Saturday, December 3, 2016

Week 18 - December Break

Since we normally take a break from school for the majority of December, the first part of this week was my last hurrah to squeeze in regular lessons. This doesn't mean we eschew school entirely for December. Instead we allow Amber to rest when needed, enjoy the innumerable holiday events, and fill in the holes with formal and informal lessons.

Of course we have already started out the month with a couple of extra events. Friday was both my mother's birthday that we celebrated with her at lunch, and our church's Advent by Candlelight. This year Amber was hosting a teen / tween table, so we've been working on the details over the past couple of weeks. It culminated this week with final preparations and food acquisition, since there was no way either of us were attempting a homemade dessert with our busy week.

Amber's LEGO Winter Village, with the 2016 Train.
Amber did start the week fairly puny after the excitement of Thanksgiving and Christmas decorating. Her physical therapist noticed on Monday how weak she was, just in comparison to 7 days earlier. It's like her entire body stopped working properly. All of her muscles tightened up as a result of her joints going a bit crazy. Her blood pressure was freakishly low, resulting in a crazy high heart rate. She was just a mess overall. This is yet another reason December is light on school - Amber's body usually transforms into its winter state right after Thanksgiving and it takes us a while to adjust to her limitations.

Still, Amber managed to finish her co-op homework on Sunday and Monday which included reading and questions for health class, reading for Bible class, plus outline and write the rough draft of her persuasive speech for speech class. Next week is our last class of the semester, which means presentation of her final speech too.

Amber's table at Advent by Candlelight - before the lights went out :)
We managed to keep going on grammar, history, math, botany, and literature this week too. Instead of a new literature novel, we opted to work on poetry since it can be completed in smaller segments and was less of a commitment for December. This means we've left behind our use of Teaching the Classics for a short while in favor of the Memoria Press American Literature Short Stories and Poetry set we've had since last school year. Amber read and worked half of the lessons on Rip Van Winkle while I was at my pain management appointment this week.

I had intended to maybe go alone for the steroid shot in my back this week and let Fred stay home to watch over Amber, but instead we all went to the appointment. There was some concern I might need a driver, even though I was not technically required to have one because it was done with local anesthesia.  Let's just say we made the correct choice. However, the doctor was running behind, and although my procedure took only 10 minutes, the prep time and wait for the doctor to catch up on his appointments meant we were there quite a while. Thankfully the waiting room was mostly empty except for patients occasionally coming in and going out, so Amber was able to work on her literature while she and Fred waited on me.

And... by candlelight.
This coming week looks fairly promising for us to sneak in a few regular lessons, but that might be the end of it until after the new year. I'll have to see how things go, but our calendar is not looking too restful at the moment. Unfortunately, December also happens to be a rather busy medical month for Amber because of previous years when she was able to get into these doctors. That has left us with regular visits each December, or risking her running out of medications.

Here's to hoping we find a few more days to work on lessons before officially ending the first semester of 9th grade!

Happy December!

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  1. I do hope you find some restful times in this lovely season. The place setting is divine!
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. What a beautiful candlelit table, and a lovely idea for an Advent celebration. I'd like to know more about it. ;-) Praying that you all have times of rest and refreshing during the holiday season.