Corona Quarantine, Day 1:
Our world is in uncharted territory right now with a global pandemic leaving most of us to wonder if we're living in a surreal nightmare of survival. Ready to do our part and follow the societal recommendations of social distancing and in-home quarantine, we awoke healthy (we hope) and geared up to flatten the curve and beat that Corona! We even sat down together as a family and wrote up chore sheets and schedules, which should give everyone in our home a sense of direction as we work together to navigate this world challenge.
This is our preliminary schedule, which we are hoping to stick to, or modify as the weeks go by. You are welcome to use it as a starting point or share your own:
The boys had done really well up until about 9:15. Yes... you can laugh. At which point they were getting stir crazy, because work had not yet been assigned to them online through their schools. So I put them onto library apps and other imaginative tasks, but by 11am, I was starting to feel like a drowning woman with all the requests to play online games. I think they were hoping to wear me down by asking 795 times in 5 minutes, in the hopes I'd give up.
Not today.... I can't quit the schedule on Day 1.
This is what happened next....
Claire: okay boys. We’re going to do a science experiment
Boys: cool. What are we exploding?
Claire: nothing. Hopefully. We’re baking banana bread.
Boys: urghhh... so lame. We already know how to do that. So boring.
Claire: okay. You do it then. There’s the recipe.
Boys: what?! Huh?!
Claire: thought so. So let's do this...
Son #2 read the recipe.
All boys were sent to hunt down ingredients without going feral.
Social studies: check.
They had to figure out correct measures.
It's important to know why ingredients have specific quantities, and what makes some, like butter, solid at fridge temperatures.
Chemistry: check. and Physics: check.
Someone asked why brown bananas feel icky and slimy.
Computer studies: check.
And this is such a gross photo, but there is a story to it ... see below...
Son #3 dropped the slippery banana on the dog, lying under the table like Tick-Tock Croc hoping for scraps.
Son #3: Uh-oh!!! Can we still use it if he didn’t lick it?!
Claire: um ... hard no on that. It's covered in dog hair.
Bio-hazard lesson followed: check that too.
Apart from that, the rest of the experience was without major crises and the boys were sent outside to run in the fresh air, while the banana bread baked.
Mom self-preservation: check.
By the time it was baked, the kids were clustered around the table, having been summoned by the hot delicious scent of Joanna Gaines' banana bread wafting outside.
It's just past 3 pm and I already have a whole new level of respect for our teachers, who do this every single day. Although I have a feeling of moderate accomplishment, having covered a lot of school subjects in one lesson, I worry about the innovation and inspiration to do so every day, and still needing to get my own work done.
I don't want the days to disintegrate into video games, but likewise our kids need some form of social outlet to interact with their friends during this time. If they can't see each other in person, they'll need the miracle of online networks. I'm not sure what that looks like yet ... do you?
Please share your thoughts and insights, so we can learn together.
Stay safe. Wash hands. Say prayers. Be kind.
Don't take more than your share of limited supplies.
Remember those less fortunate.
Together we can do this.