1. I've seen plenty of posts and such discussing remote learning schedules, so I'm sharing ours today.
My son is in third grade. This is the really nice schedule his teacher posted for us last night, so we're all on the same page today. All scheduled times are the START of a lesson on zoom. They never run all the way til the next meeting. And only the specials (in this case, PE) are separate zoom meetings. Once his morning meeting starts, we don't have any more logging in - she puts the kids in the 'waiting room' when she's done, until the next subject starts. After teaching the lesson, the kids go to SeeSaw (another site) to complete their assignment. Oh, I believe they'll add on Science OR Social Studies after their social/emotional time in the next week or so.
2. My daughter is in eighth grade this year, and (luckily for me!) very independent. She's been taking care of her own school stuff. She has three subjects on Monday and Thursday, and the other three subjects on Tuesday and Friday. Wednesday is office hours for staff, but no 'regular' classes meet (this applies to my son too). While my daughter's overall start time and end time fall within my son's schedule (so it looks like her day is shorter), her lectures are usually at least an hour long. The schedule also writes in time for 'asynchronous learning.' She told me that that's her independent work.
3. Given all that, I am SO GRATEFUL that my kids are learning, thriving and even enjoying school so far this year. My third-grader watches the clock like a hawk to make sure he's back at his desk with his headphones on in time for his next class. The kids agreed with each other that when they're in a zoom meeting, they close their door so there's less distractions and noise (their rooms are next to each other).
4. And on the other side, I would be willing to give a kidney ..okay, maybe just my spleen.. to have faster, more reliable internet. I think we've been lucky so far this week that hubby has had to go to offices to work. I don't know how well our household service will handle everyone online on separate devices at once. I'm sure we'll have to find out before too long.
5. You know I try to end on a happy note! This week we made tie-dye shirts with Mimi on Monday, and then later in the week I received my new Plum Paper Planner, and my VOTE necklace.
Ugh - tried very hard to get that picture up a bit, and then add a caption, but the new Blogger tool is less than user-friendly :( That's my selfie with no makeup, my new shirt, and my new necklace.
Having stuff to look forward is so important when the scenery seldom changes, amiright? Hope your week has had more good than bad.
Rose City Reader and Freda's Voice for their weekly link-ups.
My book for this week is The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike. It is scheduled for publication next Tuesday, Sept 15, 2020. I'll be cracking the cover today to dive in to the 460 pages of novelly goodness. I didn't realize when I agreed to review this one for a post next week that it's actually the second book in a trilogy. I try not to do that to myself when I've never read the first book, but here we are. Hopefully it will read well without the first-book background.
Hartfell, the Black MountainKingdom of the SelgovaeLate December, AD 573The snows have come.The cold seeps into my bones. Winter cuts into the mouth of this steep and dead-grassed valley, and the men huddle closer to the hearth, but no fire can warm us -- winter in its bleakness leaves us with too many hours shut within these squat, wattled huts. We cannot escape the ghosts that followed as we fled, friends and fellow warriors. Cousins. Nephews. Brothers.
Angharad went to the temple each morning, as soon as she'd swalled down her breakfast. There she and Diarmid sat on reed mats in the cool quiet, and he taught her the way of slowing her breath. Of waiting without waiting.
Would you read it based on these details? I'm intrigued and the reviews so far look good - just hoping I don't need to know anything from some prior 500 page book.