Dispatches from the Distancing – Day 4

It seems like today was the day when reality began to set in.  Our street was eerily quiet (which made the two teenagers making out across the street even more bizarre), the “day off” novelty was gone, the hubs was settling into his work at home routine–which, not surprisingly, seems to be more productive than his work at work routine.

It was also the day that school in Oregon were closed until April 28th.  I realized my days (er, day?) of complaining about homeschooling were over and I had to figure this thing out because I’m going to be homeschooling whether I like it or not.

As my kids are at two different schools, we have two different approaches.  Honestly, I’m not yet sure how this is going to look with my daughter.  The public schools are currently on an “extended Spring Break,” so her teacher has been sending out resources, but no actual assignments.  As I understand it, actual school work will start on April 1st for her.  In the meantime, I’ve had her keep up with the apps she has been using and her nightly reading responses that she sends to her teacher.

At my son’s school, they decided not to do the “extended Spring Break” and have given the kids work to do (although next week, actual Spring Break, will still be Spring Break).  They’ve also set up Google Classroom, which I didn’t even know was a thing, and his teacher has been in contact.

I’m feeling very slightly more confident that I can do this thing.

My son was quite the trooper today, putting in several hours of school work.  He even found his own reading nook….


In case you can’t tell, that’s him wedged between the love seat and the wall.  What can I say, it works for him!  Actually, he is one of those kids who needs a lot of sensory input and being in tight spaces helps that, so more power to him.

Looking forward, I realize I have to accept this as the new normal.  I don’t like it, but worrying about what I like and don’t like isn’t going to do me a lick of good.  We got news this evening that a student at my daughter’s school tested positive.  I don’t know who this student is or if he or she was in her class, but it brings things one step closer to us.  I also have a family member who is down with covid-19.  I can no longer look at this as being outside my bubble.

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