For a lot of us, okay…all of us – our world as we knew it has disappeared. The Corona Virus or COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire throughout many countries – the United States included.
First it was, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and don’t touch your face. Preschool level stuff, but unfortunately, it seems that many people weren’t aware that these are things you should do on the regular. 🤯 People panicked and bought ALL of the toilet paper (even the really crappy kind), hand sanitizer and soap. It’s like this is a new thing – that I don’t understand. Within days colleges were closing for the remaining of the semester and our public and private K-12 schools closely followed. Governor Whitmer advised against gatherings of 100 or more. Then it was 50. Today it’s 10. Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, cinemas are all under mandatory closing. Social distancing they call it. Keep your distance to keep others safe. I’m all for it for the greater good.
That being said, this is a HUGE change for many of us, myself included. My kids are my first priority so, staying home with them was the obvious choice when our school closed. What else was I to do? If you’re like me, you’re lucky. I am in a profession where I can work remotely and thankfully my day-job has approved that I can.
I literally had a panic attack. Hard to breathe. Uncontrollable sweating. Crying. 😭 Oh, the crying! Not because of the virus. That is what it is and I cannot control it. But being home with my kids 24/7 for 3 weeks (at least)?! What in the actual f@#$ was I supposed to do? Sometimes the weekends were too long (please, tell me I’m not alone 🤪).
I am not a teacher. Many of you don’t know, but in my younger (much younger) years I went to school for elementary education and I bailed. I couldn’t do it. I got all the way to student teaching and I couldn’t do it. It takes a special person with immense patience to do that job and it wasn’t me. Alas, I was in a position where I had no other corner to turn. I had to have a plan so where did I go? Pinterest. (Pssst…follow me 😉) There was already a mother load of homeschooling mom that were putting their ideas and schedules and plans on the interwebs for us working moms to figure our shit out. GOD BLESS THEM! I came up with a schedule that I thought would work for us – where it would allow me time to get my work-work done, their school work, house work, and allow some time for fun and relaxation too. The teachers at our school provided amazing instruction for us parents (yay!) and plenty of work for the kids to keep them up on their studies so planning actual lessons wasn’t something I needed to do. However, I still need to keep them on task – somehow!
I first presented the schedule or chart to the boys last night and both seemed excited about it. Today was our first day of the home-school situation. I must say that the boys wanted to follow it more than I did. 😆 Today, I learned that in the coming weeks, it’s OK to not get everything done. It’s OK to go over on our recess time. It’s OK to spend more time on math than you did on science. And it’s OK if your brother gets done before you.
We survived day one! I’m not sure if it was the schedule or pure luck. 🤷 We may never know. But hey! You might have good luck with it, too! Download it below and you’ll be able to edit it for your own family and subjects, times, etc. If you need help editing the PDF you can find a great how-to here.
P.S. I washed my hands before I uploaded that 😉