Its been a long time since I posted the homeschooling a bipolar child article. I would say its time for an update.
My son is now going into 10th grade in public high school. He homeschooled from mid-1st grade through 5th grade. Around 4th grade he asked me to let him go back in middle school. We discussed it. I had always said I wanted him to go to high school if he wanted. I thought the variety of classes and shorter classes would work better for his ADHD. In a way it was. In a lot of ways it wasn't. We struggle on a week to week basis. With his ADHD he craves a lot more social interaction and activities than the homeschool community in our area provides. And honestly last year was the first time I actually became aware that there is a homeschool co-op in our area. A very small one. Public school provides that interaction. The problems start with the bipolar kicking in. His moods are a bit scary for other kids I assume. He can be happy and joking around then mad as a hornet. Its progressed into punching a wall and breaking his hand twice in middle school. Middle school was rough. I do not recommend sending your child to middle school. That is my opinion. Do what you will. :)
So far high school has been easier. It may also be due to his age and maturity. Things are calming down. We've tweaked medication and had visits with the guidance counselor.
I am very glad I homeschooled him. I can look back on those years with fondness now. I can say that being home helped him develop manners and his intelligence. I'm sure all those years were not always fun. Matter of fact I know there was stressful days and I quit days. I wouldn't take them back. Some days I miss it and think it would be nice to have him back home. But for now he is doing well. Three more years and he will graduate. How time flies.
For now I will homeschool my middle daughter and be happy that I have this experience with her. I will also cherish my youngest daughter. Didn't want you to think I was leaving her out. :)
Also.. if you have any questions, feel free to ask away. I will try to answer as best as I can.
I ordered my daughter a new desk. It was a very specific floating wall desk that I thought would save us some room. Nope. Its a BIG desk. I ordered it online from a random company and it took forever to get here. Almost three weeks. If you want one, go order from Staples and pay the extra $10 I saved and get it way quicker than I did!
So here is the new desk. I put it all together and my son and hubby helped me hang it. Isn't it pretty.
I still have a few more projects I want to do this month before I consider it finished. Like my desk area.
I also NEED to get my lesson plans done. I've started but with everything everywhere I haven't finished it.
I've been looking through my recipe book and trying to decide if I want to convert my little box into a pinterest board. I look at Pinterest way more than I look at this box. I start searching.. and I can't find the recipe on Pinterest.
Sooooo I'm sharing them here.
(I don't have any pictures I've taken (yet) just the recipes and a snap of whatever picture came with it if it had one.)
Hope you enjoy.
1 cup juice from fresh oranges
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup ice cubes
Orange Slices (optional)
In a blender container combine orange juice, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Cover; blend until mixed.
With the blender running, add ice cubes, 1 at a time, through lid opening. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.
Let a pint of vanilla ice cream soften at room temperature or microwave for 20 seconds. Put ice cream and cider into a blender or food processor and blend until frothy and well mixed. Stir in nutmeg. Pour into tall glasses and top with a scoop of ice cream, if desired. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Creamy Dreamy Orange Smoothie
2 cups orange juice
1 ripe banana
1 navel orange
4 oz lite whipped topping (thawed)
1-1/2 cups ice
Cut banana into pieces. Cut orange into quarters.
Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 30 seconds.
Serve in tall chilled glasses.
Taking a break from organizing, decluttering, and moving furniture for a bit of fun. My girls and I found a cute video on youtube about decorating a teen girl's room. While my girls are not that old some of the things were too cute to not do. So at 11 pm last night we decided to do one! Here you go.
First we used painters tape to mark off the letters that we wanted to spell out on our canvas. This took several tries as rounded letters are too hard for 8-9 year olds to do. These took mom a few minutes to get right!
Next you paint the design you like and let it dry.
Then peel off the paint. Super easy and super cute!
And mom made one too after the girls were done making a mess... I mean creating art!
Mine will go in the homeschool room when its done!
One of my summer projects is to convert my yardsale room into a homeschool room for daughter. First let me explain what I mean by yardsale room. Basically it's the dumping room for all the things I sell online. Unfortunately sales have been down and I have way to much. It was out of control. So I sorted and toted up what I plan to keep. To sell online later or actually have a real yardsale. That in itself took a week. No I didn't take pictures. It's ridiculous really.. I promise. So anyway I cleared it out and took almost everything out. What I didn't have room to relocate I pushed to the center and covered. That's when the fun began.
Started with spackling. It's a basement room that my daughter picked a very bright green for when it was her room and the people before us were very hard on these walls. I did A LOT of patching. First lesson I learned was to put the spackling on thin. My wrist still hurts from sanding yesterday. Ugh. Second coat was way easier. ;-)
Then came washing the walls. Where did all these cobwebs come from?
Now I am painting. I have two fabulous helpers for this job.
Next came the bookshelf relocation. I have a home library/office where my desk and bookshelves are located. I have 11 bookcases in my library. Three of these were relocated in our new homeschool room. My homeschool books were scattered through these 11 bookcases. Yes, I know. It was a long process and I didn't take any pictures of that part.
I finally finished that part then sorted all the books on the shelves except the school books that I know for sure we will be using this year. Those will be on a different bookcase. So here is the bookshelf wall so far.
After sorting books!
Now to start on the other wall. The chest in the middle is our time capsule. It has all the kids baby clothes and things that I've kept for all three of them over the years. I'm in the process of making a seat cushion to fit there for a reading nook. I have so many plans. Next up is my daughter's new desk. It should be here next week! More updates coming soon.
While perusing youtube looking for homeschool science project ideas, I came across what looked like lungs in a bottle. So I did some research and we made one. Super easy. Directions can be found on youtube or pinterest. We did a quick video and posted it because we thought it was so cool. Ignore my very loud southern accent. lol I promise to get better at these videos and post more. My daughter likes sharing with everyone. It really helps with her shyness.
Here you go. Lungs in a bottle.