In spite of it all, we soldiered through science lessons 11-16 about amphibians, reptiles, and fish. Embedded in these lessons about animal taxonomy were lessons about ecology, habitats, and trusting the Lord to provide.
|On Monday, when Baymax was really sick, the older kids took the little kids up to the field for some exercise.|
|We made origami frogs when we learned about amphibians--they're multiplying now!|
|These are beeswax models of the axolotl.|
|Little Princess gave her axolotl a face.|
|We experimented with balance and support to illustrate our discussion of a balanced ecosystem.|
|Yet another picture of tired baby, tired dad.|
Nature Angel wanted something special to do with me, so I downloaded The Good and the Beautiful homeschool curriculum for her. I had it professionally printed and bound, and it arrived on Thursday afternoon. It is so beautiful and so perfect for this girl!!! She can do much of it independently, but there's also a bit of time she gets to spend one-on-one with me each day, and it is a joy to work with her. So far she's getting familiar with the materials, and she's practicing fingerspelling her new spelling words every day.
Rose Red gave her first speech in her dual-enrollment communications class. Tuesday was a hairy day for us as I helped her fine tune her speech and get it submitted to her teacher, but we did it . . . and it is her work, not mine. :) She delivered her speech on Thursday to solidly good peer reviews, and she looks forward to a good grade from the teacher.
|Hurrah! Baymax feels better now!|
We'll see. :)
|Rose Red completed her Personal Progress! She received flowers and a certificate at YW in Excellence on Tuesday night. This Sunday she'll be presented her medallion in sacrament meeting.|
|Super Star dances in the rain and hail.|
We've also been given official permission to withdraw Ladybug from her school!!!!! The school has asked for 2 weeks to go through their discharge procedures and prepare for her "graduation" party. We're happily acquiescing because her school is marvelous, and we're so grateful for their support. Ladybug will continue to receive outpatient therapy with her same wonderful therapist, but she'll get to be home with us full time. We'll be under lots of supervision to see if this experiment works, so I'm kind of nervous, but more confident than worried.
We're also going to get a play therapist for Brother . . . finally! We need some support for some of his negative behaviors, and we want this precious boy to be truly happy.
On our way home from the meeting, Dad and I picked up a driver's education handbook for Rose Red. She'll take the test for her permit next week!!
Dance rehearsals are increasing in work as we've approached the one-month-to-performance date. The littlest ones are cute, but still require either me or the other mom standing in front of them to cue them on what move comes next for the one dance they're doing. The older kids are doing beautiful and complicated partner dances involving lifts. Nerves are getting tense.
We took Friday to go to our favorite pumpkin patch/kitten farm.
It was a good way to end the week.
(The vast majority of the photo credit goes to Pixie--she's a picture-taking champ!)