SchoolHouseTeachers.com ~ Review

I you’ve been following my blog for awhile you might remember that I was on the 2013 Schoolhouse Review Crew. I skipped the 2014 year due to John’s cancer treatments but decided I missed the Crew and wanted to be back on the 2015 team. So here I am with my first review. I was given the opportunity to review a full year online membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com

It’s a fantastic site for online learning, full of resources for everyone not just homeschoolers. There are semester long courses or year long courses in a variety of different subjects. Jahnna has been begging to learn how to play the violin so I was excited when I saw that there was now a violin class available. I just might have to break down and get her one after she sees that. So far I’ve been able to direct her attention to other classes but I know she will see that one soon.

There is a variety of levels and interests some include

  • Nature/Outdoors (Elementary to High School)
  • Family Fitness (All age levels)
  • Home Economics (a 6 month course for ages 6 to 12)
  • Statistics (Middle to High School)

There are way too many to list all of them over 100 but a few more of my favorites are the Whole Foods cooking, ASL and guitar classes.

In the Families tab there is a Special Needs course that consists of 19 lessons and goes over topics like Adaptive Technology, Adaptive Learning Techniques, and Choosing Materials. I don’t homeschool Colby at this point because quite honestly I need the break when he goes to school. He makes it difficult to get shopping and chores done at times. Eventually I can see teaching him at home depending on how the transition to middle school goes in a very short year and a half. There is very useful information and links to other sites and programs in this course that will benefit special needs families even if you aren’t new to special needs. If you are new to having a child with special needs then this is even more helpful for you. It’s positively written with good encouragement and practical tips to school your child or even with after school enrichment.

Another feature I enjoy is the course checklists. It’s easy to get overwhelmed on a site with this much information. These sheets let you keep track of which classes your kids are using and how they are progressing in them. There are several different options available as there is no one right way to keep track of things. This is also useful if you live in a state that you have to show your progress to the school district.

Being a member of SchoolhouseTeachers.com also gives you discounts to other homeschool companies and products, lets you access past issues of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, access to Schoolhouse Expo recordings, Schoolhouse planners, bonus ebooks, and the AppleCore Record Keeping System.

If you’d like to follow SchoolhouseTeachers.com on Social Media here is that information”

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SchoolhouseTeachers/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/tosmag/schoolhouseteacherscom/

Jahnna really enjoys computer-based homeschool. It is a great resource for her to either supplement her learning with or in the case of the violin possibly start learning something completely new and different. For those of you out there that aren’t interested in a Christian homeschool curriculum this is probably not for you as this was developed by the The Old Schoolhouse company and has a religious tone to it. Personally, I enjoy that but I know that not everyone is looking for the same in a curriculum.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is having a huge sale right now and through Christmas Day at 11:59pm ET.

40% off the monthly membership ($7.77/month) or 50% off the Yearly Membership ($64.26/year). Homeschool families who join at this rate will keep it forever as long as they maintain a continuous membership.

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If you would like to see what others on the 2015 Review Crew have to say about the site head on over and check out their reviews.

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More medication changes

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately but is it really the end of November? I’ve sat down to write several blog posts over the weeks but monitors beeping kept interrupting or projects on the house needed to be done. Colby spent most of October with a 101 degree fever and a tremor in his right hand. He had good lab work, his chest x-rays didn’t show pneumonia. I was stumped. His pediatrician was stumped. Colby was miserable. I finally sat down with a calendar and all my apps that I use to track his seizures, his blood pressure and medication changes.

The fever didn’t start until I upped his seizure med to his final therapeutic dose and weaned him off his old seizure medication. Weird, right? I called the neurologist to find out her thoughts on it. I left her a message saying labs were good, x-rays were good and urinalysis was good so the only thing I was left with was medication related.  Nope, not the cause is what the nurse passed on to me. I explained that I could find no other explanation and that I was going to try and back him off the dose and see what happened. She said the doctor agreed to that plan but was sure it would do nothing. When it did nothing she wanted us to get a urinalysis done. Again I relayed the information that he’d just had a urinalysis that was clean. The “uhhhhhh, huuuuuhhhhmmmm, went on for a long time while she thought about that. She agreed that if he had just had a clean UA than it was quite possible that the medication was the cause.

Twelve hours after lowering his dose the fever was gone and twenty four hours later the tremoring was gone. I was convinced. If the tremor had stayed I think it would have been a fluke or some crazy long virus but because they both went away I was pretty convinced that was the source of the problem. So what happens when you lower a seizure medication from therapeutic dose? More seizures of course!

His longest seizure was three minutes. Do you know how long three minutes is during a seizure? It feels like forever! Up to this point his longest seizure was just under two minutes. I had a rescue medication when he first started having seizures but it was only good for three months. Three minutes is way too close to the five minute point of needing a rescue med for me! Luckily by this point his appointment with the neurologist was only a few days away.

