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8 Things To Do When You’re Six Months Pregnant

8 Things To Do When You’re Six Months Pregnant

Are you 6 months pregnant? During your pregnancy you will notice your body is continuously changing, with every month bringing new symptoms, changes and developments for your baby. These changes are very exciting, and it is important that you know what to do every month to make sure you and your baby are healthy.

From healthy eating to clinical consultation, check out what to do when you’re six months pregnant here.

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1. Start looking for a birthing partner

As the birth grows closer, it is a good time to start thinking about who you want to have as a birthing partner. You can also research local doulas in your area. Doulas are experienced women who provide support, advice and help to a women during her pregnancy, during the birth and after the birth. Having a doula will help you to prepare for the birth and  take some stress off, so they are well worth considering.

2. Take a glucose test

At some point between week 24 and week 28,you will need to take a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes. For this test you will drink a can of glucose mixture and then have your blood taken an hour later. If you do have gestational diabetes, you will be put on a special diet and your glucose levels will be checked every day. This doesn’t mean you will have diabetes for the rest of your life; normally gestational diabetes only stay until you give birth.

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3. Ask For A Back Massage

As you arrive at the six month mark, you will notice lots of new symptoms – which are unsurprisingly mostly unpleasant. You may have heartburn, backache and gas, as well as sore feet. A back or foot massage will help to relieve symptoms, so put your feet up and ask your partner for a massage.

4. Start a registry

If you are planning on doing a registry for your baby, now is a great time to start. Creating a registry can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re having your first baby. Start with the essentials, such as a carrier, diapers, onesies, wipes and a cot. This will really help you to lower costs and make sure you have everything ready for the arrival of your baby. If you don’t know where to start, have a trusted friend come with you and help you sift through whwat you need and what you don’t need for the new addition to your family.

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5. Do kegels

When you’re six months pregnant, your baby is continuing to grow and your internal organs are put under increasing pressure. Doing kegels will help you to stay fully in control of your bladder – which is super helpful for when you’re laughing or sneezing.

6. Buy maternity clothes

When you are six months pregnant, is very likely you are ready to start wearing maternity clothes instead of baggy t-shirts and leggings. Don’t bother spending lots of money on a completely new wardrobe, as you will only be wearing these clothes for a few months. One pair of jeans, a dress and a few tops is normally enough. It is also a good idea to buy your maternity clothes from a secondhand store, as the clothes are normally in great condition as they were only worn for a little while.

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7. Eat the right food

At six months pregnant, your baby’s body is growing and maturing to prepare him for birth. It is important that you eat good food that will make your baby healthy and strong. Good food options include tofu, black beans, lean meat, sweetcorn, oats, beetroot, spinach and oranges.

8. Avoid certain foods

There are certain foods that you should avoid while you’re pregnant, as they can be harmful to you and your baby. Avoid raw seafood like oysters and sushi, as well as liver and pate, as all of these can contain harmful bacteria. Check out other foods to avoid here.

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Published on November 7, 2018

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

Figure Out the Laws

Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

Decide on an Approach

Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

Supplies/Resources

Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

Find a Community

Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

7 Different Homeschooling Methods

1. School-At-Home

Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

  • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
  • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
  • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

2. Classical

One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

3. Unit Studies

Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

  • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
  • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
  • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

4. Charlotte Mason

This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

5. Montessori

Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

6. Unschooling

Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

7. Eclectic/Relaxed

As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

Email

Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

Google Drive/Calendar

Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

Ebooks

Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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E-Courses

When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

Some recommendations:

Youtube

Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

Some recommendations:

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

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