My older kids started virtual school yesterday: grades 8, 5, and 3 (the kindergartner will start later this week, and will be attending a private school that is offering in-person classes).
They did all right with it. We are trying to maintain a positive attitude, though none of them are exactly thrilled with it. My goal is that they will be mostly self-sufficient with their work — as I am the adult who will be mostly in charge of them — so we spent some time yesterday learning how to find the links for online classes, and how to keep track of the schedule. There was one emotional outburst over a dropped Zoom call, an incident with a Chromebook running out of power in the middle of a class (lesson: these things do need to be plugged in!), and some discovered multi-tasking. Unlike this spring, they have synchronous classes most of the day. So I’ve noted when breaks occur and I am trying to get them outside and playing during those windows. Five hours a day on Zoom is a lot. I did walks with the fifth grader and third grader yesterday, and those were nice.
We did not do our usual big Target school supply run, or in-person shopping trip for back-to-school clothes. Instead, I ordered everything online, so the Amazon and Old Navy boxes are showing up fast and furious. I probably over-paid for one-off things (a plastic ruler cost $2, when I feel like it probably should have been under 50 cents) but I got deals on bulk pencils and size XS underwear. The grand total was pretty similar to previous years. I will admit to ordering some of my own school supplies, even though I’m not going back-to-anything. I love new pens. I always feel like maybe the pens will spark some wonderful idea. Same with notebooks, though at this point my supply of cute little notebooks surpasses my supply of great ideas. Do you order school supplies for yourself?
Though school is virtual, activities will be mostly starting up in person, so we will be running around a fair amount. After six months, we’re a bit rusty on getting into the minivan in a timely fashion. The 5-year-old has been wearing pajamas basically all summer, so school is going to be a bit of a change!
Photo: New markers. We only needed to get the 8-12 pack but we needed two of them, so I decided to go a little crazy…