Homeschool During Pregnancy: 5 Survival Tips
I think I may spoke too soon. In my last post, I said I am feeling much better and I am starting to feel more energized. Yeah…uh…nope. It seems right after I hit the “publish” button on my blog, my body was like “psych!” Ain’t gonna happen!
All week I have been feeling just awful. Luckily, I haven’t been feeling very nauseous as I did in my first trimester. Sometimes I get a wave of nausea, especially if I need to eat, but other than that, I have been feeling good. But this fatigue and low energy has been in a pain in the butt! It is slowing me down BIG TIME. And when you have four children at home with you, there’s just no time for taking it slow and resting.
So what do you do when you feel like you just ran a marathon and all you want to do is sleep all day? Do you skip homeschooling and start school once you have more energy? I wish! But seeing how my fatigue occurs often, we can’t really afford to put school off. I have to push through it and help my kids get school done. What I have learned is to not be hard on myself and find more creative ways to get our lessons completed.
I thought I’d share a few ways I get through homeschooling when I am not feeling well.
1. I teach when I have the most energy.
I usually have the most energy in the middle of the day. That seems to be my best time to get things done and teach lessons. I don’t know what it is about 5 o’clock, but once the clock strikes five, I start to feel sluggish.
By the time 6 p.m. hits, I am ready to take a nap! Since I have been able to pin point when I am feeling the most energized, I designate teaching lessons in the middle of the day, whereas before I was able to to teach at any time with no problem.
2. I teach one lesson every other day.
Since my teens are independent learners now, they are able to do more independent work. Their core subjects are online-based so it makes it easier for me to schedule the independent lessons when I am not feeling well.
Before pregnancy, I would schedule two lessons per school day to teach the teens. Along with the two teaching lessons, the teens would also have independent lessons to work on. But since pregnancy, I have reduced the lesson teaching to one every other day. I have also had to make adjustments with my preschool routine for my toddlers.
3. I focus on one preschool activity with my toddlers.
A normal preschool day for us is Calendar and Weather Time, the Alphabet Song, Lesson of the Day, and then one fun activity. Since I haven’t been feeling well, I have had to scale back on our preschool activities, too. Now I do at least one brief preschool lesson with my toddlers. I will choose one activity to focus on from our “normal” schedule.
For example, I will read them two stories and we will draw pictures of our favorite things about the story. Another activity we may do is Calendar and Weather Time and then sing songs about the days of the week and the seasons of the year. I don’t do all of our regular activities when I am not feeling well; I just choose one to focus on for our day. Afterwards, they will have play time or do an independent activity until it’s lunchtime.
4. I ask my teens to take the little ones outside to play.
This, of course, only happens if the weather is nice enough for outdoor play. We’ve had quite a few snow days and very cold temperatures outside so outdoor play has not been as often as we would like.
But on the good weather days, I like to take the toddlers outside for 30 minutes to an hour. If I am not feeling well, my older son (age 16) will take Zhen and Zechariah outside to play. Having older children who are old enough and responsible enough to help with my younger children is such a great blessing!
5. I schedule interactive, online-based activities and lessons for my teens.
This is where the internet becomes the homeschool mom’s best friend. IXL Math & Language Arts, Khan Academy, Time 4 Learning are three main online-based learning programs we use for homeschool. All three programs are very interactive and great for visual learners. The programs also automatically grade their work and keep track of their progress. When they complete a lesson, I am able to check their progress and scores.
Another great online resource is Cool Math. My teens love the interactive math games Cool Math features. Elijah and Michala both enjoy playing the logic and strategy games. I’ll admit, I have tried a few of the logic games, and I got pretty hooked on them. They are a lot of fun to play! Other game categories are skill games, number games, jigsaw puzzles, and even holiday games. Cool Math also features lessons for Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and so much more!
6. I take a nap when my youngest naps.
Nap time has been a life saver for me during this pregnancy! My youngest child, Zechariah (age 19 months), is the only one who takes a nap. Zhen (age 4) stopped taking naps last year. (Side note: I’m hoping to change her schedule and get her to take at least a short nap.) Zechariah usually naps between 2-3 hours. I take advantage of this time to rest, too, even if it’s just for an hour! Sometimes I actually sleep and other times I just rest in the bed and watch a little TV or read while he naps in the room with me.
While I am resting with Zechariah, my teens help me out and watch Zhen for me. I have reserved Zechariah’s nap time for Zhen’s computer time. She usually plays a computer game on ABC Mouse or PBS Kids for about an hour. I usually rest for an hour or hour and a half so the timing works out perfectly.
I really hope in the next few weeks I will get my energy back. I am not used to feeling so low on energy. It really bothers me that I am not able to get as much done as I am used to doing at home. Sometimes I feel frustrated about it. I keep telling myself to relax and focus on doing what I can. There’s no point in being hard on myself and stressing out over it. It’s part of pregnancy and the fatigue and low energy will not last for much longer.Homeschooling during pregnancy: it can be done! Here's how. #homeschool Click To Tweet