In case you lost track of time

Welcome to the end of April. I’m going to use this entry to update any followers as to what’s going on in my life since I’ve been gone quite a while without writing a post. Sometimes it just seems impossible to remember to maintain it honestly. So here we are, in Spring! It’s been a very interesting month.

Our youngest is about to turn a month old on the 30th. Yep, she’s finally here. I can’t believe it’s been a month already, but it has. She was born March 30th at 5:11pm 6 lb 15oz and 19.5″ long. She came naturally which was a first for me out of the 6. My water had broke at 7:50am while I was in the process of waiting at the preschool for them to open their doors at 8:00am. Needless to say, I’ve never had my water break before on it it’s own, so I was a bit excited and nervous and kind of scared. I had no contractions so I just waited those 12 minutes patiently while calling to make arrangements with my mother and to let my husband know (at work) that it was time to go to the hospital. 9 hours later and voila, beautiful baby girl! I’m breastfeeding of course, as I’ve done with all my others. Everyone adores her and all the children are very happy to have a new baby sister, for now at least, ha.

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My oldest, the 5th grade homeschooler, is about to be finishing up her course work. Can you believe it!? It was a 36 week course that we’re about to be finishing up in the next 2 weeks. It was definitely a very trying experience and one I’m not likely to repeat with any of the children. It could just be the attitudes, the lack of her motivation and willingness to learn and comprehend. I’m probably just not the best “teacher” for her as far as standard curriculum goes. I did my best, we did our best and we made it through it, but we’re looking forward to starting back to public school in the fall.

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My 8 year old son with ADHD has excelled in school tremendously since being medicated in November 2016. He’s gotten A’s & B’s in his 2nd, 3rd and going on 4th quarter report. He’s even scored well on the NNAT2 test that he has been invited to join a group called Talented Development where he will be working with an Academically Gifted Resource Specialist once a week in a group of similar students for the remainder of the year. In the following school year he could be working with AG kids/courses as long as he maintains a 3.0 GPA. We’re very proud of him and his achievements.

My 5 year old son is going in for his ADHD evaluation next month. He has been giving his Kindergarten teacher and school staff gray hairs since the beginning, but there was nothing I could do since his pediatrician can’t or won’t diagnose under 6 years old. There were no other options for me with him until then, so you can see how starting school in August and not turning 6 until 6 days before school lets out has made this school year very difficult. Thankfully though considering he has demonstrated ALL the characteristics of his older brother before his diagnosis, that I’m confident that putting him on the same medication will result in the massive changes that his older brother went through and will make the next school year 100% better.

Cap & Gown pictures were yesterday for my preschooler. She has an exciting month coming up, turning 5 years old and graduating preschool. She’s had such an amazing school year and has gone above and beyond the expectations of learning for the whole year. Her report cards were magnificent and her behavior was excellent. Her teachers just adore her and I know she’s probably going to miss it very much but I’m hoping she’ll enjoy Kindergarten just as much.

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My homebody for this last year is finally going to be starting preschool himself in the Fall. He’s looking forward to it. I just finished the last 2 forms yesterday when they called me in to confirm his placement in the 2017-18 school year. That will leave just me and the little miss at home for the next 4-5 years once they all start back to school, which is only a few months away. They let out May 26th and will be going right back probably the 2nd week of August.

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We have some fun things in store coming up so I’ll write about some adventures & experiences soon!

In case you lost track of time

Week 26 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Language Arts

  • Topics for Writing
  • Have your child write a 5 paragraph Autobiography.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(administer, advantage, adventure, defog, dehumidify, depart, derail, disagree, disappeared, dishonest, disinterested, explode, export, external, extricate, unequal, unprepared, untrue)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by: Deborah and James Howe
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Multiplication with Mixed Numbers
  • Dividing Fractions

Science

  • Deserts
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Maps
  • How to read maps
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 26 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Yes, I got a little side tracked the past several weeks that I didn’t post the lesson plans, but we sure have been busy at work. I got the time to sit and type them so here are the lesson plans for weeks 19-25

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WEEK 19

Language Arts

  • Writing Business Letters
  • Addressing Envelopes

Spelling

List of 18 words
(cactus, celebrate, cement, certain, citizen, citrus, convoy, cumbersome, cyclone, dangerous, gallery, gesture, gopher, gurgle, gypsum, Gypsy, magic, region)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Tangram Set
  • Fractions

Science

  • Slavery
  • California Gold Rush
  • Missouri Compromise
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 20

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Have your child write about a personal experience.
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(affection, autograph, cough, enough, familiar, foreign, frequent, furniture, geography, laughter, muffler, paragraph, philosophy, physical, raffle, slough, stuff, tough)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbit
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Simplifying Fractions
  • Conversions

Science

  • Mountains
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Slavery continued.
  • Events leading up to Civil War
  • Have child imagine she’s a slave, have her write a plan for her escape.
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 21

Language Arts

  • Creative Writing
  • Make a story plan.
  • Rough Draft
  • Final Draft

Spelling

List of 18 words
(ballet, castle, crumb, doubt, height, knack, knight, known, knuckle, listen, plumber, soften, thumb, weight, wreck, wren, wrench, wrestle)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets Everyday
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Volcanoes
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Civil War
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 22

