Sunday, May 1, 2011

Homeschool Highlights - Week of April 17, 2011


Read aloud:  We snuggled together on this dreary day and read a pile of library books that Shayla had chosen last week.  It was fun to sit and take the time to do this.  We haven't done this in so long.

Social Studies:  Finished reading the Operation Christmas Child newsletter and identifying countries on the globe. 

Our power went out for about 3 hours.  I never realized how much we miss it.  Maybe our family needs to look into purchasing a generator because I don't think I could last long without electric.


WHAT A DAY!  Shayla was up half the night vomiting.  She didn't appear to have any other symptoms and she said her stomach did not hurt.  I decided to let her sleep in after the rough night for the whole family.  I was just getting ready to check on her again just before 10am when I heard a pitiful whining sound.  I thought the new puppy had found her room and wanted to wake her.  WRONG!  Instead I discovered it was Shayla.  I thought she was being silly and went to her.  She was in the middle of a full blown seizure!  OMG!  Words can not even begin to describe how I felt as my baby lay there with her eyes rolled up in her head and thrashing all over!  I didn't know if she was dreaming or what since she had never had a seizure before.  I tried to wake her up, then came the awful gurgling, coughing sound and the gasping for air.  I assume she was trying to swallow her tongue.  Having never experienced this before, I picked her up and moved her to the couch because I couldn't get into her bunkbed with her very well. 

I talked, yelled, and cried to her.  I held her head and looked into her eyes.  She couldn't make eye contact with me.  When the seizure started to settle down, she looked at me, but I could tell she did not recognize me.  Then all of the sudden, I could see it coming over her face.  She recognized me and tried to speak, but the words wouldn't come. 

I'm sure the whole ordeal only lasted a few minutes, but at that time, my whole world stood still! 

I got some children's advil down her, followed by some water.  Then we got dressed and went to the ER for her to be checked out.  Before we left, her appetite returned and she asked for breakfast.  By the time we got to the ER, she acted completely normal. 

The doctor said it was a febrile seizure.  He is hopeful that she will not seize again because these particular seizures usually occur in infants - age 5.  It is when the body heats up too quickly and the brain can not compensate and shuts down. 

If this were not bad enough, my husband left work to go to the hospital with us.  He had to take a point for leaving.  This is only the third point he has had in over ten years!

He even returned to work after we got home and settled down.  Then they gave him a letter that said that he would have to get permission from his doctor before May 2 to continue to be employed there.  I can not disclose much now, but I will say that he suffers from a work related injury!  Now they are going to can him?!?  REALLY!?!
Shayla was excited to show off her hospital id bracelet.

Social Studies:  We snuggled together as a family and watched a Berenstain Bears movie.  These books and movies are great discussion starters presented in a non-threatening way to discuss behavioral topics.

Phys ed:  Jumping on the trampoline.  Seriously!  The same girl that about gave me heart failure this morning was feeling up to getting some fresh air and bouncing around!


Bible:  Prayer:

  • Pray With a Thankful Heart.  Psalm 100:4-5
  • Pray in Secret.  Matthew 6:6
Devotions:  Trust in God.  Psalm 31:14-15

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  Best Friends

Read Aloud:  Tico and the Golden Wings and Cornelius

Language/phonics:  Lessons 115-116

Math:  Subtraction workbook pages


Bible:  Pray About Everything.  Philipians 4:6

Devotions:  Bases Covered.  Matthew 26:36-40

Reading:  Come One, Come All
  • Read about the author of Best Friends, Steven Kellogg
  • Did You Know
  • Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat
Read Aloud:  Swimmy, In the Rabbitgarden, Theodore and the Talking Mushroom, A Color of His Own, The Greentail Mouse, The Alphabet Tree

Ballet and Clogging Lessons
Math:  Read One Cent, Two Cent, Old Cent, New Cent.  Read and practiced coins with Look What's in a Dollar.  Played store, buying toys.

Bible:  Prayer:  Ask God for What You Need.  John 16:23-24, 1 John 5:14-15

Devotions:  Remembrance. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Reading:  Come One, Come All:  A Year Later, Grow With These, Meet Nikki Giovanni and her poems:  The Dragonfly, Mommies, The Drum, Covers

Read Aloud:  Flat Stanley.  We have heard so much about this book, so I had to get it.  We were disappointed.  It definately wasn't as fun as we expected. 

Language/phonics:  Lessons 117-118

Math:  Reviewed flashcards and made some with index cards and rubber stamps.


Easter Egg-stravaganza at our church.  Shayla made a placemat (art), listened to a devotional, and participated in the egg hunt. 


Read aloud.  Read a pile of our bookshelf books.

Egg hunt in our own backyard.

The girls talked me into giving them their baskets early.  I know, I'm a push-over, but they put up a good arguement.  They wanted dad to be able to see their joy as they opened their baskets.  Young politicians in the making!

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