Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer - 29 weeks

Today marks the beginning of my 29th week of pregnancy with Summer. (I am counting by our original due date of August 16th because I feel it is the most accurate and I tend to deliver 2 weeks early anyway). We had a doctors appointment yesterday and everything is continuing to go well. I feel great... with it being pregnancy #5 I am making sure I take care of myself (Jonathan is taking good care of me too). 29 weeks pregnant with Summer brings me to a total of 181 weeks being pregnant (or 3 years and 25 weeks).
It is likely that Summer will be born around 38 weeks which brings us to August 2nd (or 11th)... and I am really starting to feel like she is almost here! June is a very busy month for us so there is not a lot of time left in between to prepare bed rooms, sort baby clothes, make birth announcements, pack hospital bag, make and freeze meals, and prepare emergency phone contact list... that's just the stuff I want to get done for baby never mind the other stuff that I know I won't have time for once she arrives! Thankfully Jonathan is taking 6 weeks parental leave this time so I am anticipating a much smoother transition then usual.
At 29 weeks Summer weighs about 2 3/4 pounds and is about 16 3/4 inches tall. We are no longer worrying about what to name our little girl... we've been able to come up with about 5 girl names we both like, including the same favourite name so it shouldn't be too much of a problem and we have already chose her 2 middle names. We will continue calling her "Summer" until she arrives as we want to see which name suits her best when she gets here. And as always we are keeping our names a secret so you will just have to wait and see.
I went for a blood test today and will see the doctor again in 2 weeks. Will try to post a belly picture soon.

Friday, May 25, 2012

School Sports Day

 Tyler & David

 Yummy Popsicles!
 I want to be on the red team! (Do you think I can pass for kindergarten?)

 Relay Fun!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 2012 - David completes Kindergarten!

 Last week David prepared a Wormery for his first school Science Fair on Friday. Here are a few pictures of him building the Wormery last Tuesday...
 ... and receiving his Certificate of Participation last Friday. The black cylinder in the background is David's wormery with the black cover he made (because worms like to be where it's dark). He enjoyed making the wormery but after seeing the kids from older grades present their projects he asked why he didn't do a big project (everyone in kindergarten made a wormery)... my little keener!

 Unitl 27 and 28 in David's Math Curriculum covered learning how to tell time. First he learned how to read the minute hand, then the hour hand and then how to put them together. He wizzed through this months math lessons and now has fun looking at the clock and telling us what time it is. He is proud of himself and we are proud of him too!
 Unit 29 and 30 introduced subtraction which he also is a natural at.
Our Top 10 Favourites...
(from 100 Books to Read in Kindergarten)
1. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
2. Bark George by Jules Feiffer
3. Sylvester and the magic pebble by William Steig
4. Bread and jam for Francis by Russel Hoban
5. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
6. Mail Harry to the moon byRobbie H. Harris
7. Llama llama red pajama by Anna Dewdney
8. The Pout-pout fish by Deborah Diesen
9. How do Dinosaurs say good night by Jane Yolen
10. Love you forever by Robert Munsch

Since we finished our Language Arts Curriculum last month, this month we focus on finishing our 
"100 Books to Read in Kindergarten" as well as reading readers and online readers (see above picture). David especially loves the online readers and the level he is currently at introduced a "quiz" after each story. He LOVES doing the quiz! For every online reader you get points for listening to, reading, and taking the quiz. He has over 6,000 points which has taught him a new math skill too. He now reads his numbers into thousands! After each task he completes he says "Mommy...  have_____ points!"
 Above is a picture of an arty project he completed at the Moms and Tots group we attend. And below us an example of one of his projects from his Friday Community Class. At community class they were learning about bugs, recycling and compost.
This concludes my reporting for David's Kindergarten progress. I am planning to post one last homeschool update before grade 1 begins which will include "Moms Report Card" and some Kindergarten Graduation Pictures.
I must say I have really enjoyed homeschooling this year. Going into it I was a bit unsure but we have had so much fun and David has learned so much! Next year will come with its own challenges but I am looking forward to homeschooling Grade 1 and David is eager to start. We have purchased a set of workbooks to "prepare for Grade 1" not because I think he need them but because he still wants to do school.