Monday, December 31, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - 197

Everyone knows the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as it is a favorite in so many households. Well Jemma is a lot like the caterpillar, except she doesn't eat holes through the food. She eats all the food. On Friday she attacked a huge bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin, ravioli, carrots, a sandwich, three small sausages, a large bratwurst, a bowl of beans, rice, tomatoes, olives, guacamole, and cheese, an apple, a clementine, prune juice and V-8 juice. I'm probably missing a few things, but you get the picture. She is ravenous and impossible to fill. She will leave the table after a large meal and return 10 minutes later telling us she's hungry. We are spending lots of time in the kitchen.



She's not only eating, but thinking about food too. She told me next year she would like to have her birthday at the swimming pool and we will eat bratwurst there. She wanted to know how poor people ate if they didn't have money to buy food. When she found out they didn't eat very much meat she decided she didn't want to be poor. After telling her I would be preparing salad and lentil curry for dinner she suggested we make a pizza to go with it.


She ate a lot during phase 1A, but it was nothing in comparison to what she's doing now during phase 2A. The other two little girls we know who have just completed this phase have bulging cheeks and bellies. So does Jemma and she still has two weeks to go. Her stomach is so large it looks painful to me. The belly buttons of pregnant women often stick out instead of in due to the growing baby inside. Well Jemma's belly button does too. She also has stretch marks.

Luckily throughout all this eating her attitude has been fairly normal. Although she doesn't have much energy her blood is currently strong. The kids are going to start school again next week after a two week break. I added cooking breakfast to their daily list of activities. They are looking forward to have control of that part of the menu, and I'm looking forward to any help in the kitchen I can get.


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Metal Detecting - Coins - Pfennig

Metal detecting is teaching my son a little about history as well as developing his reading and research skills.

He recently found this 50 pfenning coin from 1921 in a farm field near our house in Germany.

After some research he found that the coin is made of aluminum and was constructed during the hyperinflation period between World War I and World War II. This was a period of time when money was more valuable as fuel for fires than as currency.

This coin is relatively easy to find through dealers and worth around $1-$5 today depending on the condition.



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Friday, December 28, 2012

Homeschool Hobbies and Handicrafts - Dec 28

What have your kids been doing? "Homeschool Hobbies and Handicrafts" is a weekly link-up to share and show-off your kid's projects. When kids have free time they often spend it engrossed in educational activities. I'm interested to see the variety of these activities.

Since it is Christmas time at The Tiger Chronicle they have been reading and listing to the Nutcracker. After watching the performance Tiger used his toys and created his own version.


Woodworking, knitting, crochet, weaving, paper airplane design, painting, drawing and so many more...... During school time, or when kids are finished - what are they spending their time on? Are they practicing instruments? Constantly crafting? Writing plays? Inventing new things? There are many blog-hops to share pre-school crafts, and many for adults. This one is for kids. Show-off their projects and talents!

Hand constructed furniture, needlepointed pillows, hand-made baskets, beautiful and creative photos, homemade videos...... Kid made items of any type are fair game and they don't need to be homeschooled. This is their chance to shine. What did they choose to make? What patterns/books/tools did they use? How did they get the idea? What inspired them?


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 193

We had a wonderful Christmas and Jemma is progressing in her therapy. She's doing just what was predicted at home..... eating lots and not burning too many calories. She wakes up each morning hungry and happy and eats and eats and eats until around 2:30, then sleeps, eats dinner and sleeps some more. Her next hospital visit is scheduled for New Year's Eve. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 190

Merry Christmas! Thank you for checking in on Jemma this Christmas Eve.
Jemma continues to be low on energy while eating a ton of food. We spent about five hours today in the hospital so she could receive three different chemotherapy medicines. She had Vincristine, L'asparaginase and Doxorubicin. Then she was surprised to receive a Christmas gift from the hospital staff.

Both Jemma and her older sister were both looking forward to the hospital visit and had big plans for their time there. Last night they planned new outfits for their favorite stuffed animals and cut out the pieces of material. Then in the hospital they sewed most of the morning.

I was looking forward to the morning at the hospital too. It was a break from cooking and cleaning after all. While they were busy sewing, I tried to knit between my time bringing urine samples to the nurses station, getting food for my always hungry child, trying to figure out why the iv and blood pressure machines were beeping and calling the nurse when plugging them in didn't work, and assisting Jemma with her sewing project. By the time I got home I was two rows further along then when I arrived. (I did have to rip out 10 rows due to a bad mistake.)

