Our School Journal-Entry 23

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I’ll be 16 weeks pregnant on Tuesday, nearly 4 months along in this 9 month journey. And let me just tell you, all I ever think about is food (and Zantac, for the heartburn after the food). It’s so funny to me how, in the first three months or so, the thought of food is extremely repulsive and in the next 6+ months, I’m eating constantly (even in my dreams). Nothing too bizarre really, just Mexican food, chips, and ice cream.

Though with fall in the air, I’m beginning to have pumpkin bread cravings. But I have those even when I’m not pregnant.

I do miss my coffee, though (and all the cream and sugar I use to make it palatable). I forego caffeine while pregnant and nursing, which means I have roughly one more year before my next cup. The home-brewed decaf is far from the real deal, unless I add a considerable amount of chocolate syrup to the cream and sugar. And by then I might as well have chocolate milk, which is the morning routine I’ve swapped for—a big glass of chocolate milk instead of the old friendly mug of coffee.

So, to sum up this section: In my life this week, I’m trying desperately to revamp my voracious appetite and intense cravings to something even slightly resembling my old healthy diet of steamed vegetables, stir-frys, baked salmon, and George Foreman-grilled turkey burgers.

In our homeschool this week…

I’m loving our adjustments to kindergarten. We’ve finally got school to where Mommy is enjoying it, which is important, you know. As far as my once-beautiful-now-grossly-disorganized lesson plans? My new system is to check off with a pencil each page that we do in each subject, then check off the week when every assignment (that I’m going to do) has been completed. The result is that I’m in Summer: Week 12 in Phonics; Fall 2011: Week 1 in Math; Fall 2011: Week 3 in Critical Thinking and Geography; and totally off the cuff for handwriting and art/music. But I couldn’t be more pleased.

The nice thing is, since I decided at the beginning of the year to only schedule 6 weeks worth of school at a time, I only have three more weeks of this mayhem before I reorganize.

  • We’ve wrapped up our first week in Nigeria and nearly learned the countries of West Africa.
  • We’ve begun our study of Renoir’s “Still Life with a Bouquet” and continued our music theory. (I’ve misplaced my  Vivaldi CD and may have to resort to a youtube.com playlist if I can’t find it soon.)
Picture Study of Renoir's "Still Life with a Bouquet"
  • In K5, we are on Abeka  “I Do Read, Book 3” and loving the reading journey. He spelled “mash,” “smith,” and “twist” this week as part of our lessons on his phonics sounds. And in math, he’s flying through addition, writing and recognizing his numbers up to 100, and working on counting by 2’s.
Math skills worksheet
  • In PreK, the little one is finishing up with the letter D and working on number recognition and counting for 1-10. Along the way, we’ve also had fun with fine motor skills, shapes puzzles, and color recognition.
Size sort and threading buttons

My favorite moment…

Holding my son in my lap for reading time with the little one cuddled beside me to hear his story. He always adds more expression if she’s listening in.

Questions to ask…

Since food is ever on my brain, what are your favorite fall snacks?

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7 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 23

  1. Ah, the second trimester. Enjoy the cravings – when else in life can we happily indulge? I remember when I was pregnant with my first that I had an incredible urge to eat double cheeseburgers from Burger King! Yuck! I don’t even like to drive by BK these days! I’d love to learn more about the six-week on/one-week off. Or do you take a longer break? I haven’t discovered the planning tool for me yet other than s/w tracking. I really need to plan more for the long-term especially since I enjoy unit studies. Does this mean that you don’t take a summer break at all? I may miss that 🙂

    • Post Author Tracy

      This is my first year to try 6 weeks on and 1 week off. So, I’ll have to update you after the first rotation or two to see how it goes. My intention is to plan lessons and check out the library books I’ll need for the next 6 weeks, include any field trips that fit with our studies, and catch up on housecleaning.
      We did school this last summer and loved it. I changed our subjects out so that it felt like a different schedule: we did a nature study and lots of art, along with a little review of phonics/math. We only do school for a couple of hours a day, so it’s more like structured play than anything else. Also, going through the summer allows me the freedom to take larger breaks through the year—like when the baby comes!

  2. Many blessings on your pregnancy!! I used to hate chicken and love french fries and milkshakes when I was pregnant! Ok, I still love french fries and milkshakes!

    Stopping by from the Homeschool Mothers Journal!

    • Post Author Tracy

      Oh, yes. French fries and ice cream were my cravings with both my other two. And I wouldn’t turn them down right now either.

  3. I “Liked” Pepperidge Farm on facebook and this morning they posted a new limited time only bread called Pumpkin Spice Swirl. Doesn’t that sound delicious. I know I’m going to look for some. Enjoy your cravings.

    • Post Author Tracy

      Oooo, that does sound good. I’ve been avoiding that section of the bread isle because cinnamon raisin bread has sounded so yummy, but one of these days I’m going to have to give in to the temptation and look for the Pumpkin Spice Swirl. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. I was a potato girl when I was pregnant– any kind of potatoes– mashed, french fried, baked, didn’t matter. In fact, I still love potatoes, lol! 🙂

    Awesome job in your planning and finding a schedule and groove that fits you and your family best.

    Have a great weekend!
    Many blessings,
    Lisa

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