offered.

Ready for her first day of the new co-op classes, and hanging out in our church's youth room, where two of her classes happen to be held.  Plus proof she did work on school this week - a new IEW lesson.
Of course, Amber loved her embroidery and knitting classes.  A couple of her very best friends are in those classes and she said it is a nice relaxing time to learn more needlework and chat. Then, there was Playdoh Economics. I was kinda nervous about this one. It could really have gone either way with Amber. Thankfully, she met some new friends in the class, the teacher is one of her favorites, and Amber adored making "stuff" with the Playdoh. It was a win all the way around. Whew!

We still aren't done for the week even now, and have a teen group activity today. I have no clue what I plan to do this weekend other than sleep. Next week we start at it all again! It's wonderful to be busy and happy.

Happy Weekend!

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  1. What cool sounding classes. The co-op sounds wonderful. I am glad Amber's shoulder healed up quickly.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. I am sorry to hear about the subluxation and thanks for the definition. I had gone and looked it up a couple of weeks ago. I am glad to hear that she has appointment to help it and that they are closer. Our children's hospital does that as well. They will do appointments at other hospitals/clinics for certain things a couple of times a month.

    We will be keeping our swing set for a while yet as they all still use it. I am glad that it went to a good home and will be enjoyed by new kids.

  3. Subluxations sound painful and scary! Hopefully the joint therapy will help with that. I hope Amber's shoulder continues to heal quickly. That's a cute first day of coop outfit!!

  4. Hello! Can you please elaborate on "the novel notebook"? I searched google and found a novel notebook by Lynn Viehl. Is that the.same one Amber is using?

    1. It is part of the literature curriculum, Illuminating Literature by Writing with Sharon Watson.

  5. Thank you very much! I really appreciate your help!

  6. Hello! I'm desperately trying to catch up on all my blog reading...
    Amber looks so beautiful in her lovely outfit. And I love her hair slightly wavy - very pretty.
    It sounds like things are really falling in to place - her co op classes sound fab. I wanna be home schooled!!