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Many women don’t realize that when they are pregnant they will require an extra 300 calories per day in their diet. This is really good news, especially if you’re anything like me, and you like to eat! 😉

The other thing that is great about your increased need for calories is that it will make it easier for you meet your increased nutrition needs during pregnancy without fear of gaining excess weight. By the way, in case you are wondering, here is the recommended weight gain for pregnancy based on pre-pregnant weight.10 Best Foods to Eat When PregnantNote: This is NOT the time to be on a weight loss plan. And you should not worry too much if you gain a bit more or less than the recommendations here.

However, it is important to point out that if you gain an excessive amount of weight too quickly, this could be a sign of excessive water weight gain which can be a sign of a dangerous condition known as preeclampsia.

It is normal to retain a bit of water and to have some swelling in your ankles and other places during pregnancy, especially after the 20th week.

However, if you gain an excessive amount of weight and have any of the following symptoms:

  1. Severe Headache
  2. Changes in Vision
  3. Upper Abdominal Pain
  4. Nausea and Vomiting
  5. Decreased urine (pee) output
  6. Shortness of breath

Then You need to contact your doctor immediately!

On the other hand, if you are not gaining weight at all due to excessive morning sickness OR you are eating just fine but still not gaining weight, you also need to contact your doctor to make sure that you are not dehydrated or that something else isn’t going on. Click here for symptoms of dehydration.

Back to increased nutrient needs.

Other increased needs include:

Most doctors will prescribe a prenatal vitamin. Prenatal vitamins are usually higher in folic acid and iron to compensate for the increased folic acid and iron needs of a pregnant woman. They also contain essential amounts of other vitamins and minerals, and many contain essential Omega-3s as well.

The 10 Best Foods to Eat When Pregnant are:

  1. Lean Meat and Eggs – High Quality Protein and Iron
  2. Leafy Greens including broccoli – Magnesium, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium
  3. Legumes, peas, and lentils (pulses)Fiber to prevent constipation, folic acid
  4. Nuts – Copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium
  5. Whole grains – Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Fiber
  6. Yogurt, especially Greek Yogurt – High quality protein, probiotics (Read label to make sure yogurt you purchase contains probiotics).
  7. Calcium rich foods including milk (cow’s, soy, rice, almond, cashew), cheese, and yogurt.
  8. Omega 3 Rich Foods including salmon and other fatty fish.
  9. Avocados – Healthy fats, Folic acid, B6, magnesium, fiber
  10. Water and Lots of it! (Juice, milk, soups, shakes help to provide water as well)

Gestational Diabetes

1 in 10 pregnant women will be diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during their pregnancy. As a result, I want to briefly discuss this disease with you.

But what exactly is Gestational Diabetes and what can you do to reduce the risks?

Many people are familiar with Diabetes in general. Just like other types of Diabetes, Gestational diabetes results in high blood sugar as the result of insufficient insulin. With type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas is not producing insulin. With Type 2 Diabetes, there is insulin resistance, usually as the result of excess body weight.

Gestational Diabetes, on the other hand, seems to result in insulin in the pregnant woman’s body not being available.

The reason you end up with high blood sugar is because insulin is necessary for the sugars you get through the foods you eat to be transferred to your body to be used for energy.

Unfortunately, it is not clear what causes Gestational Diabetes. What we do know is that it does not mean you had diabetes before pregnancy. Though it does mean that you have an increased risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes later in life.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

“During pregnancy, the placenta, which connects your baby to your blood supply, produces high levels of various other hormones. Almost all of them impair the action of insulin in your cells, raising your blood sugar. (Emphasis mine). Modest elevation of blood sugar after meals is normal during pregnancy.

“As your baby grows, the placenta produces more and more insulin-counteracting hormones. In gestational diabetes, the placental hormones provoke a rise in blood sugar to a level that can affect the growth and welfare of your baby. Gestational diabetes usually develops during the last half of pregnancy — sometimes as early as the 20th week, but generally not until later.”

Who is at Highest Risk for Getting Gestational Diabetes

As with any type of diabetes, diet and exercise are your friends for helping you to feel your best and minimize the risks that can be associated with Gestational Diabetes.

Risks of Having Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy

One of the risk factors of Gestational Diabetes is a super big baby (high birth weight). This can result in the need for a Caesarian section because the baby is too big to fit through the birth canal. Also, preterm birth and respiratory distress syndrome can result from Gestational Diabetes. Another risk is low blood sugar of the baby at birth. And lastly, mom has a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes later in life.

Click here for more information on Gestational Diabetes.

I hope that the information on Gestational Diabetes was helpful to you and that you are also enlightened on what I believe are the 10 best foods to eat when pregnant. There are lots of healthy foods to choose from.

Make sure you choose foods you actually enjoy and have fun!

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Benefits of Breastmilk

What’s So Important about Magnesium?

Why Protein is Important

10 Reasons Vitamin D is Important

10 Facts about Vitamin B12

From others I recommend:

50+ Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

References

Healthline – 13 Foods to Eat When Pregnant

American Diabetes Association – Gestational Diabetes

What to Expect – Big Nutrition Small Packages

The Mayo – Gestational Diabetes – Symptoms and Causes

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I have always wondered about St. Valentine and who he was. I’ve heard some good things and some bad things. So, this year I decided to find out more about this mysterious person that is the inspiration for our February 14 celebration of Valentine’s Day. Below are 10 surprising facts about St. Valentine. (Post may contain affiliate links).

Who was St. Valentine?

Well, that depends on who you ask, apparently. For example, according to History.com, there are about a dozen St. Valentines, one of which was a woman (Valentina). One of the main reasons there are so many St. Valentines is probably because the term “Valentinus” comes from the Latin for “worthy, strong and powerful.”

According to Wikipedia, we celebrate two different Saints’ Lives on February 14. However, they are probably the same man.

  1. St. Valentine was a widely recognized 3rd-century Roman saint from the High Middle Ages, and his Saints’ Day is associated with a tradition of courtly love.
  2. Saint Valentine was also a clergyman and he was probably either a priest or a bishop.

Some history sources state that St. Valentine lived in the Roman Empire and ministered to persecuted Christians. He was martyred and buried at a Christian cemetery on the Via Flaminia, which was close to the Ponte Milvio to the north of Rome.

The reason we celebrate on February 14 is because he was martyred on this day. St. Valentines Day is also known as “The Feast of Saint Valentine,” and has been celebrated since 496 AD.

Below are a few of the “Valentines” that can be celebrated throughout the year:

  1. According to history.com, the saint we celebrate on February 14th is known officially as “St. Valentine of Rome.” This Valentine is rumored to have been martyred by beheading by Pope Claudius II on 2/14/269 or 270 for marrying Christian couples.
  2. The Most “Beatified” of the St. Valentines was St. Valentine Berrio-Ochoa. Ochoa was a Spaniard of the Dominican order who lived and died in Vietnam in 1861. He died by beheading and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988.
  3. Pope Valentine, served for 40 days around A.D. 827.
  4. St. Valentine of Viterbo is celebrated on November 3. Catholic sources state he was martyred in 304 by Emperor Diocletian under the influence of Galerius.
  5. St. Valentine of Raetia can be celebrated on January 7. According to Catholic sources, Raetia was a bishop Christened “Valentine” in the 5th Century, who lived in the city of Raetia, Italy.
  6. St. Valentine (Valentina) was a virgin and was martyred in Palestine on July 25, A.D. 308.
  7. The Eastern Orthodox Church officially celebrates St. Valentine twice, once as an elder of the church on July 6 and once as a martyr on July 30.

References

History Channel This Day in History

History Channel – 6 Surprising Facts about St. Valentine

Wikipedia – St. Valentine

Other things you might be interested in:

Valentines Day Cards

Valentines Day Bookmarks

Who Was St. Patrick?

Who Was St. Patrick Activity Pack

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe Cards for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day Social Skills Activities

July 4th Activities Pack

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Schoolhouse Teachers Ultimate PreK-12 MembershipOne of the things I love the most about SchoolhouseTeachers.com Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership is how flexible it is. In fact, Schoolhouse Teachers is flexible, affordable, and  fun!

I can pick and choose whatever courses I want to use–and there are hundreds of choices. For example, we have gone through entire classes (Dinosaurs and the Bible), and we’ve picked out specific lessons (They Lived for God). I’ve even worked through one of the graphics design courses that are offered. This is possible because Schoolhouse Teachers is not limited by grades. There are classes for literally EVERYONE in your family, from preschool to adult.

I love that SchoolhouseTeachers.com doesn’t compromise the Creation versus Evolution issue.

“Dinosaurs and the Bible” (1st through 6th grade) is a 16-lesson study that covers classifying, identifying, and critical thinking about Dinosaurs and the evidence. It also teaches about Noah’s Ark, the Flood and more. Follow-up questions are provided for every lesson and can be answered offline or online, depending on your child’s preferences. You child will certainly know a lot about dinosaurs by the time he or she finishes this unit. And I believe his or her faith in the Bible will be strengthened as well.

And as with any curriculum, you can always add in your own assignments. For example, my son recently wrote an essay on why Dinosaur to Bird Evolution doesn’t make sense. These kinds of assignments give your child the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills while at the same time developing an argument in favor of creation. 

I also love all of the varied choices for teaching social studies and history.

“They Lived for God” is a social studies unit we are currently working through. “They Lived for God”  includes at least one well-done documentary for each of the 39 saints/martyrs included in the unit. The videos keep my son’s interest, which says a lot in my opinion.

We usually break the documentaries up into two days so that we can retain the information better. I’m learning as much as my son is learning because history did not hold my interest in school. Not only that, but these videos are from a Christian perspective. Anything I learned in school was secular because I went to public school growing up.

We have so far learned about Jan Hus, Perpetua, Augustine, and Martin Luther.  We will be continuing to study with our next on the list to be William Tyndale and Roger Williams. I can’t wait!

All of SchoolhouseTeachers units include lesson plans to help with organizing your teaching days and weeks. (See below for example)Schoolhouse Teachers is Fun and Affordable

All of the curriculum units I have used include these lesson plans and outlines, with the specific information that relates to the subject matter you are studying. This makes it much easier to stay on-track and to know what to do with your child each day. It also gives you an idea of how much time you will be spending each day and allows you to plan for any materials you may need to accomplish each assignment.

SchoolhouseTeachers also provides awesome yearly planners, which are always renewed in time for the new year.  Apple Core Silver Membership (a $45 value) is included in the membership as well. Apple Core has saved me oodles of time and stress and is completely online. So, you don’t have to worry about misplacing your records.

Other things included with the SchoolhouseTeachers Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership:

  1. A World Book Online membership ($100 value)
  2. Custom Schedule Builder – Weekly, Monthly, and can be adapted to fit your individual needs
  3. Record Keeping – Apple Core Silver includes:
    • Course Tracker
    • Grade Reporting
    • Report Cards
    • Portfolio
    • Attendance
  4. Free Information Charts:
    • The 13 Colonies by Date
    • Geometric Figures
    • Sign Language
    • Types of Poetry
    • Common Latin Roots
    • Countries and Capitals and more!
  5. Learning Centers include:
    • Help with Reading
    • Focus on Math, Focus on Science
    • Focus on Special Needs
    • Preschool Playground and much more
    • Career Center
    • Charlotte Mason
    • Seasonal Learning
    • Physical Education
    • High School

Make sure to Check out SchoolhouseTeachers Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership.

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Why is it so hard to lose weight, anyway? (Post may contain affiliate links).

Are You Ready for a Change?

Many people, especially women, wonder why it is so darn difficult to lose weight.

On the surface, the answer seems so straightforward.

You probably know the “answer” right? It’s because you don’t “control” your calorie intake or you don’t “exercise enough” or you don’t “eat the right foods”…

But, what if I tell you there’s a deeper reason you haven’t been “successful” at achieving your weight loss goals?

A reason that goes beyond your calorie intake and activity level?

A reason that once you understand what it is, you will feel so much better about yourself that you will be ready to try again–and this time make a permanent lifestyle change?

A reason that will clarify a whole lot of things for you in regard to past “failures.”

I’m here to tell you that there most definitely IS a deeper reason why weight loss attempts are so often unsuccessful.

Or why all too often women lose weight and then later on gain it back.

Or even worse, often end up weighing more than before they initially lost the weight.

There are so many quick fixes out there!

So many “magic formulas.”

It can get pretty darn confusing (and downright aggravating)! trying to figure out what to do with our food intake and activity levels.

“Just take out all your carbs and you’ll be skinny in no time!” They say.

Or “Eat all the fat you want and still lose weight.” They say. (Rolling my eyes here)

Or just go on this diet plan (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Nutrasystem, the list goes on), give us your money and you will be successful!

Now, don’t get me wrong, some of these plans are great–when you stay on them. But the question is: “Can you live on those diets the rest of your life?” Because this is the key.

NO matter how successful you are at losing weight, if you can’t live with it without feeling deprived, you will not stick with it. And there is a VERY good chance that you will gain back the weight lost.

Because, if this “diet plan” you are currently on isn’t something you can live with long-term, then chances are you are going to feel like a failure when you’re done.

Believe me, I know what you are going through! I gained over 50 pounds after my son stopped breastfeeding. And I know all the right things to do!!! If it was only about food, I would never have kept the excess weight on for over 10 years!

This is why I created my “Why is it so Hard to Lose Weight?” mini course and why I am currently working hard to complete the next phase, “30 Days to End Yo-Yo Dieting.” Now that I am on the other side of the 50 pounds, I can see a few things more clearly that I most definitely COULD NOT see before I even gained the weight. And I want to help YOU learn how to make choices that will be satisfying and doable long-term. Choices you can live with.

BUT there is one thing I need to mention…

Before you decide to commit to long-term change, you need to make sure that you are ready.

When I was in school, I learned about the “Stages of Behavior Change.” Despite that these stages are usually meant to help the practitioner (think Health Coach, Personal Trainer) understand where their client is, I think that you as a beautiful person who is thinking about making the change will benefit from understanding a bit about the process.

I think that you will benefit from understanding the process because this will help you discover which stage you are currently in.

And I believe knowing this will help give you reasons to move forward to the next stage.

After all, that’s what I did!

The full workbook and e-course is currently $25.  (or you can purchase just the e-course for $9).

So, what do you have to lose? Pun not intended. 🙂 Click here now to sign up.

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Homeschool Black Friday Deals (post contains affiliate links).

Since there is going to be so many sales this weekend, I thought it would be helpful if I shared with you some of my favorite people and some of their super cool products.

Awesome Art Education Resources

Beyond the Stick Figure

Preschool

Jen Merckling Ready for Reading and More

A Better Way to Homeschool

Academic Advising

True North

Essay Writing

Our Happy Medium Academy “How to Write a Perfect 5 Paragraph Essay”

LOTS OF HOMESCHOOL BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

Business and Blogging

Blogging Successfully with Katie Hornor

4 One More Classes for Business

Christmas Curriculum

Christmas in Mexico

Finances

Ultimate Bundle Master your Money

Large Family Meal Planning on a Budget

Menu Planning for Kids

Faith

Mom take Courage

Ultimate Bundles Faith Mini-Bundle

Music

Online Piano Lessons with Angela Joy

Music in our Homeschool

High School

BJs Homeschooling with College in Mind

Writing

Our Happy Medium Academy How to Write a Perfect 5 Paragraph Essay

Technology & Podcasting

Funda Funda Academy

Techie Homeschool Mom

4 One More

Self Care

Ultimate Bundles self care Mini Bundle

Spanish

Spanish4Kiddos

Health and Nutrition

Menu Planning for Kids Super Bundle

COOKING

Love at Home Education Cooking by Level

Creation Science

Young Earth versus Old Earth

Dinosaur Coloring Pages

Arts and Crafts

DIY Crafts

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Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy

I have good news for you. Fatty foods can be healthy. (Post contains affiliate links).

Notice I said “can.”

The fact that fatty foods can be healthy doesn’t mean that doughnuts or deep fried Twinkies have suddenly become health foods.

Not at all!

What it does mean is that you can throw those low fat diets out the window and enjoy some healthy fatty foods like avocados, olives, peanut butter, and even real butter and bacon.

Fat is an important part of a healthy diet. It’s what keeps you from feeling hungry.

Fats also allow you to absorb more nutrients from other foods. For example, Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins. Thus, they require fat to be absorbed by the body.

That’s why it’s okay to dress that colorful and super healthy salad with a dressing that’s not necessarily low fat. And for good measure, throw a few nuts or avocado slices on top. This will turn a simple salad into a healthy meal that will keep you going for hours. The fat will ensure that your body can absorb all the vitamins in that beautiful fresh produce on your plate.

Click here for a recipe for an easy garden salad.

And You will feel fuller, longer.

 

Good fats, like those found in olive oil and avocado, for example, nourish your brain, your eyes, hair, and even the walls of every single cell of your body. It’s also important for hormonal well-being, because hormones are mainly made up of fatty acids. In short, consuming healthy fats is important and there are quite a few fatty foods out there that are actually good for you.

Let’s quickly run through a few sources of healthy fats that you want to eat more of. At the same time stay away from trans-fats, which have been linked to an increased risk in heart disease.

Fatty Foods Can Be Healthy

Avocado

This is one of my favorite healthy fats. Add this delicious fruit to salads, sandwiches, wraps, or eat it on the side with eggs or grilled meat. Also delicious mashed up on toast or turned into guacamole and even in smoothies!

Coconut Oil

Start your day with a healthy fat boost by adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to your coffee. This oil is also great for cooking eggs or sautéing veggies. Pure coconut oil should be tasteless, while some other versions leave you with a hint of coconut flavor.

Olives And Olive Oil

Olive oil makes a great base for salad dressings. It can be used to finish and flavor all sorts of food. Both olive oil and olives have long been staples of the Mediterranean Diet. Look for cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Olives make delicious portable snacks as well..

Nuts And Seeds

Speaking of nuts. Another healthy snack that you can keep at your desk, in your purse, and in your pantry is various nuts and seeds. They are full of healthy fats, vitamins and mineral. Eat them on their own, make your own healthy trail mix, or sprinkle them on your salad.
See Also:

Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight?

Fats and Oils: What’s the Difference?

High Protein Meals

Reduced Fat Alfredo Sauce

Why Are Kids Picky Eaters?

From Health Line:

10 High-Fat Foods that are Healthy

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High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/high-school-graduation-tips/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/high-school-graduation-tips/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2019 21:43:37 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=15488 High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers Some of you have asked for High School Graduation Tips and how to know that you are meeting the requirements for your state. Since my son is in 9th grade this year, and since I know it is a big deal that he gets a true valid diploma, I […]

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High School Graduation Tips for Homeschoolers

Some of you have asked for High School Graduation Tips and how to know that you are meeting the requirements for your state. Since my son is in 9th grade this year, and since I know it is a big deal that he gets a true valid diploma, I started planning and organizing when he was going into 7th grade. Middle school was sort of a practice run, because it’s not “official” the way high school is. (Post may contain affiliate links).

The other day, I was thinking, “My little system is working so well!” I purchased this little portable file cabinet on wheels, and it has been super helpful.

For example, I can move it out of the way when I’m not using it, which is a HUGE deal because we are living in an apartment that is less than 1000 square feet.

As a result of my system working and giving me confidence, I decided to share it with you. Hopefully, you’ll get some new ideas that will help you feel more organized and on top of things.

The little file cart I purchased was less than $50 and I organize it like I would any other file cabinet. Since I only have one child, some of this might be a little simpler for me. However, what I do is I start with 8 1/2 by 11″ hanging folders. I label them by main subject. For example, Math, English, Social Studies, etc.

The sub-folders I have created include teacher notes, answer keys, to do work, and work completed. You may have other ideas for that. If you have more than one child, you could create more folders (and have a bigger file cabinet (they have bigger ones than I one I’m using). High School Graduation Tips

When I first decided to homeschool, I discovered HSLDA. This stands for “Homeschool Legal Defense Association.” HSLDA is the oversight organization in the United States. They can help you get off to a good start. They have lots of resources, and if you become a member, they will even defend you in court if need be.

I haven’t needed them for legal defense, but have picked up some ideas through their site. And, particularly because Nathan is in High School, I want to keep tabs on what HSLDA has to say as they are usually on top of changes in homeschooling laws.

One of the things HSLDA recommends is researching the specific academic requirements of your state.

My state is Oregon. So, I just typed in “Oregon High School Graduation Requirements 2023” and looked for the information. This is what I got. I am using the basic table from this site to help me with my planning. (It hasn’t updated since I last checked. However, I will keep checking every year, just in case)

In the state of Oregon, in order to graduate with the standard diploma, Nathan has to take three years of math. However, the three years include Algebra 1 and beyond. I chose to enroll him in pre-algebra this year so that he would more easily be able to master Algebra. This means he will get a total of four years of math (he is not happy about this).

I’m okay with this, because even though he hates math, he is not terrible with math. His biggest issue is math facts, and quite possibly, if he would have remained in traditional school, he would be further back than he is currently. He can understand the concepts, and when he has a calculator, he can deal with his difficulties with math facts.

After all, a calculator will only give you a correct answer if you enter the numbers in correctly.

In addition to math, Oregon requires:

  1. Four credits English/Language Arts (years=credits).
  2. At least three years/credits of science
  3. One of the science classes needs to include a lab
  4. Also, three years of social science
  5. One credit/year of physical education (PE)
  6. One credit/year of health
  7. Three credits/years of either a second language or other arts career and technical education
  8. Six elective credits

Total of 24 credits, divided by 4, is 6 credits per year, which would be 3 credits per semester.

And one credit/year is equal to 150 to 180 hours (can be as low as 120, depending on the course).

If you’re homeschooling, this is a really good thing to know. Knowing the specifics will make it much easier to plan and also to reassure yourself that your child is doing what he or she needs to do to meet the minimum requirements for graduation.

It’s good to get an idea of the number of hours so you can determine about how much time your child should be spending in school each day as well. You can take the 150 hours, divide it up into the number of school days planned, and voila you have an average amount of time to spend each day.

Of course, you can adjust as necessary throughout the year—it is not set in stone.

And I don’t keep track of every little hour, I simply get an idea for how much time he is spending—or better yet, if he completes the reading and other assignment, it counts as an hour or whatever time—even if he didn’t actually spend that amount of time to finish.

Speaking of which. If you have a child that consistently completes assignments more quickly than average and is highly motivated, you should consider a higher level diploma (I don’t know what it’s called, but I believe that in Oregon there are three levels, standard diploma, adjusted, and higher requirement diploma).

When you are planning your semester or year, keep in mind extra-curricular activities. For example, if your child is taking piano lessons for 2 hours a week (plus practicing in-between lessons), include this time in the total hours spent in music and give your child credit for the time spent. And if you like, you can add some written work to the “class,” like an essay on a particular composer or something similar. Once your child completes the required minimum hours (150+), then you can add 1 credit of music to his transcript.

An example in our house is that my son is involved in puppet ministry at our church. He spends, on average, 3 hours per month at his meetings, at least 1-hour (ideally) practicing for the performance, and another hour prepping before the performance. He is involved year-round. So, by the end of 4 years, he will have earned 1 credit in drama (.25 credit per year x 4 years = 1 credit).

So, make sure you give your kiddos credit for their extra-curricular activities as you deem appropriate.

In addition to Drama, Nathan is currently enrolled in

  • Pre-algebra
  • Bible
  • 9th Grade English
  • Social Studies and Geography
  • Life Science
  • PE
  • Math

This year he is taking a Cinema Studies class for 9th grade English. It’s a great experience, watching classic movies, and then discussing and writing about them. This class is working out wonderfully because it involves movies instead of books; 2 movies per month (each movie counts as one novel).

Some of the movies we’ve watched so far include Casablanca, Places in the Heart, Rudy, and High Noon.  We are also reading on the side, and I assign writing related to the topics we are learning. For example, when we were studying the presidents at the beginning of the semester, Nathan wrote two essays on two different presidents.

We also read on the side.

For example, before bed. I read to him. There are many reasons why I read to him. First of all, he likes it when I read to him. Second of all, I read faster than he does. Third of all, I honestly believe that when you read to your children, it really helps them build their vocabulary. It also helps develop listening skills and develops their imagination. I especially love reading historical fiction because it makes the real story and real person come to life in ways that an ordinary textbook can’t do. Lastly, if gives us time together.

So, there are LOTS of awesome reasons and excuses to read to your children!

For science, Nathan is reading “The Grand Experiment” Parts 1 and 2. We’ve already finished the first book! He is super smart in science. So, I’m going to have to consider what we are going to do for the rest of the semester!

We’ve studied several Christian martyrs in Social Studies with the assistance of Schoolhouse Teachers and Torchlighters. We also read the book, “When Lightning Struck,” which is a historical fiction/biography written through the eyes of Martin Luther.

This book was written by Danika Cooley. It was really well written and we both enjoyed it! Martin Luther was indeed a complex individual.

For PE, Nathan is signed up for a one-hour class at the local recreation center, “PE for Homeschoolers,” and we drag his reluctant butt to the gym two times a week for weight training (not his favorite thing to do :D).

And last, but not least, Nathan spends 15 hours a week with his ABA therapist. This is most DEFINITELY Life Skills. And I am most definitely giving him credit for the work he is doing. (Not sure how much, but definitely some credit).

Hold on a Second!!! How Am I Supposed to Record All of Those Classes and Hours Without Getting a Headache?

This is where Applecore comes in!

I have all sorts of resources that I’ve gathered from all different places. However, whenever I’m stuck on a subject, and to help with organization and direction, one of the places I go to is  Schoolhouse Teachers. And I use Applecore system for transcripts and scheduling.

Applecore makes it really easy (not an affiliate).

High School Organization Tips

For example, at the beginning of the year I utilized Applecore to create his course overview (see picture at right). This shows which subjects he’s taking and how much credit he’s going to earn as a result of completing the course by the end of the year (or the end of the semester).

Then I add his schedule for Monday through Thursday plus Friday for life skills what he’s doing every day. Note that I did this mainly for record keeping purposes. I find that in the day-to-day flow of things, it’s much easier to have a hard copy schedule that I can go to plan my day and week.

And last but not least, there’s attendance section (see picture below).

 

You can just mark attendance based on every day that your child is in school. If you do this, you will have a permanent record which is really nice. And there is no need to update it every day. Once a week, or even once a month, will do.

I actually paid extra for the Applecore Gold because of the fact that Nathan is in high school.

High School Organization Tips

I was already at silver level because you get Applecore silver for free if you subscribe to Schoolhouse Teachers

One of my favorite things about Applecore is that it’s online, on their server. So, I don’t have to worry about losing it.

 

However, if you prefer to keep track offline, then this is another reason to consider Schoolhouse Teachers.

Schoolhouse Teachers is always a good deal, but at certain times of the year you can get even better deals for membership. And they are also a great source for high school graduation tips.

Plus, if you have multiple kids, you only have to buy one membership for the whole family! And there are classes for adults as well. For example, Graphic Design, How to Start a Business, stuff like that.

 

In regard to scheduling, Schoolhouse Teachers can also help you with this. For example, once you join you have access to their HUGE planners, which are updated yearly. Plus, the awesome digital magazine, Old Schoolhouse, and a free subscription to World Book Online.

 

The planners are available for high school and elementary level. Though I think the high school level might only be available if you have a high school membership, which is a little bit more, because it includes EVEN MORE stuff.

 

Anyway, lots of choices for you to consider and hopefully the high school graduation tips for homeschoolers in this post are helpful to you!

 

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Mexican Christmas Traditions https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mexican-christmas-traditions/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/mexican-christmas-traditions/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:59:08 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=13902 Christmas around the World – Mexican Christmas Traditions (Post contains affiliate links). I Love Hispanic and Latino culture! I worked with a variety of people while employed as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infant, and Children Program (WIC). Some of my fellow employees were from Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and of course, Mexico. […]

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I Love Hispanic and Latino culture! I worked with a variety of people while employed as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infant, and Children Program (WIC). Some of my fellow employees were from Brazil, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, and of course, Mexico.

There were days when no one who came into the clinic spoke English. As a result, I was immersed in the language and culture. I never became fluent in Spanish. However, somehow I managed to function–with the help of materials that were in Spanish. Also, the awesome bilingual Health Service Assistants I worked with were always available when I got stuck.

My adoration of the culture has led to my brand New Mexican Christmas Traditions Unit Study

I really think that if you aren’t already familiar with Mexican Christmas traditions, you should be!

That’s why my goal for you and your children is for your lives to be enriched through this unit study.

In some ways, there are similarities. However, in many ways, Christmas is celebrated in a completely different way in Mexico. For example,

Mexican Christmas Traditions

Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that lasts from December 16 December 23. This event commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they traveled. Mary was ready to give her baby and they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. The celebration of Las Posadas reenacts this event with great enthusiasm and festiveness.

Check out my Christmas in Mexico Unit Study to learn more! 

The Legend of the Poinsettia

In case you didn’t know, the Poinsettia grows prolifically in Mexico during the Christmas season. This legend is about a poor Mexican girl who wanted to give a gift to baby Jesus but had nothing to give. Thus, the Poinsettia was born.

3 Kings Day

In Spanish, it is called, “Día de los Reyes.” This day marks the visit of the three kings.

Traditional Foods Eaten

    1. Tamales
    2. Pozole
    3. Rompope
    4. Ponche
    5. Pasteles (Puerto Rico)

These foods are just a sampling of the delicious cuisine enjoyed during the celebration of Christmas in Mexico. You will find lots of fun things for your kids to do as a break from their regular curriculum, and they will learning social studies, history, and home economics as well.

Click here to view, “Christmas in Mexico.”

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5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/5-reasons-my-son-believes-in-catastrophism/ https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/5-reasons-my-son-believes-in-catastrophism/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:45:49 +0000 https://homeschoolingdietitianmom.com/?p=14312 There are at least 5 Reasons my son believes in Catastrophism, and why he doesn’t believe in macroevolution. (Post may contain affiliate links). Before I get into what my son believes and why, I would like to start with a few definitions. First of all, what exactly is catastrophism? “Catastrophism is the theory that the […]

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There are at least 5 Reasons my son believes in Catastrophism, and why he doesn’t believe in macroevolution. (Post may contain affiliate links).

Before I get into what my son believes and why, I would like to start with a few definitions.

First of all, what exactly is catastrophism?

“Catastrophism is the theory that the Earth has largely been shaped by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope.” (Wikipedia).

This is in contrast with the term “Uniformitarianism.”

“Uniformitarianism is also known as the Doctrine of Uniformity. It is the assumption that the same natural laws and processes that operate in our present-day scientific observations have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.” (Wikipedia)

So when I say that my son believes in catastrophism, this is what it means. It means he does not believe that the same natural laws and processes that we observe operating today can fully explain the origin of our universe.

What exactly is meant by the term “Evolution?”

When the term “evolution” is used, it is often unclear what exactly “evolution” means. And to complicate matters further, definitions differ between catastrophists (flood geologists) and uniformitarianists (evolutionary scientists).

The main reason for the disagreement is because two types of evolution are often discussed, Macroevolution and Microevolution.

Generally speaking, Macroevolution refers to the theory that, “All things are evolving in a positive beneficial direction.”

For example, Macroevolution is generally defined as, “the process of one type of animal (fish) evolving into a completely different type of animal (amphibian).” This is what evolutionary scientists believe to be true.

However, Catastrophists don’t agree that Macroevolution is true.

The reason why we don’t agree with evolutionists on this definition is because

Macroevolution requires an increase in genetic information, which has NEVER BEEN SHOWN to happen.

Another concept that is important for me to clarify is the term “Natural Selection.”

Natural Selection is, “the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.”

So, how does this relate to Microevolution?

Well, Natural Selection is an example of Microevolution. Natural Selection is an observable phenomenon–when it is correctly used as an example of Microevolution, because:

Microevolution has been observed in the laboratory.

For example, Microevolution is what is happening when bacteria become immune to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is not the result of an increase in information. It is the result of the passing on of already existing antibiotic resistant genes that are present in the surviving organism.

To sum it up, when I say that my son believes in Catastrophism, I mean that he believes that the Worldwide Flood of Noah discussed in the Bible is an acceptable explanation for how the world came to be in the state it is occurring. And when I say that he does not believe in evolution, I am referring to the fact that he doesn’t believe Macroevolution – molecules to man, amoeba to man, etc.

Now that we’ve got that cleared up, I want to mention a few ways I believe have helped my son decide on his own that creation and catastrophism make more sense than evolution and uniformitarianism.

5 Reasons My Son Believes in Catastrophism

1. He has been Given a Firm Foundation through Solid Biblical Teaching

We attend a church that teaches the Bible, verse-by-verse. This means that when the Pastor teaches from the pulpit, he starts in Genesis 1 and goes all the way to the end of the Book of Revelation. He then starts over.  The same principle applies throughout our church, from Preschool on.

Also, the Bible is taken literally and in a straightforward manner. For instance, if the Bible says that God created in seven days, we don’t use “science” to determine what God means by a day. We look at the Hebrew, which clearly shows that God meant one literal 24-hour day when he used the word “Yom.”

Every summer our church has Vacation Bible School (VBS). And they have always been from Answers in Genesis which emphasizes creation and the trustworthiness of the bible. My son absolutely loved VBS. In fact, he went every single year from pre-kindergarten until 6th grade. In fact, he was really bummed when he found out he was too old to attend.

And this past summer (2019), he attended by helping with one of the VBS classes. This is one of the first times he’s taken initiative like this. And I am so proud of him! (Yes, he loved it, and I am sure he will be doing it again next year)! 🙂

Thus, my son is growing up with knowledge of the entire Bible within context.

The Bible is the only true source of a firm foundation. The bible is also the only way to effectively combat the lies of the enemy.

2. We Have Spent Time Discussing the Power of the Media

Whenever I watch a movie with my son, if there is anything questionable about it, we will discuss it. For example, the Jurassic Park series. Many people don’t realize that the theme of evolution flows through the plot of the entire Jurassic series. For example, when they show ostriches running at the end of the first movie, the implication is that they are the descendants of dinosaurs. Or when they discuss the amber that the dinosaur DNA was found in, it is stated that the amber is millions of years old. That is, it is never questioned.

Dinosaur Dan on PBS

My son used to watch this show. In every single show of the series, Dan states “65 million years ago” at least once.  Teachers know that if you want a child to remember a fact, you repeat it and over and over again. This is why I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Dan states “65 million years ago,” in every single show. The producers want the young children to remember this “fact.”  Every time I would hear Dan say that, I asked my son, “How do they know that? Were they there? When you dig up a fossil, does it have a date engraved on it? What about the problem of index fossils?”

3. Books that apply the Creation message.

One of my all-time favorites is the “The Time Twins” series by DB Macks. I discovered this series through Creation Research Society Quarterly Magazine. I can honestly say I have never read a more eye-opening series than this one. Because there are a few scenes that are graphic, I waited until Nathan was 10 to read it to him. And he absolutely loved it. =)

My OWN Paleontologist Kids Unit Study is one result of my years of studying this important message. Click here to see it.

I have met some really interesting people over the years. One friend I met while at Loma Linda University has had a profound effect on Nathan.  MaryAnn works with Dr. Gary Parker in Florida. When she visits, she always brings hands-on goodies, such as fossils, to share and discuss with Nathan.

4. The eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980.

This disaster is nicknamed, “The Little Grand Canyon.”  Mt. St. Helens testifies that it doesn’t take millions of years for layers and fossils to form. There is a little museum on the road to the Mt. St. Helens that you can visit. Here you will find evidences and discussions of the alternative viewpoint that you won’t hear at the “main event” up the street. While MaryAnn worked at the museum, Nathan benefited from her connections. 🙂

5. He has been exposed to ALL the evidence

When kids attend public school, they are only exposed to one side of the issue. Evolution is taught as fact with no alternatives allowed. In essence, the public school system has been “scrubbed clean” of any mention of the creation viewpoint. People have been led to believe that evolution is “science” and creationism is “religion.” Thus, most people don’t have a problem with that at all, to the detriment of their kids, who are growing up with a faulty foundation that will color their point-of-view for the rest of their lives. 🙁

I have gobbled up all the good books I could find on the subject since before I even knew I was going to have a child. From preschool on up. This is an extremely important issue to me, and it should be to other Christians as well. This why I have taken every single opportunity I have had and continue to have to make sure my son sees things from both sides so that he can DECIDE FOR HIMSELF what he believes.

Creation and Our Kids – “Already Gone” by Ken Ham

The main reason we are losing our kids in college is because we have not prepared them for the onslaught of evolutionary thoughts and ideas that they will be exposed to at the college level. And the sad reality is that most so-called Christian universities are also compromising with the message of the bible and secular science.

The point I am trying to make is this. Do everything you can to go along with your child, side-by-side, so that you can continually show alternative viewpoints to the media onslaught of evolutionary ideas they are receiving through TV, the movies, radio, and the internet.

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