Summer has come and gone, and we are well into our home school year. Amelia has taken off with her reading skills, and I have switched to using Alpha-Phonics with her. She has a solid basis of hundreds of sight words, and is taking well to phonics now. Micah is also using Alpha-Phonics (the exact same book I used with Alexander and Zachary, only slightly falling apart), but he is going slower than Amelia. It will be some time before ShanLin is able to read, and she may never get past a first grade level.
Dante is still doing amazingly well in his special school. Unfortunately over the Summer he began displaying some more assertive tendencies (I refuse to use the word aggressive just yet), and we are working to see what is going on. It seems to be a combination of unmet sensory needs and the excessive energy of puberty coming on.
Leif is still his amazing little self. The other day he took something from Kimberly that she should not have, and when I thanked him he simply said, "Just doing what I have to do".
And Kimberly. She might be the baby of the family but she makes sure she is busy and doing what everyone else does!
The other day she helped herself to some paint.
When she could not reach the paper, she simply painted herself.
And then she cleaned it all off.
She does sit still for a few minutes here and there, with one of our pets.
Back in August while we were on vacation, I noticed her night time sleep was fitful and interrupted by gasping for breath. After nearly three months of appointments and waiting, she had a sleep study done last night at Boston Children's Hospital.
She studied for the Study.
And Daddy reports that she was an excellent patient.
In a week or so we will have some results and see her ENT. In the meantime, we will be keeping just as busy and active as we always are....
God is good.