Saturday, July 2, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ July 2, 2011 (Summer Edition)

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…I had a scare! Ladybug (age 5) was playing with Papa (grandpa) and they were having a great time. I was in another room and all of a sudden I hear Papa yelling Ladybug's name. Papa is my step-dad and I had NEVER heard him yell like that. I go running into the other room to see Papa cradling Ladybug and her holding her mouth and crying. I don't know exactly what happened (and neither do they) but she was up on his shoulders and best we can determine is that she lost her balance at the same time he lost his grip and she fell. He tried to catch her but was only able to break her fall. I am so glad he was able to at least break her fall as she landed on her head/face. She had a fat lip, a bump on her forehead and a sore neck. We watched her for signs of a concussion and dehydration. Dehydration, you ask? Yes, we live in the Phoenix area and it was 110+ this week. After she hurt her lip she didn't drink much (it hurt) so we had to worry about dehydration. Luckily, the next morning she felt much better and started drinking her water again and was just fine. No signs of a concussion either!
In our homeschool this week…we didn't do much except read our new books we got as rewards from the Library Summer Reading Program. Also, Unicorn decided that she wanted to learn some Anatomy for science. So now I need to find resources that use proper scientific terms but are written for middle schoolers. She choose this topic after the scare with Ladybug. Unicorn want to learn more about concussions and other things that relate to the human body.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…we've been seeing a lot of Grandma and Papa this week!
My favorite thing this week was…was taking the kids to the library to turn in our June reading logs and pick out our prizes (books) for meeting our reading goals. We also picked up our reading logs for July!
What’s working/not working for us…is living so far from Grandma and Papa (and soon, my sister and her hubby)! 
Questions/thoughts I have…does anyone know of any anatomy type resources that might work for Unicorn. She is 11, reads at a HS level and comprehends at a 8-9 grade level. She wants to know about the body (parts as well as types of injuries, etc.). Thanks!!
Things I’m working on…finding a way to move closer to my family!
I’m reading…Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Geography of Bliss (the Library reward book).
I’m grateful for…NO concussion or dehydration! :D
I’m praying for…our path to become clear and the patience to wait for the answer to come.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…"Thank goodness I never went to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality." ~Beatrix Potter
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  1. I understand your prayer, I am in a similar place.  Two resources that I like are The Human Body by Jonathan Miller and The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson

  2. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    THANK YOU Holly! I will check those out!

  3. We love Harry Potter around here!

  4. Hi! I'm stopping by from THMJ. I'm glad that your daughter is alright! Scares are not fun!  I absolutely LOVE your quote from Beatrix Potter.  Have a great week!

  5. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 2, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Hi Becca! Can you believe I have never read it! I only saw 2 of the movies!

  6. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hi Michelle! I am in the Phoenix area too!  As far as the anatomy resources..I would reccommend going to one of the teachers stores. There is a great one in Scottsdale and a very good one in Mesa. When I am trying to find that "right" text for someone with a particular interest and i need a particular grade level i always have god luck going there as i can flip through the books prior to buying.  We don't have any family in the state so i can relate to you missing family.  Happy to meet you through the HMJ!

  8. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Kate! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me about the teacher stores! I guess I shouldn't whine about living FAR from my mom (it is only about an hour and a half)...we were just used to being only 40 min. away (and hope to be less than 30 min. away by the end of this year)! Thanks again for stopping by!

  9. A Slice of Smith Life SmithJuly 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    HI Michelle,
    First welcome to NOBH and thanks for linking up!  So glad you have joined us at NOBH!  I'm glad your daughter is OK with that scary fall!  About Anatomy curriculum...have you heard of Apologia Anatomy course?  I've had a couple of friends use this program and I have been using Apologia science for a few years now.  There is a Notebooking journal that goes along with the Anatomy text.  The text is very thorough with lots of information and terms.  Anyway, just a suggestion!  I look forward to reading more posts of yours at NOBH! :) Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life" :)

  10. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 6, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Hi Tracy! Thanks for stopping by and for the info on the Apologia Anatomy!
    It sounds great. Thanks again!

  11. So scary...thankful your little one is okay...looking forward to getting to know your family more...thank you for sharing with NOBH...
    kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

  12. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Kara!

  13. Glad that your little one is okay.  Is there a Red Cross Safety course in your area?  My older kids took the First Aid/CPR course when they were about 12.  It is a great skill to have, the handbook is good for continued learning, and having your First Aid certification adds to a resume and if your daughter is ever going to babysit, it will give her and the parents some peace of mind.

  14. AdventuresinHomeEducatingJuly 16, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Sharla! I love the Red Cross Safety course idea! I
    will look into it!


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