Where has this month gone? I don’t think I’ve ever had a September fly by quite so fast before, but then maybe it’s just a sign of how busy this month really has been.
We began our schooling Sept 12, and it seems to be going well. I see the need for some added adjustments here and there, mostly added work in areas that Mark needs more practice. We are using some great resources this year in addition to our core studies and that is making school fresh and interesting. We love our timeline (see post_HERE_) and Michael is doing a lot of his history through living books, loving and learning through great literature.
So, Michael’s history study this year is ancient Greece and Rome; right now it’s focusing on Greece. And these Jeanne Bendick books are so great to use for history study, I am just so happy with great literature that teaches lessons and elevates the reader’s language.
We are also using this great little resource for reviewing and practicing cursive penmanship and incorporating art study, AND it’s correlated with Greece and Rome historical facts and architecture – who knew!? lol! what a great little addition to this history study! I just wish I had found this resource YEARS EARLIER!!..as I would have been using it all along.
Draw and Write Through History: Greece & Rome
You can see several more of these resources for different levels and different history eras at this LINK
In addition to our regular studies, the children have also started back to their religious education classes at our parish, and I am once again teaching 2nd grade (for the 18th year now…)….wow, where has the time gone!? This year I have my youngest son in class with me; he is doing well, and it’s interesting and good for me to see him compared to his neuro-typical peer-mates, as he has high functioning autism. We continue to go to language expression/communication therapy for him, weekly. We’ve run into a few glitches this year, namely recently, the dentist. Mark has a cavity and it needs addressed within a certain amount of time but he did not cooperate with the dentist a couple weeks ago for the filling. I have a few options, none of which I’m too thrilled about, but will pray further and accept what may be the resolution.
Weighing in on things….
I have also put Mark on a restricted low fat diet, just to see if we can taper him down some to make the neurology visit more successful in early December. She was concerned about his chunkiness – it’s adorable there is no doubt, but maybe he would be more coordinated and do better physically with a little less chunk. I’m okay with that, although in time it would disappear as it has on my other children. So, I tell Mark he is now on the Special K diet :) We replaced his wanting of three chewy Chips Ahoy cookies for breakfast with Special K cereal bars instead. Way less calories and far more nutrients. And by the way, Weight Watchers String Cheese is awesome and delicious! …and half the calories of regular.
As this month ends for us, we begin October with three family birthdays and an anniversary. Mark starts the month off on the 1st with his birthday, my mother and brother in law on the 2nd, and our 23rd wedding anniversary on the 8th. As we make way for a more colorful and beautiful autumn, I look forward to a more relaxed school year, minus college preparation, which took up most of my life and school time for the last four intense years here. It’s absolutely all worth it as it pays off in students ready to do well in college, but I will not sugar-coat it: IT IS A LOT OF WORK!
God bless you this day and in all you do!