Today is day 3 of the Pray For Your Husband for 30 days Challenge.   Today’s challenge:

“…love suffers long, and is kind…” 1 Cor. 13:4
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Phil. 4:19 Love indeed suffers long and is kind. As you consider your Encouragement Challenge, determine today that you will not say anything negative to or about your husband. Speak kindly to him with words of genuine encouragement.

I found a great new site – it is totally COOL:  http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/educators.html

 Mount Rushmore, the world’s largest stone monument, is a tribute to four Presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Do you know what else each of these men have in common? As children, none of them had any regular, formal schooling. They were all self-educated or taught at home!

 Homeschooling is defined as the education of children at home rather than at any school or institution. Homeschooling is a modern term but it is a form of education that has been around for centuries. In fact, until the mid-19th century, most children in America were educated at home. This was before the push for development of public schools began in the 1830s-1840s.

I am having a blast, and spending too much time, reading the lists of authors, educators and leaders; this all ties back to my post on Classical Education  and the fact that until very recently home education vas the norm and the standards of public education have never been as high as the achievements of the previous generations taught at home. 


Big Brother had his first ever eye appt today.  This was on the recommendation of the OT evaluation.  The appointment was not BAD, but I felt like I had been wrestling a jellyfish after it was over.  we got in the exam room fast and the tech that did all the first stuff did a great job with Big Brother even making him a cheat sheet of the numerals up to 15 so he could point to the answer rather than have to say it after I explained that Big Brother is not so reliable at numeral recognition (he could have done letters).  Sitting in a room full of cool machines, lights, buttons and things that move is hard on any boy, especially an almost 5 yo one.  We were kept waiting in the exam room too long.  Way too long.  Most of his “being cooperative time” was spent sitting around waiting.  That really really bothers me.  This was a PEDATRATIC Optometrists.  Recommended to work with a young child; in fact, suggest BY NAME to see a child that has extra needs beyond the age-typical ones.  If you are a professional that deals with children ALL THE TIME, you should be able to plan to be on time and not keep little ones waiting like that.  My son is not the best waiter, but he is not the worst.  He is not even 5 yet.  They should plan better; they would have happier more cooperative children to work with if they did.  Not like he was the only child there; it is a child’s practice, it really annoys me when places that are supposedly “for children” can not be bothered to be child friendly.  The last part of the appt I held him in my lap, but the arms were constantly reaching for stuff and he would glace at the doctor, do one “game” then try to get down asking to see something else.  During the ‘just vision test’ I was amazed at the small icons he could identify at a distance, minus my glasses I would not have done as well.  The results:  all the things the OT was concerned about she DID see, but he has the ABLITY what he is lacking is ‘endurance;’ or ‘good control’.  So the OT concerns are there, but they are use issues not medical or physical ability issues.  Kind of like the fine motor stuff, his control and use and ‘lasting ability’ is well behind where he is age-wise.  This should not be too big a surprise; his speech is behind, his fine motor is behind, his sleep patterns have been that of a much younger child for a long time (about ‘age correct’ now, finally) and so on.  The Dev Ped we saw 18 months ago said that he is just “brain’ behind; like a pre-mee or something.  That seems to still be the case.  For example:  he can track a moving object without moving his head; he just can’t stay on task very long and will move his entire head to ‘cheat’ if he can; he has the physical ability, just not the skill to use it very long.  This is true of all the OT concerns.  So there are no physical issues, no medical issues, it is all use and application (again).  He is somewhat far sighted, but that is 100% age typical due to size / growth of the eyes and head.  It should self correct.  He DOES of the congenital cataracts that I (and the entire paternal side of my family) has / had – I have had lens replacements so I don’t, technically have them any more.  I was 97% expecting that, I had them; dad had them, my aunt, their dad and so on back in time; so I had no expectation that my boys would “miss” them.  I am not that upset; the advancement in corrective measures have been amazing; the difference in what the medical profession can and will do now as opposed to when I was Big Brother’s age is STUNNING, I am confident by the time he is 10 or 15 or 20 the advancements will even more stunning.  There are many other issues that I would worry much more about, him (or them actually) getting my eyes, is the least of my concerns.  The cataracts are “small and slight” and not effecting his vision at this point in time.  Nothing in today’s evaluation needs to be addressed by her professionally.  She will write it all up for the OT and advise on exercised and “activities” she is going to forward me a full copy of that report.  He does not need vision correction at this point and he is healthy and sees fine.  Great appointment; but totally physically and mentally draining for Momma


This afternoon called for a trip to the park.  55 degrees and SUNNY on Nov 3 is a great fall day.  Only stayed about 30 minutes due to the wind; but they boys got sunshine and to stretch their legs.

