Archive for January 30th, 2009


One thing that’s going right.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I’ve haven’t posted a lot on homeschooling. Lately it’s been kinda crazy. We had Jon home for two weeks in December, then I had one week to get in a groove, which I didn’t, and then I made the costumes the next week. Then I got sick.

So this is the first week, in six weeks, where I was consistently doing something homeschool related for three out of the five days. (My goal is school three days of the week.)

I’ve been feeling kinda in a rut, we do the same things over and over, and I’m wanting to help Lilah more with her spelling, and incorporate math and history or some kind of subject learning, I also wanted Beth to kinda tell me where Lilah is with her reading and what she thinks I need to work on.

So we hopped over to Beth’s house after a strange lunch time at the park. (Lilah was avoiding Eden and I kept losing sight of her or Eden because of it, so I forced her to play with Eden but she decided they should play hide and seek and, in essence, avoid Eden still.)

Beth did a reading evaluation on Lilah and Lilah read, and comprehended most of what she read, up to the fourth grade level and Beth felt she could have pushed her to the fifth.

So we’re doing something right.

Reading was a big hurdle so I feel relieved that Lilah is doing so well, and I feel like I was guiding her not teaching her.

Lilah does read at a fourth grade level, but she does have a problems with figuring words out on her own. She reads so fast that she doesn’t like to slow down and figure out what words are if she doesn’t know them or she glosses over and makes an educated guess, sometimes right, sometimes wrong, something I’ve noticed when we read together.

So our next goal is to look at word structure and talk about them, even on words she knows and stick to lower level reading book until she gets a little more patience and stops to figure words out. She’s not in some rush to move up in books so I think this will be just fine for her.

I’m also needing to work on writing and spelling with her a little more, but this shows me that kids can learn and they can teach themselves. I really feel like I just was helping Lilah learn and she was the one progressing ‘behind my back’ when she would decide to sit down and read books to herself or even to Eden.

She’s one smart cookie and I’m happy to be her mom and mentor.

Ten Days

Friday, January 30th, 2009

It’s been 10 days on the road to recovery, well 11 if you count the day I saw the doctor, and I think I’m back to normal.

Hallelujah!

Especially since I was seeing little progress until Wednesday night and had made an appointment Wednesday morning because I felt like I would¬† be eating just Malt o’ Meal, applesauce, banana, egg, and chicken noodle soup with just a little bit of potatoes forever.¬† When I didn’t get a stomach ache Wednesday night from my potatoes I canceled the appointment I had for this morning 25 hours in advance, otherwise I would have had to pay the copay had I waited a mere 1 and a half hours longer.

I ate just a half a cup of my favorite cereal this morning, Oatmeal Squares, after my bland Malt O’ Meal and had no tummy ache!

Then today I tried bread and snuck a few peanut butter filled pretzels in. (I checked my Trader Joe peanut butter filled pretzels, that I bought after the recall, are not on the list.)

And I got no stomach ache!

I am so happy.

My first regular meal will be my favorite chicken potpie with rice. I figure it’s kinda soup-ish and I may wait till Sunday to make my mandarin orange chicken, but if tonight goes well there’s no doubt what we’re having tomorrow night for dinner.

I love being on the road to recovery and more than that, at my destination of recovery.

Regular food, here I come!