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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today was a phenomenal day!

We had a great Day today!

The bible devotion today was Psalms 147:4. It says, “He determines the number of the stars.” If God can remember all the stars’ names then it shouldn’t amaze us that He can remember all of us. The devotion went on to say, “He knows you – from the inside out. He knows all of your thoughts, good and bad. He knows your fears and your desires. He knows what makes you cry. He knows what you love most. He knows things about you that you don't even know yourself! He knows all this – and He loves you.”

We read the 40 Days of Purpose Driven Life too. Today we learned that we are “Made to last forever.” The closer we live to God the smaller everything else appears. So why do I always let everything else control my life and loose sight of God. **note to self…Let go and let God!

Before starting our math lesson today I offered a choice to JD. I told him that the TV will stay off during our 5 minute breaks today, UNLESS, he could try to control his frustration and attitude during our math lesson. (It worked!) I had a completely different child to teach today. He was attentive and cooperative, and I was very appreciative. I thanked him and praised him for his controlled efforts. I think part of the difference came by use of the calculator for most of his lesson. I had him write a couple and do them by hand but the calculator really help. Today the lesson asked a word problem and added ages or proices that had absolutely nothing to do with the problem. He had to tell me what information was not needed to solve the problem.

I did not to well in Social Studies during High School (So says my recently obtained transcripts.) However, having an over-the-road truck driver for a father helped me with the 50 states part. Today we started a study on the fifty states. The computer had flash cards with only the outline of the state. Jonathan really got into this. He was yelling out the names left and right. Some of them actually stumped both of us. (Hi my name is Cheryl…and I am not smarter than a 5th grader!)

We had fun doing our e-mail/snail mail lesson. Jonathan was flying on the keyboard. He was multitasking by e-mailing his Grammy and Daddy, checking out the shipping data for a recently purchased game, and viewing prior emails sent by friends. He learned of course how to create a new email, pick the addressee, spell check, and send and receive. I let him type whatever he wanted and let the computer spell check for him. I prompted him a couple of times for punctuation. Overall I think he liked it and had fun doing it.

Our language arts lesson was about “idioms.“ (For those who have been out of school for awhile…“What’s the matter cat got your tongue?" or "That was over the top” Did you know that the saying “Over the top” came from WWI? (That’s what the lesson taught today. The soldiers were in trenches and required to climb over the top of the trench to pursue the enemy trenches. (Cool nugget of information for you.)

I also did poorly in Science, so today I really had to help JD in the note taking area for his lesson in Cell Organelles. (Um…What?) This is the study of what’s inside of a cell. We learned only these terms and their functions: Cell Membrane, Pore, Nucleus, Cytoplasm, Mitochondria, Ribosomes, and Endoplasmic Reticulum. There was some drawing on his part in order to keep them all straight. (Yikes!) He scored 100% on his test. Yippee!

Today went about 45 minutes longer than scheduled, but it was still a short day compared to yesterday so we when on a field trip to the church. I had to punch out some letter for a bulletin board and they had just the right equipment for this task. With both JD and I working together the project went quickly.

You know how little boys wear cowboy boots with diapers and shorts? Well JD is still into dressing up like an army guy. He tried to get dressed AND go outside to play during one of our breaks and I had to stop him. The breaks are only 5 minutes long. I took a picture of him doing his email task while dressed up. He kind of looks like a deployed soldier writing his family. Anyway, he was still dressed up at the end of the day (when we went on our field trip.) He loves the Army!

Tomorrow we start on the new dosage of Concerta. (From 54mg to 36mg.) I guess I’m asking for prayer that he will still do well on the new lower dosage.

1 comment:

  1. Happy...a better day. Post the picture you took
    Grammy wants to see it.