Language Arts

  • Writing Dialogue
  • Practicing writing dialogue between characters.
    (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(accounts, adventures, arches, blouses, classes, compasses, couches, decisions, dresses, erasers, eyelashes, inches, indexes, larynxes, syllables, telescopes, toothbrushes, walruses)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Circle of Gold by: Candy Dawson Boyd
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Unlike Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Science

  • Caves
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Significance of the colors blue and gray during Civil War
  • Famous Battles of Civil War
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 23

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences
  • (Worksheets all week)

Spelling

List of 18 words
(anniversary, beauty, chimney, decoy, dictionary, highway, holiday, industry, monkey, mortuary, party, quantity, salary, strawberry, survey, turkey, valley)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Syllables
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions

Science

  • Canyons and Waterfalls
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Geographic Regions
  • Mountain States, North Central States, South Central States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 24

Language Arts

  • Main Ideas
  • Look at paragraphs in a magazine or newspaper and take away the first sentence. Have your child re-write an appropriate topic sentence.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(calves, echoes, elves, geese, halves, heroes, leaves, moose, potatoes, scarves, shelves, thieves, tomatoes, wives, wolves, women, yourselves)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Outlining a story.
  • Stone Fox by: John Reynolds
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Fractions

Science

  • River Systems
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • Northeastern States, Southeastern States, Midwestern States, Pacific States
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 25

Language Arts

  • Paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences

Spelling

List of 18 words
(conserve, constructed, impatient, imperfect, impersonate, impractical, impure, prearrange, prepaid, preview, react, recall, recharge, reclaim, redecorate, redeem, relate, retain)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Life Skills
  • How to use a phone book
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Different denominators and Mixed Fractions
  • Multiplication of Fractions

Science

  • Oceans and Seas
  • Science worksheets and Test

Social Studies

  • US Climate Zones
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 19-25 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

The Faces of ADHD/ODD

My oldest son (age 7, he’ll be 8 at the end of December) was diagnosed ADHD (combined) & ODD on November 16th. We knew he had trouble staying focused and listening and following some instructions, he also had a defiance streak among other issues. It wasn’t until he started 2nd grade this year that the issues started showing themselves more in the school environment. His defiance was aimed towards teachers instead of just us, he lacked focus and couldn’t control his verbal outbursts, which made him a disturbance in the classroom. He ended up having to spend just about every day in the office.

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In the few short weeks since school following the start of school which was August 10th, I got note after note home from his teacher. We scheduled a parent teacher conference by the first PTA the following month. Pretty soon 2 months into school he had 2 referrals with a third on the way. He was even seeing the guidance counselor once a week and she recommended the teacher fill out a form for his Pediatrician. We had 3 parent teacher conferences and eventually all this struggle led to what the school calls an RTI which is an Intervention done by the school officials (principal, guidance counselor, teacher) so they could better assist him with trying to do better, keep busy and stay focused. Since they knew he was about to be going to the doctors for an ADHD evaluation they were making changes that were typical for an ADHD child.

Surely enough between the form the teacher filled out and the form I filled out for at home, along with his report card, his conduct markings for the first 13 weeks of school and the referrals plus the information I gave about him on a more personal note. She did not hesitate to diagnose him ADHD and ODD. She also referred him to a psychiatrist for further assistance on other issues. She then prescribed him Vyvanse that day and I started him on it the next day. We let him know that the pill wasn’t magic and that he also had to do his best along side it.

On just his 2nd day on the medication I got the first ever positive note home! I was thrilled. After a week his conduct report came home and it was a 71%, it’s never even been close to that. We noticed a drastic change with him at home too. He’s more attentive, focused and less defiant.

They have an app called Class Dojo and all school year it’s been negative after negative to the point where he was so bad at school he missed out on 2 school functions based on his conduct. Since the medication he hasn’t had a SINGLE negative mark on his Class Dojo, they all look like the photo below. Amazing. His second conduct report came home this past Tuesday and it was 100%. It’s a complete transformation.

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For 2 weeks I’ve been getting notes home about how good he’s been doing. It’s like he’s a different child. I was skeptical about medicating him at first. I didn’t want to be one of those parents who jump right into drugging their children for all their problems. But ever since he started taking it and I’ve seen the incredible changes there is no doubt in my mind that this was the best choice for his education, his well-being and his overall function.

I know his 2nd 9 weeks report card is going to be too far gone to repair, but I’m pretty confident that by the 3rd 9 weeks his grades are going to drastically improve. We’ve seen the improvement just in his behavior in the 2 short weeks he’s been on the medication. We’ve also seen the graded work that has been coming home. It’s a major change to what we were considering the norm.

Here’s an example of a few weeks prior vs. the 2 weeks on the medication.

Here is his 1st 9 weeks progress report.

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Also his 2nd 9 weeks progress report which has improved a little bit from the first 9 weeks, so I am looking forward to seeing the changes in the 3rd 9 weeks now that he has something to help him focus more.

