Feb 262011
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The Homeschool Mother's Journal In my life this week…

I had some emotional ups and downs. I think that I’ve got some definite post-partum hormonal adjustments going on.

In our homeschool this week…

I got the results of my middle son’s Woodcock-Johnson test. That was definitely one of the downs. I haven’t pulled out last year’s test to compare the raw scores, but we’re definitely dealing with some sort of learning disability. And more likely multiple disabilities.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This afternoon is my daughter’s family birthday party. She turned 11 yesterday. My parents will be here in about an hour and will stay the night. It’s been about a month since I’ve seen them. I hope to have a good visit.

My favorite thing this week was…

A night out with my birthday girl! She got her ears pierced and we enjoyed a strawberry milkshake from Chick-fil-A.

What’s working/not working for us…

I haven’t figured out how to teach everyone and how to provide enough learning activities for everyone when I’m not teaching. My daughter admitted she’s been bored lately with our lighter school schedule. She was reading a lot, but she read so much that now she’s not in the mood for it.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Where do I find testing for my son? I’ve got to figure out what we’re dealing with and how to proceed. I’ve got to get my husband on board too. I spoke to our doctor on Thursday and I will be preparing a packet for her to review BEFORE his physical next month. She happens to be a friend outside of being a doctor which I’m finding to be a really great experience.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Here is my daughter with her new haircut on Thursday. (Please excuse the poor picture quality. I took it with an iPod camera.)

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  6 Responses to “Homeschool Mother’s Journal”

  1. I’m sorry your hormones aren’t cooperating. Your daughter looks beautiful, and I hope she enjoys pierced ears! It must have been nice to have some time alone with her. I used a developmental pediatrician to have the boys evaluated. If you have a teaching hospital nearby, they often have a developmental pediatricians, but they can be hard to find. The first visit is quite extensive, too. Good luck.

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  3. So sorry you are dealing with so much at once, that has to be hard. Not sure what suggestions for your son. We had Paulie tested when he was younger at Chicago hospital (when we lived in Illinois). But then we didn’t do much but home things after that. I pray you find some direction for your son.
    Your daughters haircut is pretty. And I didn’t know you wrote on Squidoo. I’m just now starting to write on it, trying to get the hang of it all.

  4. Happy birthday to your daughter, Kristen. She is growing so fast! I’m glad you were able to have some special mother-daughter time.

    I am sorry about the downs. I’ll pray that you get the answers you need, and the Lord reassures you that you are the mom He chose for your son.

  5. What a pretty haircut!

    For learning activities when you’re busy or tired, try Ambleside online, handicrafts, or giving her more household responsibilities, especially fun ones. All of those have worked for us at different times, especially when I was sick for a few years and when I was on bed rest with my last pregnancy.

    She could maybe even help by teaching one of the others something she really likes. One year my oldest taught us Greek, and my second taught us Middle East geography. I was one of the students, and it was so blissful to sit there and make the Greek letters or color maps and let someone else worry about all the ‘teacher’ things. We all loved those sessions.

    I hope all goes well with your son. If he’s still young (under 10) he may not be ready for formal schoolwork yet. You might want to check out some books by Raymond and Dorothy Moore.


    Annie Kate

  6. Hi Kristen! I am stopping by from THMJournal. I am sorry you are having an “up and down” week! I wanted to tell you that my son had testing done two years ago and we went with private testing out of the Developmental Pediatrics department of our state children’s hospital – Riley, in Indianapolis. My hubby is a pediatrician and he knew the PhD who did our testing. She did a great job and was very thorough and we got a long formal report with tons of information. It helped us to know what direction to go in next. My son has both dyslexia and dysgraphia, with inattentive ADHD. Getting the formal testing done was very, very helpful for us! I am thinking about taking him back to see how much progress he has made. I’m not sure about that. If you have any questions, let me know if I can help!

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