Once home we played CandyLand.  Big Brother is “all about” getting to play.  He carries it around and presents it to me at the oddest times, like as I am helping them strip for tubbie.  Today we played.  I told Big Brother he had to follow the rules, or I was putting it up and not playing.  He did a great job.  Only once did I have to suggest putting the game up; but only once.  Little Brother started the game with us, all excited, and got up to turn 3.  He carefully took cards for each turn and carefully moved his plastic person; 2 of the 3 turns he was able to “do it alone” (that is find the next correct color).  Then he wandered off.  It took a lot of “ok Big your turn, what is on your card, where is that, move you piece …ok my turn, let’s see what I got, ok I moving …” and so on to keep the game on track, but Big Brother did better than any other time we have tired to play.  But not a “game” for “fun” for momma really – :).  I am glad to see his ability to play improving.


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4 responses to “11.3.10

  1. Crystal

    It sounds like a mostly good appointment! Candyland- I have to bring that game back out. I bet both of my kids would like it now. I put it away b/c the boy kept destroying it- maybe he can play now.

    • it arrived last Christmas, and i think this is the first time in 10 months it has been out. i, too, had it hidden. Big found it yesterday as i cleaned bookshleves and has carried it around ever since. Little really had not ablity. Big did not 10 months ago — thus the hiding — but did ok today — not easy but he managed.

  2. Pammie K

    Sounds like a good appointment. I know what you mean. When we say the PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST in the US the guy booked 3 – yes I said 3 patients at a time. all kids with NEUROLOGICAL problems. thus NONE of them can sit still! We sat in the main wait area for 20 minutes past our scheduled time – and it was morning he shouldnt have been running so late! Then we sat in the exam room 25 more minutes – he rushed us through – left we waited 10 more minutes for him to return (I could hear him in the next room rushing another patient) then came back to finish us up! needless to say M was spent and so was I! I realize he is considered the “best” but I dont know what qualifies him as “best” as I am starting to doubt everything he’s ever said!

    Anyway, glad the eye appointment was good in general. Let’s home some of the OT exercises that M does will also help Big to strengthen his eye muscles in the same way. Start now, we waited til 7 you know! Some are hard because of his age. But the easiest for him will be this. Get a BAG swing (like teh IKEA one I showed you before) hang it in the house so you can do this year round. Put him in it indian style sitting, all the way in. Have padded floor for safety. Put a fairly good sized bright basket or bucket in front of him. give him bean bags and ask him to toss them in the bucket as you PUSH him SIDE TO SIDE. This will help with left to right tracking. Only 5 minutes is enough. We give points and make it a game. Little S picks up the bean bags and brings them back to Big Brother.

    Then you can also do the front to back regular swinging and have him do the same thing for those convergence muscles – but it’s not as safe as younger kids tend to lean forward to try to toss the bean bag. So be sure he’s ready for it. Cheap. Safe. Easy. Home.
    love ya

  3. Sounds like a good appointment. It was his first right? So he did well and had a good one the first time. I will not go into the nightmare of Charlie’s first eye doctor appointment (again to much waitng and all the weird machines really freaked him out.) But he had his second eye doctor appt. on Wed. too. NEW DOCTOR! NEW OFFICE! Narcissa the Service Dog came with us (and I deliberately made the appt for when Henry was in school, not to have to deal with sibling rivalry). The new doctor was fabulous, CHarlie was very good and very willing to do everything they wanted. I personally NIXED the glacoma test with the air-puffing machine for this visit… to this day, that one even freaks me out! Only person in my family who ever had glacoma was my grandfather (and he was also diabetic)… I told them “let’s wait until Charlie is 12 or 15 before we start worrying about glacoma.” (The nurse/tech lady really didn’t get it and tried to push me on the issue. Doctor stepped up and stopped it. That was my only complaint… Tech/Nurse had no understanding of autism at all.) I think Charlie set some kind of record in picking out his new glasses… took him less than 5 minutes to pick out a pair of red frames he liked and tell the lady on staff that he wanted “sunglasses”… it was a $65 splurge, but we opted in for the photo-sensitive lenses in gray so he could have sun protection. Probably many of us would have had better vision if our parents had given us sun proctection for our eyes.
    Now of course, THE KID wants a scuba mask so he can swim with sharks… and not just any sharks… Megaladon Sharks (an extinct ancient ancestor of the Great White! A Shark that is bigger than a 747 jet!) He’s been obcessed with sharks for almost a year… thanks to discovery channel!

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