On our way to Story of the World class yesterday, I was taken by the amazing colors surrounding us.
The overcast skies dimmed the colors in the pictures, but you can still see how the hills are covered in orange and gold. I was hoping for sun and blue skies before the rest of the leaves fall, but that may not happen.
The Story of the World class went really well. The children learned about mummies and pyramids, then they made their own pyramids out of sugar cubes.
Jay is slowly bouncing back though he is still weak and needing to lay down most of the day. His breathing is much easier and we’re hoping that his recovery continues. He mentioned wanting to go back to work tomorrow, but I am hoping to keep him home at least one more day to get some strength back.
Jay was on the couch sick yesterday after a night of being up and coughing for hours. A week after the rest of us recovered, he came down with the dreaded sickness. Around 6pm, his breathing became much more difficult and by 7pm, he was talking about a trip to the Emergency Room. You know it is serious when Jay is suggesting going to the hospital. The girls were in pajamas when Jay decided that he needed to go. Jay was wheezing and gasping and starting to turn a strange shade of whitish green.
This is the third time we’ve had to rush to the E.R., not counting when we transferred from our attempted homebirth after Luna’s cord prolapsed. Like the two time before, Nico took complete charge of getting her sisters ready. Within a minute, she had a bag packed with spare clothes and everything they may need if we needed to stay there for a few hours. It was nothing short of amazing.
After jump-starting our car (which totally added to the stress of the moment) we made it to the ER within 20 minutes and Jay was given a nebulizer treatment right away. That seemed to help within a few minutes and he could at least take bigger breaths. Then he needed a chest Xray and 2 more nebulizer treatments. The biggest shock of the night was when the doctor gave Jay the news that his lungs were in bad shape. While she didn’t want to give a definitive diagnosis, the Doctor explained that Jay’s lungs showed the very beginning stages of Emphysema. Jay has smoked off and on since his teens and that has taken a major toll on the efficiency and health of his lungs. I do believe that the combination of that news and knowing the very scary feeling of gasping for breath might be exactly what he needs to kick the habit once and for all.
We got home just before midnight and Jay was able to get right to sleep. I, however, was still going from adrenaline and couldn’t mellow out for hours. Today is going to be a mellow, recovery day for all of us.
No, catch-up. This week has been a catch-up week for sure. After a week of sickness, it seems that there is a full week of work to get things back in order. I have been catching up on laundry, housework, learning with the girls, exercise and also taking on some of the household tasks that come with the transition to chilly weather.
Speaking of chilly weather, our foliage is pretty close to peak colors and there’s a blazing brilliance everywhere you look.
I also know that in a few weeks, the Autumn wind will come and blow the leaves off of the trees and we’ll begin the season of gray skies and bare trees.
This week, we have started implementing Notebooking into our homeschooling. I had read about Notebooking here and there, but I didn’t realize that there were so many free notebooking templates available on the internet. I also didn’t know how to tie it in with the other learning we do on a regular basis.
One morning last week, the girls noticed a pine tree outside that had steam curling off of the bark as the morning sun was warming it. It was a perfect opportunity to try out notebooking with a Science lesson that wasn’t part of our Science books. So, Kaya and Nico drew what they saw on a notebooking page and then explained the process they witnessed. Both girls enjoyed the format of the Notebooking pages and the cobination of drawing and writing.
We plan to keep one Notebooking binder for each of the older girls, with dividers between various subjects. We’ve also recently started doing Artist Studies. I hope to cover at least 2 famous Artists each month.
Our first Artist was Vincent van Gogh. I found some Notebooking templates for Artist Studies and also printed off small samples of some of van Gogh’s work. The girls did some research with books and online and filled in facts about his work and life.
Kaya and Nico also drew their own art in the style of van Gogh and we watched several videos we found online about him. We’ll continue this Artist Study with a few related books (in my sidebar) and another video.
When we’re finished studying van Gogh, I will have the girls choose the next artist they’d like to study. Nico has expressed interest in learning about Michelangelo or Botticelli.
It has taken the better part of a week, but most of the family seems to be on the track to wellness. I’ve debated back and forth as to whether we came down with a version of the flu or just a harsh virus, but it hit Kaya the hardest yesterday. She spent nearly the whole day on the couch and was very spacey. We tried listening to an audio book at one point and about 20 minutes into the story, she got weepy because it didn’t make any sense to her.
Nico was at her Mom’s this week, but she was also very sick and laying around up until this morning. She back home now and seems to just have some minor symptoms left.
Weeks like this make me thankful, yet again, that we homeschool. There isn’t a looming pile of missed work to make up, we’ll just get back on track when everyone is well again. I’m thinking that will be tomorrow for Nico and probably Monday for Kaya, but we will play that by ear.