Thursday, March 5, 2015

Therapy Thursday #8



Welcome to another week of Therapy Thursday. This is a place where we share ideas, resources and activities that we have done relating to therapy for your homeschooler. It might be physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or another therapy that you are using to help your child reach their potential.

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you just don't feel like you are getting things done? Maybe your "to-do" list is getting longer or maybe you just feel like all you are doing is running around. Here it is Thursday and that is a bit how I am feeling. School has been done but therapy is just getting put to the side. So the question is how do you keep up with therapy when you don't feel like it.

Have Miss K walk. On Tuesday we walked to church for Bible study and then we walked a bit further for co-op. We didn't have the car so when it was time to go home; we walked. Walking is not her favourite thing to do. She has been known to sit at the window and watch dad drive away with the car and realise that means that we have to walk. Walking is good exercise and we need her walking more for our holiday trips this year.

Assign therapy activities to her brother. They have been doing morning stretches before school. He has also been coaching her on ballet. It is not that he is a dancer but rather that he sits and tells her what to do.

So that has been therapy this week. Hopefully you are having a great week.

A few things to know before linking up:

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  • The specific blog post linked needs to be related to therapy. Please note if the post is not therapy related it might be deleted. 
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Beth

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Review

I can't believe it is the end of February already. I am continuing to work on some of the goals for the year and striving to be intentional.

I worked on my Unfinished Projects and finished one project this month and worked on a fourth. I did begin a new project, Summer House. I have four charm packs of Summer House fabric and I am making a quilt from that. I am almost finished my I Spy quilt. I just need to finish the binding.

I finished the binding on a block of the month quilt, which I did not do each month but rather waited until I had all the blocks and allowed them to sit in the sewing room and then quickly finished al of them in a few weeks. It really would be easier if you did the block each month when it arrived. This quilt is called Pennsylvania Dutch. I picked it based on my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage which is mainly from my dad's side of the family (my mom can correct me if there is any of that on her side as well).


I think we did a good job on hospitality this month. We had a some guys over for dinner and also a couple over for Stuart's birthday. My kids enjoy company because I will often make dessert on those evenings.

I think I might call the movie our outing for the month. I am ready for spring and nice weather so we can go on some more outings.

I might squeeze a quick hike in this afternoon. The weather is nice and so we will put on our hiking boots and go for a nice long walking -- all three of us.

I didn't do any knitting this month. I think I was busy finishing projects and working on other goals.

I have gotten rid of more things this month. Every now and then we get a plastic bag in our post slot that a charity is picking up clothing or other donations. It is easy, fill the bag, and put it outside for pick-up on a specific day. I had made it a challenge to put at least some things in each bag that we receive.

As I think about March, knowing that the weather will be warmer and the days a bit longer I do want to do more walking and exercise. I have been doing a 60 day T-Tapp challenge. I will measure on the 10th and see how many inches I have lost.

I found someone that will do machine quilting and that person is local. I love the piecing but do not enjoy the quilting. I have decided that I will continue to learn how to quilt on my machine but at the same time send some of the quilts to get machine quilted. My goal is to take two quilts to get machine quilted in March. These are two on my unfinished projects list.

I have my theory portion of the driving test scheduled for March. I have been studying and I am praying I pass the first time.

Those are some of my goals for March. What do you have planned for March?

Beth
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Week in Review - February 27, 2015

Where did February go? I will say that I am enjoying the slightly longer days and there are hints of spring. As we walked to the shops this morning, we saw crocus, daffodils, and buds on the trees.

I was a bit nervous about how our week would be after having part of a week off. Thankfully I think we got back into the routine through I just remember J and I didn't do spelling today. I guess he got a break.

I have figured out a way to get some art into our day. Normally we begin our day together with me reading Bible, History, and whatever else. I have begun to give the kids an art assignment using a textbook that I got in a thrift store.

Miss K's still life was a mug. The little squares on the top are marshmallows. The handle is a bit small but it does look like a mug.


I have decided that I want to give the kids opportunities to use real art supplies. I bought some little canvases and allowed them to paint them. J used acrylic paints and Miss K just used some poster paint we had.


Overall it was a good school week. I found some time to work on projects. Miss K wanted to make a dress. Really her idea of sewing is just to cut up fabric. I decided that I would use some of the flannel that I have and make her a nightshirt. I actually made it in an evening. Maybe I have been inspired by British Sewing Bee. I then took the scraps and am zigzagging them to make some more rags.

This morning Miss K packed her suitcase and brought everything downstairs. She told me she is going to Seattle on Tuesday and she wanted her password. She has everything planned for her time there except the ticket to get there.


That about wraps up our week.