I'm just happy Jemma's therapy is progressing and she is doing well. Tomorrow we will celebrate Christmas as we normally like to do on Christmas morning. All three kids are looking forward to it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas with your families.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ancient Greece History Co-op - Week 10 - Temple Models

Week 10: We built scale models of Greek Temples.

This lesson combined history and math for a unique learning experience. The kids had to select an Ancient Greek temple to model to scale.

My son chose the Temple of Hephaestus located in Athens, Greece.  He found it was 104 feet long by 45 feet wide and estimated the height at about 30 feet. The temple has columns on all four sides. There are six Doric columns on the front and back, and thirteen along each long edge.

We decided that one long block would equal 10 feet.

Then he counted by 10's and rounded to determine he needed 10 long blocks and 1 short block down the long wall and 4 long blocks and 1 short block across the front and back.

Scale model of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece
Scale model of the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion, Greece

My daughter chose to model the Temple of Poseidon which is very similar to the Temple of Hephaestus. They were both constructed from marble and likely designed by the same person. Instead of 34 columns, her's had 42. The Temple of Poseidon today stands in a ruined state in Sounion, Greece. Sounion is located about 1.5 hours from Athens on the legendary spot where Theseus's father Aegeus saw Theseus returning from Crete with the black sail hoisted on his ship.

Understanding scale is a very important skill. It has applicability in mapping, model making and in engineering drawings. This was a fun way for the kids to gain a better understanding of this concept while connecting it with their history studies.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Homeschool Hobbies and Handicrafts - Dec 21

What have your kids been doing? "Homeschool Hobbies and Handicrafts" is a weekly link-up to share and show-off your kid's projects.

With Christmas right around the corner we are all busy getting ready and kids are no exception. Did yours make gifts for friends or family? I would love to see what they have created. My kids have been busy making gifts for each other, but they have been careful not to let me see. On Christmas we will all find out.


Her boys made Drawer Monsters for Grandma. I got such a kick out of this because I know every Grandmother would love to receive a monster from their grandchild. I love this kind of hard work and dedication at such a young age. Way to go boys!



Woodworking, knitting, crochet, weaving, paper airplane design, painting, drawing and so many more...... During school time, or when kids are finished - what are they spending their time on? Are they practicing instruments? Constantly crafting? Writing plays? Inventing new things? There are many blog-hops to share pre-school crafts, and many for adults. This one is for kids. Show-off their projects and talents!

Hand constructed furniture, needlepointed pillows, hand-made baskets, beautiful and creative photos, homemade videos...... Kid made items of any type are fair game and they don't need to be homeschooled. This is their chance to shine. What did they choose to make? What patterns/books/tools did they use? How did they get the idea? What inspired them?


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 186

Phase 2A started on Monday and I am shocked how quickly the side effects from the medication have begun. Almost immediately Jemma's appetite increased. This morning she woke up two hours earlier than normal because she was hungry.

Throughout much of the day she had this expressionless stare on her face. She seemed very tired and low on energy.


Then she took a nap. She probably needed it from both her early morning and the medication. Hopefully these symptoms we can see on the outside are a sign that the medication is doing its job on the inside.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kitchen on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships are huge, floating, paradises that have quite a challenge in the kitchen. Large ships may have four or five seperate huge gallies.

Ships maintain a 4-6 week supply of food which is restocked weekly. The head chef must carefully plan the meals so that food is used before it spoils.

These huge containers which look like utility room sinks are actually for pasta. They fill the entire cavity with pasta sauce.

Since fire is the biggest potential threat on board a cruise ship, cooking with open flame is not allowed. The chef must therefore find alternate ways to produce desired flavors.
Deserts, deserts, and more deserts. Did you know people tend to eat a lot on cruise ships?




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shapes and Money Designs

Learning about shapes can be a fun part of math. We created designs while learning about shapes and symmetry. The Map is Not the Territory blog inspired me to do this activity. She frequently posts creative, artsy, hands-on math ideas.




I got out the coins and created some simple designs.

It didn't take long for Jemma to join in.


She created a diamond, circle, hexagon and square. When she first started creating shapes it was difficult to see her corners. The shapes weren't quite even. It didn't take her long to learn to count the number of coins on each side to create a symmetric design.

The top right photo shows a circle. She wanted to create it and it was quite difficult for me. I had a strong urge to help her create straight lines, but was able to resist giving my unrequested advice.
Soon the floor was covered with shapes and designs.

The older kids couldn't resist the activity and joined in.

A dancer. Can you guess who created this design?




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