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What To Expect When You’re 1 Month Pregnant

What To Expect When You’re 1 Month Pregnant

The first month of pregnancy is an exciting, yet nerve-racking time. At the beginning of your first trimester, you are starting to feel the physiological effects of growing another human life inside of you. You may be experiencing symptoms of early pregnancy, or you may not feel any changes at all- both are completely normal. You may have told your friends and family the exciting news, or prefer to wait a few more weeks just to make sure everything is fine. The most important thing is to remember that every women is different in her pregnancy and that you should not compare yourself to others.

Here are a few things that women who are 1 month pregnant may or may not be experiencing:

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Breast tenderness and soreness

One of the first telltale signs (even before the dreaded morning sickness) is a noticeable sensitivity in your breasts that will make it uncomfortable to wear a bra. To ease this pain, replace your regular bra, (that usually has some type of underwire in it), for a sports bra with extra padding and strong support. It is important to make yourself as comfortable as possible as your body is beginning to adjust to the tremendous changes it will undertake during the next months of your pregnancy.

You may experience mood swings

This early on in your pregnancy you may experience feeling hormonal due to your changing body. It may be similar to what you feel when you are menstruating or are pre-menstrual, when you notice that you are a bit more sensitive than usual. If you are feeling no changes in your emotional state, do not feel like there is anything abnormal going on, since some women do not experience such changes during this stage in their pregnancy.

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You may feel bloated and/or experience cramps

Again, similar to your period, you may feel physical symptoms like feeling extra bloated or pain in your abdomen during this stage. If you do experience these symptoms, make sure to take care of yourself and place a hot water bottle on the sensitive area to lessen the discomfort.

Sensitivity to certain smells

Being 1 month pregnant, your sense of smell will be a lot more sensitive during this time, and a strong odor can quickly make your stomach turn. Try to avoid being in situations where strong scents are likely to occur, especially situations involving food smells. This includes your office break room, restaurants, or wearing strong perfume. When you are at home, have your spouse be in charge of all meal preparation, especially strong-scented dishes that include seafood, eggs, or spaghetti sauce.

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First signs of morning sickness

For most pregnant women, morning sickness does not happen until around the 6th week of pregnancy, but can happen as early as the 4th week. Feeling nauseous and vomiting are the main symptoms of morning sickness and should be treated with plenty of rest, bland foods, and liquids. The most important thing is not to be too hard on yourself during this time and make your health a top priority.

1 month pregnant means your baby is beginning to form

From a tiny ball of cells, your baby is starting to take shape in this first month inside the womb. Your baby will begin to develop a sheet of cells that forms the neural tube; this will form the central nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord.

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You may experience a little spotting

Around 30 percent of the time, implantation bleeding occurs as the cells attach to the uterine wall. This is where the placenta will later develop, sending nutrients and oxygen to the fertilized egg as it continues growing into a baby. Implantation bleeding is usually very light red or brown and should not be mistaken for your period or a sign that something is wrong.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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