I kinda feel like that old lady from Titanic right now.
“It has been 84 years…”
We are in our third year of quarantine homeschooling. And by “year,” I mean “week,” because time passes differently now. You know how they say dogs age seven years for every human year? Well, the same is true for quarantine homeschooling parents.
(I suppose now is a good time to say I’m grateful for a home, my husband’s job, health, etc. before anyone says, “Hey, count your blessings.” I’m grateful, I promise!)
Before the boy started kindergarten many years ago, I considered homeschooling him. We did a lot of work at home, so building on that with the flexibility homeschooling offered seemed like a good idea. After much discussion, we went with public school, as LM was super excited about going and making friends. (He is now a total homebody and hasn’t complained the first time about not getting to go out and see people. Go figure.)
And along came Baby Girl. Homeschooling wasn’t on the table with her as much.
For the record, I’ve taught the child plenty (she started kindergarten reading), but it’s like pulling teeth at times. She often doesn’t like to cooperate and acts clueless about things I know she knows.
It has been like this ever since I tried to teach her the ABCs and how to count to 10 as a toddler. As far as I can tell, she has done much better for her preschool and kindergarten teachers than she does for me, at least, which is true for a lot of kids.
And now we’re quarantine homeschooling. I have to admit — the reason for the homeschooling aside — I was rather excited at first. The adjustment to full-day kindergarten has been tough at times, so getting so much extra time together and getting to test the homeschool waters was exciting. (And now I know that it doesn’t really replicate the actual homeschool experience since we can’t go anywhere or be around anyone!) Same with LM, who started middle school this year.
The excitement turned to feeling drained pretty darn fast, but it has been…interesting. For example, I’m not always homeschooling a little girl and tween. Sometimes I’m homeschooling a lion and a tween. When the girl isn’t pretending to have forgotten everything she knows, she likes to get in touch with her inner animal. She is obsessed with animals, especially African savanna animals, and lions and other big cats are a favorite. BG loves pretending to be a lion, which sent her to the ER in January because she fell off the bed and busted her head open while pouncing. This is how our homeschool work goes sometimes:
It’s like Max from “Where the Wild Things Are” in real life. And sometimes I get to homeschool a hyena, an animal Baby Girl thinks is the cutest ever. (This child had me make her a hyena mask for their Father-Daughter Masquerade dance!)
Little Man doesn’t get in touch with his inner animal, but he is rather like a little zombie. Just replace “eating brains” with “eating everything in our pantry,” because the child does not get full. He has been in growth-spurt stage for a long time!
Another interesting aspect of quarantine homeschooling has been Zoom. I had never heard of this app before two weeks ago, but a lot of teachers are using it to do virtual lessons. It’s kind of like FaceTime, but with a bunch of people.
That hasn’t actually happened with Zoom, but it has happened with FaceTime plenty of times. With FaceTime, the kids do not sit still and talk to their grandparents or whoever else calls, but instead run all over the house, giving everyone a peak at our messes and bralessness. Well, my bralessness. For Zoom, I’ve avoided that so far by plugging in my laptop at the end of the kitchen table in front of a shelf, which I dusted part of. (Not the whole shelf, just the part in view of the camera.) I love that the kids have the opportunity to connect with their classmates, and some of the kids’ comments are hilarious. Hopefully we can avoid the TMZ type exposé.
Touching on LM a little more, no surprise here, but he hasn’t really been into the homeschool aspect of quarantine homeschooling. (He loves the isolation, though.)
It’s hard to say “no” to that.
Our schools are shut down through the end of April (and we’ll see from there), so we’ll have plenty of time to get the hang of this thing, and maybe I’ll even tame my little lion cub.
What’s going on in your world?
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