Beth
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Therapy Thursday #7




Welcome to another week of Therapy Thursday. This is a place where we share ideas, resources and activities that we have done relating to therapy for your homeschooler. It might be physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy or another therapy that you are using to help your child reach their potential.

One of the things that I am learning is that I need to plan for therapy to happen and I also need it to be part of our school day. I need to do a better job of that this coming week.

I did pull out some nuts and bolts and give them to Miss K to play with. It has been a long time since she had them out. I did hear an "I can't do this." I sat with her and told her what she needed to do.


It is good twisting and turning practice and does mean the fingers have to do some work.


I have some stickers that we have had for years. I am slowly working through things like this that we have had for years. This was for math. She needed to put 10 stickers on the page. I did combine math and therapy.

It doesn't sound like much therapy but it really does require her to use her fingers and pull the stickers off the sheet.


Our days are getting longer and I am ready for warmer weather so we can get out and run and play.  I hope you are having a great week.

A few things to know before linking up:

  • Please link up to a specific post on your blog, not the main page of your blog.
  • The specific blog post linked needs to be related to therapy. Please note if the post is not therapy related it might be deleted. 
  • By including your blog on this link you are giving permission to have your post linked to other social media and graphics used in featured posts. 




Beth
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Praying with Confidence

Yes, I have written a number of things on prayer. I think that is because that is something that I am learning at this time. I am learning to pray more and hopefully those prayers are deeper prayers. I am excited to be in the final stages of writing Praying for the Heart.



Praying with Confidence


We can pray with confidence knowing that God hears us.

We can pray with confidence knowing that God cares.

We can pray with confidence knowing that God is able to work.

We can pray with confidence because of who God is.

Our confidence comes from who God is. We need to know him as a God who listens, cares, and is able to do the impossible.

Psalm 25 gives us a picture of who God is and what he wants to do for us as well as a picture of who we are and what we need to do.

God is trustworthy. He is the God of my salvation, a merciful God, loving and good, and a faithful God. When we think of all that God is we know we can pray with confidence.

The picture we see of who we are is not a pretty one. We are sinners, guilty, distressed, afflicted, and troubled. That is not the image we want for ourselves. We need to go back and look at who God is he is merciful and loving. There is hope for us.

This Psalm also gives us instructions as to what we are to do. We are to trust God, wait on the Lord, learn from God, keep his covenant and testimonies and fear God. When we are doing this things we will be knowing and growing our relationship with God and be able to pray with confidence.

We can pray with confidence.

Beth
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Choose Life


Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, 
Deuteronomy 30:19-20


I was reading in Deuteronomy this week and as I read these verses this sentence just struck me. Choose life and there are some simple and yet hard things to do to choose life. My desire for myself and my family is that we will love the Lord, obey and hold fast.

Beth
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Half Term Week in Review 20 February 2015

Even though we don't follow the local school schedule we have found that during break weeks there are activities and so we end up with somewhat of a break. This week was half term. We did school Monday and Tuesday and then J went to the local Christian camp with a bunch of boys from church.

Reading is Miss K's strong point. Math is coming slowly. I decided it was time to introduce her to the Bobbesy Twins. This is one that I had when I was a child. She likes to read in bed and she will read for a long time if you don't stop her.


We dissected a rose. (I saw this on a blog recently and don't remember which one, if it was yours thank you for the idea.) We had just finished our chapter on plants and decided it would be fun. One of the Valentine roses was willing offered for science. I needed to hear J excitedly examine and look for the different parts. Biology/life science is not his favourite. He would rather blow things up in the name of science.


Here is a close-up of the rose.



This is what the table looked like on one of our morning. It can be interesting to see what happens. I still have plans to create a self-cleaning homeschool area.


Miss K is modelling a skirt that latest in grocery store bag fashion. Things are so rough here that my kids have been forced to wear grocery bags. Just kidding. It does count as creative play.


J has been missing his Hardy Boys books. We had gotten a bit of a collection when we were in the States by shopping at thrift stores -- 99¢ a book. Someone had posted 43 books for £40 and I decided that was a good deal.


J went to camp. We took a break and I had some fun sewing -- I am finishing some projects and I did start a new one. I made a cover for my iPad and did some mending.

I am excited to try an online organic delivery. An online friend, had a voucher for a free box. Thank you, Sarah. I think I could get used to this.



Have you seen some of the Bible journaling art? I am not an artist but decided to begin to do just a bit. Here is my first page. As I was doing this, I found that I was meditating and really thinking about the passage. I used all supplies that I have here including the journaling Bible.


That about wraps up our week. Next week it is back to school. I am starting to panic that we will struggle to get our days and finish our books. I know you don't have to finish books and there are some that I don't care but there are some that we need to finish.

I had my camera with me this week and took lots of photos hopefully that will redeem me for last week with limited photos.

Beth

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