First thing Monday morning, Dawson had oral surgery. He had a dime-size cyst in his lower gum that had impacted a baby tooth, making it unable to remove naturally, and pushed the permanent tooth down sideways. The cyst was removed and area cleaned out, the baby tooth was removed, the gum was lasered and a bracket attached to it. He had previously had orthodontic appliances applied so that this bracket on his permanent tooth could be attached to it to try to pull up the permanent tooth. Soooooo, after he came out of anesthesia (which was sad, btw), I had to take him immediately to the orthodontist so they could do their part. Needless-to-say, this was a difficult morning for him. I brought him home, drugged him up, and sent him to bed. Then I have spent the rest of the week fixing him foods he can eat, medicating him, and babying him. Coming off oral surgery myself, I know first-hand how exhausting it is to be in oral pain, so I have required nothing of him. The steroids he is taking also make his mood erratic and make him constantly hungry. But he can't hardly eat anything, so he never gets full, which makes him more agitated. It's been a vicious cycle.
On Tuesday, Eli woke up with a cold, so I kept him home. Dawson was in bed all day, so I did some lessons with Eli and Brynne. We did some math and reading, and then did two science projects.
We made an earthworm habitat as part of our The Secret Garden unit. It was so funny that Brynne (the typical weany of the family) picked up the worms, but Eli (the science fanatic) scooted back away from them screaming, "Gross! Get them away!" We used an earthworm mini unit from CurrClick that is FREE. It was my Favorite Resource this week!
|Can you see the excretion? What a science moment!|
Then we did a science experiment from the Amazing Science! Vol. 1 dvd I am reviewing for TOS (review coming next week). We played with balloons and fire. FUN!
|We did the actual experiment. The photo is taken from the dvd.|
Otherwise, Eli and Brynne just played. I looked outside once and Eli was pushing Brynne on the swing. I am so happy they will get more of these moments next year when they are schooled together. It was such an easy day of lessons and play.
On Wednesday, hmmmm .... what did we do Wednesday? Brynne and I did her full day of lessons. Dawson did more of the same, just resting.
We made Thursday a movie day. We watched Journey to the Center of the Earth, because Dawson is reading the book by Jules Verne, and then Brynne and I watched The Secret Garden, because we finished the book! We are going to see the musical on Saturday with some friends.
|Excuse the scary picture of me! It was a hat day!|
I have to share a tender moment: When The Secret Garden movie was over, I looked at Brynne and tears were streaming down her face. I held her and she cried. She shared with me that her tears were happy tears. She couldn't put into words what she was feeling. She just sobbed. And I cried along with her. I knew what she was feeling. We have submersed ourselves in the story over the past several weeks. It has become a part of us. The characters have become our friends. And it has touched us. It was a joyous moment to see her so touched by a story. I pray for many more moments like that for her. And I realized that moments like this are the real reasons why I educate my children at home. I would just die if someone else got to share in this experience with my children. And, I realized that at the very moment Eli was sitting at school taking his required, standardized math and reading tests, Brynne was experiencing another world through literature.
And today it's Friday. We skipped Co-op because Dawson couldn't go. Instead, Brynne and I watched Ice Age. (I have a post coming up about that in a couple of weeks.) We also planted some tomatoes, garlic, peas, and Stevia plants.
And that was our week. Pretty slow but necessary. We'll kick it back in next week.
How was your week?
I am linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Susan at Learning All the Time!