Back to School Take 2

October 20, 2020

Virtual learning was hard. I’m not even going to lie. This is not how the kids want to do school. And it’s definitely not how I want to do school. But this was the situation. Every day we logged on. Some days it went well, some days it was a complete nightmare. And we all cried. At some stage every one of us shed tears over the situation. But at the end of September we finally go the news we’d been begging for. After Fall break, the kids would go back to school. Face-to-Face (F-2-F)! You can’t even imagine the joy. In an instant I felt a massive weight I hadn’t even realized I was carrying, lifted. Life, the complete and utter mess it has been this year, felt like it had a chance of going back to normal. The kids who have endured so much mess and upheaval this year, would once again get to see classmates and friends and their teachers in real life. It wouldn’t be the same exactly. Nothing is right now. Masks of course have to be worn, desks are separated, no large group events and lots more restrictions. But at least they got away from the screens and the Zooms and the house. Learning in schools is way better then learning on Zooms. And the teachers are much better teachers than the mommas.

On a positive side, I got the opportunity to “go to school” in America. I got to see what and how American kids are thought. I relearned a lot gammer, brushed up on my verbs, nouns, adjectives and pronouns. Familiarized myself with the structure of a story and got the chance to see how multiplication and division and being thought nowadays. And let me just tell you, the old way is much easier. Many minutes I had to spend on the YouTubes, learning arrays and sets and bouncing back and forth on number lines just so I could answer the math questions my 8 yr old was solving. The mental exhaustion of it all. Most I was the one ¬†calling for the brain breaks. But look, we all made it. And 2 weeks ago the boys had they 2nd Back to School of 2020, complete with face masks.

The first day back was “Neon Day”. Everyone had to wear their brightest shirt.

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