No, that's not all. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHH!!!!!!
1. WHY did you do it??
Hmm... Well, I have actually been thinking about it for different reasons for years. I'm not an animal lover -pets are gross- but I was pretty horrified the first time (and second and third and so on) I saw images of animals being so badly mistreated for cheap meat and dairy. Also, around that same time, I was taking an environmental class and we discussed how much damage raising meat does from things like methane polution, clearing land for grazing, and growing all this extra grain just to feed them, to damage to immediate areas like water pollution. Why should I contribute to poisoning some small, rural community somewhere because I like burgers?
*** Yes, I'm VERY AWARE that there are places you can go where cows and chicken and corn and flowers are grown happily together under the protection of farm fairies, until the day they're butchered. You can seriously stop talking about it. But for the MAJOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORITY of people, that's NOT how our food is raised! And if we all decided to suddenly switch, these magical farms would not be able to produce at the rate necessary to meet the current demand. ***
Anyhoo, so recently I got back into reading eco-living books again and the issue of vegetarianism/veganism came up again.
2. Why not just vegetarian?
Because I didn't want to just eat Mac and Cheese for a month.
4. Did you notice any health differences?
Not at first. After a while I noticed that I really didn't have a lot of the stomache issues I ALWAYS have. No constant nausea or discomfort. My bathroom experiences were more pleasant.
5. Did you hair shine, eyes sparkle, etc.?
Nope. I think that comes with the RAW diet. I dunno. I'm still unsparkley.
6. Did you lose weight?
I lost about 5 pounds in the near month that I was doing it, with no exercise. But most of that was in the beginning when I was eating a lot of veggies and nuts. Towards the end I was eating a lot of bread and pasta, so a lot of the good stuff stopped.
7. 30 days wasn't too long. It was me, not the food that had the problem.
8. Why'd you stop early?
I was getting tired of washing the blender and the food processor. I like convenience foods. That's why I'm fat to begin with. There ARE convenient vegan foods, but I was specifically avoiding them. Basically, if I had a personal chef and dishwasher, I could do it indefinitely.
Ok, so I covered most of my experience with those. I've noticed stomache pains, discomfort, acid reflux -all the good stuff- has come back. Yay.
I haven't decided exactly what I want to do next. Do I want to give up meat? Not if I'm just going to make spaghetti every night.
Monday - Words/literacy: Read "Bird Watching" and a few other books we got from the library. Also practiced writing some CVC words (like "bus").
Tuesday - Art: Bird masks using paper plates, felt (no, not the "real stuff") and feathers. Very open ended. Lots o' fun. Our art won't always be so "projecty" though.
Wednesday - Music: Played "Alouette" on the keyboard, then just played with the keyboard. Will talk more about this.
Thursday - Science: Made bird-feeders out of toilet paper rolls, peanut butter and birdseed. Went out early Friday morning to bird watch/listen. We were hoping we could see some bird eat from our feeders. No luck. Lots of birds to observe, but I think the feeders are too low.
Friday - Math: Sorting birds into different group, then counting and writing the numbers. Will talk more about this, too.
Ok, so the music. I've gone about this ALL wrong! I've been finding specific songs, turning them into number notes and trying to teach her to follow the numbers on the page. Might be cool for a math project, but 1) I don't think it's age appropriate, 2) it really doesn't teach about music and 3) Mel is sooo not into it. She just want to press all the neat sound effects on the keyboard. I really wish I could disable all that crap and just have a piano!
Ok, so I need to go back to the roots of learning music. I mean, I'm not a music person, so this is pretty hard for me. But... I need to focus on just the sounds, louder, softer, melodies, that kind of thing. I did do a neat activity a few months ago. I lined up empty glass bottles, filled them up with different levels of water and we just experimented with them. We blew on them, tapped them with different things and talked about how the sounds got higher or lower, louder or softer. That's the kind of thing I need to do more of.
Now, the math project. Originally, I was going to cut out 10 bird pictures (each of a distinct bird) and have her sort them into different categories. (Sorting is an early math skill.) So, I would say, "which ones fly and which don't" and she would put penguin, etc. on one side of the table and owl, etc. on the other. Then, she'd resort them a different way. Ok, well, I had to "evolve it" into something else! Phooey. I printed and cut out three sets of the ten birds and three sheets, each with different category options. They were "flying/ no flying," "hunters/ not hunters" and "webbed feet/ claw feet" using pictures on the top of either side. She had to sort them, then glue the birds down. Last, count each side, write the number of each and count up the total and write that (always 10). I added that last part because she's gotten really good at adding numbers.
Yeah, but CLEARLY, there are just too many steps. Again, cool activity for an OLDER child. Not that she couldn't do it, she could do each step, but it just got tedious. She got tired of me giving her all these instructions. (I was tired of it, too.) She only did two and the second one was pretty painful. She's funny. Even if she's bored with something, she'll say she still wants to do it and just keep fooling around. So I ended up doing the actual gluing on the second one. She just told me where to put them and counted at the end.
The lesson: KISS. I should have just done my original sorting idea. She would just have one instruction and would have had a lot of fun. Oh, well.
I'm looking at what we've done and seeing a lot of "preschool project" stuff. I need to avoid doing the shit I hated when I worked in a preschool!