Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Friday, April 15, 2016

An M Update!

Its been nearly 2 years since M had SPML surgery in New Jersey with Dr. Nuzzo.

We are approaching her ortho appointment next month so we have been talking to her PT about what type of bracing we should be thinking of.  She needs to be casted for a new pair and is doing FABULOUS so we don't want to do anything that will impede her progress.

We decided to take a few videos and send them to Dr. Nuzzo for his input on what he thinks would be best for her.

Here are the videos we took of her.  She's doing fantastic.  SPML surgery was the best choice for her!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vote for Me Please!

Educents is having a "Win Your Dream Classroom" contest.  The top 7 teachers with the most votes get to split $10,000 worth of products from Educents!!

This is a chance for us to get some much needed multi-sensorial materials for teaching our kids that learn differently.  I can't tell you how excited I would be if I won!

Please go vote for me then please share my link and encourage your friends to vote for us too!
Thank you so much!

Here's what is on it!

My Homeschool Wishlist

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Learning Ally

Many thanks to someone who left a comment on my blog about Learning Ally.  I filled out the forms and applied for accounts for D, V, E, and M.  I had to send in proof of their learning disabilities which ended up being easy. I had a letter from Dr. Federici about all 4 kids,stating their severe dyslexia. Today they all got approved and I set up their accounts!

V has been thrilled!  He has been happily reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid today. W has read the entire series and V wanted to so badly.  Now his Learning Ally app reads it to him while highlighting the text!

He also read about spiders 

This app requires OS 6.0 so our first iPad won't work with it, but we have one iPad and an old phone we set up with it.  

If you have Dyslexic kids you really should check out Learning Ally.  This app is a game changer.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Quote of the Day

V - "You are the best mom I ever had."

It means a lot more when I am not the only mom he has had.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Build-a-Word Phonics

I found this neat phonics kit on Amazon for the kids. It looks a lot like an Orton-Gillingham based kit but I got it for around $20.  

E and M really love it!

V had a huge breakthrough today. He did his assigned work and then made a dinosaur book with E's stencils.  Then - the part I am excited about - he looked up the names of the dinosaurs in his Children's dictionary all by himself!

I have been trying to take an "unschooling" based approach in the hopes that some of the kids would find their interests and we could do more child led schooling.  Its been very difficult to do that with D, E, and V so I was so happy to see this today!

My baby is cute too :)


We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson