The Island of Capri

By homeschooling Caleigh we get to cover some really great content, and this past week was no different. 

Caleigh and I wrapped up Red Sails to Capri. I love that I'm getting to read all the books that my schooling didn't offer. I love that I am enjoying reading for really the first time in my life. Reading used to be a way to study for the next test. Now it is fun.

Red Sails to Capri is a Newberry Medal Award Winning novel written in the 50's about the Island of Capri and its infamous cove. Caleigh got the humor, the anticipation and the mystery of the story. Each day she would tell me that she was excited and nervous after each chapter. It really is a classic that shouldn't be missed. 

Spoiler alert....

The best part of the novel is that this place actually exists! It's blue, gorgeous and just as the story describes. We had a lot of fun watching YouTube videos and looking up information on Capri and its grotto. Caleigh said she would love to visit Capri someday and I don't blame her one bit. Sign us up!

First Day of Second Grade

Today was Caleigh's first day of 2nd grade. She has gown up so much in the past year, but it's still hard to believe that she is a 2nd grader now. It's even more of a shock to me that I've been homeschooling since she was three. 

Over the past few years we have really fallen into a groove with adapting certain curriculums. I've found things that work for Caleigh and right now couldn't be happier with the volume of information that she is learning. 

The older she gets and the more intense the curriculum becomes, the more time is involved with the day to day work. This is typical with all kids, but it has been a challenge to juggle all of Caleigh's therapies and appointments. 

Since we homeschool year round, we decided to take the summer off from therapies. It was a first for us and quite honestly very enjoyable. We may make a habit of it each year. This week marks the return of therapies. Over the next few weeks Caleigh will have a full schedule again with at least one appointment a day if not two. 

We've added in a homeschool co-op group each Wednesday morning. The first eight weeks Caleigh will be in a hands on science class. I'm hoping it goes really well for her. Fingers crossed. 

Today we jumped in head first. Caleigh said that she enjoyed our afternoon. She's always happier when we are homeschooling and that's one of the reasons that we school year round. 

I love seeing her passion for learning. I'm excited for the opportunities that the new year will bring. Second grade here we come!


Fossil Rim Glen Rose, Texas

On Mother's Day... yes, three months ago, our family drove down to Glen Rose, Texas for a private tour of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. We loaded a tall bus and headed out for the three hour expedition. 

This was so much more exciting than the zoo for Caleigh. She wasn't height restricted by fences blocking her view from the level of her wheelchair. She was up tall just like the rest of us to see and feed the animals. 

She learned that zebras are very mean. They bite. So we didn't take the time to feed these guys by hand. His food was thrown on the ground 

We brought Caleigh's brown tomato chair for her to sit in while we were driving around. We had to stuff some towels underneath it to boost up the height, but it worked. They do have a wheelchair accessible bus, but we opted to have Caleigh sitting by us. 

The giraffes were amazing and honestly they were our favorite part. It's just completely crazy how tall they actually are. With as much as our girl loves to travel, I bet Caleigh would adore an African safari adventure. 

Here's Caleigh rocking some crazy curls and a very large ostrich egg. 

A special thank you to Linda and Rick for making our Mother's Day special and one to remember. We had a wonderful day with family and friends.