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I’ve heard of so many people having children misdiagnosed and many parents against medicating their children. I was worried about all the same things, heard all the same horror stories. I put my worries aside to do my best to help my child. I was so ready to suck it up and figure something out no matter what it was. I was at my wits end. Tired, no exhausted, and completely stressed to the max. Sick of crying day in and day out, begging for answers that never came. This may not be the complete answer, but in just the short time he’s been diagnosed and medicated… it’s amazing how much that child has changed and how his behavior and focus have gotten so much better. It’s like the child I always knew he could be, he just needed help getting there. I’m proud of him and I tell him every single day.

The Faces of ADHD/ODD

Week 15, 16 & 17 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan + Progress Report

I’ve gotten bad about keeping up with entering these into my blog but I’m here to catch up now and I’ll just include them in one post instead of 3 different ones. We’ve been busy bees around here with the Thanksgiving holiday and now my daughter is visiting her dad while he’s in town for a week so she’s taking this week off and will continue her schooling when she returns. That being one of the many plus sides to homeschooling, we can schedule it to fit our lives.


WEEK 15

Language Arts

  • Learning Quotations
  • Write a Tall Tale
  • Quotations worksheet
  • Signal words

Spelling

List of 18 words
(afford, carton, curtain, departing, directions, emergency, forlorn, further, girth, harbor, observe, origin, perfume, refer, starch, sturdy, temper, thirst)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slate
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Congruent, Symmetry, Perimeter, Area

Science

  • Plant Identification
  • How Trees Grow
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Pioneer Life
  • Pioneer Travel
  • The Pioneer Movement
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

WEEK 16

Language Arts

  • Poetry
  • Plan a science fiction short story, start rough draft.
  • Capitalization
  • Review Proper Nouns
  • Revise, Edit and Improve short story.

Spelling

List of 18 words
(bucket, button, crunchy, dusk, guppies, judges, lucky, public, refund, ruffle, skunk, spun, struck, subject, thunder, trust, ugly, umbrella)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Hang Tough, Paul Mather by Alfred Slate
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
    Introducing terms: intersecting, parallel, and perpendicular.
  • Types of triangles: equilateral, isosceles, scalene, and right.

Science

  • Plants and Their Needs.
  • Writing Assignment
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Lewis and Clark Expedition continued
  • Painting project (4 panels) depicting their journey.
  • Pioneers: Introduce and discuss their lifestyle
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities

She also got her progress report for the 2nd NINE weeks and that’s as follows:

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WEEK 17

Language Arts

  • Review and Discuss Poems
  • Pronouns and Nouns
  • Possessive
  • Collective Nouns

Spelling

List of 18 words
(blind, blue, climb, close, frog, fruit, plate, plump, sleep, slow, small, smell, speak, spin, swarm, sweep, track, trap)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • The War with Grandpa by: Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
  • Discuss Graphs and how to Graph.
  • Graphing activities

Science

  • Not in the Plant Kingdom
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Read about America’s 6th President.
  • Read about America’s 7th President.
  • Westward Movement
  • Texas Revolution
  • Worksheets and Discussions and Activities
Week 15, 16 & 17 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan + Progress Report

Week 13 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Language Arts

  • Learning the proper format and punctuation in a friendly letter
  • How to address an envelope and where to put the stamp
  • Proofreading and Punctuation
  • Capitals worksheets

Spelling

List of 18 words
(blocked, bother, column, common, dodge, gossip, honor, model, monster, octopus, oxen, problem, product, promise, robberies, soccer, toboggan, wobble)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Worksheets and activities

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
    Multiplication Table to 12
    Division, Angle Measurement, Geometric Figures

Science

  • Seed Dispersal
  • Writing Assignments
  • Science worksheets and activities every day.

Social Studies

  • Early Presidents
    Read about 2nd President: John Adams and first lady Abigal Adams.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
    Sacagawea and her part
  • Worksheets and Discussions
Week 13 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Week 8 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan

Language Arts

  • Write a story using process of writing skills
  • Conjunctions worksheet
  • Interjections and Direct Address worksheet
  • Articles worksheet

Spelling

List of 18 words
(aren’t, can’t, couldn’t, didn’t, hasn’t, he’s, I’d, isn’t, let’s, shouldn’t, they’re, they’ve, wasn’t, weren’t, we’ve, wouldn’t, you’d, you’re.)
Spelling Worksheets
Spelling activities
Spelling Test

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Reading

  • Addie’s Dakota Winter by Laura Lawlor.
    (we substituted a book because our library didn’t carry this)
    Chapter Summaries (each day for reading)
    Different reading activities for chapters.
    Pronouns and discussions
    Book Projects

Math

  • Worksheets everyday
    Multiplication. Two-digit multiplier.
  • Different math activities.

Science

  • Birds
  • Charts and worksheets on bird characteristics and identification.
  • Learning all the of state birds.

Social Studies

  • Continued topic Revolutionary War
  • Read about George Washington’s role in the Revolutionary War.
  • Worksheets on topics.
  • Read the Declarations of Independence. Discuss and worksheet.
  • Have child write an essay on the importance of the 4th of July.
Week 8 – 5th Grade Home School Lesson Plan