The appointment went well. The doctor agreed that the medication had caused the fever and that he should not be on that dose anymore. We discussed the possibility that he might need low doses of his previous medication and a low dose of the current medication to control his seizures. For now that is what we are doing. No matter how many times I try to get him off of lots of medication Colby throws something else at me and needs another. I told Colby I didn’t think that was very funny at all and he laughed! Typical of him right?

It’s been two and a half weeks since he’s been on his current doses of both medications and so far so good. Hopefully it stays that way. This last week Colby and I went down to Primary’s and spent the night in the Rapid Treatment Unit or the RTU. He had a pH study done which means they stuck a probe down his nose for 24 hours. Every time he threw up or burped I had to record it on a little monitor attached to the probe. Neither one of us slept well for a variety of reasons and we were both so happy to be done the next day. I have not gotten the results of that study back yet but the radiologist that read his chest x-ray checking for the correct placement of the probe said he still has hazy lungs. It’s looking like he’s aspirating a lot more than anybody thinks he is. Hopefully the study will tell us what we need to know to make a decision on doing the stomach surgery or not.

A lot more happened this month but that is a post for another day. Did you know that when a water main two houses down from your house blows through the street it can cause your garbage disposal to blow all the gaskets out and cause crazy water leaks? It can. I’ll tell you more soon!

House Buying Adventures

Holy crud the last month flew by and drug on forever all at the same time! When that happens I’m always surprised when the month ends and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished very much. We’ve done a lot but at the same time we’ve been in limbo. Typical with any kind of move I suppose but it’s been seven and a half years since we moved here and I forgot what it was like.

This is the first move since we’ve been married that I haven’t had a newborn or been 9 months pregnant so in some ways it feels easier. The last time we moved Colby hadn’t had a stroke so we didn’t have medical equipment and an entire cupboard full of medication. We sign the papers on the house tomorrow but the moving company hasn’t even done their walk through yet. That will come tomorrow evening. We had originally planned for them to come next week to pack us up and move us but maybe we’ll see if they can come sooner.

The big issue is once Colby’s equipment and medicine go, he and I have to sleep at the new house. I can’t have the movers pack up his stuff because he needs oxygen, his feeding pump, his food, his oxygen sensors to monitor his oxygen and heart rate. Tomorrow we figure out the best way to do all that and go from there.

The next few weeks will be a little crazy. I honestly think short moves are much more difficult than moving several states or even hundreds of miles. This is the second time I’ve moved a mile or less away and it’s always a challenge to figure out the best way to do things. I’m hoping that everything will go smoothly and that we’ll have started getting stuff moved over by my birthday this weekend. Did I forget to mention that I’m totally considering this the best birthday present ever? Well last years present of taking John home from his second brain tumor resection was a pretty fantastic day too but I knew that chemo and radiation would soon take over and I wasn’t really looking forward to that. John has finished his chemo and hopefully this next year and many more will be cancer free. So that means I’m hoping we get to move in, get settled and enjoy some good health for awhile.

In honor of all that is going on I joined a big giveaway that will open on the 3rd. I don’t get to enter but I hope one of you will win the big prize and have fun spending what I can’t. That’s all I’ve got to say about it. To find out what the big prize is head back on over tomorrow morning and get entered! Good luck!

Homeschool Sale

Today is the day. The Build Your Bundle Sale goes live today! Huge, huge discounts are available. If you are like me and starting to think about the coming school year, you are not going to want to miss taking a look at this. There are several options available. Pre-built bundles like the products in the 4th through 6th grade bundle.

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

Or if you’d rather go the build your own bundle route then here’s what you need to know.

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Remember this isn’t just for homeschoolers. There are products available for mom’s, for preschool, for all different ages. Some of religious others are not so there really is something for everyone. This next week I’ll be reviewing a few of the products for you because they are amazing!

 

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House Building Progress

We have progress on our house! Yippee for walls, stairs and trusses! I guess we’re still about 6 or 7 days behind schedule but all the major decisions have been made and the county inspector came out on Friday but there are only some minor things that need to be fixed which is a bonus.

Here are some updated pictures.

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We happened to go out to the house the day they were pouring the mud for the front porch and are we ever lucky that we did! The crew out there was amazing! It was the same crew who did the ramp in the garage for us. Turns out they had no idea what they were doing because they’d never been asked to pour a ramp in a garage before. They just free formed it and I love it! There are no edges to run off of.

They were just finishing up the slab and had a pile of mud left over when we started talking with them. Colby and his wheelchair came up and we were talking about how excited we were that we’d only have one step into the front of the house and how perfect the ramp in the garage was. The guy asked us if we’d like him to use the leftover mud to do the same thing on the front door and on the walkway out of the garage. Now the only steps we will have are off the back porch and it’s only one step instead of the three we originally thought there was going to be. How perfect is that?

I’m excited that in the another week we’re moving on to the next phase. Dry wall will go up. Cabinets and flooring will be installed. We’ll finally be able to see all our decisions start coming together.