Well we survived the first day of home school! Everyone was in a good mood for the most part. Now Andi is finishing up her English assignment while the little ones nap.
It went well today, but we have a few wrinkles to iron out. I am still not sure what Andi should be doing while the little ones are doing things with me, and vice versa. But everyone loved the work, which included, worksheets, morning meeting, memory verse, catechism, Bible study, English, spelling, math–with towers, numbered jumping jacks, numbered spins in the spinny chair, and numbered laps around the house!, reading, coloring and more. It was good. I think they think I overhyped it a smidge. Andi is currently alternating being super excited about home school, and super bummed about missing friends at public school. So all you local home school readers…..Wanna have play dates sometime?
I have had a few people ask what we are doing for Boden’s education. The truth is, we didn’t know what to for a long time. Today he did some activities on his level–putting blocks into his giraffe toy, playing with his turtle mirror, and he listened to our Bible story. I was going to start teaching him his colors today with bandanas, but apparently those have scattered to the four winds, never to be seen again. I will have to buy some more soon. They have them at Hobby Lobby for about .89 each. My thought is that I should be able to ask him to find a color, and he will be able to pick the color out of the laid out bandanas. As far as education goes….He will be going to school. GASP! It sounds harsh to send him and keep the others at home, but I am trying to approach the kids’ education on a child-by-child basis. Boden was an orphan for 12 1/2 years. I am so scared to send him to school. However, our school district has a wonderful special needs/life skills educational co-op with the next town, and I think this solution will work for us. We should be able to get him in school for only half a day each day. That way he is home the majority of the time to still work on attachment (which is going great!), learn how to be in a family, and learn things that pertain to our family life. I can’t have him gone eight hours a day. It wouldn’t work for teaching him and attaching with him, and he just doesn’t have the stamina to put up with a 40 hour week. At least 8 of the 12 years he wasn’t with us was spent with absolutely no stimulation or education or playing or toys or walking at all….that does something to a person. He is very fast and easily overwhelmed. Also, he will be receiving PT, OT, and Speech therapy while is at school. I am so relieved! We were doing therapy multiple times a week, but the closest place to us was an hour away. It ran our lives for us. SO this program seems like a great solution. We are waiting for evaluations =)
OK this is a combo-post. So the other thing I wanted to mention was Boden. He has been home for 9 months and 5 days. He is growing a lot (Has went up 1.5 shoe sizes, has gained 16 pounds, and grown 3 or 4 inches), he is doing great, and is making tons of progress. In the mornings, he opens the pantry, brings me the PB for his oatmeal, brings me a banana, throws the peel away, opens and closes the microwave, pushes the start button, opens and closes the microwave when it’s ready, gets me a spoon, and puts the PB up and closes the pantry door and turns the light off. AMAZING! We put him on the potty several times a day, and when he uses it, he likes to flush and close the lid ( that’s better than my bio kids!). He also hates to chew, but will. He knows what we are saying for the most part, and follows directions (or chooses not to, thank you very much!). Boden walks all over the place now. He paces and practices a lot. When we first got him home, he had newborn soft and wrinkly feet. Now they have calluses–proof of all that hard work! He walks with his left leg locked because that knee is out of place, and the orthopedic dr. doesn’t think we can fix it because his patella is misshapen. Eyes and ears appoinments are coming up. We have already done a lot of medical work, that I won’t delve into. After 8 months, he finally decided that he could do patty cake on his own, and he can do signs for “more”, “eat”, “please”, and sometimes “mama”. He does the motions on his own, but he likes for me to hold his wrists while we do them. Boden fits into our family so well, it’s like he has always been here. He loves having a family. He loves having an Andi as much as he likes having a mama and daddy. He is starting to follow Lilly and Sawyer around, and he is interested in what they’re doing, but after never playing for 12 years, he still doesn’t know how. His favorite things are music, vibrations, chocolate, piggy back rides, and currently, Andi’s Skip-it
I guess that’s it.