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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Summer Update

Its been busy.

We went to Busch Gardens and got an epic pic of our kids's first time on a rollar coaster.

The faces are epic. I die. Just look 😂

Six days later after 3 ER trips, I had emergency surgery to remove a cyst. I spent 3 days in the hospital and two weeks recovering at home.
Nursing Ella after surgery. 

Going home.

D had a birthday. He's 14 now!

The boys did two weeks of swim lessons.

Little E is getting so big and is such a beautiful baby!

We had evaluations done for the kids to provide proof of progress for the school district. Lets just say my kids blew progress out of the water. Here's M after she just got a 95% on her third grade math lesson. We've continued working on school over the summer with the kiddos still catching up, and turned in our notice of intent to homeschool again next year yesterday!

I am proud of my kids. W and Wy are reading above grade level now. W tested at 7th and Wy at 3rd. They are rising 5th and 3rd graders now. Wy is completing 3rd grade math this summer. He will be starting 4th grade in september at 8 years old. 

D and V made huge reading progress. They are both reading near 3rd grade level now after starting the year at a K level. I could just squish them. We have worked so hard!

E is at a beginning second grade reading level and working on 3rd grade math. Again, huge progress for this guy! 

There is no doubt in my mind that Learning Ally has made a huge difference in my children's reading ability. 

We plan to continue using Teaching Textbooks for math, Dyslexia Games curriculum for core subjects and dyslexia therapy, and Learning Ally for reading. I also found a new app to help with spelling called Easy Spelling Aid. It has the dyslexic font and it also has a translate feature. I am in love with it!


pedidoc said...

Fantastic! I'm glad that they have come so far since you started homeschooling. M looks so proud of herself and very grown up. I'll bet that she is happy to be able to do teaching textbooks like the boys. If the boys progress at the same rate they did last year they may soon be caught up which is amazing. The closer they get to their reading level, the more interesting their books will be. You might try the 'Nate the Great' series with E this year. Little E's hair is sooooo long. Montessori Toddler Activities on Pinterest has great ideas to keep her busy during homeschool time. Hope you are fully recovered after your medical adventure. And the roller coaster picture...totally epic.

Emily said...

I am so happy that Learning Ally has worked great for you. It made such a huge difference for my girl too!

Endo_Life said...

It sounds like the kids are all improving so well being homeschooled. Congrats on taking that step and helping them. I love to read how your family is doing and that rollercoaster picture is brilliant. I hope you are recovering well xx

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Daniel Busenbark said...

Good morning,
My name is Daniel and my wife, Charlotte, and I are in the process of adopting from Ukraine. We were so blessed and encouraged to read your story. We currently homeschool our six biological children and were moved to action to adopt six (yeah, that’s right six) orphans from Ukraine. We did not plan this, or ever imagine we would have so many children, especially with half of them being adopted but here we are.
We work with a ministry in Alabama called Bridges of Faith whose mission is to bring Ukraine orphans to America for a “cultural exchange” with an undercurrent of hoping they get adopted. So we were volunteering and I met Shasha (15 years old) and his youngest sister Kristina (6 years old) who jumped into my arms and called me Papa. I was done right at that moment. I thought to myself, “I can’t fix the orphan problem in the world, but I can help these two.” Then I learned Shasha had a total of three siblings, and he was playing dad for all of them. So we agreed to the four, and then we learned of two others from the same orphanage; they were all like a small family cell that we couldn’t break up.
We thought we were done having kids….I suppose God said we were done “having kids” but not done growing our family. So we are nearing the second phase of our adoption and have been going through many of the struggles and receiving many of the blessings as you have described. Thank you for your blogs….they have been encouraging. We just started our blog and it is still rough around the edges but would love for you to check them out and let us know what you think.

God Bless
Daniel and Charlotte Busenbark

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