In my life this week…This was week 2 of Dancing Queen’s treatment program for trauma and attachment and it’s going well so far but it sure makes things busier. The neatest thing about our week was that the kids were once again models for Innovaid, a great company that sells sensory related items such as weighted blankets. They did a fabulous job (in my unbiased, proud mommy opinion) and had fun doing it! They loved trying out all the new products. I don’t have any of the pictures back from this session, but just to give a little idea, here are some shots from the last time they modelled:
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…This was a week of appointments, especially for Dancing Queen. She had an ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) appointment at the hospital to try to get to the bottom of her hearing loss. She had more audiology testing done and the results were good in that her hearing is no worse than it was four months ago. She also had to go for a CT scan at the hospital another day so we really racked up the kms this week! Miss Optimism had her injections which she has every two weeks but this time, the appointment was on a day where because of circumstances (i.e. could not take any kids with me to Dancing Queen’s treatment program etc.), I had to make three separate trips into the city in one day. All the running around this week made it hard to get much homeschooling done.
The kids went to an art class and created cardboard sculptures a la Kandinsky.
We went to an awesome Ethiopian Christmas gathering at a friend’s house. There were many adoptive families there as well as some Ethiopian friends who gave a mini class on Ethiopian cooking. The kids went tobogganing and we all had a great time!
In our homeschool this week…We did a Martin Luther King Jr. unit. I know that we aren’t American so there is no official holiday here but I feel that this is an important part of world history, not just American history. We watched the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube. We tried to watch a documentary on Netflix, but apparently it is not available on Canadian Netflix.
We read Martin Luther King Jr. A Celebration for Children on Kindle which was free at the time I downloaded it. We read a book that I just adore:
I was able to find some incredible free printables to coincide with this unit including history sheets, word searched, word scrambles, writing prompts, and other activities. There was one sheet that asked the kids to draw a picture of and write out what their dream is to change the world. My heart melted when reading the kids’ answers:
“no more orphans”
“no more racism”
“no starving children”
Here are links to some of the awesome printables we used:
In All You Do (really great printables)
For more ideas, you can also check out my Martin Luther King, Jr. Pinterest Board.
What’s working for us: