Remind yourself, too, that she's only 5 and that this business of learning is not a race. If she enjoys the workbooks and you can manage it, then certainly continue, but maybe you could let HER direct some of her activities as well.
Gather books, puzzles, games, art supplies, blocks, puppets, etc. and put them where she can access them herself for times when you're on the couch. How about stories on tape if you're not up to reading to her--our library has chapter books as well as picture books on tape.
I don't think tv is ALL bad, but I can understand you're not wanting her in front of it for great lengths. And, once the baby is here, she'll need to entertain herself at times as well.
But really, she'll be fine. This is a short amount of time in the "big picture" of her life, yk? I highly doubt that when she's 45 she'll be sitting around saying, "My life would have been just perfect if Mom had only made macaroni necklaces with me when I was five!"
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Still want to feel like your doing something? Make sure she has enriching activities available. Puzzles, games, my children like sorting things, geoboards, tanagrams and stuff like that. Even though they are not learning something specific they are picking up on stuff that will come easy to them later. If she likes workbooks let her go crazy. Books on tape are great and if she watches a lot of TV make sure she is watching good stuff. Between the Lions, Cyberchase, Zoom and Reading Rainbow are all good ones. Also there are some good videos. Now might be a good time to find a foriegn language program that involves a lot oflistening. Don't underestimate the power of imaginative play. Make sure she has some dolls for dramatic play (don't like Barbie? My girls like Fassion Polly, Corrole minis, and Madeline dolls).
Don't worry about falling behind. Ever since I got pregnant we have hs pretty sporadically. We go crazy when the mood strikes us and sometimes go for days wiuthout even touching book. It all works out in the end. Once the baby comes I don't really forsee us getting into a routien untill summer.
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I hope your morning sickness ends soon and you can start enjoying your pregnancy!
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Since your DD has already mastered everything she would learn this year in school, you could take the entire rest of the year off. So really, you don't have to do anything. Not one page. And there isn't any point in sending her to school because she woulnd't learn anything anyway.
Just spend time with her everyday enjoying her. If you guys want to do worksheets and projects, then go for it. If you are pooped out and she is happy to play with playdough while you rest on the couch, then that it OK too.
My older DD watched A LOT of TV when I was prego. I felt really bad about it, but she recoved just fine.
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