This is Saxon, our energetic little man who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was a week old. We gathered together many friends and family members and created Strides for Sax. Our mission is to raise money and create awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to find a cure for cf. This is all about Sax and our team's efforts for the cause. As of the creation of this blog, Saxon is 21 months old, has been hospitalized several times for pneumonia, and had undergone 3 surgeries since his first birthday.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

An Intro to Homeschool

Sax is feeling better.  His appetite is back with force! He's been eating Kudos bars - he says his favorite is both Snickers and M&M's.  Normally I wouldn't buy those more expensive bars, but since it's something he will eat and they have a little more in the way of calories than granola bars, we've decided the extra expense is worth it.  Especially since he's been eating anywhere from 2 to 4 at a time.  Sax has also decided he likes "beef roast" sandwiches (Arby's roast beef sandwiches).  We're still trying to work more and more foods in.  One of his other favorites is rice.  We picked up a bunch of Knorr Rice Sides on sale, which made the little man very happy!

Mom and Sax have also been working on our homeschooling.  A friend added us to a facebook homeschool support group that she belongs to.  I'm also looking into the Minnesota HomeSchool Association.  They have many resources available, and annual membership is very minimal.  This week our new workbook should be arriving too!!  Kinda excited for that!  We are going to use page protectors over the worksheets so we can reuse them multiple times.  I'm working on a schedule for our studying and have been trying out various things to see how they'll work.

I tried playing videos through YouTube for his Science last week.  We combined art with Science.  We watched 3 videos, about 10 minutes each, about dragonflies, tadpoles, and caterpillars and talked about metamorphosis.  After that, Sax drew pictures of the 3 main stages of tadpole metamorphosis (egg, tadpole, frog) and caterpillar metamorphosis (caterpillar, pupa, butterfly.) I need to go through and screen a few more videos.  Instead of watching them through the computer, though, I'm going to stream them through the Wii since we have that hooked up online now.  I've also been watching for specials on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and On Demand.  We watched a couple interesting ones on deep sea life. (I think the bright colors help keep his attention.)  We've also found a few good workbooks at the Dollar Tree - numbers, shapes and colors, letters, and first words.

I'm planning a trip back to the library this week for us - maybe for storytime if we can get going early enough (we're really not morning people!)  We need to get some new books too.  I've looked for books about homeschooling, but haven't had much luck, so I'm just going with my own thing right now and seeing what is and isn't working for him.  I think once construction is done and the office is set up, it will help.  We will be able to go in there, close the doors, and be away from distractions.

I'm off to find more videos for my Scrappyman for this week.  I'm really hoping this all works out as we plan!!!

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