.... turned out to be a blessing!
It actually started last week when Dreamer awakened with a terrible 'cold'. We've since been to the doctor and we now know she is suffering from some severe allergies, but at the time, it looked an awful lot like a heavy cold. We had a very quiet weekend planned and thankfully we were able to get caught up on some home chores.
We were excited to be starting school, but I still had some planning to do. Dreamer was signed up for a daily art camp this week and I knew we had some placement and assessment testing that needed to be tackled, so my plans were loose, but I hoped to add some fun to our first week of school. Then I awakened in the middle of the night with a massive migraine and I knew our week was going downhill fast. Thankfully, the Historian is home Monday mornings, so he adjusted his plan and took Dreamer to art camp.
The migraine totally destroyed most of the fun I had planned for the week, and I was beginning to think we were going to need a total 'do-over' for our first week of school, but I proceeded with the assessment testing while Dreamer did her art camp homework and the Storyteller did a lot of independent reading. Not our best school week, but not a total loss either!
I have to tell you something about our Storyteller so that you will understand this next bit. He has been talking in full sentences since 17 months. Words are his friends! He has always had an astounding vocabulary and been very bright, but he really really struggled with reading. We held him back last year, simply because his reading was so below grade level. He has ADD and we have spent quite a bit of time doing professional speech therapy with him in the past, but that is mostly resolved. When I gave him the grade 2 reading comprehension test to do on his own last year he got 17%, but when I gave it to him orally he got 100% every time - in fact he passed the 4th grade test orally with a perfect score.
This week he passed the 3rd grade reading comprehension test with A 100% on his own. Then he did the same thing for the 4th grade teat, and the 5th grade test resulted in a 95%!!!!! He did these tests on his own - did all the reading and filling in the blanks by himself - and he took a little longer than the average student should, but he did it! Can you see why I am so pleased? Now, we can concentrate on fluency and speed, but reading is no longer the struggle it has been for the past 4 years! Yeah! Oh, and math - we can work harder in math now too!
Dreamer did very very well as well - she is going into 8th grade and she did the 8th, 9th, and 10th grade tests, just for fun and scored 95-100%. These tests are not easy, they are not short - they are the State standardized tests from past years. I am so pleased with my children! I am grateful too - God uses these little things to bless my heart and re-affirm our homeschooling choice, especially on the hard days when I'm not sure we are making any progress at all!
We decided to celebrate yesterday. We had already had a good day, since Dreamer's allergies are better with medication. She is loving art camp. I am loving getting some errands run during art camp. I went to Marshalls for the first time in 3 years and found some things I had on my thriting list forever - and they were very inexpensive! I have been looking to replace a large white platter that got broken years ago and found just the thing for $10!!!! I'll still look for an ironstone one when I thrift, but this will do quite nicely in the meantime. We went out for dinner and to a movie and ended up being a bit early so we walked in the mall a bit. I rarely get to the mall, but headed to the clearance racks at C.J.Banks right away and there was a nice long cotton denim skirt in dark blue - my size and on clearance with another 40%off - $19 thank you very much - it fits well and is quite nice! At the movie we had the theatre to ourselves - a private showing of Nanny McPhee Returns! It was so much fun! Too much potty humor, as usual, but it was quite fun! Hollywood, if you are listening, kids find lots of things funny, not just potty humor! Enough already!
We need to be leaving for art camp, but I just wanted to share our week of struggles and blessing with you! Our computer is down again, so I am on the laptop - sorry for no pictures, but hopefully we will get the part we need to get the desktop back into shape - the keyboard went!