The pregnancy is going by very quickly. I am already in my fifth month! I am starting to get a little baby belly and I have felt it move a few times. I am 16 weeks 5 days today so it will not be long until we can find out the sex! I debated on not finding out. I have baby clothes for either sex so there is really no practical reason to do so. But everyone else in my life boycotted that idea! But I'll admit, I too am tempted to know so that I can start going through all of the cute baby clothes I have stored in the building!
Ben is doing well with his school. We are doing some tweaking on how we do school. I have found that trying to sit down between certain hours each day and "do school" does not work for either one of us. With this pregnancy, sometimes *I* don't feel well, or sometimes he is in the middle of something and doesn't want to stop or sometimes Natalie is in one of her moods and tries to sing over me reading a book to Ben, which makes learning impossible. It occurred to me that one of the points of not sending him to public school is that we have the freedom to learn our own way. Why bother homeschooling if we are just going to do a carbon copy of school while at home?
So I have given Ben more control over his schedule, which works much better. It saves the struggle of when to "do school" and it saves the guilt on my part that I am not sitting down at a certain time each day to teach him. He is actually learning more this way! Each Sunday I make out a lesson plan for the week. I have an organizer with folders. Each subject has its own folder. I put all of the math worksheets for the week in one folder, his grammar pages in anther, the books he needs to read for the week in another, etc. He is allowed to set his own pace and schedule. He can choose to do three math sheets in one day and then take a break or he can do one each day. He can choose to do it at nine in the morning or at three in the afternoon. As long as he is learning, I have no problem with him setting his own pace.
He is reading on a second grade level, doing math on a third and is fascinated with history (I have no way to put a grade level on history). So I am very satisfied with where we stand. Often times just a simple question on his part leads to us doing an Internet search and spending two hours learning about a subject together.
I think that most of you know that Ben arm a while back. He was leaving his Um-bah's house and accidentally shut his pant leg in the door. When he tried to walk down the step, he fell on his arm. His cast is due to come off on the third of March but we are going to see if they will take it off a few days early so that he can play in his last basketball game of the year.
The Corder's are coming over tonight and we are having a spaghetti dinner for Natalie before the boys head out for basketball practice. She is looking forward to playing with her friend Pearl.
So that is the update for this week. I will try to be better about writing!