There was no little hesitation in my heart as I finally sat down to put a family schedule together for the new school year. What if it was actually impossible to fit everything in? I was putting the plan together as if Daniel was already working full time, although he’s only working one day a week right now.
What a relief to find that the plan looked pretty decent on paper. And guess what?
It’s working beyond our best hopes. This is the first schedule we’ve ever had that I am ecstatic about, as I do not naturally love a schedule and only have one if absolutely necessary. But this one is such a great fit for us that it is truly serving us rather than the other way around.
Tomorrow will be a test to see what happens when we lose our training wheels, since Daniel will be working with Joe.
In rising daily at 5:30 am (at the latest!) and having a fairly tightly scripted day, I Can Not afford to stay up as late as I had been, so this is another fly-by post. Someone told me they missed seeing Katie and Verity, and I gladly obliged. <grin>
***We so appreciate all the advice and understanding notes we received after the blow-out post! Thank you to all you wonderful people who surround us! We are blessed to know you! We’ve tried something that’s helping for now, but we’re praying that God will send us just the right help to form a longer-term dietary plan that is tailor-made for Tommy!
Thank you to everyone else for tolerating the subject material you’ve read here of late! Ha!***
I keep saving Tommy photos for his big post, but here’s our handsome boy on Sunday, spending a quiet day at home. Look how upright he can sit!
Grabbed the camera and took a few photos this morning at the school table.
Verity practicing fine motor and cognitive. She’s doing pretty well learning her colors. If we expect a lot and hold her to a high standard, she amazes us with what she can do.
She loves puzzles and does well with them if we help her to stay focused. Once she’s familiar with a puzzle, she’ll pick up a piece and put it into the right place without prompting. She tends to be too easily satisfied with a piece being crooked, so I walk her through correcting her mistake when necessary, encourage every attempt, and make a big deal out of every success.
Saying, “I DID it, I DID it!”
We still give her ginkgo every day to help her focus, and I can always tell whether she’s finished her ginkgo juice or not. Stuff tastes truly horrid, but she’s used to it after getting it daily for almost three years.
Exercising those oral motor muscles. “Blow very hard, Verity!”
[By the way, we aren’t liking the plastic table cover and plan to toss it once we can’t stand it one more minute. You can see why…]
Speech continues to be one of Verity’s areas of strength, and she’s doing more spontaneous talking all the time. Gross motor hasn’t been one of her strengths, but she can be speedy now when she wants to be.
And today there was lots of cheering for her when she carefully and deliberately put her shorts on by herself for the very first time! She only needed a little help pulling the back up over her diaper. We are so proud of her!
“Katie, see the puppy dog? Puppy dog says, ‘Woof, woof!’ Here’s a puppy dog; there’s a puppy dog. Put the puppy dog IN the puppy dog.”
“Swish, swish, swish, goes the goldfish! Good job looking at the goldfish! Push it in, Katie! That’s right, push it in! Big girl to push it in!”
Katie has a brief attention span and many sensory and fine motor challenges. I lay her hand over the piece to prompt her to pick it up and she drops it in the generally correct region, then hand-over-hand I help her wiggle it around and push it into place, with lots of enthusiastic verbal encouragement.
“Yay, hurray! Yay for Katie! You did it! You did the puzzle!”
Sweet Kate. Last winter she would not have held a chewy tube in her hand for more than a few seconds, and now she’s willing to hold and chew on it for a minute or so! She chews longer when I’m holding it for her.
We’ve been thrilled to hear Katie attempt to talk again after months of silence! Although we can guess, we may never know exactly why she stopped vocalizing for so long. Her ear tubes need to be replaced, and she has had several ear infections over the past months, so this was impacting her speech development, but she hasn’t received the new tubes yet, so–??? In many ways, both Katie and Tommy are mystery children.
But now her words are coming back. Yesterday, I was working with her to help her color a picture of an apple, and modeling the word for her, when out it came! “App-a,” she said, clear as clear! THIS IS REMARKABLE!!
School for the littlest people in our house looks a lot like play!
A glance around the rest of our school table. The older children are independent in their studies, except for BiblioPlan history, which we all do together. And love. I spend most of my direct teaching time with the four little boys.
Stephen will turn five years old in a couple of months.
James is six and a half.
Peter also happens to be six and a half. John Michael is a tall almost eight year old.
These few photos show the merest fraction of all the bustling life that is lived in our family every day, the forts made of couch cushions, the towering piles of extra-large mixing bowls, pots and pans, diapers, bibs, towels, and washcloths, fleets of scooters and bicycles, bowl after bowl of the concoctions we mix up for Tommy, the quiet rest times with books, the silly things the little boys say and do that make us laugh, the learning to work together and get along with one another at close quarters, on and on and on the list goes.
My brain can’t think of anything profound and my eyes are having trouble focusing, so I’ll say goodnight now. Life is full and God is good.
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