Homeschooling Kinesthetic Learners

I’m a visual learner.   Bookworm is a visual learner.  Cuddle Bug is an auditory learner.

And PB & J Girl?  She’s our kinesthetic learner.  There is nothing she loves more than d-o-i-n-g.

There is nothing I have a harder time doing than appealing to her learning style because it’s the least likely way I learn.

But over the years, I have gotten better at it.

Here are some of the ways we appeal to our kinesthetic learner:

Hands on Math.  PB & J Girl LOVES Math-U-See because she gets to use the manipulatives.  It is a natural fit for her, and one that we plan to stick with as long as it’s working.

Weekly Art.  We try to do art twice a week.  While she may sometimes get frustrated with her results, she loves art time because she gets to do something.

Plenty of Time for Creativity.  I try to make sure that the girls have plenty of time to have hobbies.  Right now, as to be expected, all of PB & J Girl’s hobbies are physical ones–sewing, making Rainbow Loom bracelets, and writing a book and reading it to us.

Lots of Science Experiments.  This is the area where I struggle the most.  Yet, every time I pull out a hands-on science experiment, she’s delighted.  There is nothing she loves more than learning through doing.  After our last hands-on experiment, she exclaimed, “This is the kind of science I love!”  I’m stretching myself to try to include more of those type of learning activities for her.

AHG Supplements.  Both girls are in American Heritage Girls this year, so I try to have them work on badges that match what they’re studying in school.  For instance, we were just studying Native Americans, so they worked on the Native American badge.  One of the activities they had to complete for this badge was creating a pot and painting it as a Native American would have.  PB & J Girl loved this activity, and it was a great way to supplement our homeschool.

Do you have a kinesthetic learner?  If so, what activities do you try to include in your homeschool?

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Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Recovery: The First Week

So, here’s a secret about me.  Sometimes I imagine the worst.  Before I board a plane, I worry about dying in a plane crash.  Yes, the risk is very tiny, but I worry about it.  (Never mind that I get in my car multiple times a day and the risk of dying in a car accident is much greater.  Logic doesn’t prevail in these kinds of circumstances.)

I had only a 2.5 week window from the time I knew I’d need foot surgery to the actual time I had it.  Luckily, that didn’t give me much time to panic, but I did worry about the actual surgery and yes, the small chance that I might die.  I was so worried about these things, that I didn’t think of the pain of recovery.  I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse, because the pain hit me by surprise.

Warning–graphic pictures at the end of the post.

The Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery

First, though, surgery itself was a breeze.  The staff was nice and the anesthesia worked right away.  I was wheeled into the operating room, I saw people getting things ready, and then I was out.  I didn’t wake up until I was in recovery.  After about 30 minutes in recovery, I was on my way home.

The First 72 Hours of Recovery

The first 6 hours after surgery were easy.  My foot was still numb, and I had no adverse reactions to the anesthesia.  Within an hour of getting home, I ate lunch.  But then, late in the afternoon, the swelling started, and with it, the pain.

I took pain medicine, and at first, that worked fine.  However, about 12 hours after surgery, the pain medicine, which I took every 4 hours, only worked for about an hour.  With each dose that I took, it would take about an hour to kick in, then I’d have an hour of moderate relief (but the pain never completely went away), and then the last two hours I was in serious pain waiting to take my next dose of pain medicine.

The 12 to 24 hours after surgery were the roughest.  My pain level was easily a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest.  But when I hit the 36 hour mark, it was not so painful, and I felt the swelling go down.

By the third day, I only needed to take two pain pills, every 10 hours or so.  (That was a great improvement from the six pills a day I had taken the first 48 hours.)  I didn’t need any pain medication after the third day.

After surgery, I also took the homeopathic remedy Arnica every two hours or so to help reduce swelling.  I continued to take Arnica the first week.

My First Doctor’s Appointment

Six days after surgery, I was ready for the big reveal!  The nurse removed the bandages, and I was shocked by how narrow my foot was!  I am used to such a wide foot that it looked weird to me to have a “normal” foot.

The foot was, of course, badly bruised, but the incisions looked great.  I was given permission to begin showering again, and I was also given a walking boot to use.

Hopefully recovery will go quickly now!

My foot is still really swollen and bruised 6 days after surgery!

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Today's the day!  Foot surgery day!  This is my last week of shopping; I tried to stock up so my husband and kids have all that they need for fresh foods for at least a week.  I also have the freezer full of meals, so for the next few weeks, I'm … [Continue reading]

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